Bastion Brewing | Lupulin Cowboy Fresh Hop Fresh Malt IPA

Joe Behan and Evan Barnett from Bastion Brewing Company in Anacortes, Washington wanted to brew the freshest possible beer they could.

Cardinal Craft Tap Room Open Every Friday Rest of Summer!

We are happy to announce that Cardinal Craft Tap Room is open EVERY FRIDAY for the rest of the summer!

They will have 8 beers on tap this week including their very popular Hazy IPA, rich malt Amber, refreshing golden Summer Ale, and nutty Brown.

Come join Cardinal Craft Brewing for some happy hours and take advantage of their new outdoor seating!

Cardinal Craft Brewing Program Receives Master Brewers Recognition

Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that SVC’s Cardinal Craft Brewing program has received the distinction, full Master Brewers Recognition by the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA).

To be considered for recognition, SVC’s program was reviewed by an MBAA team of volunteer professionals from human resources, brewing, and brewing academia. The three-year recognition places SVC’s academy in the Post Secondary School – College Certificate or similar program.

Master Brewers Association of the Americas was formed in 1887 with the purpose of promoting, advancing, and improving the professional interest of brew and malt house production and technical personnel. Today, Master Brewers is a dynamic, global community working to advance the brewing, fermentation, and allied industries by: advocating the exchange of knowledge; creating, assembling, interpreting, and disseminating credible and beneficial information; developing world-class education offerings; and providing valuable personal and professional development opportunities.

MBAA includes more than 4,000 members from 50 countries throughout the world.

SVC is also pleased to announce that SVC’s Cardinal Craft Brewing won a silver medal at the Washington Beer Awards for its Smoked Scotch Ale at the fifth annual Washington Beer Awards®.

More than 1,207 beers were entered in the competition by 165 Washington breweries. To be considered for the competition, all of the beers submitted must have been both brewed and made commercially available in the state of Washington. The entries were evaluated in a blind format using the Brewers Association Style Guidelines by panels of trained beer judges who awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze placements for each category grouping.

The Cardinal Craft Brewing Academy has also graduated its second class of brewers. Students began their internships in May at several area breweries and all have received their Brewing Certificates. Two of the brewing grads have already been hired. Congratulations to all!

SVC’s program is the first to be offered among Washington’s community and technical colleges. The Academy is designed to provide students with a foundation of knowledge required for successful employment in the expanding craft brewing industry. SVC has collaborated with regional craft brewing, distilling, and malting professionals in its multi-disciplinary program. Students learn brew science through hands-on experience in the brew lab and at local breweries. SVC’s Craft Brewing Academy includes industry professionals teaching in the classroom, industry tours, and internship experiences at local breweries. SVC’s Advisory Committee is comprised of regional brewing professionals who have provided hands-on program and curriculum development. 


Skagit Valley Malting Barley Field

Going for a tractor ride on May 8th, 2017, Susan Welch of Skagit Valley Malting interviews Dan Gunderson while he is planting their first barley field of the year named NZ-151. NZ-151 (two row spring variety) was bred by Washington State University breeders. “The flavor has almost a rye note, nice clean finish and was also bred to encourage clarity, minimal post-refrigeration hazing,” say Susan.

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La Conner Channel Lodge Beer & Bed Package

Skagit Valley’s only waterfront hotel boasts Northwest styling, water views and an ideal location to start your Skagit Farm to Passport Ale Trail exploring. You are in a central location for passport brewery stamp collection!

Skagit Cardinal Craft Brewing Lesson

The newest addition to the Skagit Farm to Pint Ale Trail and Passport is Cardinal Craft Brewing! I stopped in to say hello and also take my first beer brewing 101 lesson. Bob was kind enough (and patient enough) to give me a little introduction.

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Our Journey Down the Garden Path: Adventures in Brewery Startup

For insights into the Garden Path Fermentation startup process and how things are coming along, check out “Part I of IV: Our Journey Down the Garden Path: Adventures in Brewery Startup” by Amber Watts on page 48.