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Bee-Thankful this Thanksgiving

November 16th, 2017 by Sara

For More Information: Bruce Speight, (206) 533-7143,

We don’t see many bees flying around Washington at the end of November, but we do see the fruits of their labor. Pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, green beans and more of the foods that make Thanksgiving dinner so special are possible through the work of bees. But bees are at risk. So this holiday season, chefs, restaurant owners and environmental advocates are speaking out to protect bees and help stop them from dying off at alarming rates.

“We’re thankful for bees this Thanksgiving,” said Bruce Speight, Environment Washington Executive Director.  “Without bees, Thanksgiving dinners in Washington would look and taste different. No bees means no pumpkin pie.”

Honeybees, bumblebees, and other bees are critical both to the environment and our food supply. Bees pollinate many of the world’s most common crops, including Thanksgiving favorites such as cranberries, green beans, carrots, brussel sprouts and pie fillings from pumpkin to apple. Bees pollinate coffee, chocolate and the alfalfa eaten by dairy cows.  Even honey and fruit-sweetened beverages, like Fremont Brewing’s Pink Boots Pale Ale with honey, need bees.

“Fremont Brewing is a member of the Bee Alliance because bees are a crucial part of our ecosystem and protecting the environment is one of our core values,” said Sara Nelson, Co-Founder/Owner of Fremont Brewing. “Bees pollinate many of the plants we use as ingredients in our specialty beers and infusions such as berries and lavender and, of course, they produced the 120 lbs of honey we used to make our Pink Boots Pale Ale last March. We are thankful for bees *Because Bees Matter* – not just for our beers but
for the planet!”

Unfortunately, millions of bees are dying across the U.S. every year. Beekeepers report they are losing an average of 30% of all honeybee colonies annually. Not only are honeybees in danger; native bees, including bumblebees, are also at risk. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the first bee in the continental U.S., the rusty patched bumblebee, to the endangered species list earlier this year.

Scientists point to several reasons why bees are dying off, including global warming, habitat loss, parasites and a class of bee-killing
pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics. Sharing some of the same chemical properties as nicotine, neonics are
neurotoxins that can kill bees immediately and also can disorient bees, making it harder for them to pollinate plants and get back to their hives.Despite the fact that the science is clear on the dangers, neonic use has dramatically increased over the past decade. A recent study found that 86% of North American honey sampled contained neonics.

In February, Environment Washington joined with Environment America to launch the Bee Friendly Food Alliance, a national network of over 240 chefs, restaurant owners and other leaders in the food industry working to protect the bees. In Washington, 18
restaurants, chefs and local food industry leaders, are part of the Alliance, including Sara Nelson from Fremont Brewing Co.

Together, chefs and restaurant owners are educating their customers and the public about the problems facing bees and the food supply and making their voices heard to protect bees. Working with Environment Washington, chefs and restaurant owners are calling on the U.S. EPA to stop the use of bee killing pesticides.

“I’m looking forward to making my grandmother’s fresh cranberry sauce,” said Speight. “We need to take action now to protect the bees and ensure we can enjoy our favorite foods with friends and family for many Thanksgivings to come.”

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Fremont Brewing Signals the Start of Summer

March 25th, 2015 by master

With the recent mild weather, Fremont Brewing has welcomed sun and beer-seeking crowds even earlier than normal. After the tasting room expansion last fall, there is more room to sit and sip, Fremont fans are definitely taking advantage.

Today, Fremont Brewing hosts the release of it’s Summer Ale with tasting room festivities at the Urban Beer Garden and a special Randall menu. Here are all the details from the Brew Crew:

