SAVOR Brewery Spotlight: Pacific Northwest

SAVOR isn’t the largest beer festival, but it does consistently have one of the most geographically diverse brewery lineups of any beer event. To celebrate SAVOR’s wide reach, we’re looking at each region represented at this year’s gathering.

Here are our Pacific Northwest breweries, in their own words:

Alesong Brewing and Blending

Eugene, Ore.

“There are several things that make Alesong Brewing and Blending beers unique. First, all of our beer at Alesong is matured in both wine and spirits barrels, and our tasting room is located in wine country outside of Eugene, Ore. Our beers have been well received both locally and nationally as in our short four-year history, we have earned Great American Beer Festival® medals (six total) in each competition we’ve entered.  Finally, we produce very food-friendly beers while hosting dinners and food pairing events throughout the year. Our farmhouse ales, fruited sour beers, and even the larger spirits-barrel-aged beers have found favor with local chefs in the Northwest.”

Cloudburst Brewing       

Seattle, Wash.

“We rose from the ashes from a previous AB-InBev sale and have remained adamantly small and fiercely independent since conception. Rather than seek volume growth year after year, our focus is to grow our roots deeper and deeper in our home city of Seattle — 98% of our beer is sold within city limits, and in draft only.”

Deschutes Brewery        

Bend, Ore.

“Since opening the doors of our brew pub in beautiful downtown Bend, Oregon, in 1988, Deschutes Brewery has been an integral part of the local community. We are always looking for ways to share our success with our community, which is why we contribute one dollar for every barrel of beer we sell to non-profit organizations throughout the communities in which we have set up shop – Central Oregon, Portland, Oregon and Roanoke, Virginia.”

Fremont Brewing            

Seattle, Wash.

“Fremont Brewing was born of our love for our home and history as well as the desire to prove that beer made with the finest local ingredients – organic when possible – is not the wave of the future but the doorway to beer’s history. Starting a brewery in the midst of the Great Recession is clearly an act of passion. We invite you to come along with us and enjoy that passion … Because Beer Matters.”

Ninkasi Brewing

Eugene, Ore.

“It began with a pint … Two friends share a pint at a small beer bar in Eugene, Oregon, and begin a conversation that undoubtedly involves the craft they are imbibing. Back in 2005, neither Jamie Floyd nor Nikos Ridge knew exactly where their friendship would lead. What they did know was it would probably center around beer. Fast forward to 2011, and the hard work of both founders landed them the fastest growing craft brewery in the United States with a top selling IPA in Oregon. Fast forward to present day, and Ninkasi ranks the 35th largest craft brewer in the United States.”

Stoup Brewing  

Seattle, Wash.

“We are woman owned (two of the three owners) and women make up 50% of our total operations in the brewery, tap room, and lab. We are LGBTQ owned (one of the three owners). Our scientific background allows us to be innovative when it comes to brewing processes, use of experimental hops and the development of a very sophisticated lab for a brewery of our size that includes yeast propagation, cellometer and PCR in addition to standard quality control methods.”