Arlington’s Skookum Brewery head brewer Hollis Wood had heard enough from fans continually calling for the brewery to put its award-winning IPAs in cans.
So he made a beer called Can It, calling it that to jokingly jab at the folks calling for pint pounders of Skookum goodness.
Well, he’s finally acquiesced.
Skookum brought in Craft Canning + Bottling, a mobile canning provider, earlier this week to can its Double Citra Jack, or DCJ, and Southern Glow.
It took Craft just three hours to can 30 barrels of beer, finishing with about 150 cases of each.
“It was amazing how fast and efficient they are,” Wood said.
Skookum released the cans at its taproom Wednesday. Wood said they will wait and see how sales go at the brewery before making any commitments to distribute.
Pint cans continue to be all the rage in craft-beer circles, and part of that is the cool labels that adorn them. Skookum hired Alyson Osborn to design the DCJ labels, think Oregon Ducks colors with sleek lettering, and Andrew Willoughby to design Southern Glow, which features a neon light font and globe art.
As for what’s in the cans, DCJ is a big juicy IPA with lush notes of tropical fruit (DCJ was named the essential hazy IPA of Snohomish County). Southern Glow is an IPA brewed with oats and white wheat and 100% Australian Hop varietals, including Ella, Vic Secret, Enigma and Galaxy.
As for whether or not Skookum plans to can again, Wood said yes, but wouldn’t confirm which beers would grace the inside.
5 Rights helps Toggle’s turn 2
Everett’s Toggle’s Bottleshop is inviting some old friends to help celebrate its second anniversary.
Marysville’s 5 Rights Brewing brewed Toggle’s Town, a double dry-hopped IPA for Saturday’s celebration at the taproom. The collaboration beer is made with Citra, Idaho-7 and Bru-1, an experimental hop varietal.
Developed by Yakima’s iconic hop supplier John I. Haas and Brulotte Farms, Bru-1 has notes of tropical fruit, and a clean bitterness.
5 Rights head brewer R.J. Whitlow brewed Toggle’s Groove last year to celebrate Toggle’s first anniversary.
River Time Brewing expands
Darrington’s River Time Brewing has unveiled a new beer garden at its brewery.
The new wood-backed garden flanks both sides of the sidewalked entrance in front of the brewery. River Time also installed a roll-up garage door that opens up into the beer garden.