 Summer Ale

Description: We invented the Cotton Gin, The Muppets, and toured with Hall & Oates before starting to make beer. Fremont Summer Ale is tangerine flower in a glass — endless days distilled into sweet nectar of barley and hops. Four hundred and twenty reasons to enjoy this beer. Summer Ale is our answer to bigger is better. One grain, one hop. Simplicity…yet so much more. “Beer has food value, but food has no beer value.”—VWP
Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale malt and Amarillo hops
ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 45
Color: Straw yellow
Aroma: Tangerine, spice, floral
Flavor: Citrus, dank, juicy
Availability: April 1-Sept 30
The release party will be from 5-9pm this evening, UBG hours are 11am to 9pm everyday. 5 infusions will also be available:
Have you seen the latest instillation outside Fremont Brewing? It’s not another feather friend but a temporary instillation entitled SHIFT. Created for the Seattle Design Festival, “SHIFT was created based on the theme Design in Motion and is a rhythmic portal for all wheels and walks of life to enjoy.” You can swing by the UBG to check it out or read more here.
Image from SHIFT

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CAN’t stop this: Fremont Brewing’s expansions

September 25th, 2014 by master

When the sun comes out, and often even when it doesn’t, it is no surprise to find Fremont Brewing‘s Urban Beer Garden packed to the brim. The local brewery, located on N 34th Street between Albion Place N and Woodland Park Ave N, has been brewing and growing in the neighborhood for the past five years.

The Urban Beer Garden first set up shop in the loading area of the brewery facing Woodland Park Ave. There was a long communal table built up on kegs, several round booths that also incorporated keg furniture, and a rocking horse for the little ones. The tap system came directly from the brewery behind it and the whole thing got packed away during the week to resume normal business.

In October 2012, the Urban Beer Garden (UBG) found a more permanent home in the opposite corner of the building along N 34th Street and Albion Place, where it remains today. This addition allowed the UBG to offer Fremont’s beers 7 days a week, a cold case with pre-filled growlers, six packs of cans, as well as indoor and outdoor seating.

From Fremont Brewing’s website

As word got out the new layout couldn’t contain the thirsty and devoted patrons, this past summer Fremont Brewing increased the outdoor seating available by taking over a section of the adjacent parking lot. As the barrels rolled in and new benches were built Fremont Brewing’s neighbor Bikram Yoga also made a big move to a new location farther west on N 34th Street.

With the yoga studio’s departure Fremont Brewing is now the sole tenant in the building. With cooler weather imminent construction has been focused on expanding the interior of the UBG as well as creating additional workspaces for employees.

The newest part of the Urban Beer Garden is connected to the main entrance through a rolling garage door that replace the adjacent wall and with a separate entrance to the garden. The new space mirrors the current UBG that customers know and love. Warm wood, bold Fremont colors, and a 20 taps stand at the ready.

In addition to more seating and restrooms the new space includes an indoor fire pit that is sure to be popular this winter. At the east end of the building there are now several offices, a kitchen, and locker room for employees.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Fremont Brewing has also announced it will be moving the majority of it’s production to a new space in Frellard at 47th Ave NW and 9th Ave NW. The change will take the brewery from an 8,000 square foot facility to an 80,000 square foot facility.

The building is currently home to McCallum Envelope & Printing. Fremont Brewing will begin renovations on the building in May 2015 to create a new brewhouse, as well as new canning and bottling lines. The original brewing location will be maintained with a lab as an experimental brewery.

As with all of Fremont Brewing’s expansions thus far the renovations will take sustainability into consideration including energy and water conservation. The new production facility will also increase Fremont Brewing’s team, 35-40 full time employees are expected to be hired in 2015.

Matt Lincecum, Founder/Owner of Fremont Brewing explains the company’s choice in choosing the location of the new production facility in a recent press release:

“We chose Ballard because of its strong manufacturing base and besides, the new brewery is only one block outside of Fremont. Even though it’s very expensive, we’re committed to remaining in the City and we simply refuse to accept that blue-collar manufacturing jobs can’t coexist in the new Seattle.”

To top it off Fremont Brewing fans had the opportunity to share where they take their Fremont beer with the popular Fremont Brewing CANpaign. Check out all the winners from the on Fremont Brewing’s Instagram or Facebook.

Join in the festivities, tonight! 
Tonight is the Bonfire Ale Release Party from 5-9pm, introducing Fremont’s winter favorite. Five Bonfire Ale infusions will be on tap:
  1. Campfire Coffee
  2. Peach Cobbler
  3. Mexican Hot Chocolate
  4. S’mores
  5. Vanilla Chai

Guests will also have the opportunity to discuss Bonfire Ale with a Fremont brewer at 7pm.

