We are really slammed at the brewery this time of year, it is the middle of wort production season, and we are busy blending and packaging beers from the 2018 harvest. We are just starting to release those 2018 fruit beers, so I wanted to send out a bit of news about an upcoming event and release.
In 2018 we did public releases every 4 months, so 3 in total. In 2019 we should be able to do at least 4 if all goes well, and that starts with a late January 3-pack box. The next public release should be May.
For those that aren't familiar, we have a second mailing list, the 'reserve list' which serves as both the Oakworks wait list and the public sale list. To join, register at http://floodlandoakworks.com
More information can be found on our site, including these two faqs:
The two events coming up that are on the books are:
In February there will be the first in-person sale of a Floodland beer. We made a special beer to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bottleworks. Bottleworks, along with The Stumbling Monk, are the original, and in our opinion still best, purveyors of Belgian beer in Seattle. They paved the way for a progressive beer scene in Seattle, and certainly set the stage for our existence as a brewery. With that in mind, we were pleased to make a blended ale made from mostly barrels aged a year and a half and refermented on all organic Washington fruit from small family farms, which was then bottle conditioned to referment. Bottleworks will announce the details of the release closer to their anniversary in February and bottles will only be available from them.
Second, next week details and ticket sales will be announced by The Stranger for the first in a series of beer events they are running.
The Zymurgy Series' first event will be 02/21 and will focus on "weird fermentation." It will be hosted by Lester Black from The Stranger and will be held at and feature my favorite Seattle brewery, Machine House. Lester Black will moderate a panel which I will be on along with Bill from Machine House and some of the folks from Garden Path up in Burlington. My understanding is that we'll pour some beers and be able to do some Q&A, which should be a lot of fun. If you want to ask questions and hear us all talk about fermentation, make sure you keep your eye out for the tickets, I expect they will sell quickly.
Thanks to Bottleworks for the privilege of brewing a beer for their 20th, and thanks to Lester for the invitation to speak at the first Zymurgy event. It's been good to see The Stranger giving the beer scene some attention; about a year ago Lester wrote up this article when we launched our first beers.
A few more articles of note that are relevant to the event at hand:
The Only Way To Survive Winter Is To Drink Cask Ale
Machine House's New Pub Is Serving Seattle's Most Understated Beer
Stumbling Monk, the Vanguard of Seattle's Sour Beer Scene, Turns 20
The Masonry's Fremont Meatballeria Is Celebrating Its First Birthday Tomorrow With the Best Beer Bash