Brewing Big with Homebrewer Cale Baldwin

The tale of this week’s limited release on draft:
Henry’s Vienna Lager ABV 5.3% | 32 IBU

“My goal is to show people that great lagers can be produced using gluten free ingredients,” says homebrewer Cale Baldwin, host of the Zero Tolerance Gluten Free Homebrewers Group, a monthly virtual club. When Cale set out looking for a gluten free lager, he was left disappointed by what he found in the grocery store aisles and that led him to create his own.

Over several brews, he tweaked a Vienna Lager recipe to his liking on his homebrew system. “Over the summer I interviewed Ghostfish Head Brewer Reid Ackerman for an interview series and he mentioned that it would be fun to work on a brew together,” recalled Cale. “I was in!”

The process began with scaling the recipe. “A standard amount for a homebrew is 5-gallons,” explained Cale. “The pilot system at Ghostfish is significantly larger than that.” Reid assisted Cale in scaling the recipe to meet the desired style and flavor profile. “Also, every brewing system is different, so it takes some tribal knowledge to understand how equipment will function on brew day,” mentioned Cale. “I was thankful for Reid and his intricate knowledge of the pilot system.”

Since brew day, the beer has been “lagering”, which can take a while. Lagers are processed on a cool fermentation followed by maturation in cold storage. Now, the timer has gone off and it’s ready for the Taproom! 

But wait, there’s more. In this story, we’ve mentioned Cale and Reid, but who the h*** is Henry? You’ll need to stop by the Taproom to find out! 

Let us pour you a pint of this full-bodied malt-forward lager featuring warm flavors from a hand-selected grain bill of malted millet, rice, and buckwheat; accented with Mt. Hood and Saphir hops. ABV 5.3%  |  IBU 32

Release day is Tuesday, February 2nd – Ground Hogs Day!

Inosculation Wild Ale

Hardy Kiwi Berries from Red Cedar River Farm – Poulsbo, WA

Wow, do we have a treat for you! Gluten free kiwi beer! We found these local hardy kiwis and had to give them a try. This tiny fruit is packed with rich vitamins and antioxidants and is at the center of Inosculation Wild Ale, our newest limited release, available on draft in the Taproom now.

Hardy Kiwi Berries

The kiwi berry, also commonly known as hardy kiwi, is about the size of a grape and even more sweet than the large kiwis you’re used to. The outer skin on the kiwi berry is thin and completely edible. “A farmer friend of mine mentioned the fruit, and I listened to a naturalist podcast that had a segment on the hardy kiwi that was really inspiring. I was curious how it would perform/how viable this fruit would be for brewing purposes,” said Ghostfish Head Brewer Reid Ackerman. We learned that hardy kiwi berries flourish in the Pacific Northwest and sourced ours from Red Cedar Farm in Poulsbo, WA. On this beautiful 25-acre farm, the hardy kiwi grows on a vine and needs periods of winter chill to successfully cultivate.

Our distinctive Inosculation Wild Ale embodies classic farmhouse saison characteristics like cracked pepper, meyer lemon, banana, and dried mango; you won’t want to miss this one! Fermented with native yeasts and Saphir hops, it has a vague tartness and full mouthfeel.

Inosculation Wild Ale

During the brewing process, the batch was split with one part aging in a wine barrel while another part fermented with wort from Shrouded Summit Belgian White Ale, one of our signature Flagship beers. Blending the two parts at the end of the process, we are left with a wonderfully unique and complex brew.

The name, Inosculation Wild Ale, is a nod to this blending process. Inosculation refers to the phenomenon of two trees growing together, like a natural grafting process.

How cool is that?! This latest boundary-defying craft beer can be found at our Seattle Taproom and available in crowlers, growlers, and kegs. Or, join us for a pint while seated at one of our open-air and outdoor tables. In compliance with COVID-19 SafeStart requirements, we are open 7-days a week from noon – 8:00 p.m. Visit the Taproom page for more information >>

Inosculation Wild Ale on draft

Covid-19 Updates

Update: Monday, February 1, 2021

The indoor dining ban has been lifted! We have opened up a few more tables to operate at 25% capacity and look forward to serving you soon. 

