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Bellingham Brewery Otherlands is a Quiet Beast.


I don't often go to Otherlands, mostly because I forget about it. I don't know why. The space is great, they make some very nice, though subtle, beers, and their food is always on point, and that point is sharp.


I tried their newest beer, The Fire Next Time, a collaboration with Wander brewing, which was an incredibly subtle yet tasty beer, and while I wondered at the use of the phrase for its name, as it is potent with socio-political meaning, I did enjoy the latkes, brussel sprouts, and pierogis I ordered with it.


I'm not a vegan, nor do I feel like veganism is a way to live, but this vegan food was spectacular.

I am really going to try hard to remember not to forget Otherlands. Their game is consistently high quality.



 

Regional Beer News


Seattle:

  • Two Beers Brewing is closing down as of December 16.

  • Reuben's just opened its Fremont taproom.

  • The Good Society Brewery is coming to Queen Anne

  • Evidently, Rainier is the most popular beer in Seattle. This does not surprise or disappoint me on any level.

Portland:

  • Seven breweries/taprooms closing in 2023. I guess the nation-wide slowdown in beer drinking is even effecting beer bros in the bro-iest beer city in the PNW.

  • Beermongers is the best place in Portland to find and drink great beers. If you disagree, you're wrong.

Astoria:

  • Fort George and Topaz Farm are putting out their farm to brewery collaboration for the second year in a row. Why this is important and why you should buy some.

  • Bridge and Tunnel is the best bottleshop and taproom in Astoria. If you disagree, you have never been to Astoria, which is another problem with your whole narrative.



 

National Beer News

Even though you missed National Beer Day, April 7, you can still find reasons to drink for the rest of 2023

11/2- National Stout Day

11/4- Learn to homebrew day

11/12- National happy hour day

12/10- National Lager Day

12/31- Let's hope next year is better day


Beer Summit: Taking place at the historic Hotel del Coronado in San Diego. It is the integrated Beer, Wine & Spirits Summit, on January 14 – 16, 2024. Register for the full conference at a discount.

I don't know about you, but I'm sensing a dark and pervasive trend in the US craft beer industry.


International Beer NEWS

Sapporo is partnering with Carlsberg group . Hopefully they will continue to keep the beers in separate cans.

Looks like Putin also steals beer business, in addition to all the other horrible things he has done. Not surprising. That guy has gone too far this time.

Heineken has a new European President. How does this affect you? Most likely not at all, but I thought I would throw it in here at the end.






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