Tepache is back! New Summer Saison!

Remember Tepache? It’s baaaaaaack. In case you don’t remember, or have never had it, lemme tell you about it. Tepache is a Mexican folk beverage that uses brown sugar, pineapple, cinnamon and clove to make a fizzy, refreshingly sour drink. Typically, it’s a wild fermentation, using the yeast on the skins of the pineapple, but wild fermentations are tricky and often a failure. We use water kefir, which (like the ginger beer plant) is a symbiotic culture containing yeast and beneficial bacteria. The temperature, amount of sugar used, pH and oxygen levels all have effects on the final fermented flavor. One of my favorite things about using symbiotic cultures is playing with the different factors to give an advantage to one bug over the other. This time around, we decided to give a leg up to the bacteria and get to know the souring side of kefir. You sour beer nerds out there may appreciate this, especially if you’re the type to toss in a little syrup in the tartest of sours. Come and get it.

While we have Tepache on, we will have 13 taps. That’s right. 13. Jeebus. Makes me tired just typing that.

We briefly ran out of Bee’s Wine last week (due to high demand and using one of the fermenters for Tepache). It’s back on again, so don’t worry about that. If you’re around town, and have a hankering, you can stop by any one of these places to get some as well. Broadcast Coffee (CD), Cone and Steiner, Monsoon, Chuck’s Hop Shop (CD), Little Uncle (Pioneer Square), Joe Bar, Sun Liquor Lounge, Cafe Presse, and Assembly Hall.

New beer on tap: It’s the Summer Wheat Saison! Like your Saisons smooth and dry as a bone? You’ll love this one. We used 50% wheat in this recipe to keep a round body in this summer quencher. Hallertau and Horizon mix old and new world hop subtlety in this little number – a subtle and complex, extremely thirst quenching beer.

Pissed off about the weird squall blowing through town? We’ve got plenty of ways for you to wash away that irritation. Here’s what’s currently on tap:

  1. Rye IPA
  2. West Coast  IPA
  3. Imperial IPA
  4. Pale Ale
  5. Wheated Red Ale
  6. Cascadian Dark Ale
  7. Altbier (last keg! get it while it lasts!)
  8. Imperial Rye IPA
  9. Kölsch
  10. Dry Hopped Rye Saison
  11. Summer Wheat Saison
  12. Bee’s Wine
  13. Tepache

Waiting for the Altbier to blow: India Red Ale

Percolating away in fermenters:

  1. El Dorado Single Hop
  2. Schwartz Kölsch

Watch the World Cup final with an Imperial Rye IPA!

Brazilian futbol, I’m sorry. Getting outscored 10 to 1 on your own turf in your last two games is ridiculous, and it seems unnecessarily harsh that your own fans booed you afterwards.

Netherlands, I’m sorry for you guys, too. Looked like you had a chance to finally get it done, after so many close calls in previous World Cups.

But whatever … survival of the fittest, right? It’s the ferocious German landsharks against 2 time champs Argentina and the best futboller in the world (some say). This one’s gonna be a good one, and a hot one, and probably not much like that first Brazilian humiliation …

We weren’t planning on opening up early, but there were a lot of requests, so we’ll be here, open for the game at noon. Just in time, we’ll be putting the Imperial Rye IPA on tap. It’s a monster. If you loved the Anniversary Ale, you may recognize some similarity in the high alcohol (9.5%)/Mosaic hop combo.  In addition to Mosaic hops, the dry hop uses Jarrylo, Columbus and Citra hops. Using 20% Rye and 15% Ashburne malt, this IPA has complex body without the use of caramel malts. There will be plenty of fans to keep us cool, and lots of thirst quenchers to sip on. Come on down and enjoy one or more of our 12 taps:

  1. Rye IPA
  2. West Coast IPA
  3. Imperial IPA
  4. Pale Ale
  5. Wheated Red
  6. CDA
  7. Düsseldorf Alt
  8. Imperial Rye IPA
  9. “Single” Hop (Falconer’s Flight)
  10. Dry Hopped Rye Saison
  11. Belgian Black Ale
  12. Bee’s Wine

We will be open on the 4th of July!

So come get your growler fills for the party that officially kicks off the summer! Seems like an odd thing to say, since it feels like we’ve already had a fully summer’s worth of sun. Our hours on the 4th will be normal, 4-8pm, but instead of our usual slow, variable closing time, we’ll be closing sharply at 8. Come fill up early!

