A collaboration beer celebrating the breweries and ingredients of Skagit Valley

skagit spring lager cans.

 

The breweries of Skagit Valley teamed up to create a new beer to celebrate Skagit Beer Week and the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Of course, those two events looked different this year, but they still made the beer to celebrate the valley’s rich bounty. Proceeds from the beer benefit the YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter.

Skagit Valley Spring Lager was brewed at Farmstrong Brewing using barley grown in the valley. Beer geeks will be interested to hear that it makes use of a new barley variety: Bow Pilsner, grown in Bow, Washington, and malted by Skagit Valley Malting. It is available now at the Farmstrong Brewing taproom as well as the collaborating breweries’ taprooms. Only a very small amount will make it south of Stanwood.

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Here’s more information about the beer release:

A Collaboration Brew Celebrating Skagit Valley’s Independent Craft Brewers

SKAGIT VALLEY — Skagit Valley’s craft beer community, comprised of a diverse group of legendary and new, innovative brewers, is bringing an exclusive collaboration to fans for Skagit Beer Week and the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The breweries of Skagit Valley joined forces to create the 2020 Skagit Valley Spring Lager, a beer celebrating Skagit Valley’s home-grown barley and the Valley’s independent craft brewers. Thanks to Farmstrong Brewing, who donated its time and tank space, this limited-edition can release will be available at Farmstrong Brewing, participating collaborator’s taprooms, and local merchants throughout the region starting 6/20.

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Skagit Valley Spring Lager debuts this year and is a collaboration with all 14 Skagit Valley breweries. The breweries led the recipe development and brew day for the 2020 Skagit Valley Spring Lager.

“Craft beer is a huge part of the Skagit Valley’s agriculture heritage,” said Julie Burgmeier, Director of Skagit Beer Week and Skagit Farm to Pint. “To create a collaboration beer with local barley, made by our very own independent craft breweries, is such a great way to represent our entire community. This annual release is something exciting that fans can look forward to when they think of Skagit Beer Week each year.”

The 5.8 percent alcohol-by-volume (ABV) lager’s mission is to raise awareness for local craft brewers. The base malt, donated by Skagit Valley Malting, is a new varietal – Bow Pilsner,  grown in Bow (Skagit Valley) by the Knutzen Family.

“This new malt has a profound heritage being closely related to Copeland and should develop a crisp and refreshing Fest beer that is complemented by Oregon grown Saaz and Tettnanger hops,” said Thane Tupper, Farmstrong’s Head Brewer.

The brewers decided on a lager style to showcase the agricultural production of the Valley with a highly quaffable and approachable lager.

Garden Path Fermentation will be taking a barrel full of wort before fermentation, back to ferment naturally for a barrel-aged 2021 Skagit Beer Week collaboration beer.

By toasting with the limited-edition Lager, beer enthusiasts and novices alike will appropriately honor the collaborative spirit of Skagit Valley craft brewers. You will also be supporting a great cause as a portion of all the Skagit Valley Spring Lager proceeds will be donated to the YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter.