Monday, December 6, 2010

Foggy Noggin Brewing - Named Best Nano-Brewery

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The Pour Fool: What to Drink from the World and the Northwest


http://blog.seattlepi.com/thepourfool/archives/230572.asp

"Best of the Northwest" 2010: The Finest Beers from our Corner of the Map!
In 2010, I tasted more beers from more regions and countries than any other year of my life. And out of that number, a shockingly small percentage was anything less than excellent. Seattle, Denver, Portland, Eastern Oregon, California, the East Coast, the Midwest, Texas, and even the Southwest - there's literally no part of this country that isn't producing innovative, thoughtful, delicious ales. I believe that, in decades to come, we'll all look back on this first decade of the 21st century as a Golden Age in the evolution of American beer. And many of its best breweries and most adventurous minds are right here in the Pacific Northwest. What follows below is, of course, just the opinions of one cranky, hyper-opinionated fifty-something guy with a long-standing love for British and Scottish ales and a growing impatience with wildly over-hopped, test-of-manhood IPAs. I look for quality first, second, and third, and quality is an all-encompassing concept. It's about balance, drinkability, grace, and good judgment - traits which are usually not the core values of today's younger beer lovers. Take this list, then, with an entire dairy-barn-sized salt lick and please note that, if your favorites aren't included, that does absolutely not mean that I didn't like them or intend any disrespect. Any list of any commodity produced by any critic is at the mercy of that writer's tastes, and mine is no different. Here then are The Pour Fool's suggestions for truly excellent beers you can seek out and try for yourself.

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Best Brewery-Washington:

Walking Man Brewery/Stevenson, WA

Best Brewery-Oregon:

Deschutes Brewery/Bend, OR

Best Brewery-Idaho:

Grand Teton Brewing/Victor, ID

Best Organic Brewery:

Hopworks Urban Brewing/Portland, OR

Best New Breweries (2 years or less):

Upright Brewing/Portland, OR

Seven Seas Brewing/Gig Harbor, WA

Best Nano-Brewers:

Foggy Noggin Brewing/Bothell, WA

Beetje Brewing/Portland, OR

THE BREWS

Best Beers-Pale Ale:

Cascade Lakes Brewing "Pine Marten" Pale Ale

Deschutes Brewing "Lugnut" Pale Ale

Best Beers-IPA:

Laurelwood Pub & Brewery "Workhorse" IPA/Portland, OR

Two Beers Brewery "Evo" IPA/Seattle, WA

Best Beers-Amber Ale:

Mac & Jack's Brewing African Amber/Redmond, WA

Best Beers-Brown Ale:

Iron Horse Brewing "Malt Bomb" Brown Ale/Ellensburg, WA

Upright Brewing "Six"/Portland, OR

Best Beers-Double IPA:

Ninkasi Brewing "Tricerahops"/Eugene, OR

Hair of The Dog Brewing "Blue Dot" Imperial IPA/Portland, OR

Walking Man "Homo Erectus"/Stevenson, WA

Best Beers-Porter:

Flyers Restaurant & Brewery "Pacemaker" Porter/Oak Harbor, WA

Best Beers-Stout:

Ninkasi "Oatis" Oatmeal Stout/Eugene, OR

Best Beers-ESB:

Silver Moon Brewing "Badlands Bitter"/Bend, OR

Big Al Brewing "Brougham Bitter" ESB/Seattle, WA

Best Beers-Scotch Ale:

Boundary Bay Brewery Scotch Ale/Bellingham, WA

Best Beers-Imperial Stout:

Deschutes "The Abyss" Imperial Stout/Bend, OR

Best Beers-Strong Ale:

Deschutes Brewery "Jubelale 2010"/Bend, OR

Rogue Brewery "Double Dead Guy"/Newport, OR

Best Beers-Old Ale:

Upright Brewing "Billy the Mountain" Old Ale/Portland, OR

Best Beers-Barleywine:

Pike Brewing "Old Bawdy"/Seattle, WA

Best Beers-Wheat Beer:

Deschutes Brewery "Blackweiss"/Bend, OR

Best Beers-Lager:

Full Sail Brewing Limited #2 Pale Lager/Hood River, OR

Best Beers-Pilsner:

Silver Moon Brewing "Uber Pils"/Bend, OR

Best Beers-Bock/Doppelbock:

Fish Brewing "Detonator" Dopplebock/Olympia, WA

Best Beer-Red Ale:

Bend Brewing "Scarlet Red" Imperial Red/Bend, OR

Best Beer-Rye Ale:

Upright Brewing "Turkey on Rye"/Portland, OR

Best Beers-Wood Aged:

