2017: The Year in Photos

Yakima Hop Fields at sunset

Our annual photo recap of the year is here, a look back at some of our favorite people, times, beers, places, and events. This is a great opportunity for us to share some behind-the-scenes and otherwise unseen images taken over the last year of intimate and big moments alike, as well as photos we just think are pretty, funny or interesting. It was a pretty good year for great beer and also a bummer for those places that closed or were sold.

Hopworks Urban Brewery founder Christian Ettinger toasts us with the new Wave Train amber lager garnished with a lime.

Beer Flight at Briar Commons Brewery in Denver, CO

Jack Harris and Spencer Gotter at the Fringe Fest

Breakside’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Salted Caramel Stout made the ice/snow storm in Portland more bearable

Breakside Brewery, The Commons and Matt van Wyk from Alesong and Brett Thomas of Sunriver Brewing at their pub in Bend

tasting leftover competition entries at the Best of Craft Beer Awards in Bend

Double Mountain’s Jersey Pie and a pint at their new Portland pub

Ruse Brewing’s Deep Sleeper and Clock Keeper in our brief snow December 2017

Reach Break Brewing opened in Astoria, Oregon making for a new destination spot.

Cheese and Charcuterie at Crooked Stave in Denver, CO

left to right: Tomas Sluiter (Culmination Brewing), Jenn and Jeremie Landers

Martin Cizmar signs the Oregon Beer Guide for Tyler Brown and Jimmy Speak

the crowd cheers for Breakside Brewery as they win Large Brewery of the Year at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards

Lompoc owner Jerry Fechter accepts the lifetime achievement award for the late Don Younger at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards

Widmer Brewing’s innovation team, left to right: Corey Blodgett, Thomas Bleigh and Dan Munch

Widmer Brewing debuted their new Innovation Brewing team. Left to right: Tom Bleigh, Corey Blodgett and Dan Munch

Rik Hall and Ben Parsons of Baerlic Brewing had a good year. They won best small Oregon brewery at the Oregon Beer Awards and announced plans for a second location.

Alex Ganum contemplates a beer at Upright Brewing

Brunch at Burnside Brewing

Sasquatch Brewing opened a second location in NW Portland pictured here

Charles Porter debuts his Little Beast Brewing beers Fera and Bes

Wayfinder Beer opened with killer beer and grub like this Bread Pudding and Dunkelweizen

Trevor Rogers, head brewer/owner of De Garde Brewing

Kevin Davey (Wayfinder Beer head brewer) and Shanna Davey with Buttery Nipples

Me, Breakside’s Natalie Baldwin and 10 Barrel’s Whitney Burnside

Breakside Brewery opened their long-awaited NW Slabtown Pub, our first look preview here.

Breakside Slabtown brewers Jacob Leonard, Ben Edmunds and Will Jaquiss

Breakside brewers Natalie Baldwin and Will Jaquiss

a sun break at this years Portland Fruit Beer Festival

Wonder Women at this years Portland Fruit Beer Festival

We previewed the upcoming Ruse Brewing facility with owners Devin Benware and Shaun Kalis (pictured)

Schilling Cider opened a Portland taproom with the more hard ciders on draft than anywhere else in the world.

Mike Hunsaker (Grains of Wrath) and Steve Luke (Cloudburst Brewing) at this years Masters of IPA during Portland Beer Week

Culmination Brewing’s Condrad Andrus at SNACKDOWN! the closing party of Portland Beer Week

Erin Grey Kemplin and John Harris of Ecliptic Brewing at Portland Beer Week’s closing event Snackdown!

team Heater Allen Brewing at Portland Beer Week’s closing event Snackdown!

Hopworks brewers at Portland Beer Week’s closing event Snackdown!

Rob from Running Man Distribution with Joel and Erin of Ex Novo Brewing

the Baerlic Brewing team at SNACKDOWN, the closing event of Portland Beer Week.

beautiful setup at Wander Brewing in Bellingham, WA

Bachelorette party ladies at the Portland Fruit Beer Festival

Steve Jones, Nicole Kasten and I after the Portland Beer and Cheese Fest

Kerry Finsand, Maude Bowman Haney and Nicole Kasten work the booth at the Portland Beer Week kickoff party

Great Notion Brewing announced they were opening a larger 2nd location in NW Portland

Great Notion Brewing patio and beer

Migration Brewing patio

Lucky Labrador Brewpub’s patio in NW Portland

Wayfinder Beer patio

Our annual best beer/brewery summer patio series was another hit this year with more options than ever, a few of them highlighted in the photos above.