For those of you that live in the Central District, be sure to come down tonight to the Mayor’s neighborhood walk through. We were only given a day’s notice, so I won’t be able to make it, but I’m sure you all would love to be there to address any neighborhood concerns you have. Meeting place is 23rd and Jackson @ 7pm. Stop by the brewery for a pint if you need to loosen up for political discourse.

Experimental IPA no.1

Just a quick note to tell you all a little more about the latest beer. I had a thought a while back that the dry, clean stylings of a Kolsch might make a great backdrop for an IPA, and this beer was born. Using all new hop varietals, we bittered it with experimental 7270 hops, a monster that brings 17.8% alpha acids to the table. For flavor and aroma, we used New Zealand’s Kohatu hops, which are a little dank with floral and very fruity notes, and German Huell Melon hops, known for stone fruit and a prominent melon aroma. If you like your IPAs clean, fruity and light bodied, you’re gonna love this one. It’s replacing the West Coast for a bit. We also brought the award-winning Wheated Red on for a bit in place of the IRA for the time being, to try and keep the over hopped beers to a reasonable level.

Come watch the USA duke it out with Portugal in the World Cup today! Doors will be open at 2 and the game will be on.

The list:

  1. Rye IPA
  2. Experimental IPA no1
  3. Imperial IPA
  4. Pale Ale
  5. Wheated Red
  6. CDA
  7. Altbier (Dusseldorf style)
  8. Kolsch
  9. ‘Single’ Hop (Falconer’s Flight)
  10. Dry Hopped Rye Saison
  11. Belgian Black
  12. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer

On tap this week: IRA returns

Remember the India Red Ale? Loved it? Missing it? Well, it’s making an ovation right now. It’s 7.5%, and features Belma, Citra and Columbus hops on a rich malt base. The IRA is a great deviation from your usual fare if you tend toward the IPA styled beers. Come check it out. Then, cross your fingers and hope upon hope that we run out of one of our other beers so you can taste the Experimental IPA. It’s kegged up and maturing right now, but doesn’t have an available tap to go on. I guess 12 taps isn’t enough.

Bullet points of important recap information:

  • We have a big ‘ol bike rack out front now.
  • We just won bronze at the WA Beer Awards for our Wheated Red Ale and CDA.
  • Bee’s Wine is now available in 12 oz bottles for $4 a bottle.
  • We show any World Cup game that’s on TV while we’re open.

If any of those reasons temp you into considering a visit, here’s what you can look forward to:

  1. Rye IPA
  2. West Coast IPA
  3. Imperial IPA
  4. India Red Ale
  5. Pale Ale
  6. Cascadian Dark Ale
  7. Altbier (Düsseldorf style)
  8. Kölsch
  9. “Single” Hop (Falconer’s Flight)
  10. Dry Hopped Rye Saison
  11. Belgian Black Ale
  12. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer

We won some awards! We show World Cup games!

A quick weekend note to point out that we pulled in a bronze medal for both our Cascadian Dark Ale and the Wheated Red Ale at the WA Beer Awards. If you didn’t head out to the WA Brewer’s Festival, you missed out, but you can almost make up for the fun you missed by coming in today and watching Argentina play Bosnia and Herzegovina play in the World Cup at 3pm.

On tap this week: Bottled Bee’s Wine, Bike Racks, and a new “Single Hop”

It’s a big week for us here at Standard. We’ve been slaving for months to get the Bee’s Wine into 12 oz bottles. You’ve probably seen the brite tank sitting in the background, connected with tubing and a nifty silver jacket. I had to build a bottling line, a new walk in, and figure out infrastructure for handling pallets worth of bottles, labeling, etc … but today you can walk in and leave with a 6 pack of Bee’s Wine in bottles!! If you’re new to the Standard Brewing blog, Bee’s Wine is ginger beer as you won’t taste from anyone else. It is ginger beer as it originally was, fermented with a very specific culture that was originally required just to call it “ginger beer”. If you find another ginger beer on the market that uses fermentation at all, it is likely ale or champagne yeast, and not this special culture. It’s about 2% alcohol, extremely refreshing, and now you don’t have to drink 64 oz of it from your growler all at once, just to keep it from going flat! Mix cocktails with it, drink it straight from the bottle, take it camping and cure your hangover with this little number. Come and get it for $4 a bottle.

IMG_2448After a standing request to the city for over a year, WE FINALLY GOT A BIKE RACK! Look for it on our side of Jackson St. in the parking lane just east of 25th. It’s the 3 staple corral style, so we should be able to handle quite a few locked up bikes from here on out.

