Reminder: American Brewing to celebrate first year Saturday with live music, beer

Brewmaster Skip Madsen and owner Neil Fallon on the "Yellow Foam Road" just before American Brewing opened a year ago.

Edmonds-based American Brewing Company will be celebrating its one-year anniversary by hosting an open house (ages 21 and older) Saturday, March 3 from 1-11 p.m. at the brewery, located in the Harbor Square Business Complex, 180 W. Dayton St., Warehouse 102.

The tasting room will feature live music by two local artists: rock and blues favorite Steve Stefanowicz will perform from 2-5 p.m., and Third Train Running, an acoustic blues and folk band, will play from 7-10 p.m. Snacks and finger foods will be served, along with American Brewing’s great flagship beers. And brewer Skip Madsen will introduce his newest creation, a hearty Scotch Ale.

The celebration will also be a fundraising event for the Edmonds Food Bank. Bring a donation of canned goods and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win American Brewing Company swag, The food bank is currently feeding 1,800 to 2,000 people each week, and any donation will be greatly appreciated, said Peggy Kennedy, Edmonds Food Bank director.

“We’ve accomplished so much in our first year of business” said American Brewing owner Neil Fallon. “I want to make this day a
way to thank everyone who has contributed to our success.”

During its first year of operations, the American Brewing Company:
– Began bottling three styles of beer after just six months of operation.
– Was featured as one of the “buzz-worthy” up-and-coming breweries in the October 2011 issue of Seattle Magazine.
– Took on three distributors in the Western Washington region, and is about to add its fourth.
– Collaborated with local celebrity chef Tom Douglas’s Brave Horse Tavern to craft an American Style Brown Ale, The Brave American, which won a Bronze Medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival.
– Received an American Package Design Award, presented by Graphic Design USA, for its 22-oz. bottle labels, designed by Taphandles in Seattle.
– Was chosen as one of only 15 breweries from across the country to pour their beer in Washington, D.C. for more than 500 members of Congress and their staff at the Tenth Annual Autumn Capitol Hill Beer Tasting.
– Expanded their brewing capacity — twice — to keep up with demand.
– Began offering their beer at eight major chain stores in the Pacific Northwest.

You can learn more at the American Brewing Company blog

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