Monday, March 13th, 2017

McMenamins in Kalama, 2 Towns Cherried Away and Sierra Nevada NXS

Ron Swarner

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2 Towns Ciderhouse has released its spring seasonal, Cherried Away, a sour cherry and hibiscus hard cider.

MORNING FOAM FOR MONDAY, MARCH 13 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom brewing on Mars news. …

The Port of Kalama Commission approved the final lease agreement with McMenamins to build a new 40-room hotel, brewery and rooftop brewpub on Port property. Construction of the facility is expected to commence on the site within the next 60 days. You can hear the sighs from Tacomans.

On the heals of winning Brewery of the Year at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards, Breakside Brewery announced a few beers on the horizon: Mo’ Money West Coast Pale and Bon Vivant Farmhouse Ale.

Made with fresh, Washington-grown Montmorency sour cherries and Northwest apples, 2 Towns Ciderhouse’s Cherried Away unfiltered cider is bright and fruity with a sweet-tartness reminiscent of cherry pie and a crisp, dry finish. Hibiscus blossom adds a soft, pinkish color and a little extra tartness. Available now through the end of June, Cherried Away is primed for springtime sipping.

Fans of cask beer are in for a treat when the Washington Brewers Guild presents the 2017 Washington Cask Beer Festival Saturday, March 25 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. This day of naturally conditioned beers will feature two sessions, one from noon to 4 p.m. and then 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Late in 2015 the brewing world saw Sierra Nevada and Stone Brewing team up in a hoppy collaboration known as NXS.  The all-California creation was split down the middle, with 50 percent of the IPA batch aged in gin barrels, and 50 percent in rye whiskey barrels. NXS as a beer looks to rise once again. This time, with another California based brewery, Karl Strauss.

Read 12,000 words in the week of the life of Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver, complete with many “urgent” situations.

Budweiser is currently working on how to brew beer on Mars, because sometimes, you just gotta focus on what you can do instead of what you should do! “When we can enjoy a few ice-cold Buds on the Red Planet, that will be the moment when we can truly realize our dreams of space colonisation,” Budweiser vice president Ricardo Marques actually said.