As we have throughout this pandemic, we will continue to diligently follow the guidelines set up by the CDC and governor’s office to maintain an environment that is as safe as possible for our employees and customers. 

Guests will be required to:

  • wear a mask at all times when not seated at their table actively eating and drinking.
  • maintain 6-ft distance between themselves and other guests/employees by following the guided steps and directional arrows to navigate the Taproom safely.

We want to make sure guests in our restaurant know we have stringent protocols in place to maintain an environment that is as safe as possible for our employees and customers. Some of those protocols include:

  • Staff symptoms check logs, clarifying their wellness before they work.
  • Deep cleaning and daily sanitation checklist detailing the protocols directed by the CDC, including a rigorous sanitation schedule of public restrooms and high-touch surfaces.
  • Using CDC and EPA approved cleaners to sanitize all areas.
  • Offering hand sanitizer and disposable masks to all guests in need. 
  • Mandatory mask-wearing for staff and guests.
  • Limiting patron capacity below the required maximum. We are operating at 25% max occupancy.
  • Provide alternative hands-free access to our products with no-contact curbside pick-up, and home delivery. 
  • Voluntary Contact Tracing Logs for guests. 
  • Maintaining a minimum of six feet between groups of customers, with guided steps and directional arrows to navigate the taproom safely.
  • Meals served in single-use and compostable containers.
  • Guests are encouraged to dispose of their waste to ensure less contact for employees.
  • Operate with open doors producing airflow throughout the building.
  • Constant sanitation throughout the brewing process.
  • We follow all GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices).

Our hours are NOON – 8:00 p.m. daily.

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Thank you for your support during this tumultuous year. Be safe out there friends.

Black is Beautiful Imperial Stout

The death of George Floyd, at the end of May, that sparked continued anti-racism protests all over the world hit a nerve with us; we at Ghostfish wanted to do something. Some team members are protesting, others are volunteering for various organizations; but what could we do as a team? Brew beer, that’s what! 

Head Brewer, Reid Ackerman brought a brewery initiative, Black is Beautiful, to our attention. What started as a single brew by Weathered Souls Brewing Co., based in San Antonio, Texas, spread to a worldwide brewery collaboration. With a Stout recipe as its base, over 1,170 breweries in 50 US states and 22 countries developed their own unique versions of Black is Beautiful. 

At the root of the collaboration is fundraising for and awareness of systemic injustices that people of color face daily. Here at Ghostfish, Reid chose Social Justice Fund Northwest to be the beneficiary of our donation. 

Social Justice Fund Northwest supports organizations that use community organizing to reach their goals. This develops leadership from within the communities most affected by social inequities, resulting in long-term societal transformation. For more information, visit their website.

About Ghostfish Brewery’s Black is Beautiful Imperial Stout

With a deep dark brown color and velvety chocolate-colored head, Ghostfish Brewery’s Black is Beautiful Imperial Stout is rich and balanced with notes of chocolate and raisin accented with harmonious complexities of caramel, toasty malts, and coffee. It’s full-bodied and warming with a dry finish and lingering notes of raisin and chocolate. 

Grain bill: Pale millet, pale buckwheat, caramel millet, chocolate roasted millet, light crystal millet, medium roasted millet, dark roasted millet, flaked *Purity Protocol gluten free oats.

Hops: Mt. Hood, Columbus

Q&A with Ghostfish Brewing Company’s Head Brewer Reid Ackerman

Q: Tell me about the style of beer. 
A: Imperial Stouts are traditionally an English-style beer, with roots traced to English Porters in the 1700s. The modern craft beer era revived Imperial Stouts in England and it was popularized here in the states.

Q: Any special ingredients used in this beer? 
A: There’s a wider spectrum of malt roasts and flavors than what we typically use. We have not used much caramel malts, so it’s great to see the interplay of these roast styles – pale, light crystal, caramel, chocolate, medium, and dark roasts. We also sparingly use flaked oats as they are so important to achieve the mouthfeel desired in a gluten free stout. 

