Friday, July 28th, 2017

Washington Beer Collaboration Fest, Sierra Nevada 2017 Oktoberfest and Carson Daly beer

Ron Swarner

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Steve Luke of Cloudburst and Brad Benson of Stoup Brewing collaborated at the first Washington Beer Collaboration Fest. Photo by Pappi Swarner

MORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, JULY 28 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the pealouts. …

For the second year in a row, the Washington Beer Commission collaborates with the states craft breweries that collaborated on 28 special beers. The beers will be pouring at the Washington Beer Collaboration Fest Aug. 19 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center.

Don’t believe the hype. Millennials aren’t killing beer. In 2009, there were 1,596 operating craft breweries in the United States. By the end of 2016 that number had increased to 5,234.

It’s fascinating to see the growing interest in Real Ale from the U.S. As Shelton Brothers’ Kevin Brooks puts it, cask ale is “a huge pain in the ass for nearly everyone involved.” So, why the increased interest? Because, when done right, it’s one of the best ways to enjoy a beer, of course.

For the third straight year, Sierra Nevada Brewing has collaborated with a German brewery on its fall-seasonal Oktoberfest beer. In 2015, Sierra partnered with 600-year-old Bauhaus Riegele, now into its 27th generation of family-owned, independent brewing. In 2016, Sierra Nevada brewed with the more than 400-year-old, family owned Mahrs Bräu located in Bamberg, Germany. This year, second-generation brewer Brian Grossman, of Sierra Nevada, and fourth-generation Brewmaster Cornelius Faus of Miltenberg, Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger, have joined forces.

As part of TODAY’s “Summer of Yes,” Carson Daly teamed up with the Other Half Brewing Company in Brooklyn, New York, to brew his own craft beer, “On the Daly,” for a good cause: Operation Homefront, providing financial relief to military families in need.

Brooklyn Brewery has announced via its blog, a joint partnership agreement with San Leandro, CA’s 21st Amendment Brewery and Funkwerks out of Fort Collins, CO acquiring a minority investment in both companies. The three-way partnership was crafted to create a shared platform for national sales and distribution, which takes effect, January 1, 2018.

Simon Davidson captures some real bitchin’ pealouts.