Full Sail "Top Sail" Bourbon Imperial Porter

Best Beers-Herb or Spice:

Elysian Brewing "Avatar" Jasmine IPA/Seattle, WA

Best Beers-Fruit Beers:

Bend Brewing Cherry Baltic Porter/Bend, OR

Best Beers-Nut Beers:

Black Raven Brewing Pecan Porter/Redmond, WA

Best Beers- Sour Ale:

Deschutes "The Dissident" Flanders-style Sour Brown/Bend, OR

Best Beers-Wild Ale:

Deschutes Brewery "BenderWeisse"/Bend, OR

Best Beers-Seasonal:

Deschutes "Jubelale"/Bend, OR

Pike Brewing "Auld Acquaintance"/Seattle, WA

Hopworks Urban Brewing "Abominable"/Portland, OR

Best Beers-Smoked Ale:

Big Al Smoked Porter/Seattle, WA

Best Beers-Ancient Recipe:

Hair of the Dog Brewing "Adam"/Portland, OR

Best Beers-Experimental:

Terminal Gravity Brewing Single-Hop Double IPA Series, Newport Edition/Enterprise, OR

Best Beers-Other:

Big Al Brewing Peanut Butter Stout/Seattle, WA

Best Beers-Attempts to Define Cascadian Dark Ale:

Deschutes Brewery "Hop in the Dark"/Bend, OR

Terminal Gravity Brewing CDA/Enterprise, OR

Widmer Brothers "Pitch Black"/Portland, OR

BEST OF THE BEST

Best Overall Brewery: Deschutes Brewery/Bend, OR

AND THE WINNERS ARE...

Billy the Mountain - The Abyss - Workhorse IPA

Top Three Northwest Beers:

Deschutes "The Abyss" Imperial Stout/Bend, OR

Upright Brewing "Billy the Mountain" English-style Old Ale/Portland, OR

Laurelwood "Workhorse" IPA/Portland, OR

Posted by Steve Body at December 4, 2010 12:09 p.m.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Special Project Annoucement - Olde Cruz

Saturday marked the arrival of wine barrel from Gordon Brothers Winery (thanks Tim).  We have been brewing on the side some of our Special Version of our English Strong Ale for this barrel.  60 Gallons were brewed, fermented and stored for weeks awaiting the barrels delivery.  This is a very special beer that only produces 1/3 BBL output on each batch.  Yes, this means we have 6 batches combined into this barrel for this unique, one-of-a-kind special brew.

Tim Henley (Gordon Brothers) told me this Hungarian Oak barrel has been used since 2004 for Cabernet barrel aging, but the last use was for a Merlot.  Looks like the wine has penetrated over 1/2 of the wood and offers a wonderful wine aroma.

Filling the barrel was performed September 5th.  Half of the barrel was filled from Glass Carboys, while the other half from Cornelius Kegs.  The result, a happy filled keg of wonderful beer and lots of wine residue (wine and wine yeast) left behind.
This beer is big enough to handle the wine and the oak barrel, as it brings a 9.5% ABV full bodied Strong Ale back-bone to the table.  Plans are to age this for a year to let the barrel and wine meld with the beer and create a unique finished product (called "Olde Cruz") proud to wear the Foggy Noggin brand name.  This will be a very limited production.  Very little of this will be kegged for limitied distribution and the rest be be bottled in a limited run of collectable bottles. 
Visit our tasting room to view this barrel on display and make sure you rub the barrel, as legend has it to bring good luck to those who rub it.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Where Can I Get My Foggy Noggin Beer?

As of August 25, 2010, we have beer available at the following locations:

Malt & Vine (Redmond) - Chief Lightfoot should be coming on tap very soon
Beveridge Place Pub (West Seattle) - Look for more beer to arrive next week
Courtyard by Marriott (Bellevue) - they currently have Christmas Duck on tap
Latona Pub (Greenlake) - they currently have Bit O'Beaver on tap
Main Street AleHouse (Bothell) - Look for more beer to arrive soon
Fiddler's Inn (Wedgewood) - Look for more beer to arrive soon
Nake City Taphouse (Greenwood) - Christmas Duck should be on tap very soon
Foggy Noggin Tasting Room (Bothell) - Currently has Christmas Duck, Chief Lightfoot and Civil War all on tap

Follow where our beers are on TapLister

Get Your Noggin Foggin!

Where In The World?

