Issaquah Brewhouse pours on packaging awards

November 18, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 18, 2010

Issaquah Brewhouse bottles and tap handles scored higher than entrants from beverage giants and nabbed first-place packaging awards.

The bottle for Issaquah-brewed White Frog Ale took first place in the special packaging category in the San Francisco POP Awards. The awards honor best in point-of-purchase displays. The green-and-white bottle label features — what else? — a frog in mid hop.

The brewhouse also received a first-place award for the tap handle for White Frog Ale. The handle received the second consecutive first-place honor in the Beverage Dynamics Packaging and Design Competition.

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Issaquah Brewhouse invites beer enthusiasts to Wednesday brewing

November 16, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Nov. 16, 2010

Enjoy a morning pint and watch the brewing start at the Issaquah Brewhouse on Wednesday.

Bob Brenlin, a craft beer publican, joins the brewmaster at the Issaquah brewery, Steve Luke, to brew the 23rd batch of Contraband at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The downtown Issaquah brewery has brewed Contraband for Brenlin since 2005. The brew — American-styled IPA — is brewed slightly different each time to lend each batch a unique flavor.

The brew is available only at the brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way, plus Fiddler’s Inn, Hopvine Pub and Latona Pub in Seattle.

Issaquah Brewhouse features hops, frogs and dogs at weekend fest

October 14, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 14, 2010

The beer lineup at the Issaquah Brewhouse includes a number of options named for frogs — but the downtown pub hosts actual amphibians Saturday and Sunday.

The family-friendly Frogs & Dogs Festival has a lineup of amphibian- and canine-related activities, including a dog parade, a dog-food eating contest, a leapfrog competition, free dog washes and a dog agility and obstacle competition.

The festival runs from noon – 9 p.m. Saturday and noon – 5 p.m. Sunday at the brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Proceeds from the festival benefit Reach for the Sky July — a three-week, all-scholarship arts camp for Issaquah and Snoqualmie Valley children.

The brewhouse hosted the inaugural Frogs & Dogs Festival last September.

Celebrate Pints for Prostates at brewhouse Thursday

September 29, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 29, 2010

Enjoy a pint and benefit prostate cancer research at the Issaquah Brewhouse.

The brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way, hosts the third annual Pints for Prostates from noon – 6 p.m. Thursday.

Employees dressed in doctors’ attire will host a full day of events: hourly bathroom tours and latex glove contests, a toast to Pints for Prostates and bleu ball specials.

Members will be on site with prostate cancer prevention information and apparel. Participants can show their support by wearing prostate cancer awareness wristbands provided by the brewhouse.

One in six men is at risk for developing prostate cancer, the second most common type of cancer among men in the United States. Every year, more than 200,000 American men are diagnosed with the cancer.

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Golf tournament returns to Salmon Days sporting weekend

September 14, 2010

You can search for hidden treasure or your golf ball. The Salmon Days Sporting Weekend has a little something for everyone.

The annual event takes place Sept. 25-26.

Geoteaming and orienteering kick off the weekend Sept. 25. In the interactive and high-tech scavenger hunt, participants use GPS units to navigate to hidden treasures in and around Issaquah. Each found cache earns a team valuable points toward its final score. All equipment is provided along with a lunch catered by Rogue’s Issaquah Brewhouse.

Location of the geoteaming event is at Issaquah Highlands, on 10th Avenue Northeast between Northeast Park Drive and Northeast High Street. There are three sessions. Session one runs from 9:30-11:30 a.m. with teams signing in at 8:30 a.m. Session two runs from noon – 2 p.m. with sign-ins at 11 a.m. Session three runs from 2:30-4:30 p.m. with sign-ins at 1:30 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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Issaquah Brewhouse is in the running to be best brewpub

September 7, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 7, 2010

The downtown Issaquah Brewhouse could be named the best brewpub in Western Washington in the annual Best of Western Washington guide to local restaurants and attractions.

The brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way, crafts a family of beers in a 15-barrel brew system. The brewery has earned 30 awards for taste and quality. Vote for the brewhouse here.

The brewhouse opened in 1994; Rogue Ales snapped up the pub a decade ago. The brewhouse is a popular gathering spots for community groups.

KING-TV organizes the annual Best of Western Washington rankings.

Brewhouse beer wins award

August 31, 2010

Ménage À Frog just added more bling to the display case at the Issaquah Brewhouse.

The brew earned a silver medal at the World Beer Championships for the second year in a row, brewhouse operator Rogue Ales announced Aug. 24. Read more

Issaquah-brewed beer, Ménage À Frog, earns national taste award

August 24, 2010

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Aug. 24, 2010

Ménage À Frog beer just added more bling to the display case at the Issaquah Brewhouse.

The brew earned a silver medal at the World Beer Championships for the second year in a row, brewhouse operator Rogue Ales announced Tuesday.

Judges at the 15th annual Chicago competition praised Ménage À Frog for a “round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with praline and green peppercorn notes.” The beer “finishes with long, slightly prickly, toffee, peppery spice and astringent earth hop accents.”

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The new brew: Rogue snaps up talent for Issaquah Brewhouse

August 10, 2010

Master brewer Steve Luke hoists a pint of Shakespeare Stout, one of the beers brewed onsite at Rogue’s Issaquah Brewhouse. By Greg Farrar

For some, it’s all about the wine, for others the sweetest part of life is coffee, but when it comes to quenching a thirst for Steve Luke, 26, it’s all about the beer.

“Beer is fun, it’s social and you get to make a product not only you enjoy, but other people enjoy, as well,” he said at a Meet the Brewer event Aug. 4.

“What I like most about it, though, wow, that’s tough. I like drinking it,” he said, with a laugh.

Setting foot inside Rogue’s Issaquah Brewhouse June 15, just days after passing his international brewers’ exam, Luke has hit the ground running and is planning to take the brews served there to new heights as the new master brewer.

Can you say, Modest Frog and Pumpkin Frog? Just two new beers, Luke said, he is crafting that will be available in mid-August and mid-September, respectively.

Modest Frog, a light American pub ale, pays a bit of homage to the rock band Modest Mouse that started here, Luke said. The pumpkin ale, he said, is a Belgian-style Dubbel brewed with 200 pounds of local pumpkins and will be spiced with vanilla bean, nutmeg and cinnamon sticks.

But don’t worry, White Frog fanatics. You’ll still see your favorites on tap, he said. He’s not shaking it up that much.

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Meet the Issaquah Brewhouse’s new brewer Wednesday

August 3, 2010

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 2010

Sip a pint and meet the new brewer at the Issaquah Brewhouse at quitting time.

Join other beer-o-philes to meet Steve Luke at the downtown Issaquah pub, 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The brewery crafts a family of beers in a 15-barrel brew system. The brewery has earned 30 awards for taste and quality.

The downtown brewhouse opened in 1994; Rogue Ales snapped up the pub a decade ago. Nowadays, the brewhouse hosts countless community events and group meetings. For teetotalers, the brewhouse offers draft root beer.

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