Lastly, today we are releasing the latest variety of “Single Hop”. It gets quotes, because it isn’t really a single hop, but rather a proprietary blend called “Falconer’s Flight”. A combination of a whole bunch of Northwest grown hops put together by Hop Union in honor of Glen Hay Falconer, it includes Simcoe, Citra, and Sorachi Ace, as well as some experimental varieties. The blend is kind of a special thing, not just because proceeds from these hop sales go toward the Falconer Foundation, which supports the brewing industry, but because it really is a kind of perfect union of hops. It sits beautifully between all the pine, grapefruit, citrus and tropical fruit notes you’d expect from an IPA hop. Come refresh yourself with this highly quaffable 5.4% beer.

P.S. Kölsch will be back on Thursday, and look next week for the IRA and Experimental IPA!

On tap this week: Dry Hopped Rye Saison and Düsseldorf Altbier!

Feels like it’s been summer for two months already, and June just started. The long range forecasts I’m seeing are calling for a hot and dry summer as well. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m feeling pretty good about the coming months. In preparation for all this great weather, we’re brewing summer style beers for you. Starting with:

MORE ALTBIER! So if you’ve tried the current Alt, you know it’s got a present malt with a satisfying roastiness, but it’s dry and clean and crisp. Technically speaking, that extra roast isn’t in style for that beer. We wanted to make another one, but this time, we’re following the traditional style of the Düsseldorf Altbier. While relying more on Munich (read toasty) than roast malts, this way of making it also isn’t afraid of a little assertion with the hops. We used Saaz, Mt Hood and Strisselspalt, and couldn’t help dry hopping it with a smidge of Hallertau. It is terrific, refreshing and 5.1%. It’ll be on when we kick the last 1/4 keg of the current batch of Alt.

DRY HOPPED RYE SAISON! In keeping with summery beer, we’re going to try to have a Saison on tap at all times. This time, we’re using the drying effect of some rye alongside floral and citrusy hops to make the best hot weather Saison we’ve done yet. Old world Strisselspalt and German Hallertau hops mingle with the orangey grapefruit of Amarillo late hopping. The dry hop happened with New Zealand Wakatu hops, which are an open pollination offspring of Hallertau. The result is a bright lime addition to Hallertau’s floral notes. It’s 5.4% and you’re going to want gallons of it.

Coming next week: Bee’s Wine in 12 oz bottles! Falconer’s Flight Single Hop!!

Coming sometime after that: India Red Ale returns! Experimental IPA with a weird yeast strain!!

On tap this week: Kölsch and Belgian Black Ale

Starting this week, we finally have all 12 taps full of our own brews! The newest additions are Kölsch and Belgian Black Ale. If you aren’t familiar, Kölsch is an ale fermented at a cooler temperature to achieve an extremely clean and crisp flavor. Ours is 5.8%, based on pilsner malt, with Saaz and Mt Hood hops. Perfect for a warm, sunny day.

Looking for something darker? How about a Black Ale with Belgian yeast. Ours is about as black as they come. Sun doesn’t really make it through the glass. The Belgian yeast brings earthiness without typical Belgian esters. This beer has about 8% rye, a strong roast backbone, and it’s quite smooth. It’s 6.4%, and ready for your happy hour.

Come enjoy 12 taps of our beer 5 days a week!

On tap this week: Altbier!

Many of you probably know that today marks the start of the almighty Seattle Beer Week. For the next week and a half, you have the opportunity to overconsume craft malt beverages 5-10 times a day at hundreds of different venues around the city. This list of events is incredible, and it isn’t entirely comprehensive. There are a lot of small events that aren’t mentioned. We’ll be participating at a few worth mentioning.

Friday, May 9th Naked City Nano Night from 6-9pm

Sunday, May 11th Newbie’s Night @ Brave Horse Tavern @ 4pm

and one that isn’t on any official lists:

Tuesday, May 13th @ Sun Liquor Lounge @ 6pm. This will be a sort of pre-release for the 12 oz bottling of our Bee’s Wine ginger beer. Starting shortly after the event, you’ll be able to pick up 12 oz bottles from the brewery. Soon after that, you might see them at your favorite cocktail lounge, where you can request a mixed drink using proper, traditional ginger beer. We’ll also have the West Coast IPA on draft at Sun Liquor until the keg is gone.