The correct answer was Golan Heights (Israel).  Congrats to those who got it right.  Even those who didn't guess correctly can feel lke winners by heading over to one of our locations serving Foggy Noggin beers, or visit our tasting room.
Thanks for playing!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Little Foggy Noggin Brewing Serves 4th Most Beer @ Washington Brewer's Festival

In our first three months, since our Grand Opening, we continue to be surprised with the support local beer enthusiasts give us. We have been unable to keep beer in stock to allow pubs to carry our beer, so we expanded our capacity 4X. We attended our first beer festival, Washington's biggest event, The Washington Brewer's Festival and were shocked with the reception we received.






With 77 locations inside St Edwards State Park (Kenmore, WA) set-up to take your token for either a beer, wine or cider sample - Foggy Noggin Brewing (Bothell, WA) took in the 4th most tokens of all attendees. I don't have to tell you that Washington has lots of great breweries making great beers, but little Foggy Noggin (most of the people attending never had heard of us) getting 4th most?
What this says is Washington beer hop-heads, enthusiasts, geeks and freaks all have open minds and like to try new beers. Thank you to all who attended this event and ventured to our booth and sampled our beers.





We brought our two flagship beers - Bit O'Beaver (English Bitter), Christmas Duck (Porter) and Friday night only Kastrated Dawg (English Strong Ale). Since the Kastrated Dawg was only available Friday, there was some urgency about trying this beer. Additionally, we let our followers know that there were only three 1/6 BBL kegs of this and each was different than the other. We started with the regular version, then the oak aged version and finally the Lagavulin oak aged.









First beers served at the Festival Friday night? Foggy Noggin's Kastrated Dawg. The first person through the entry gate, ran straight to the Foggy Noggin booth and told us he wanted to get Kastrated.  We had no choice to to comply with his request. He enjoyed the experience to much he made sure everyone else at the festival got in line for a Kastration experience.




Get Your Noggin Foggin!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Delivery of Walk-In Cooler


We just took delivery of our new walk-in cooler.  Hope to have this up and runing within the week.

Once we keg our beer, not we have ample space to keep it cool until we either tap in the tasting room or deliver to your favorite beer outlet.







It may be only 4x6, but it looks great from this view.  You can gaze at this as you wait in line for a tasting pour or growler fill.  How many kegs will this fill?  I will let you know when we fill it up.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Foggy Noggin Growing Hops?

What started as an idea in Hillsboro, OR in Karla's backyard (now Hop Farm), has moved north and in planted in the back of the Foggy Noggin Brewery. Karla planted one rhizome of Willamette last year and harvested one ounce.  This was used in brewing out Kastrated Dawg (which will be available at the Washington  Brewer's Festival (June 18).  Kim planted two rhizomes this spring in the East exterior of the brewery.  Centennial and Fuggle.  From the looks of the pictures below, the Fuggle hops has the best start so far.  Stay tuned for updates and more pictures.

Friday, May 7, 2010

New Fermenters Arrived!

Custom made 1/2BBL fermenters from Elliott Bay Metals (Mukilteo, WA) arrived today.  We ordered 3 and 2 arrived.  These are expertly crafted fermenters and match the existing one we had.  Perfect compliment to the Foggy Noggin Brewery.  Look for more beer coming out of the brewery in the near future and more places to order it.

Get Your Noggin Foggin!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Foggy Noggin Gets Cool

With warmer weather coming soon (we hope), we needed to install air conditioning (AC) in the brewery.  Since we control our ferment temperature by the room, we heat in the winter and will need to cool in the summer.

This took all day Saturday to do.  Thanks to a couple of real FogNoggers (Brady and Tom) to help get this work completed.  Now it's installed and Foggy Noggin is ready to handle the hot days of summer.
Get your Noggin Foggin!

Friday, April 23, 2010

New Kegs Arrived Today!

As we grow to meet the demand on our beers, we are converting to 1/6BBL sankey style kegs.  Good thing I still have my old Checy Suburban to transport the kegs.  Now I know how much capacity the Suburban has for cargo - 51 kegs.





Soon we will be able to provide your favorite beers (Foggy Noggin Beers) at your local favorite beer place.  Start spreading the word that Foggy Noggin is your beer of choice and you want them to start carrying it. 
Get your noggin foggin!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Foggy Noggin's 1st Brewers Event

You came to the Foggy Noggin Grand Opening and are now hooked on our beers.  Thanks for your support!  You want more and we are completely sold out.  How can you get more?  Come to our first Brewers Event this Friday (April 2nd) @ Malt & Vine (Redmond, WA) http://www.maltandvine.com/.  We will be there to talk to you about both our Bit O'Beaver (English Bitter) and Christmas Duck (Porter) which will be on tap and for sale in growlers.  Event runs from 5:30- 7:30 pm.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Announcing Foggy Noggin Growler Exchange Program

By popular demand, we are staring a Growler Exchange Program.  We will take advance orders each week, up to 10pm each Friday for growler orders.  They can be picked up Saturday between 10 am - 12 noon. 

