Cedar Talks Blog

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Don’t Miss Our New SMASH IPA: A Simple, Tasty Beer

At first glance you might not guess this is a simple beer, but there’s a clue hidden in its name. We’re not just capitalizing “SMASH” because we want to shout about this beer. The name is an acronym, and it stands for “Single Malt And Single Hop.” We’ve brewed this classy IPA with just one…

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Hop Down to Grand Mound for a Pint of Scotch Ale

While there’s some debate around whether or not a Scotch Ale must have a smokey character imitative of Scotch whiskey, one thing is certain: This rich brew is all about the malt. Sweet and malty in both aroma and flavor, our Scotch Ale falls in line with this tradition. This style of ale originated in…

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Meet Steve Kirven, Lead Brewer

Steve Kirven is one lucky guy. He is our lead brewer, and looks quite content when he says, “I’ve always been able to find a way to make my living doing things I love.”  Here at Talking Cedar, his day starts around 6 a.m. and he gets right to brewing. He makes sure the hot…

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Local Partner Spotlight: Whitewood Cider

At Talking Cedar Brewery, we love doing business locally. That’s why we are proud to pour cider in our restaurant from a fellow Thurston County producer: Whitewood Cider. Their wildly popular Red Cap cider is the only beverage on tap in our pub we don’t make ourselves. “Whitewood is just so consistent,” explains Jason Summers,…

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Love a Bloody Mary? Love Bacon? Don’t Miss Our Bacon Mary!

While we’re pretty huge fans of all our new brunch cocktails, there’s one that warms our hearts a little extra. Leveraging the bold, sweet-smokey flavors of Heritage Distilling Company’s (HDC) bacon vodka, we think we’ve hit on something pretty special with our Bacon Mary. The Bacon Mary starts with Talking Cedar’s very own bloody mary…

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South Thurston County Has a New Brunch Destination

Maybe you’re on your way from Portland to Seattle this weekend and you need a recharge at the halfway point. Maybe you live in Thurston or Lewis county and you’re itching to take a jaunt. We’ve got good news for you: Talking Cedar now serves brunch! We could not be more excited to offer a…

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Our Very First Pastry Stout is Now on Tap and It Tastes Like a Samoa Cookie

What is it about dark, chewy beers that lend themselves so well to mimicking the flavors of goodies? Whatever it is, we’re taking advantage of it! We could not be more excited to roll out our pastry program with our Samoa Cookie Imperial Pastry Stout. The brewing team here at Talking Cedar shares a deep…

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Craving a Treat? Looking for a Buzz? Grab a Beer That Does Both!

You deserve a treat. You also deserve a beer. How about a beer that is also a treat? Oh yes, we did: Our brand-new Milkshake IPA is on tap exclusively at our pub in Grand Mound! Ryan Myhre is our quality control lab technician, and he is responsible for the recipe creation of this exceptionally…

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The Annex: This Is Where We Make the Beer

Here at Talking Cedar, we’ve produced multiple batches of over a dozen varieties of beer in the six months since we started brewing. The large-scale brewing system in our primary facility is still being set up and tested, so where has all that magic happened? In a place we lovingly refer to as The Annex.…

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Enjoy Our Harvest Ale, Tapped Just In Time For Fall

The days are getting shorter, cooler, and damper, and that can only mean one thing for a passionate team of brewers like the ones here at Talking Cedar: It’s time to brew a fall-friendly beer. Our Harvest Ale is a nod to the traditional German-style Oktoberfest beers, with one key difference. Most Oktoberfest beers typically…

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Appreciating a Classic: Our American Wheat Will Stay on Tap

In late August we introduced a new player in our pub’s line up: the American Wheat. A three-and-a-half-barrel batch, or six kegs, has lasted us just a few weeks. Not to worry! Another batch is under way, and just in time for football season. If you haven’t had a chance to try the oh-so-drinkable American…

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Talking Cedar’s PNW IPA is Now on Tap in Olympia and Lacey!

The day has arrived! You can now order a cold pint of our PNW IPA at two exclusive locations in Olympia and Lacey. The Westside Tavern and Pints & Quarts now have the distinguished privilege of being the first bars in Olympia and Lacey, respectively, to offer a Talking Cedar beer on tap. “We are…

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Meet our Yeast Whisperer: Ryan Myher

The secret weapon of any brewery worth its salt is a quality control person with a sensitive palate and a genuine understanding of how flavor is made in beer. Ryan Myher, Talking Cedar’s quality control technician, has both of those traits on lock down. He also happens to be from Wisconsin, arguably the country’s original…

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Round Out Your Summer with Our Fresh Batch of Raspberry Blonde

Did you miss out on our Raspberry Blonde earlier this summer? Good news: We have a fresh batch on tap at Talking Cedar this week. We brewed a batch of Raspberry Blonde for our opening in late June and it was an instant sensation. By the time the warm weather finally hit in late July,…

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Flights Are Taking Off at Talking Cedar Brewing

Starting Monday, August 24, guests at Talking Cedar can enjoy four four-ounce pours of any Talking Cedar beer on tap for the same price as a pint! The new flights at Talking Cedar are the perfect choice for anyone who has been wanting to try a variety of Talking Cedar’s 11 offerings. For just $6,…