If, however, you are too overwhelmed to head out to a Beer Week event (or perhaps you need an easy drinking pre-funk), today marks the release of our Altbier! What is Altbier, you ask? It’s hard to find a lot of examples, so I don’t blame you if you don’t already know. There are only a few indigenous “ale” style beers attributed to Germany. We all know Bavarian Hefeweizens and Cologne’s Kölsches, but Altbier gets overlooked. What lies behind an Altbier style is cool fermentation temperatures using an ale strain, producing a clean, non-estery flavor with a malty body. A sort of brother to Kölsch, which uses the same fermentation technique (and often the same strains), but differs in grain choice. Both usually start with a Pilsner base, but Alt leans heavily on Munich malt, often using other specialty malts for complexity. Ours is 60% Pilsner, 20% Munich, and includes Victory and Aromatic malts for richness. Non-traditionally, we also included a pinch of Carafa II to deepen the brown color without roasted malt astringency. Hop-wise, we used Saaz, Mt Hood and Willamette, and the result is a beautiful, mellow, easy drinking 5.1% beer that is delightfully rich and dry on the finish. It is so good, that it might make a regular appearance on the menu from here on out …

IMG_2442

Come and get it! Keep your eyes peeled for two more new styles, the aforementioned Kölsch as well as a Belgian Black!

On tap this week: Many announcements!!

I’ve been a little silent on the social media front for a bit. Darren and I have been cranking out batches of beer trying to get caught up from an extremely busy March. In silence, a backlog of important announcements has compiled. I’m going to try to be brief,

WE NOW HAVE 12 TAPS. Here’s what you can expect tonight.

  1. Rooftop Brewing collaboration and brewer’s night. TONIGHT!! We got together and schemed on using dandelions in a beer. The outcome is on tap starting tonight. We used dandelions to bitter this fuller bodied, 6.8% ale, and it’s being called Bedwetter Dandelion Ale. Why bedwetter, you ask? well, dandelions are a diuretic, and if you look up dandelion nicknames, many of them revolve around this irreverent property. Don’t worry, the beer won’t make you wet the bed, unless you already have a problem with that. Craig Christan from Rooftop Brewing will be on hand all night to hang and chat beer, along with a keg of their Coffee Porter!
  2. Spring Tart Ale! We will be experimenting a lot now that we have more taps. You may call them Standard Deviations. This one is a sort of “cheater sour”. We don’t have the space to be stock-piling barrels, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate sour beers. Adding acid to a beer after fermentation creates a simpler version of a sour, and we thought it might make a refreshing light beer for the warmer days. It’s 5.6%, made with Maris Otter, wheat and caramel malts, and showcases the fruitiest of hops in the aroma. Belma, Cascade, Legacy, Amarillo, Mosaic and Citra. Smells like an IPA, reminds you of a sour.

WE NOW HAVE 12 TAPS. Here’s what you can expect later this week.

  1. Sorachi Ace Saison! Sorachi Ace is a weird hop. It comes to the party with armloads of dill and lemongrass. We thought it would be an interesting side hop in a saison, so we’re doing another experiment. It also has East Kent Goldings, but nobody cares about that … 5.7%, with 2 row, vienna and honey malts. Should be on tap on Saturday.
  2. Nelson Sauvin Single Hop! Another weirdo hop, but not in a Bobcat Goldthwait sort of way, more like a Flight of the Conchords kind of way. New Zealand bred, said to have a white wine type aroma, with gooseberries and grape skins. As with all hop descriptions, your smelling may vary. Come enjoy many of them and tell us what you get, because it’s only 4.9%. A true session this time! It’ll be on tap when the Belma Single Hop kegs blow, probably some time this weekend.

See you at the brewery!

photo

On tap this week: Belma Single Hop

I don’t know how many of you came out to Penumbra, but those that did now know that it’s the most fun you can have at a beer festival. We had a blast, and thank you to everyone that showed us so much support! If you didn’t go, you may not know that we won the Randall competition running the CDA through Rosemary and Chinook and Columbus hops. Can’t wait for next year!

This week marks the arrival of a new Single Hop Session beer. This time it’s with Belma hops, known for their mellow citrus and strawberry notes. Did you hear that? STRAWBERRY. IN HOPS. I know. It’s awesome. This is a perfect spring beer, and it’s only 5.4%, so you can have, like, 40 of them. Come and get it!

Coming soon – a dandelion beer and a soured beer. Keep your ears to the ground.