Q: What do you hope customers take away from drinking this particular beer? 
A: I hope folks will consider the importance and urgency behind this initiative. Why it is so important and what/who is necessitating it. As a white person, I ask myself what are the ways I perpetuate inequality, especially in small ways. I’m asking myself what I can do to help people of color gain an equal footing not only in the brewing community but overall society. Regardless of size; incremental or sweeping, efforts towards answering these questions can be progressed through collective action, which I invite people to consider. Let’s not judge others; let’s support others. 

*Purity Protocol: set of stringent standards for oats that minimizes the chance of cross-contact from gluten-containing grains like wheat, barley, rye, and triticale.

Gluten Dude to Release New App for the Gluten Free Community

Extra! Extra! Gluten Dude is at it again! The main man behind the popular blog is launching an app and we were lucky enough to catch Gluten Dude for a virtual Q&A. Read on to find out more about what we can look forward to when you download the Gluten Dude app!

Ghostfish: What made you want to create the app?

Gluten Dude: The purpose of my app is simple: to better the lives of those living with celiac disease and anyone else who must eat gluten-free; to create a close-knit community where people in the gluten-free community come to discover, to learn, to share, and to connect, all to make their lives easier, better and healthier.

Living a 100% gluten-free life certainly has its challenges: physically, mentally, and socially. Using the Gluten Dude app will help to alleviate some of those challenges. 

Ghostfish: Tell us about some of the challenges the Gluten Dude app will assist us with. 

Gluten Dude: Eating out is one of the more challenging and stressful parts of having celiac disease. One crumb is all it takes to set off the autoimmune response. Everything that is fun and spontaneous about eating out can be overshadowed by the anxiety of whether you can get through your meal unscathed. [The app will provide a] directory of 100% gluten-free restaurants, restaurants that are gluten-free friendly, recommended by the community, and personally vetted by Gluten Dude, all in an effort to guarantee you a safe meal. Each restaurant includes images, a description, reviews, ratings, directions, etc. Some restaurants even include a video and their menu. The user will be able to search by their current location or another location. The app currently covers the US, Canada, Paris, Italy, London, Spain, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Australia, with more locations coming. Eating without fear. What a concept.

The internet is littered with falsehoods, outright lies, and dangerous information regarding celiac disease and eating gluten-free. People are looking for answers to their problems, quickly and accurately, and they are not sure where to turn or who to trust, putting their health in jeopardy. [On the app, you’ll find a] forum run by the most trusted voices in the celiac community. There are a number of topics where you’ll be able to chime in with questions, answers, and advice. The forum sticks to the facts, allowing people to get the answers they need…and deserve.  The forum includes Ask the Physician, Ask the Dietitian, Ask the Chef, and more, where you’ll be able to get direct answers from experts in the industry.

Ghostfish: We hear that your app will help folks find gluten free beer, we’re obviously pretty stoked about this feature. Can you tell us about it? 

Gluten Dude: Beer, sadly, is not gluten-free. The most popular “gluten-free” beers on the market today are actually “gluten-removed” and are not safe for those with celiac disease. There are a handful of amazing 100% gluten-free beers out there nowadays, but because their distribution is limited, they can be really difficult to find. I can’t tell you how many stores I personally have walked into fingers crossed, only to come out empty-handed. The Gluten Dude app shows the stores, bars, and restaurants where people can purchase gluten-free beer. The user will be able to search by any location and each location will show which specific gluten-free beers each establishment carries. Cheers!

Ghostfish: What will be the primary differences between this app and others on the market?

Gluten Dude: What other apps on the market??? Just kidding. While there is nothing that offers the celiac/GF communities as much as the Gluten Dude app will (restaurants, beer, forum, videos, chat, etc.), there are one or two apps that focus on locating gluten-free restaurants. The main one has been out for some time now. Kudos to them for standing the test of time. The main difference is that my app will initially focus on only 100% GF restaurants. You will not find fast-food restaurants and any other restaurants that cannot keep the community safe.