Cheers Fremont!


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Fremont Figures Into Seattle Weekly’s Booze Issue

February 8th, 2012 by master

This week’s Seattle Weekly is all about booze and considering Fremont is home to quite a few places that serve, make or serve & make booze, you had to assume we’d be involved.

In the section titled Where to Drink With Your Kids, Hale’s Brewery shows up as the best spot in town.

There’s good and bad news regarding Hale’s Brewery‘s kid-friendly policy. First, the good: There’s a spacious room separate from the bar where you don’t have to feel guilty being that person who brought their kid to a brewery, and where you can stuff your little one full of jo-jos and cheese pizza while you get your drink on with one of Hale’s custom brews. Bad news: Seemingly every lush of a parent knows this, so the “family room” is frequently packed with sleeping babes in car seats and ankle-biting toddlers.

In the section, What Seattle Drinks, prominent and well-known Seattlites share their favorite drinks and place to have them. Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin gives a very even-handed, pro-Fremont answer:

“I would go to the Madrona Ale House and choose from among their wide selection, which includes Fremont products. How’s that for a tactful answer?” [Sara Nelson, Conlin’s legislative assistant, is married to the owner of Fremont Brewing Company.]

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Homefront IPA Makes Its Debut, Gives Mariner Bats Very Distinct Odor

August 4th, 2011 by master

We mentioned back in June that Seattle Mariners reliever Chris Ray and Fremont Brewing Company were teaming up on a special brew called Homefront IPA that benefits Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members.

That beer is officially on sale now and the process by which it was brewed is one I just had to share:

I wish the Internet were capable of transmitting smells, because baseball bats probably haven’t smelled quite like this since Babe Ruth cleaned out his locker for the final time. And the aroma was because Ray used a dozen maple bats as part of the aging process of Homefront IPA, a beer he created with the Fremont Brewing Company that was released in Seattle this past weekend.

The bats soaked in the beer for three weeks. (Ichiro would be appalled.) The result is a good, solid and hoppy IPA with perhaps a faint hint of a hard-hit grounder up the middle.

“I’m not sure if it adds a ton of flavor, but it ties it into baseball and gives it a unique twist,” Ray said. “It might add a little bit of flavor, but maple is a hard wood — that’s why they use it for bats — so there’s not a whole lot of absorbing going on. There are a lot of beers that age on oak chips and toasted oak chips, so we just thought if it added a little flavor, great. If not, it’s a nice story.”

Don’t worry, the Mariners aren’t actually using those bats (not that it could hurt at this point). They’re going to be auctioned off for charity.

Fremont Brewing produced 15 barrels of Homefront IPA, which is available at Safeco Field and various locations all around Seattle. Here in Fremont you can find it at The Red Door, The Pacific Inn and the Fremont Brewing beer garden.

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Fremont First Friday Artwalk On July 1st

June 29th, 2011 by master

It’s that time again. Friday, July 1st is the first Friday on the month and so the Fremont First Friday Art Walk will go down between 6-9 pm.

In the spirit of the “Red, White, & Dead” zombie gathering in Fremont the next day, Fremont Arts Council will host a booth starring a make-up special-effects artist teaching the undead-curious how to do easy scars & zombie make up starting at 6:30pm at the Lenin Statue. Pickled Okra string band will also be performing their jig-inducing tunes in Lenin Square from 7:30pm – 9pm.

Some of the other locations and artists on the walk include…

Venue: Fremont Brewing Co.
Address: 3409 Woodland Park Ave N.
Exhibit: Born of Scottish parents, raised in Switzerland, trained by the Dutch at the de Kooning Academie, figurative painter Fiona McGuigan brings a worldly view to her paintings of wrestlers and dancers. Her current work is all about capturing the human figure in motion, finding the moment of impact when bodies collide and exploring the nationalistic overtones found in images of Swiss wrestling.

