Catching up with more news from the week in local craft beer:
• It's official: Bombastic is fully licensed and has begun brewing in its space at the Panhandle Area Business Council incubator in Hayden. It plans to produce small-batch specialty beers in-house and contract with larger area breweries for more mainstream offerings; keep an eye out for word on the initial releases.
• Also licensed and ready to roll is Bottle Bay, a small home-based distribution brewery in Spokane. Look for an IPA to debut soon at Rocket Market, where owner/brewer Marco Plastino works.
• Iron Goat just tapped a pair of collaborations – a Passion Fruit Guava Sour with Black Label (which will be featured for Spokane Craft Beer Week) and a black IPA with Badass Backyard – as well as a version of its Katzenjammer Kolsch dry-hopped with Mosaic lupulin powder.
• Black Label has brewed an exclusive Patio Session IPA for the neighboring Saranac Public House.
• Mark your calendar for Bellwether's Braggot Fest on June 24, which will feature a dozen-plus honey beers from some eight local breweries, including a collaboration between Bellwether, Young Buck and event co-host Hierophant Meadery. It follows Bellwether's smash-hit celebration of another Old World style, January's Gruitfest.
• Finally, it's the end of an era for Redhook: parent company Craft Brew Alliance announced it's closing the Woodinville brewery that Redhook opened in 1994. Redhook sales dropped by one-third last year and most of the beer is now brewed at CBA's facility in Portland, which also produces Widmer and Kona. Redhook is looking to shore up its Seattle roots with the opening of a brewpub in the Capitol Hill neighborhood this summer.