Ghostfish: What was the most challenging aspect of creating this app?

Gluten Dude: Coronavirus!! I’m sort of joking, but not really. We kicked off development in late winter, just before the virus struck. The development team I hired all had to go virtual, which definitely slowed things up a bit.

Locating and vetting all of the GF restaurants was quite a challenge as well. For each suggested restaurant, I first had to make sure they were completely gluten free; sometimes easier said than done. Then for the ones that made the list, I had to gather the address, phone number, and URL, as well as putting together a nice one-paragraph description and a great photo. Doing this for over 1,500 restaurants…well…you can imagine.

While I’ve enjoyed the process, I will say that it’s been a challenge and a half to get it done. But it will be worth the wait.

Ghostfish: What were you pleasantly surprised by when creating the app?

GD: Hmmm…that’s a good question. I love the responses I’ve been getting from the app testers. From those in the celiac/GF community to the restaurants who will be on the app, pretty much everyone has shared my excitement. It really is a win-win for everyone.

The Gluten Dude app is available now, learn more here >> https://glutendude.app/.

Travel Tuesday – New York

Photo: @GlutenDude on Instagram

The Big Apple… The City of Dreams… The City So Nice, They Named It Twice… NEW YORK, NEW YORK! We’re so excited to finally have our brews in one of the oldest cities in the country. From the history to the art and food, we’re happy to finally be able to offer our friends in the east a chance to enjoy Ghostfish. You can find all of our retail partners using The Beer Finder App on our Website but this blog will help you plan your trip and grab some gluten free beer along the way. 

Screen Grab of Beer Finder Search Results in New York

When it comes to New York City, the first thing almost everyone thinks of is the Statue of Liberty. This symbol of Amerian Freedom and the American Dream is something you can’t miss and should truly be on your bucket list. Before or after you head to the ferry, check out Fraunces Tavern near Battery Park for a taste of Ghostfish and a moment to yourself in all the hussel and bussel. 

Photo: TakeWalks.com

After checking out the Statue of Liberty and taking in the view of what thousands of immigrants saw when they pulled into the bay for the first time, wander up Lower Manhattan and check out the Tenement Museum to see where a lot of these dreamers landed between 1862 and 2011. After your history lesson head over to Top Hops Beer Shop to find some of the best beers in the city, including Ghostfish! 

Tenement Museum – Photo: 6spft.com

Looking to avoid those spendy restaurants in the big city? Hit up a bodega for some grub and check out Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Washington Square Park is a 9.75-acre public park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City. One of the best known of New York City’s public parks, it is an icon as well as a meeting place and center for cultural activity. Once you’ve relaxed enough and are ready for some refreshments, don’t forget to visit The Half Pint nearby for another spot to grab your Ghostfish. 

Washington Square Park – New York Post

What’s a trip to New York without a live show? While there are the big musicals and broadway shows, there are also plenty of affordable shows around the city with talented cast often ending up in the bigger shows. Check out the infamous STOMP, The Comedy Cellar, Webster Hall, Gramercy Theater, and Irving Plaza for entertainment. Now that your night on the town is planned, don’t forget to grab dinner and some Ghostfish at any of the three “Smith Restaurant and Bar” establishments. Trendy bistro food complimented by some of our classic brews made perfect for a night on the town. 

STOMP the Musical – 247 Tickets

There are a world of things to do in this magical city and we highly recommend you add it to your #TravelTuesday list and make sure to keep an eye out for Ghostfish along the way. Here are some fun facts about the city and check the bottom of the page for a list of other retailers in the area. Don’t forget you can always search for Ghostfish near your zip code on our website using the Beer Finder App! 

New York City – Fodor’s Travel Guide

From the Swedish Nomad: 

1. IT’S NOT ILLEGAL TO GO TOPLESS IN NEW YORK

While you probably won’t see many topless people in The Big Apple, it’s pretty interesting to know that it’s not illegal. In 2018 there was even a “Go Topless Day Parade” where people walked around topless in the city.