Lucky Labrador’s annual Barleywine Festival is always a fun lowkey affair

Level Beer was one of the most anticipated new breweries that opened this year. Pictured are brewers Shane Watterson and Jason Barbey.

Sean Hiatt opened perhaps the years best new beer bar in the Proper Pint Taproom.

Allegory Brewing was one of our favorite new breweries to open this year from Charlie Van Meter and David Sanguinetti (pictured)

Amy Marvin, “SNOB” Ritch Marvin, Sean Mcmahon (Brewery Outfitters) and Ben Love (Gigantic Brewing) drainpouring a beer at the Oregon Brewers Festival

Erin Grey Kemplin of Ecliptic Brewing and Amity Worden of New Belgium Brewing

Jaime Rodriguez of Ninkasi Brewing and Christian Ettinger, owner of Hopworks Urban Brewery.

Dave Mclean (pictured) sold his Magnolia Brewing to Dick Cantwell and others this year. Read our full story and interview with them here.

I visited the famed Anchor Brewing and here viewed their beautiful copper kettles mid-way through a brew of Anchor Christmas Ale.

a basement full of horizontal lager tanks at Anchor Brewing

Gayle Goschie leads a tour at her Oregon hop farm and processing facility for our report on the 2017 hop harvest.

when in Yakima you go to the Sports Center

me, Heather Egizio and Whitney Burnside at Level Beer

Ian Mcguinness opens his first taproom for Natian Brewing earlier this year.

Skamania Lodge Celebration of Beer in Stevenson, WA

Skamania Lodge Celebration of Beer in Stevenson, WA

Hop harvest drying beds

Heather Egizio, Bolt Minister and Charles Culp at the 54-40 Brewing 2nd Anniversary Party

We made the trek to Alesong Brewing & Blending’s new tasting room in the oregon countryside

Goodlife Brewing wins a Gold at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival

Bend, Oregon’s Sunriver Brewing wins multiple medals at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival

Melvin Brewing celebrates 2017 GABF wins

Melvin Brewing, Sunriver Brewing, Breakside, Goodlife and many other brewers did well at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival as pictured above. Read our full recap of the fest and awards here.

Ratio Beerworks in Denver is one of the most colorful taprooms anywhere

Heather Egizio walks through the freshly harvested hop fields in Yakima, WA

Josh Grgas, Mike Wright and Steve Jones at the closing night of The Commons Brewery.

Charlie Van Meter (Allegory Brewing) and John Plutshack (Logsdon Farmhouse Ales) on the closing night of The Commons Brewery

David Fuller and Jarek Szymanski will open Threshold Brewing in the Montavilla neighborhod of Portland in 2018. More info and a preview here.

Lompoc Brewing owner Jerry Fechter (front center), Assistant brewre Brendan Murphy (back left) and Head Brewer Bryan Kielty (back right)

Don Sch and Jeremy Herrig at the Holiday Ale Festival

Ryan Brentley and Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi Brewing at the Holiday Ale Festival

Paul Fiely, Wallace Charman and Clark Prather

Jeremie Landers, “SNOB” Ritch, and Amy Marvin at the Holiday Ale Festival

Whitney Burnside at the Rare Barrel in Berkeley, CA

Chuckanut Brewing in Bellingham, WA and owner/brewer Will Kemper

Bare Bottle Brewing taproom in San Francisco

Hopworks Vancouver opening party

Hopworks Christian Ettinger, Eric Steen and Trever Bass with their new cans

Matt Speckenbach at Hopworks Vancouver

miniature art at Modern Times Beer

Inrepid Sojourner Beer Project in Denver, CO

Bron Yr Aur Brewing in Yakima

Bron Yr Aur in the Yakima Valley has one of the best brewery patios and views ever. Photo above of the front of the brewery and the below photo from the side patio looking across the stret from the brewpub.

view from Bron Yr Aur Brewing patio

Nat West of Reverend Nat’s Cider celebrates the release of their first cans

if you get the chance to, attend the Feast Portland food festivals Night Market

pFriem’s brewpub in Hood River is excellent, one reason why they won our Oregon Brewer of 2017 award.

I love the simplicity but beauty and color of Wander Brewing in Bellingham’s tap handles. The beers are pretty darn good too.

Seapine Brewing is also a real underrated Seattle gem ever since they moved from a nano to full on production facility

Amy Marvin and “SNOB” Ritch Marvin at San Diego Beer Week kickoff party

Wander Brewing founders Chad and Colleen Kuehl

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Samurai Artist

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com