Friday, April 28th, 2017

#DrinkWABeer contest, Full Sail Hop Shooter IPA and beer videos

Ron Swarner

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Once again the Washington beer Commission is set to launch its Third Annual #DrinkWABeer Instagram Campaign. Beginning Monday, May 8 and running every week through June 5, the Washington Beer Commission will select a winning photo on Instagram that is tagged with #DrinkWABeer. The one caveat is to answer the question “I #DrinkWAbeer because…” in your Instagram post. The grand prize is, drumroll please, four tickets to the biggest beer festival of the year, The 12th Annual Washington Brewers Festival June 16-18, 2017 at King County’s Marymoor Park.

Full Sail Brewing Company’s new Brewmaster Reserve Hop Shooter IPA was dry hopped with four varieties of Northwest hops. This Chinook-forward IPA was “shot” with more than 1.5 pounds of hops per barrel delivering intense piney aromas complemented with hints of tropical fruit. Moderate bitterness balances a foundation of Pale and Crystal malts resulting in a very drinkable IPA.

Let the jorts-wearin’, backyard-grillin’, yard-loungin’, frisbee-tossin’ beer-drinkin’ season commence with Oskar Blues Brewery’s new summer seasonal, Fugli Yuzu & Ugli Fruit IPA, a Mosaic hopped India Pale Ale brewed with a trifecta of fruits.

Based in the heart of Track Town, U.S.A., Eugene’s Ninkasi Brewing returns Beer Run IPA to its Special Release Series. Available May through September, this IPA is crafted specifically with runners in mind marrying a rich malt complexity with a clean, tropical hop profile.

We all have different opinions and different views of the world, but it is key that we learn to have open and honest discussions about those differences. If no one is willing to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, you end up with a divided nation full of people who are more interested in stalling their opponents’ agendas than in finding a path toward the common good. The new Worlds Apart video from Heineken posits that beer can be key to discovering that common ground.

People wait in lines for beer releases. A lot of it isn’t consumed at the time (the underground craft beer trade is a force to be reckoned with), but when a brewery like Other Half announces the release of their beer ‘Like Whoa,’ they can push 700 cases in two hours. Which actually happened in real life. The brewery made a documentary about the whole experience.

Picture Tree House Masters meets Man Caves in this summer’s newest home improvement series, Beer Shed Building with Ben & Toby. That is the idea at least. A show where two guys repurpose old sheds into backyard pubs.

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