Thursday, March 17, 2011

Foggy Noggin Brewing's - Our First Year

Hard to believe it, but Foggy Noggin Brewing is getting ready to turn one-year old this weekend.  What started as a dream and took over 2-years to conquer the many obstacles of permits and licenses, we made it and open our doors to the public on March 20, 2010.  FogNoggers everywhere showed up in masses to see what this Foggy Noggin thing was all-about.  We had over 300 curious visitors our first day and ran out of beer.  This was just the beginning for the wild ride of our journey.

The video above is footage of our humble, but very proud, moment when we cut the ribbon and opened our tasting room to the public. 

Our next challenge was to brew enough beer to attend the Washington Brewers Festival, over Father's Day weekend. We brewed all we could and took our 2 flag-ship beers (Bit O'Beaver and Christmas Duck) along with our Friday only beer (Kastrated Dawg) to this event. Again, we were amazed at the interest and attention to Foggy Noggin. We were shocked to learn that we served the 4th most amount of beer during the weekend. WOW!

We added three additional fermenters and started getting tap accounts. Foggy Noggin has had our beer on tap at 20 locations to date, and still growing. Invites to attend Brewers Events started coming in and we attended terrific turn-outs at: Malt & Vine (Redmond), Beveridge Place Pub (West Seattle), The Beer Authority (Lake City), The Green Frog (Bellingham), Diamond Knot (Mukilteo), Balefire (Everett). More are planned in our 2nd year already.

Each seasonal beer we introduced was hugely successful. Our tasting room began to be open most Saturday's, because everyone told us "I Want My Fn Beer!" We had another huge turn-out for the Open House '11, even though it snowed all day and the road conditions were very dangerous.

To celebrate the start of our second year, we brewed up a special beer. An English Old Ale, that plans to be brewed every year to celebrate this accomplishment. Watch the video to see the hands-on approach and care given to every bottle. This beer was bottled and will be available in very limited amounts - Saturday - March 19th @ 1pm.

Thanks to all you FogNoggers everywhere for a generous and warm welcome to the Seattle beer scene. We pledge to continue to bring you the finest hand-crafted English Styled Ales you can get.

Cheers and the best is yet to come.

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