Monday, April 17th, 2017

Chainline Brewing anniversary, Brewery Night at the Ballpark and Russian imperial stouts

Ron Swarner

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MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, APRIL 17 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way down to the last Jedi. …

Chainline-Brewing-second-anniversaryChainline Brewing will celebrate its second anniversary with a party Saturday, April 22. The Kirkland brewery will offer Crowler cans, limited beers, offer tours, host food trucks and give away stuff.

Optimism Brewing taps its first barrel-aged beer Saturday, April 22, and you are invited to the festivities.

The Mariners are hosting a beer event during Seattle Beer Week (May 4-14). This year’s Brewery Night at the Ballpark takes place on Friday, May 5. That night’s opponent will be the Texas Rangers.

Jim Koch, a godfather of U.S. beer and the man behind Sam Adams, had a pretty big prediction published in The New York Times, ruminating on what Big Beer is doing to the industry through distributor consolidation and brewery purchases. “… if we continue down this path,” he opined, “we may be witnessing the beginning of the end of the American craft beer revolution.”

Acknowledging that brewery owners have shown a keen ability to build brand awareness via direct-to-consumer sales, Left Hand Brewing Company COO Chris Lennert cautions that higher margins and multiple taproom outposts might not always be the best approach to growth during a wide-ranging Brew Talks panel discussion that examined an evolving three-tier system.

Start Putin away the IPAs and czarbucks, and start Russian to the store! You won’t believe your eyes or taste bolsheviks when you taste these Russian-themed Russian imperial stouts. Stop Stalin, and get to reading!

Here is the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser … and if you get an Empire Strikes Back vibe from it, that’s probably 1,000 percent intentional. …