Details:
If you already own a Foggin Noggin Growler and it is in near mint condition (no scratches, all the printing is in tact) we will trade that growler for a new pre-filled growler for $10 (cash).

If you don't have a Foggy Noggin Growler yet, we will sell you a pre-filled growler for $15 (cash).  You can trade it the following week.

We will not be filling any growlers on these exchange times.

How to participate:
E-mail us @ foggynogginbrewing@comcast.net your order, prior to 10pm the Friday before you want to pick-up the beer.  Currently we have limited amounts of Bit O'Beaver and Christmas Duck. Bring your cash during the Saturday pick-up time (10 am - 12 noon).  Take the beer home and enjoy!

Any questions?  Please e-mail us @ foggynogginbrewing@comcast.net

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Grand Opening Today @ Foggy Noggin Brewing

Tasting Room ready to pour.



Look at all our great merchandise.  You would look great wearing that hat.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Preview of Foggy Noggin Glassware













Foggy Noggin Tasting Room Set To Open

What you have all been waiting for is almost here. The first day of Spring is coming Saturday – March 20th. This means winter is over, temperatures warming up, longer days and the grand opening of the Foggy Noggin Brewing tasting room.

Grand Opening – What does it mean?

We will have the tasting room open from 1-4PM on March 20th, 2010. Here beer enthusiasts (with ID to prove they are over 21) will be able to sample our two flagship beers – Bit O’Beaver and Christmas Duck. These beers will be available for sale by the growler (1/2 gallon glass container). If you have a growler, you can bring it and we will fill it for $10 (cash), or you can purchase a Foggy Noggin growler for $5 (cash) and have it filled for $10 (cash). We will have a limited amount of T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, 20 oz. pint glasses, 4 oz. taster glasses and hats for resale. All sales are cash only.

Since we are located in a neighborhood location, it is critical that everyone obeys the speed limit and does not block any driveways. We need to be courteous beer enthusiasts to make sure our neighborhood continues to support the brewery. There is no consumption allowed in the tasting room, which means no public bathrooms, no pint sales. This is truly a taste and beer to go operation. Let me thank you in advance for your support in observing our request.

Where is Foggy Noggin?

We are located at: 22329 53rd Ave SE, Bothell, WA 98021. We are approximately 3 miles East of Canyon Park.

How Frequent will the tasting room be open?

We don’t have a good handle on this at this time, sorry. It is impossible to anticipate the demand of our beers. Each time we are open we want to have enough beer to meet the demand, as much as possible. We will use our blog and twitter accounts to get this information out. Right now, I think we will be open one (1) Saturday each month.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Foggy Noggin Grand Opening Set

Hey FogNoggers


As February comes to a close and we quickly approach the unveiling of the Foggy Noggin Beer line-up, it is time to provide a bit more update on our progress.

January 23, 2010 marked our first commercial brew day, with a ½ BBL brewing of Bit O’Beaver (English Bitter). We have brewed 2 successful batches of Bit O’Beaver and 1 of Christmas Duck. We are brewing every week now and hope to be able to keep up with the demand. The date March 20th for our grand opening is set. Address and directions will be sent in the March 2010 update and posted on our web-site.

Grand Opening – What does it mean?

We will have the tasting room open from 1-4PM on March 20th, 2010. Here beer enthusiasts (with ID to prove they are over 21) will be able to sample our two flagship beers – Bit O’Beaver and Christmas Duck. These beers will be available for sale by the growler (1/2 gallon glass container). If you have a growler, you can bring it and we will fill it for $10 (cash), or you can purchase a Foggy Noggin growler for $5 (cash) and have it filled for $10 (cash). We will have a limited amount of T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, 20 oz. pint glasses, 4 oz. taster glasses and hats for resale. All sales are cash only.

Since we are located in a neighborhood location, it is critical that everyone obeys the speed limit and does not block any driveways. We need to be courteous beer enthusiasts to make sure our neighborhood continues to support the brewery. There is no consumption allowed in the tasting room, which means no public bathrooms, no pint sales. This is truly a taste and beer to go operation.

How Frequent will the tasting room be open?

We don’t have a good handle on this at this time, sorry. It is impossible to anticipate the demand of our beers. Each time we are open we want to have enough beer to meet the demand, as much as possible. We will use our blog and twitter accounts to get this information out. Right now, I think we will be open once a month, stay tuned.  We will try to find a way for growler pick-ups on non-open weekends.

