Posted on November 14, 2011 by Bob
WAshington Beer Lovers (aka WABL), gathered at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville on Sunday to celebrate its sixth year of sponsoring and promoting craft brewing in Washington. WABL is the official community group for the Washington Beer Commission. It is made up of beer consumers, brewery owners, brewmasters and others active in the production and consumption of Washington-based brews.
Being a WABL member entitles you to many perks on the local beer scene, like:
- a passport to be stamped by participating craft brewers around the state
- discounts at festivals sponsored by the Washington Beer Commission
- early admission to many popular beer festivals ahead of the general public
- a glass, glass at events rather than the normal plastic tasting cup
- a cool WABL t-shirt
- monthly by-invitation-only events at selected breweries, often getting a jump on new releases, or limited batch productions
- a monthly WABL newsletter emailed to you
Basically the organization exists to promote craft beers made in Washington state. Each November they have a party to reflect on the past year’s achievements, winners at GABF and other national competitions, and announce new breweries that are about to open. They also feature some special beers made just for the anniversary party. This year we enjoyed:
– Airways Brewing – Lavender ESB, 5.5% ABV – Chuckanut Brewery – Smoked Porter, 4.5% ABV – Red Hook Brewery – Eisbock* – bourbon barrel aged, 12.5% ABV – Red Hook Brewery – Barley Wine – (no information available) – Scuttlebutt Brewery – Hoptopia in cask, 8% ABV – Wingman Brewery – Stratafortress Belgian Strong Ale; aged in black rum soaked cedar, 11.4% ABV – Silver City Brewery – Aged Fat Woody Scoth Ale, 9.2% ABV – Valhöll Brewing – Valhöll-apeño, 7% ABV
Guests were treated to a buffet that included vegetables, crackers and cheeses; meatballs and buffalo chicken. Lots of SWAG was available for the raffle. Everybody went home with something. It was the proverbial good-time-was-had-by-all event.
Photography and content by Bob Shoemaker
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*Eisbock is a traditional specialty beer of the Kulmbach district of Germany that is made by partially freezing a doppelbock and removing the water ice to concentrate the flavour and alcohol content, which ranges from 9% to 13% by volume. It is clear, with a colour ranging from deep copper to dark brown in colour, often with ruby highlights. Although it can pour with a thin off-white head, head retention is frequently impaired by the higher alcohol content. The aroma is intense, with no hop presence, but frequently can contain fruity notes, especially of prunes, raisins, and plums. Mouthfeel is full and smooth, with significant alcohol, although this should not be hot or sharp. The flavour is rich and sweet, often with toasty notes, and sometimes hints of chocolate, always balanced by a significant alcohol presence. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eisbock#Eisbock