2. THE FIRST PIZZERIA IN THE UNITED STATES OPENED IN NYC IN 1895

Another interesting fact about New York and the pizzas is that the price of pizzas and single ride tickets for the subway has remained pretty much equal for more than 50 years! Economists call this the pizza principle.

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dollar slice – Photo: Shutterstock

3. THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS OVER 50 MILLION BOOKS

Consider yourself a bookworm? Then it would almost be a sin not visiting the Public Library which has over 50 million books available!

4. MORE THAN 800 LANGUAGES ARE BEING SPOKEN IN NEW YORK

Considering the fact that 37% of the NYC population comes from another country, you might not be surprised that there are a lot of languages spoken. Some experts claim that there are more than 800 languages spoken in the city, and some others say it’s just a little over 200 different languages, but nonetheless, that’s a lot of languages!

One of the many interesting facts about New York! It’s such a diverse and multi-cultural city.

new york facts
Photo: Shutterstock

5. BROOKLYN BRIDGE IS OLDER THAN TOWER BRIDGE IN LONDON

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in the world, and so is the Tower Bridge in London, but the NYC bridge can flaunt with being 11 years older.

6. THE AVERAGE RENT FOR A ONE-BEDROOM IN MANHATTAN IS US$ 3,400

Want to move to New York, namely to Manhattan? Then you need to save your bucks ahead. The average rent price is currently around 3400 USD per month. Sure, there are some cheaper ones as well, so it’s good to remember that this number is an average of the most expensive and the cheapest rentals combined.

Nonetheless, quite higher than the average price worldwide for a one-bedroom. To make a comparison, you can easily find a one-bedroom in Greece for 350-400 USD per month.

Manhattan - facts about NYC
Manhattan – Facts about NYC – Photo: Shutterstock

7. NEW YORK CITY’S FEDERAL RESERVE BANK HAS THE LARGEST GOLD STORAGE IN THE WORLD

Deep down in the heart of the financial district Wall Street, sits the largest storage of gold in the whole world. More than 7.000 tons of glittering gold bars, which is equivalent to about 5% of all the world’s gold ever mined.

Want to see it for yourself? Quite remarkably, public tours are being offered.

8. THE FIRST EUROPEAN SETTLERS IN NYC WERE DUTCH

Until 1898, the city was known as New Amsterdam. That changed when the city was gifted to the Duke of York on his 18th birthday. He then decided to rename the city to New York, which has stuck around ever since.

9. SMALL CRUSTACEANS CAN BE FOUND IN THE DRINKING WATER

The reasons for this is the fact that the water is not getting filtered, but it’s still pure enough to drink, even though it’s probably best to filter the water before drinking. I recommend bringing a filtered water bottle if you’re coming as a tourist.

And don’t worry, the copepods are totally harmless and not something you notice, but vegans might not want to drink the water without filtering it first.

copepod
Photo: Shutterstock

10. HOME TO THE WORLD’S FIRST UNDERGROUND PARK

The success of the Highline gave rise to the new project and park called the Lowline. This is the first underground park in the world, and it’s located on Manhattan’s West Side.

It’s not yet completed, but the current date for the park to be fully completed is set to 2021.

NYC Ghostfish Retailers: 

Beer Table Pantry, City Beer, The Half Pint, City Hops, Milk & Hops, Top Hops Beer Shop, Food Cellar Market, George Keeleys, City Swiggers, Astoria Beir & Cheese, Danbro Studios The Well, C Town Supermarket, Stinky BKLYN, Park Slope Food, Beer Town & Soda, Half Time, Decicco & Sons, Total Wine & More (Westbury), Cable Beverage

Many thanks to Sarene Craft Beer Distributors for helping us reach even more of the East Coast!