Foggy Noggin in the Press

We are having positive press from the local beer blog-sphere, as the Northwest eagerly anticipates the first pouring of our brews.

http://nwbeerguide.blogspot.com/2010/01/wa-foggy-noggin-brewing-jim-jamison.html
http://seattlebeernews.com/?p=1353
http://www.washingtonbeerblog.com/foggy-noggin-brewing-clears-another-final-hurdle/

Where can I get my Foggy Noggin?

We are also getting inquiries from restaurants, beer bars and beverage houses on how they can among the first to serve the Foggy Noggin Beer line-up. We are in negotiations with a couple of retail locations that we think lines-up well with our beers and will represent us well. Stay tuned for announcements on these locations.

Regular followers of Foggy Noggin will be able to e-mail pre-orders and schedule for pick-up of growlers, using our Fn Growler Exchange. We are considering home delivery service in the local Bothell area as well.

What is Foggy Noggin Brewing?

We are brewers of great English Styled Ales on a very small 1/2 BBL system. We are now one of the world's smallest production breweries. We take great pride in every batch to bring you consistent high quality brews year-round. While we get up and running, you will only be able to get our fresh beers at our tasting room, located at our brewery in Bothell, WA.

We will begin with our two (2) flagship beers - Bit O'Beaver (English Bitter) and Christmas Duck (Robust Porter). More beers are planned to be introduced as we grow.

www.foggynogginbrewing.com is live, we plan to make this a unique experience you will want to bookmark and visit often. You can follow us on twitter http://twitter.com/fognog. Here you will get updates on the brewery modifications and brew sessions. Our blog is update frequently and an excellent source for what is going on http://foggynogginbrewing.blogspot.com/. We are on facebook as well and another source for interaction with Foggy Noggin http://www.facebook.com/pages/Foggy-Noggin-Brewing/225240566671?ref=ts.

Spread the word and let your friends know about Foggy Noggin Brewing. To get future updates like this, have your friends send me an e-mail requesting to get on the Noggin News distribution.

Nice press release on Foggy Noggin

http://wine-beer-washington.com/announcements/good-things-come-to-beer-lovers-who-wait/

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Batch #3 In The Fermenter

Great brew session today, with our #3 brewing (Christmas Duck),  Visitors today included: Ken and Daniel, who are starting a new brewery in the very early stages (Tacoma), Clint, with Malt & Vine www.maltandvine.com/ (Redmond) - talked about potential distribution of Foggy Noggin Beers, and my good friend Chris.  Matthew came mid-way thru the session to help clean the kettles.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Fun Times @ Stange Brewfest!

Great fun in Port Townsend over the weekend at the Strange Brewfest. Long line formed in the rain as eager beer nuts had no idea what was in store for them.



Lots of interesting beers to try.  Big Al's was probably the most popular with their Peanut Butter Imperial Stout and Winter Mint.  Met lots of brewers and beer geeks. www.bigalbrewing.com/

Met a new brewery who is nearly our neighbor, 192. Good luck to them as they get started. www.192brewing.com/

Wondering if we will try to brew up a concoction for next years event.  We have brain-stormed many ideas already.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Unusual Friday Brew Day

Since we are headed to Strange Brewfest Saturday, we brewed Batch #2 (Bit O'Beaver) today.  Another flawless brew session.  Things are looking good.  Had a couple of visitors.  One was an interested Beer Nut, the other was there to price additional fermenters.  Yes, we are not even open yet and considering expansion.  We are gettin' our noggin' foggin!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

First Brewing Done!

First commercial batch is done and fermenting away.  Bit O'Beaver - Yeah!  Looks like grand opening to be March 20th.  Stay tuned FogNoggers!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What Time Is It?


Foggy Noggin Time!  First pour from test batch #1 - Bit O'Beaver.  Awesome!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

3rd and final test batch brewed today

Test brewing is done.  All set to turn it on live.  3rd and final test batch (Christmas Duck) in the fermenter.  Get ready you FogNoggers, we will be ready for tasting and growlers to go very soon.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Where in the World is Foggy Noggin? (Picture #1)

Where in the World is Foggy Noggin? Picture #1

Correct location: Caesar's Palace - Las Vegas, NV

Saturday, January 9, 2010

2nd Test Batch Fermenting

Success brewing of our 2nd test batch today.  Bit O'Beaver tasted great as we transferred 1st test brew.  Looks like we are getting dialed in well.  Maybe a 3rd test batch next week - Christmas Duck - before we go live.

Thursday, January 7, 2010