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ReedPOP and Fremont Brewing Unveil New 2018 Dark Heron IPA for ECCC


From ReedPOP 


2018 Dark Heron IPA Features a New Design by Local Seattle Artist & is Available on Draft and in 22oz Bottles This February

ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, and Fremont Brewing of Seattle, Washington today announced they are bringing back Dark Heron, an exclusive brew created as the official beer of Emerald City Comic Con 2018. In the third year of the partnership, this year’s Dark Heron will feature new artwork created by local Seattle artist Jeffrey Veregge, who drew inspiration from his Native American roots and his training in the art of Salish formline design.

“This year’s Dark Heron is a loud, expressive IPA brewed with Strata, El Dorado, Comet, Citra, and Centennial hops,” says Matt Lincecum, founder and owner of Fremont Brewing. “Golden-amber in color, Dark Heron IPA is bursting with citrus, tropical, floral, and stone fruit notes.”

“We’re really excited to be partnering again with Fremont for the official beer of Emerald City Comic Con,” said Lance Fensterman, Senior Vice President, ReedPOP.

“Both Fremont and local Seattle artists collaborating on this year’s Dark Heron allows for the beer to embody everything that characterizes ECCC, the uniqueness of the show and the fans that attend year in and year out.”

ECCC and Fremont will launch this year’s Dark Heron with the official beer release at the Fremont Brewing Urban Beer Garden on February 1, followed by a “Brews & Board Games” event at Mox Boarding House on February 8. As in the past two years of partnership with ReedPOP, Fremont Brewing will make Dark Heron available on draft at regional bars and restaurants and in 22 ounce bottles at most major stores.

In addition to the Dark Heron collaboration, ECCC and Fremont Brewing have brought together several west coast breweries and cideries to create the League of Libations Presented by Fremont Brewing, conveniently located in the Beer Garden on Level 1 of the Washington State Convention Center. Their mission is to bring some of the best of the West Coast’s independent craft beers and ciders to ECCC. Participating breweries and cideries include Firestone Walker Brewing Company from California, Crux Fermentation Project from Oregon, and Seattle Cider Company, which will all be on tap in the Beer Garden during all four days of the show. For the first time this year, ECCC will also be curating special events in the Beer Garden each day, including trivia and fan meetups for beer enthusiasts.

“Fremont is proud to reunite with ReedPOP for another ECCC beer because they are unafraid to be themselves; innovative, passionate, and kinda nerdy…just like us!” says Lincecum.

Starting in 2003, Emerald City Comic Con has become the largest pop culture and comic convention in the Pacific Northwest attracting over 91,000 fans last year. Emerald City Comic Con tickets are available at For the latest news, visit ECCC’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).



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