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Co-op Brew Corner: Highlights of 2016

As we round up 2016, take some time to reflect on some standout brews that arrived on the scene this year:

Melvin Brewing – one of the West’s most original and newly popular breweries, Melvin was founded in Jackson and Alpine, WY, but will soon have local roots. In response to increased demand, Melvin will be opening a satellite brewery in Bellingham in 2017. The family of Melvin brews are bursting with flavor and have received rave critical reviews, including praise from “the bros.” on Oustanding 94/100 points for Melvin IPA, a World-class 96 for 2×4 DIPA, and Oustanding 91 points for Hubert Pale Ale. Melvin Brewing India Pale Ale – 7.5% alcohol by volume / 80 IBU; Hubert Pale Ale – 6% alcohol by volume / 70 IBU; as well as Melvin 2 x 4 D(ouble)IPA – 9.9% alcohol / IBU.

Incline Cider Company Scout & Hopped Cider – Washington state produces some of the best and most flavorful apples in the world, so why not cider? New arrival Incline Cider Company – based in Auburn, WA – is rising to success with their semi-dry, Pacific Northwest inspired flavors. Incline’s Scout Marionberry Hopped Cider just won the Gold Medal in the Fruit and Berry Category at the 2016 U.S. Open Cider Championship and takes a cue from tart sweet regional berries, combined with the herbal bitterness of NW hops. Naturally free of concentrates, artificial flavors and gluten, Incline Cider is made from 100% fresh pressed local apples. Incline Cider also partners with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, an environmental and recreational outdoor access awareness organization that advocates for responsible parks management. Incline’s Scout and Hopped Cider 6-pks are 6.5% alcohol by volume. Pair with BBQ, pizza or citrus glazed salmon.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.