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Why We Cheers to Pride Month

Jun 01, 2017
Why We Cheers to Pride Month

  We believe beer unites and builds community. That’s why in 2012 we started our Beer is Love Donation Program, offering beer donations to nonprofit organizations throughout each state where our beer is sold. Beer is Love focuses on five non-profit categories (known as our Beer is Love DNA): arts and music, the environment, equality, recreation…

Introducing The Ninkasi Thirst Responder

May 10, 2017
Introducing The Ninkasi Thirst Responder

It took about 2 years but I finally found my dream “car.” It wasn’t close to anything I had been searching for. I had no clue how to drive stick; It was a manual transmission. I was looking for a 4-wheel drive, it was rear wheel drive with duallys. I wanted something newer; It was made in 1988. I was looking at 4-door options, it had 9 doors total. I was hoping for something common…

From Our Kitchen: Tricerahops Double IPA Ceviche

May 05, 2017
From Our Kitchen: Tricerahops Double IPA Ceviche

  When it starts getting warm and sunny out, I switch cooking gears over to things that are simple, fresh and can be made with as little time over a hot stove as possible. Ceviche—fresh shrimp or fish tossed with fresh veggies and lime juice—is probably my favorite of this type of cooking. It’s surprisingly easy to make and happens to pair really nicely with beer (especially a Ninkasi beer).…

Pacific Rain Northwest Pale: Brewed with Lava-Filtered Water

Apr 17, 2017
Pacific Rain Northwest Pale: Brewed with Lava-Filtered Water

  Breweries need good water to make good beer; in fact, 95% of beer is water. Every brewer will tell you that water is an essential part of making beer. We are fortunate to have fresh and clean water sourced straight from the McKenzie River Watershed, originating atop the High Cascades and continuing its journey to our brewery. The…

Lessons Learned: Why Beer and Easter Candy Don't Pair

Apr 14, 2017
Lessons Learned: Why Beer and Easter Candy Dont Pair

  Easter candy can be super weird. Have you ever experienced a Peep? I’m usually a big optimist about being able to solve beer pairing issues, and around here we are usually willing to try beer with almost anything. We know that chocolate can go really well with some of our beers. With Easter coming up we thought we would get a bunch of Easter candy and let our customers try their hand at…

Organizational Updates From the Ninkasi Mothership

Mar 29, 2017
Organizational Updates From the Ninkasi Mothership

  We’ve come a long way in 10 years. Starting with bringing to life the dream Jamie and I both had, to a company now employing over 100. Even if I tried, I could not have predicted where we would be today. That’s why I’m excited to announce some key promotions here at the mothership that will helps us continue to grow and lead our teams through the next 10 years (and beyond!).  We…

Demystifying Hops and Bitterness

Mar 27, 2017
Demystifying Hops and Bitterness

  I used to be a bartender in a suburban area new to “craft brewing” and many of our patrons were just realizing that there was more flavor to beer than the barley pops from our parents’ fridge. Some of the most frequently uttered phrases upon ordering were, “oh I don’t like hoppy beer” or “give me whatever IPA has the most IBUs.” Depending on the customer, sometimes I’d just pick one of…

Team River Runner Offers Wounded Veterans A Helping Hand in Boise

Mar 23, 2017
Team River Runner Offers Wounded Veterans A Helping Hand in Boise

  Team River Runner has made its mission to serve others. Through watersports and outdoor therapy, this organization is committed to helping wounded veterans nationwide. Their mission statement is "Team River Runner is a national nonprofit organization committed to helping active duty, veteran service members and their families through…

Five Beer and Girl Scout Cookie Pairings to Brighten Up Your Winter

Mar 17, 2017
Five Beer and Girl Scout Cookie Pairings to Brighten Up Your Winter

  It’s been a long, cold winter and we are definitely looking forward to spring. Even though it’s still pretty cold and dreary out, there is at least one little glimmer of hope—its Girl Scout Cookie season! When the cookie stands started popping up around here we decided to take the cookies to a whole new…

The Believer Campaign: We're Halfway There!

Mar 10, 2017
The Believer Campaign: Were Halfway There!

  Time really does fly when you're having fun; the Believer Campaign is already halfway over! Our beloved double red ale has made a stellar comeback and we are thrilled to be working with such incredible organizations during this campaign. The votes (and the beer) has been flowing and we want to keep the momentum going for the remaining two months of this campaign. Let's recap on the nitty…