Beer Hall of Fame Inductee: Fremont Brewing Universal Pale Ale

by Jake Uitti

Welcome back to Sip Northwest’s Beer Hall of Fame: a twice-monthly induction into a list of essential Northwest beers that…

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The Northwest is infamous for its passion for the great outdoors, delicious food, and most importantly, craft beverage. A Mecca for craft beverage, new breweries are constantly popping up to compete with the ever-growing scene and it is not surprising that these five new breweries are wanting to try out their luck in this exciting industry. To that enthusiasm, we raise a glass!
Figurehead Brewing Co.

Welcome back to Sip Northwest’s Beer Hall of Fame: a twice-monthly induction into a list of essential Northwest beers that have made their mark on the field and region.
This week? Big Sky Brewing’s Moose Drool.
The making of Big Sky’s flagship beer, Moose Drool — a malt-forward, delectable American brown ale — begins early for Master Brewer Matt Long, often before sunup. “I have people that are always asking if they can come see the beer get brewed,” he says.

Welcome back to Bar Tab, our editor’s weekly selection of what to drink in the Northwest now. This week, we are introducing the latest production to our Sip Publishing family — Sip’s Wine Guide: British Columbia. Our inaugural venture into wine tourism magazines, the publication has a heightened focused on all that is grape-made and fermented in Canada’s most western province.

Community is everything to Chris Bierman and the team at Gruff Brewing in Bellingham, Washington. “Community should automatically be factored into our everyday decisions,” says Bierman, a Bellingham native who co-founded his locally conscious brewery with longtime friends in August.

Welcome back to Sip Northwest’s Beer Hall of Fame: a twice-monthly induction into a list of essential Northwest beers that have made their mark on the field and region.
Along with being the 49th state in the American union, Alaska is known for its harsh winters, wild animals, mining and the Alaskan Brewing Co. And the brewery’s flagship beer, Alaskan Amber, was born out of all the traditional elements normal to the country’s largest state.

Welcome back to Sip Northwest’s Beer Hall of Fame: a twice-monthly induction into a list of essential Northwest beers that have made their mark on the field and region.
If you missed our first installment, you can catch up on the reasoning for this series and our ground rules for appointing a new beer to our BHOF here. Following in the footsteps of our inaugural BHOF — Georgetown Brewing’s Lucille IPA — we now move to induct Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte porter.

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Billings, Montana’s Trailhead, is home to a historic downtown boasting Montana’s only Walking Brewery District. With 8 breweries and two distilleries within a 1.5-mile walkable loop, we know you’ll want to check it out. Just in case you need convincing, here’s our Top 6 Reasons to spend a couple hours or all evening exploring the great tastes – and sips – Billings has to offer.
1) Historic Downtown: Montana Avenue has an amazing vibe.

Memories are made when beer and music come together. A few Northwest genius minds decided that only great things could come from teaming up breweries with radio stations and took action in combining the two. Money has being donated to charity, music lovers are testing new local beers and beer enthusiasts are listening to new music from the around region and beyond. Here are four radio-beer collaborations to tip back to your favorite song.

Both Joe Barberis and Great Northern Brewing Co. have been part of Montana’s craft beer scene since the mid-90s, well before Big Sky Country burgeoned into a beer destination, today clocking in with approximately 60 microbreweries. Since Barberis joined Great Northern as head brewer in the early 2000s, he has led the company’s mission to crank out approachable creations uniquely qualified to fit into the Montana (and greater Pacific Northwestern) lifestyle.

 
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