Beat blues with brews at Gilman Village

February 5, 2013

There is a solution to chase away the doldrums of a rainy, cool Issaquah winter, and if the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is correct, it comes pouring from your favorite wine or pilsner glass.

The chamber will host its inaugural Beat the Winter Brews Fest, complete with spirit, beer and wine tastings, food and music, all scattered along the storefronts and boardwalk of Gilman Village on Feb. 26.

“We were looking to do something in the winter, when people are saying there is nothing to do, and we came up with this unique adult-friendly event,” said Robin Kelley, director of festivals for chamber.

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Rogue Ales unveils Roe Ale for Salmon Days

October 2, 2012

Cheers to Salmon Days.

Sample a taste of Salmon Days at the Issaquah Brewhouse, as Rogue Ales rolls out Roe Ale for the fall festival.

Roe Ale is the downtown Issaquah brewery’s sixth custom bottle produced for the Salmon Days Festival. The brew includes ingredients from throughout the Pacific Northwest and is available in 22-ounce bottles during the festival at the brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Issaquah Arts Commission’s open mic night celebrates written word

February 28, 2012

Nancy Talley, a Providence Point resident, reads one of her poems at the Issaquah Brewhouse. By Greg Farrar

A flier for the evening promised “poetry, prose and other ponderings.”

Open mic nights of the Issaquah Arts Commission are the third Tuesday of each month at the Issaquah Brewhouse on Sunset Way.

The evenings are now dubbed “Poetry and Prose on Tap.”

“We had a lot of fun and a lot of people,” Joan Probala, commission chairwoman, said of the open mic events that were formerly held at Vino Bella.

She noted the open mic events are for writers of every stripe and skill level.

For this night, the second event at the Brewhouse, there were about a dozen people and some competition for attention. The same night as the open mic event, the Brewhouse hosted a meet and greet with a Rogue Ale brewmaster. Still, those involved with the open mic night didn’t seem overly bothered by the loud atmosphere or the AC/DC music pouring out of the bar’s speakers.

“I’m happy to see people stroll in,” Probala said.

While she is not a writer herself, she appreciates the craft and likes the open forum.

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Rogue Ales conquers international design competition

March 28, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. March 28, 2011

Issaquah Brewhouse parent company Rogue Ales poured on the packaging awards at a recent design competition.

Rogue’s bottles and tap handles scored higher than entrants from beverage giants to nab top packaging honoring. The bottle for Issaquah-brewed White Frog Ale took first place in the special packaging category in the San Francisco POP Awards.

The competition honor best in point-of-purchase displays.

Rogue’s honorees in the category included Morimoto Soba Ale, Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, Double Chocolate Stout and Dead Guy Ale.

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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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