On tap this week: Enormous appreciation

To everyone that has supported us for the last 12 months and to everyone that showed up to celebrate last Thursday, to those that wanted to but sadly couldn’t, to the CD, to Judkins, to Leschi, to Madrona, to Minor, to Cherry Hill, and even Capitol Hill, to our supportive brew buds at Rooftop, Spinnaker Bay, Reuben’s Brews and Populuxe, to the CDBC, to Sound Homebrew, to the recently departed Central District News (so sad), Imbibe, Seattle Beer News, Capitol Hill Seattle, Thrillist, Seattle Met, Craft Beer Monger, Puget Sound Brewery Tours, Ale Trail Maps, Twopedalsacouplepints and Seattle Bars, to the awesome folks at Sugar Bakery for all the edibles, to Knox Gardner for his neighborhood rallying support, Two Big Blondes, Broadcast Coffee, Chuck’s CD, and Central Pizza

(whew!!)

… to all of you, including those that my tired brain is forgetting, that made this first year a massive success for our little brewery, THANK YOU!!!!!

In case you weren’t there, Thursday was an absolute blowout, and we were ridiculously busy all day. I can’t express the amount of gratitude we all feel for the outpouring of love we got. The Anniversary Ale sold out around 9pm, and I can’t wait to bottle again!

If you have the notion on Saturday, from 5pm-10pm, we’ll be the smallest brewery at Penumbra Beer Bash, the Stranger’s beer and music festival. Tickets are $25 and if you want to go, I’d suggest you buy a ticket here right now. The full page ad in the Stranger just printed, so it’ll probably sell out shortly. It’s gonna be a hoot.

If festivals aren’t your thing, you can still come by the brewery to drink the India Red Ale, because it’s still on tap, as is the Single Hop Session w/Legacy Hops. We’ve got some really exciting things coming down the pipeline, including a new single hop made with Belma hops, and a collaboration beer with another brewery. Both to be boiling in the kettle shortly.

Here’s to another year of hearts and pints! See y’all soon.

On tap this week: One Year Anniversary!

Are you all paying attention? I’ve got a ton to talk about this week, so hang up the phone and pour yourself a pint. This post is a juicy one. This week, we will have been open for a whole year, and I’m so excited we’re here. I didn’t realize when I got the idea to open a tiny brewery that I’d be doing it with so many other people, but it was exciting to see the new wave of community around us. Rooftop, Populuxe, Peddler, Machine House, Spinnaker Bay, Reuben’s Brews, Seapine, Lower Case, Tin Dog, Burdick … makes one’s head spin, and that’s just the Seattle metro area. We’re gonna celebrate all this exciting beer making on Thursday.

We’re going to be partying at the brewery from noon till 10 pm, releasing our 12% Anniversary Ale. Half of the batch will be in kegs, and we are bottling the other half in 22 oz format (only 100 bottles!). This is our first bottle release, so come get it before it’s history. They’ll be going for $16. Tax is included, so, really $14.61.

2014_anniversary_ale_ft_colaWe will be hosting two food trucks for the anniversary party. The first will be Crema Crepes (sweet and savory crepes) from noon-4pm, and Snout and Co. (Cuban and southern food stylings) from 5-9pm. We’re excited to bring new food to the neighborhood, so come have lunch and/or dinner with us!

We are also releasing Darren’s first recipe, an India Red Ale. It has a robust, dry malt backbone and uses Belma, Northern Brewer, Columbus and Citra hops. Belma is an interesting hop, with citrus and strawberry being it’s dominant characteristic. You’re gonna love it. The IRA will be on tap starting Wednesday.

Wednesday will also see the new Legacy Session Single Hop. Legacy hops come from Puterbaugh Farms, the same folks that came up with Belma, which will no doubt get a single hop batch at some point. Supposedly, they have been growing it since 1963, but only released it in 2013. It’s known for a black currant (cassis) flavor, but it also brings some grapefruit and spice to the picture. It’s 5.5%, and ready for your pint.

Stainless growlers are in! Those of you who pre-ordered them can come pick them up. The rest of you can buy them for $45. As with everything at Standard, we eat the tax, so … $41.10, a steal on the insulated growler market. Also, they’re super sexy. Dog not included at purchase price …

926130_1415801162008099_1640046852_nLastly, have you heard of Penumbra? It’s the Stranger’s beer and music festival, and it’s happening on Saturday, March 29th. We’ll be the smallest brewery in attendance, and it should be a whole lot of fun. Bands, breweries, a randall competition, food trucks … a smoking lounge. See you there!

penumbra2014_Postcard_`v copy 2