Beer Camp Collaboration: Torpedo Pilsner – Sierra Nevada with Firestone Walker

Picking the first beer from the Beer Camp box was pretty difficult. Our post showing all of the beers proves what a great lineup it is. I ended up just picking a couple blindly out of the box and putting them into the fridge. The first one we’re reviewing is Sierra Nevada’s collaboration with Firestone Walker, called Torpedo Pilsner, a hoppy pilsner.

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Beer Camp – Collaboration Brews

Beer Camp Across America is practically craft beer nirvana in a box. Sierra Nevada teamed up with 12 different craft breweries across the US to make 12 different brews. Then they went on tour and partied, inviting local craft breweries to serve their brews at the festivals.

What a great idea! It’s really fun to see the collaborations, and to anticipate trying out all of these brews. Be sure to watch the video trailer on their site: Beer Camp. 

Unfortunately for us, the Beer Camp party sadly neglected the Northwest as far as the festivals went. Ninkasi Brewing out of Portland was one of the collaborators, but the closest festival was in California. As much as we wanted to drop everything and head off there, it wasn’t possible. If a collaboration/party like this ever happens again, I hope they will stop in Washington, as we have some of the best craft breweries in the country (I’m not at all biased, though).

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PSA Summer Ale – Airways Brewing

Wanting a flavorful, yet light summer beer to enjoy in the warmer weather? We’ve found a new seasonal that fits the bill nicely.

We stopped by Airways Brewing in Kent this weekend and came home with a 4-pack of the PSA Summer Ale, which we enjoyed during our first cookout of the year (we just got a new grill!)

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Day Block Brewing Co. – Minneapolis, MN

Half of Two Brew Review is in Minnesota for the week visiting family, but that is no reason to stop writing. Or to stop drinking beer.

My first stop was Day Block Brewing Company. Nestled on Washington Avenue in the shadow of the old Metrodome, Day Block opened its doors in January 2014. I guess this makes them the New Kids on the (Day) Block.

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South Park Breweries Await Bridge Re-Opening on June 30th

The bridge over the Duwamish river that links the South Park neighborhood to East Marginal Way closed due to safety concerns on June 30th, 2010. This was a major disruption to many businesses in the area, but somehow three new breweries (Tin Dog Brewing, Lowercase Brewing, and Burdick Brewing) managed to spring up while the bridge was being rebuilt. The new bridge will be reopening on June 30th, 2014…four years to the day from when it closed. We visited each of these three new breweries recently to do brief reviews of them as well as to get their thoughts on the reopening.

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Washington Brewer’s Festival 2014 – Father’s Day Weekend at Marymoor Park

Ray and I had been looking forward to attending the Washington Brewer’s Festival for months, and it certainly lived up to the hype. The Brewer’s Festival was held Father’s Day weekend at Marymoor Park in Redmond, and featured over 300 different beers from 88 different Washington breweries.

We attended on Saturday, and got in line for entrance around 11 am. The line went fast, but the wait was at least 20 minutes. Next year, we’ll try to get there a little earlier.

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Breaking News: Growler Fills for Cider Now Legal in Washington State

Janette and I stopped off at The Woods yesterday and quickly noticed something new on their tap list. They have always denoted which brews were available for growler fills with an asterisk, and some of their ciders on the list were now adorned with an asterisk. We pondered with each other on this a bit, as we had heard from many sources that the law was changing in WA to allow for cider growler fills…but no one had reported upon a date for this law to take effect. Well, I am happy to report that the date this law took effect was yesterday, June 12th, 2014!

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6442

WOO-HOO! (Excerpted from the WA State Legislature Website at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6442)

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Pacific Northwest Cider Awards – 2014 Cider Festival

Pacific Northwest Cider Awards (PNWCA) held their first annual cider competition and three day festival this last weekend at The Woods, Seattle Cider Company’s tasting room. Ray and I attended the event and volunteered on Saturday and Sunday. We ended up volunteering at a pouring station, and had a blast!

The cider competition judging was held on Thursday, and the results of the judging were posted at the festival. Best in Show was awarded to the Schilling Cider “Ginger”. This is a crisp cider with a burst of ginger flavor. Really nice!

List of PNWCA Winners here.

PNWCA 2014 Festival Winners

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Kona Brewing – Big Kahuna Variety Case

Janette and I recently celebrated our 5th Anniversary with a party at our place. My boss offered up his top-secret Kalua Pork recipe for us*, so I knew our main dish was going to end up giving our gathering a bit of a Hawaiian flavor. I wasn’t interested in obtaining tiki torches or grass skirts to make it an official theme, but that Big Kahuna Variety Case from Kona Brewing sure called out to me from among all the pallets of beer vying for my attention at Costco. Janette agreed that it would be a nice complement for the pork, so we grabbed one. Another plus side here is that I knew we would be able to review these beers.

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Zombie Jesus – Charging Hippo Brewing Co.

I often wonder if brewers agonize over beer names, thinking about what effects they may see from naming a brew one name over another. Well, I hope the fine folks at Charging Hippo Brewing are quite proud of the name of their Imperial Porter. From the moment I saw the name “Zombie Jesus” I was hooked and had to get some. It was on tap at Naked City as part of Nanobrewery Night during Seattle Beer Week #6, but we arrived after that keg had blown. We started following @charginghippo in hopes of getting a line on where to find this beer, and yesterday our quest ended at 99 Bottles in Federal Way.

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