Venue: Brown Paper Tickets
Address: 309 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103, above LTD Bar & Grill
Exhibit: Employee Show:
New to the neighborhood, Brown Paper Tickets will also be hosting a show focusing on the creative talents of their own Paintings, Photography, Masks, Pen & Ink Drawings

Venue: Fremont Cigar
Address: 3526 Fremont Place N., Ste. D (behind Lenin statue)
Exhibit: Cigar Box instruments date back to the 1840’s, and thanks to artists like John Hughes & Ed McGehee, you can still find them being displayed and sold at tucked-away jewels like Fremont Cigar. And while you’re there, take in the luminous, summer-drenched photography of Josh Hughes – a budding photographer and student at Central Washington University.

For a full list of events, artists and venues, check out the First Friday site. Happy walking!

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Mariners Reliever Teaming Up With Fremont Brewing For Charity

June 13th, 2011 by master

If you’re a fan of the Seattle Mariners and a fan of beer, I can think of no better way for you to get into the charitable spirit than this.

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher and avid homebrewing enthusiast Chris Ray is working with Fremont Brewing on a special brew called Homefront IPA and it will be available at Safeco Field starting July 29th, as well as bars and grocery stores at some point afterward.

Sales of the brew will benefit Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.

Check out some photos of Ray and the folks over at Fremont Brewing here.

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Get Some Great Fremont Brewing Beer For Cheap

April 5th, 2011 by master

Great deal out of Seattle Yollar today for some Fremont Brewing goodness…

Your perfect Seattle day includes mild temperatures, gorgeous sunshine, and a growler full of delicious microbrew, shared with your best friends in a semi-public place. Since it’s all rain for the foreseeable near future, you may as well just stick with the beer and your besties. With today’s deal, spend $10 to get a frosty pint of beer, a growler glass, and a growler of Universale Pale Ale or Interurban IPA from Fremont Brewing, a $19 value!

The deal can be redeemed during Fremont Brewing’s Urban Beer Garden Hours: Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm to 8:30pm, Saturdays from noon to 8:30pm, and Sundays from noon to 5pm.

You’ve got until Thursday to close this deal. Get to it!

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Yes, Fremont Brewing Can

March 22nd, 2011 by master

That’s the fellas from Fremont Brewing showing off their newly-canned Fremont Interurban IPA. It’s their very first batch of samples as they’re trying out the new option. There’s no plan at the moment for their brews in a can but you can assume this is a sign in that direction.

Seattle PI’s Beer Blotter thinks a canned IPA might be perfect for the market right now, so we’ll have to wait and see. Keep an eye on Fremont Brewing’s Twitterfeed in the meantime for any updates.

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Fremont First Friday Artwalk Tonight

March 4th, 2011 by master

If you’re a fan of art, walking and Fridays, today’s your favorite day of the month. It’s time for the March Fremont First Friday Artwalk.

Tons of different exhibits, shows and in-person events to be checked out. Here’s a sampling…

509 Winery and Tasting Room – Seattle’s Urban Winery (1300 N Northlake Way) – Dan Baumfeld, Illustrations
Live music by The Jelly Rollers, and Pai’s mobile food truck will be serving Hawaiian fare in the parking lot.  Wine for $5/glass (or 5/$20).  This is a great place to start your evening and then work your way around to the other galleries.

Fremont Brewing Co. (3409 Woodland Park Ave N.) – Ethan Bickel, Photography
Like so many Americans, Ethan Bickel spent a lot of his childhood riding in cars: accompanying parents and siblings on daily errands, weekend drives to visit grandparents, and summer roads trips up and down the East Coast.  A longtime resident Seattle, Ethan makes works as and Landscape and Interior Designer. He studied Printmaking and Photography at the Hartford Art School and Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Pel’Meni Dumpling Tzar (3516 Fremont Pl N) – David Oliver, Illustrations
This month we pay tribute to a great artist and friend. David Oliver passed away a year ago, but his legacy lives on through his art. We will be showcasing some limited edition poster prints, which will also be for sale. All proceeds go to an education fund for his two children. So come join us, we will have music, drinks, and, of course, dumplings!  (Dumplings will be $1 off during the art walk.)

Image: David Oliver

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