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Drew's Brews News February 2015


Spring is in the Air! 

I am sure that most of you have heard by now that Elysian Brewing was recently acquired by Anheuser-Busch, a move that sent shock waves through out the local beer scene. Though acquisition is nothing new to A-B, it has been many years since they have made a move up here in Seattle. Beer fans are worried and scared of the unknown. There is speculation that A-B will use Elysian to try and force out smaller breweries from the market. The uncertainty is palpable. I for one, hope that A-B just tucks their Elysian card into their enormous portfolio of brands and lets them keep doing their thing. One good thing for all of you out of towners- you will soon be able to find Elysian Beer in all 50 states

Fact of the Month
Washington is the second most-productive hop growing region in the world and over 75% of Hops grown in the US come from Washington state.

New Beers
Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co.– Irish Red Ale
Fremont Brewing –  First Nail Imperial Stout, Triple Trifecta 3xIPA
Georgetown BrewingKiss Ass Blaster 3xIPA, Lisa's Chocolate Stout
Hale’s Ales Brewery –  Wheat Wine, English Porter
Outlander Brewing – Goats and Roses 
Pyramid Brewing Co. – Belgian Dubbel, S.M.A.S.H. IPA

Upcoming Events in Seattle
February 21st - Washington Beer Open House, Over 50 breweries open their doors to celebrate beer!
February 21st - Hop Mob Finale at Pike Brewing
March 14th - Hardliver Barleywine festival at Brouwers
March 28th - Cask Beer Festival presented by the Washington Brewers Guild at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall



Drew's Brews News: January 2015





Hello Beer fans! I hope that everyone had a great holiday season full of tasty ales and lagers. I sure enjoyed my “12 Beers of Christmas” box and I know that you all did too. Just like always we have a list of some of the new beers that are out in the market and awaiting your purchase. It is also the time of the year when we brew collaboration beer with the guys at Outlander Brewing. All of the guides have submitted an idea and we want our guests to vote on which beer would be the best!

Which beer should Road Dog Tour's and Outlander Brewing Company collaborate on?
 free polls


Fact of the Month
The modern fermenters the most breweries use these days are called CCV’s (closed conical vessels) or CCT’s Cylindroconical Tanks. Traditionally brewers used open fermentation tanks called “coolships” to cool the wort and inoculate it with yeast.

New Beers On Tap
Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. – Hot Toddy Hefe, Revamped IPA
Fremont Brewing Co. – Fremonk’s Belgian Tripel
Georgetown Brewing – Lagerieda, CampGeorge (Dark and Hoppy Hefe - collaBEERation with Base Camp Brewing in Portland, OR)
Hilliard’s Beer – Saison Repsado (Tequila barrel aged Saison!), Boombox IPA
Outlander Brewing – Blackberry Berlinerweisse, Coffee Cake Stout, Coffy Brown
Seapine Brewing – Skipine Bomb Hole

Upcoming Beer Events

January 31st - The Washington Beer Commission hosts the 6th Annual Belgianfest featuring 80+ Belgian inspired beers from over 30 Washington Breweries. This event takes place on the waterfront in Downtown Seattle at the Bell Harbor Conference Center and features crazy Belgians, including sours, saisons, dubbels, and triples.




Beer of the Month - July

Our “Beer of the Month” comes to us via Seapine Brewing company, located in the SoDo District of Seattle. This unique IPA is kegged and bottled fresh right from the tanks and served unfiltered. It remains slightly sweet and very smooth. A slight citrus hop aroma rounds out the profile. This is a West Coast IPA -O.G. 14.5 F.G 2.5 Hops: Nugget, Cascade.

If you have yet to hear of Seapine in your neck of the woods, it’s because operation is currently very small. The owner, and head brewer, is a gentleman named Drew Colpitts. A graduate of the exclusive UC Davis Brewing Masters Program, Drew’s a long-time industry veteran with a passion for local craft beer and is always in search of the next perfect pint.

 The brew system is a 3.5 barrel system and the fermentation tanks are 7 bbl. Just looking around the brewery you can tell that Drew is a master craftsman. From the tables made of locally sourced driftwood and the light fixtures refurbished from old railroad station lights, Drew pays attention to detail, and this is truly seen in his beer. The Seapine IPA is arguably one of the best that Seattle has to offer. It’s piney in essence, with nice citrus aromas.  The body is not overpowering and the ABV comes in at 6.7%.


The beer is on tap, locally, at about 15-20 various bars and restaurants around Seattle, but the best way to enjoy a pint is to hit up the brewery directly.  The taproom is open every Friday from 3pm to 8pm, Saturday from 12pm to 8pm and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. 


Visit their site 


Brew Buddies

by Jason Shrum

Someone asked me, what my favorite part of the Road Dogs Tour experience is. There are so many great things about it that it is so hard to narrow it down to just one. Meeting new people every single day in a fun environment is certainly a plus to my job. Traveling around the city of Seattle and visiting some of the greatest breweries in the world is also something that cannot be topped. The great people that work at the breweries and elect to spend their time telling our tour guests about their wonderful products, and of course the many, many beer samples (although I do not get to drink) are also things that make my day great. However, if I had to choose just one thing, it would be watching the social dynamic of our patrons slowly evolve throughout our stops.

There is an eerie calmness when I pick my guests up for their adventure with Road Dogs. You can certainly see that people are super excited for what they are about to experience, but itʼs almost like they are wearing a poker face. Nobody really likes to show how excited that they really are. As we head off to our first stop we often discuss the history of Seattleʼs beer scene, and I love to ask some beer trivia in order to get people speaking up and comfortable with the other strangers that they are in the van with. Sometimes it is like pulling teeth. People are mostly quiet, reserved, and certainly want some else to go first. Itʼs a lot like being at a middle school dance. !After the first stop, though, people are certainly more relaxed. A few beer samples will help lend to that. People begin talking to those around them. Asking where they are from, what they do. And they begin asking me lots of questions about beer and itʼs beginning, and real conversation is starting to happen. They start getting excited about the trip and are a little less abashed about showing their excitement. !

The second stop becomes a lot more fun. People begin repeating back to me the things that they have learned along the way, and putting their newly learned beer knowledge into play. Describing their beers as “hoppy” or “malty” and asking more specific questions about the process of each beer that they try. They are now sharing with their new “Booze Buddies” pictures of their children, and pets, and asking them what they are doing later, because maybe they can all hang out. !

By the third stop people are mostly done listening to me. I could easily talk all day about beer and how it is made, but now they are much more engaged with each other. They are talking about flying to that personʼs home state or baby sitting their children for them. Phone numbers and email addresses are swapped and the idea that they will be best friends forever because of this experience is starting become a reality. By the time we have left the third brewery, in the three hours that we have spent together, I am simply the chauffeur. The next stop may not even involve me dropping them off at the designated point, but rather at a bar or restaurant that they can all hang out at.

A lot of times I get invited as well, which is always nice. !So my favorite part is that. The friendships. Whether they remain real or are simply fleeting. High fives, hugs, and smiles are honestly the best part of the Road Dog Tour experience.