Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Saint Patrick's Day Releases

Saint Patrick's Day Weekend, 2008
Forbidden Peak Brewery stunned the beer community by releasing three (yes, three!) new brews on the same weekend. While the competition is reeling, the Brew Crew and friends were quite pleased by the selection. 1. The Vanilla Stout debuted to rave results: "The most creative beer on the market today." "This is both a full meal, and dessert!" "The mexican vanilla bean and Sky Vodka add a level of complexity never seen in a traditional stout."
2. The Celtic Cider was a hit on St. Patty's special day with its "Get Lucky" logo, although the group agreed that another couple of weeks in the bottle will only help the delicate flavor of the Washington State apples.
3. The Red Storm was a smashing success. When poured into a FPB pint glass, the unfiltered red ale mimicks the power and intrigue of the rare red storm of the northwest. The Red Storm mini keg didn't stand a chance with the green-wearing Crew and friend Das Boot (below).

FPB Koozies!

Forbidden Peak Brewery Logo Koozies are finally here!
Keep your freshly bottled FPB brew at its preferred temperature of "chill", and keep your hand warm while you're barbecuing!
Contact your local FPB representative to acquire these gems - they're going fast.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Experience Squatch's Best

The brewery has been in full production mode for the last few weeks and has found yet another successful recipe in our "Experience Squatch's Best" (ESB). The beer has been described as 'Liquid Gold'. This is not surprising to the hardworking folks at the brewery, as the beer was fermented in the 'Golden Fermenter'*. This is our first award winning brew.*

As with each of our beers, the ESB has a story. Squatch has a history of brewing great beer here in the Cascades. For the ESB, furry woodland creatures would travel for miles to get a taste of the 'Gold Standard'. The ingredients were tough to come by in those days, so Squatch was only able to brew one batch of the ESB a year. The popularity of the beer continued to spread with every batch until it became one of the most anticipated annual events in the area. Today, the celebration continues as a day is set aside for this great tasting beer. This day is called 'Golden Beer Day', arriving on April 1st each year. After a few years of great success the macro breweries across the country started to replicate the festival, but their beer fell far short of the original recipe. So, the day became known as 'Fools Gold', as only a fool would believe that the macro beer tasted as good as the original ESB. Over time, the name has been changed to "April Fool's Day", but at FPB we still celebrate the original festival with 'Golden Beer Day'.

Forbidden Peak Brewery will forever be in debt to Squatch for sharing this unique and amazing recipe with us. It has delighted the lives of each of us at the brewery and we hope it will touch everyone else in the same way. So far it has and needless to say, FPB is struggling to keep up supply with the heavy demand on this beer. Grab a good friend, our ESB, and share in a pint of our finest.

* There is no golden fermenter at FPB, but you could imagine if there was.
* The award won has yet to be named, although early indications prove that it may be Forbidden Peak's Award of Excellence.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Friday Night Brew Gathering

The Brew Crew is always expanding!
A posse got together Friday night for some pizza, fun, and of course an official tasting of recent Forbidden Peak Brewery releases. Write this night off as a business expense!
Above, Darin, Andy, John, and Sara are sporting the classic FPB aprons while helping brew the upcoming release - Arctic Beaver Brown.
The lucky crew members that arrived early also got a sneak peak into the upcoming releases Vanilla Stout and Red Storm. While they haven't reached their peak flavor in the fermenting cycle, both brews were very promising!
The MVPs of the night were the First Ascent Pale Ale, the Son of a Fitch Belgian White (served great with an orange slice!), and a new, intriguing flavor - Night Train.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Arctic Beaver Brown

Forbidden Peak Brewery is proud to introduce our latest brew:
Arctic Beaver Brown Ale

What is an Arctic Beaver?

Arctic Beavers are.......beavers that live in the Arctic. Although very rare and even rarer to be seen, these beavers work constantly to keep the world from succumbing to another ice age. How? Arctic beavers, due to the lack of high altitude wood, have adapted to spending most of their lives around glaciers. In order to keep their teeth from growing too long, they gnaw constantly on the ice. A little known fact: Arctic Beavers are responsible for approximately 50% of all glacial calving.

Arctic Beavers are considered to be the best natural born curlers in the world. Their ability to glide on the ice, balance on their beaver tails, and their extreme competitiveness allows the Arctic Beaver to dominate the sport of curling. Squatch often enters tournaments with his good friend and together they have won 3 of the last 5 curling titles at the Arctic Winter Games.
The Arctic Beaver Brown Ale will release on March 21st. Could this be the ultimate beer gamers beer? Squatch would like to remind you not to be an angry Arctic Beaver. At FPB, we're always cool, breeze.............

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Brewery Tour

Hold on to your hats folks, it's time for the tour you've all been waiting for - a look inside the *world famous* Forbidden Peak Brewery!! Grab a cold pint of your favorite micro, and dig in for the latest installment of Forbidden Peak News...

*I know a girl from Mexico, and she knows about the Brewery, so therefore it's world famous. So there.

Above is the heart of the brewery operations - where the magic happens. The classy blanket is to keep the fermenting beer, aka "fetus beer", dark so that the light doesn't damage the processing yeast.

Some zoom-in shots: On the left, the library, where a lot of in depth research and inspiration comes from. Big thanks to everyone who has contributed knowledge-gifts to the Brew Crew. Center, we have mini kegs of Red Storm and Son of a Fitch, and a 22oz Biathalon Winter Ale.

Above we have one of the merchadise shelves, where we store a range of FPB swag, including hats, aprons, t-shirts, long sleeve polos, stickers, etc.

Left: The Wall of Fame - framed shots of our favorite labels.
Right: FPB thanks Justin for the great holiday gift beer posters - they were just the kicker needed to move the entire study room out, and dedicate the room to 100% brewery operations.

The Brewery is always open! Contact a member of the Brew Crew to schedule a tour, which always includes a free sample (or four).