Perry Street's Ben Lukes and Riley Elmer conjure up a collaboration with Georgetown's Matt Edwards. (Perry Street photo)
Catching up with more news from the week in craft beer:
• Perry Street has taken advantage of a golden opportunity to collaborate with Georgetown.
On Tuesday in Seattle, brewers from both made a mash-up of their gold medal winners at last fall’s Great American Beer Festival – Perry’s Session IPL (India pale lager) and Georgetown’s Bodhizafa IPA – dubbed BodhiLite IPL.
Like the Perry IPL, it’s sessionable (4.5 percent alcohol by volume) and fermented with Czech pilsner yeast, with oats added for that smooth Bodhizafa body. The hop bill is a blend of the IPL’s Simcoe and Mosaic with Bodhi’s Citra and Chinook.
Perry’s Ben Lukes says he pitched the idea to Georgetown’s local sales rep and things took off from there.
“(Georgetown co-founder) Manny (Chao) dug our beers, so we said, dude, let’s go for it,” Lukes says. “We decided to get it out before this year’s GABF.”
Lukes hopes to snag as much of the 18-barrel batch for Spokane as possible; keep an eye out for details about a release party at Perry.
In another coup for Perry Street, it’s one of 68 breweries nationwide selected for this year’s Denver Rare Beer Tasting on Oct. 6, during the Great American Beer Festival. Its chardonnay barrel-aged tripel will pour for the event, which benefits Pints for Prostates.
• Daft Badger’s Blood Orange IPA, which has been selling out fast in limited runs of 22-ounce bottles, is coming to cans.
The Coeur d’Alene brewery is working with Spokane’s Spokes Mobile Canning to produce 400 cases of 16-ounce four-packs, arriving as soon as late September. Like the bottles, the cans will mostly be sold out of the taproom along with a few in-town accounts.
The Blood Orange, by the way, won the people's choice award at last weekend’s Ales for the Trail, topping Orlison’s Orangelicious.
And farther up north in Idaho, Laughing Dog has begun canning its 219 Pilsner.
• Post Falls Brewing will become the official outlet for Summit Cider, which is closing its taproom in Coeur d’Alene. A launch party on Thursday will feature food from Jupiter Jane Traveling Café and music by Devon Wade.
• Pullman’s Paradise Creek is in the final stages of an expansion that will double its production capacity, from the former 7-barrel brewhouse with 15-barrel fermenters to 15 and 30, respectively. The new production facility along the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail will have a Trailside taproom, with the main pub remaining in Pullman’s Old Post Office building.
• Finally, Redhook returned to Seattle proper with Thursday’s opening of its Brewlab on Capitol Hill, with an 8-barrel system focusing on experimental recipes. Redhook's former brewery in Woodinville was closed earlier this summer by its parent company, Craft Brew Alliance, though the Forecasters pub there remains in operation.