Travel Tuesday – British Columbia

Photo By Narcity

When visiting the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia is a must. One of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes is located just a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle via I-5.  Whether you’re going to mingle with art patrons and eat fine food or you want to get your boots muddy on a trail, British Columbia has got it all. One of the most beautiful attractions in Canada, if you like plants, is the Butchart Gardens. They house many species, are on Canadas national historic register and see more than a million visitors a year.

Richmond Night Market – Photo By Daily Hive

The Richmond night Market is a great place to browse and people watch.  For a great view of the vastness of British Columbia, take the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, just north of Vancouver. If something more active is up your alley, check out Yoho National Park, just across BC, near the border of Alberta. Visiting this area will give you the huge mountains, lakes and giant skies that BC is known for. While in this area the Lussier Hot Springs are worth checking out. If you feel like heading towards the Pacific Ocean rather than further inland, check out the Great Bear Rainforest.

Photo by CBC

This is a huge temperate rainforest that is the home to many bears, including the sacred spirit bear.  If you are not comfortable or familiar with bears, do some research or hire a guide for your excursion. If you’re staying in the city and won’t have time to get out and explore the rest of British Columbia, that is not a problem. Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is located just 2.5 hrs north of Vancouver, and just west, the archipelago Haida Gwaii is a beautiful collection of islands with remnants of a centuries old Haida Nation village. The islands are full of trails, wildlife and old totem poles to appreciate all the history the PNW has to offer.

British Columbia Fun Facts

-British Columbia is the third largest and most westerly province in Canada and it is four times the size of Great Britain. The length of BC’s coastline is over 27,000 kilometres.

-Half of all British Columbians live in the metropolitan area of Vancouver.

-BC has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, six National Parks and over 400 provincial parks, recreation and conservation areas.

-Two-thirds of British Columbia’s land base (we’re speaking of an area larger than France!) is forest land, and more than half of that area has had little or no human contact.

-Among all provinces and territories of Canada, British Columbia has the mildest climate. It has the longest frost-free periods of Canada and flowers often start blooming as early as February.

-British Columbia is one of the top 3 producing regions of cranberries and blueberries in the world.

-Did you ever wonder what the BC flag stands for? We have the answer: On the top part there is a Royal Union Flag, reflecting British Columbia’s British heritage. It is marked by the King Edward crown in the centre, which represents the Royal Family. The lower half shows a setting sun, representing the western location of the province. The blue and white lines behind the sun symbolize BC’s location between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains.

-BC is home to the world’s largest hockey stick! It was originally created for the Expo 1986 and then acquired by the city of Duncan, BC, where it is on display today. The stick is 62.48 metres long, weighs 28.12 tonnes (62,000 lb) and is therefore 40 times the size of a regular hockey stick. Make sure to take a look on your next trip to Vancouver Island!

Where to Find Ghostfish in British Columbia – Link Here

Thanks to Beer Thirst for making our BC distribution possible!

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Ghostfish Expands Distribution to Vermont

Ghostfish Brewing Expands Distribution to Vermont
December 12, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Seattle, WA (December 12, 2017) — Ghostfish Brewing is excited to announce its new partnership with Vermont Beer Shepherd to bring its boundary-pushing craft beers to Vermont, expanding Ghostfish’s distribution from the Pacific Northwest to the Northeast. “VT Beer Shepherd is proud to partner with Ghostfish to bring their award-winning beers to Vermont,” says VT Beer Shepard co-founder Indy Ewald. “Ghostfish is a wonderful addition to our gluten free offerings, as well as appealing to the most discriminating craft beer drinker.”

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Ghostfish Brewing Launches in Oregon and Earns Two Medals at the Best of Craft Beer Awards 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —February 10, 2017

Ghostfish Brewing Company
2942 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134

Ghostfish Brewing Launches in Northern Oregon
and Earns Two Medals at the Best of Craft Beer Awards 2017

Seattle, WA— After recently expanding its distribution to Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho with the Odom Corporation, Ghostfish Brewing Company is excited to announce its launch into Northern Oregon.

Ghostfish Brewing’s draught and packaged beers will be distributed by General Distributors Inc. (GDI).

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