Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Washington Brewers Festival, Oregon Cider Week and 2017 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stouts

Ron Swarner

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Rogue-Ales-Paradise-PuckerMORNING FOAM FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 15 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer and cider news, from the fluffy head all the way to the best way to mail beer across the country. …

The Washington Brewers Festival begins its run at Marymoor Park in Redmond tomorrow night. This year 131 breweries will pour in excess of 600 beers during the three-day festival.

The sixth annual Oregon Cider Week, celebrating all things cider, begins and continues through June 25. The week kicks off with the awards announcement from the Northwest Cider Association’s Portland International Cider Cup. The competition winner will be announced tonight at an industry ceremony along with medalists in each category, from hopped ciders to barrel aged to heritage ciders and more.

Rogue Ales & Spirits announces the release of Paradise Pucker, it’s first sour ale, inspired by the classic Hawaiian juice made with passionfruit, orange and guava. The was originally released in 2016 as a small-run batch in Hawaii. Following up on its popularity in the local market, Rogue has brought the sour ale to the mainland for all to enjoy.

In 2016 Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout release was subdued over the issues that plagued the 2015 release which saw four of the six variants have souring issues. With a smooth release last year, Goose has ramped up the BCBS release for 2017 and will introduce seven different versions of the beer.

In 2006, father and son Tim and Steve Beauchesne started Beau’s All Natural craft brewery in Eastern Canada. Steve Beauchesne answers a Q&A including his thoughts on American craft brewery buyouts.

Independence matters to craft beer drinkers. A 2,000-person Harris Poll survey examines whether 29 popular buzzwords used to market beer are resonating with regular craft beer drinkers. The results showed that 81 percent of craft beer consumers were familiar with the terms “independent” and “independently owned.” The next most recognized word to beer drinkers: “traditional.”

Lifehacker has discovered a way to mail beer across the country like a professional. Obviously, don’t mail your beer in the summer.