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.

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.





Skagit Farm to Pint T-Shirt Giveaway!

When not drinking your favorite Skagit Valley beers, why not talk up your Skagit Farm to Pint adventures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? Just shout it out with a little love and a good old hashtag #skagitfarmtopint, and you will be on our t-shirt giveaway radar!

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1st Skagit Valley Malting Showcase Event March 31-April 2, 2017

Have you experienced the Fresh Hop Festival? The Skagit Valley Malting Showcase takes beer tasting to the next level! The goal of this event is to showcase the grains that are growing here in the Skagit Valley as well as the amazing things going on with Skagit Valley Malting right here in our backyard.

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Chuckanut Brewery Wins Gold at Great American Beer Festival

Chuckanut Brewery was awarded a Gold Medal for their Chuckanut Helles Lager at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Colorado October 8, 2014. The GABF this year had 7,227 entries by 1,752 breweries. It is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. This is the second time Chuckanut Helles has been awarded a gold medal at the GABF.

Chuckanut’s Helles Lager has a well developed bready flavor that rewards the drinker with sublime balance and a subtle elegant maltiness. Brewed with a gentle, sure touch Helles Lager is the “go to” beer all day long. Golden yellow in color, fresh biscuit aroma, and a sublime balance of flavors and tastes. Chuckanut Helles is a traditional Munich style Helles Lager.

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen (North Nut), located at 601 West Holly St in Bellingham, was awarded the National Small Brewpub of the Year 2009 and Small Brewing Company 2011 at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. The full service “Kitchen” serves lunch, happy hour, and dinner with an eclectic fresh local menu for all ages. South Nut (Chuckanut Brewery & Tap Room at 11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington) at the Port of Skagit Airport welcomes all ages and is open Wednesday through Monday.

Learn more about Chuckanut Brewery at

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Farm to Table Brewer’s Dinner Hosted by Anacortes Brewery

anacortes_brewery_logoJoin some great folks at 6PM Thursday October 20th at H2O located at 314 Commercial Ave in downtown Anacortes as the Anacortes Brewery presents a special Farm to Table Brewer’s Dinner.

Meet local farmers, brewer’s and purveyors and enjoy 6 incredible courses by Chef David Tisnger featuring fresh Skagit Valley ingredients paired with beers from local breweries.

Cost is $50 day of the event plus tax and gratuity or $45 advance sale.

Call 360-755-3956 to make your reservation. Call now, because this event will sell out!