Double Beer Release: Altbier and Kölsch!

We certainly nailed the timing on these beers, because they couldn’t be more seasonal. With Seattle temps cresting the 70s for most of the next week, and well into the 80s on Monday and Tuesday, we’re dropping two of our most thirst quenching beers on you. Our silver medal winning Kölsch (5.1%) is a classic example of the style, using Saaz hops, a pilsner malt base, and enough wheat to give it a subtle roundness. Altbier (5.3%), which is similar to Kölsch, utilizes a much more complex grain bill of Munich and biscuit malts. It is just as refreshing, but brings a nutty toastiness to the palate. Both are on tap now, and the patio is open at 2pm.

IMG_4216

The taps:

  1. Pretty Pimpin’, Dry Hopped Saison
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Truck Stick, Strong Ale
  4. Spring Pale Ale
  5. Gravity Waves, Oatmeal Stout
  6. Belgian Black
  7. Altbier
  8. Kölsch
  9. Imperial IPA
  10. West Coast IPA
  11. Elemental Dry Cider
  12. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro

A Standard night with POST!

Mark your calendars, folks. If you like drinking beer for a good cause, and if you like drinking beer on Tuesdays, you’re gonna want to block off April 19th and come down to Standard. We’re hosting an event to support POST, a nonprofit that has provided outdoor programs and trips to the Garfield High School community for over 3 decades. All proceeds from the night will be donated to help the organization provide scholarships for youth to attend Desert School, POST’s largest trip of the year.

More on POST: POST strives to encourage environmental awareness, leadership, diversity, self-confidence, and knowledge of the outdoors. We are proud to build a sense of community and a sense of self through outdoor engagement. Our trips range in activity from rock climbing to snow camping, basic survival skills to kayaking, and hiking to alpine climbing. After 30 years of programming under the wing of Garfield High School, POST recently became its own nonprofit in order to serve the Garfield community and beyond!

More about POST can be found on their website.

The event starts at 6pm and will go until close. It’s a potluck and raffle event, and any food brought to the event will earn you a raffle ticket. Donations of all types and sizes are encouraged, and any checks written should be addressed to “Post”. Come support your community and let’s all have a party! If you can’t stick around, grab a growler to go, and feel good knowing you’re still supporting the cause.

Nice cider on guest tap – Blood Orange!

We’ve got a new cider from Elemental on tap, and it’s delicious. It’s their Blood Orange cider, and you won’t regret trying it. Here’s the full list:

  1. Pretty Pimpin’, Dry Hopped Saison
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Truck Stick, Strong Ale
  4. Spring Pale Ale
  5. Gravity Waves, Oatmeal Stout
  6. Belgian Black
  7. empty for now
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Imperial IPA
  10. empty for now
  11. Elemental Dry Cider
  12. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro

Beer Release: Snuffleupagus Nitro Imperial Stout

So, it’s been a long time, folks, but Snuffleupagus Nitro Imperial Stout just found itself on tap, and it is tasting delicious. Clocking in at 12%, Snuffleupagus makes use of a small amount of peated malt to balance a boozy stout along with oat, rye, caramel, and a variety of dark, roasty malts. It’s as smooth as it is roasty and complex, and you’re gonna want to give it a spin. We’re selling 10 oz for $6, no growler fills.

IMG_4178

The taps:

  1. Pretty Pimpin’, Dry Hopped Saison
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Truck Stick, Strong Ale
  4. Spring Pale Ale
  5. Gravity Waves, Oatmeal Stout
  6. Belgian Black
  7. Earl, Bière de Garde
  8. Edith, Saison
  9. Imperial IPA
  10. Wheated Red Ale
  11. Elemental Dry Cider
  12. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro

Beer Release: Spring Pale Ale

Ok, that’s a trifecta of new beers. We’re on a roll. Three beers in three days. We just tapped our Spring Pale Ale, which sports a quaffable 5.6%, a light grain bill, and a combination of Cascade, Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria hops. It’s super light bodied, and bright with notes of grapefruit and orange peel and a touch of Mosaic funk for good measure. We have a temporary (super temporary) moratorium on West Coast, and we’ve put a half keg of Edith on while we wait for the new batch to clean up. West Coast should be back tomorrow.

IMG_4165

Tap check, 1, 2:

  1. Pretty Pimpin’, Dry Hopped Saison
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Truck Stick
  4. Spring Pale Ale
  5. Gravity Waves, Oatmeal Stout
  6. Belgian Black
  7. Philistine IIIPA
  8. Edith, Saison
  9. Imperial IPA
  10. Wheated Red Ale
  11. Earl, Bière de Garde
  12. Elemental Dry Cider

Beer Release: Pretty Pimpin’ Dry Hopped Saison

Now on tap, Pretty Pimpin’, our dry hopped Saison. It’s perfect for the warm weather ahead, and it’s calling your name. Utilizing Mandarina Bavaria and Huell Melon hops for flavor and aroma, it’s very dry and thirst quenching, with tangerine and citrus vibes for days. Come and get it.

IMG_4161

The taps:

  1. Pretty Pimpin’, Dry Hopped Saison
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Truck Stick
  4. Mosaic Pale Ale
  5. Gravity Waves, Oatmeal Stout
  6. Belgian Black
  7. Philistine IIIPA
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Imperial IPA
  10. Wheated Red Ale
  11. Earl, Bière de Garde
  12. Elemental Dry Cider

Beer Release: Truck Stick (Dark Strong Ale)

We just tapped Truck Stick, our dark strong ale. It’s offers a carmelly, raisiny malt up front, and the sweetness cleans up into a dry finish with a little alcohol heat. It’s delicious and it’s calling your name. Also, it’s worth noting that it is the base beer that went into whiskey barrels and became Skid Road. Check it out:

IMG_4154

Here’s the current tap list:

  1. Edith, Saison
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Truck Stick
  4. Mosaic Pale Ale
  5. Gravity Waves, Oatmeal Stout
  6. Belgian Black
  7. Philistine IIIPA
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Imperial IPA
  10. Wheated Red Ale
  11. Earl, Bière de Garde
  12. Elemental Dry Cider

Beer Release: Imperial IPA

So we’ve done more than a couple Imperial IPAs on the new system, but it’s been a while since we’ve made that beer that’s actually called “Imperial IPA”. The recipe has been delayed due to the difficulty of sourcing one of the primary hops, called Centennial. Well, we finally picked up enough to feel good about doing this recipe again, so here you have it. Centennial and Simcoe come together as floral and pine notes to make this medium-light bodied 8.3% IPA a crowd favorite. It’s on tap right now, and we’ve got plenty of it. The weather is about to turn gorgeous, so come drink a pint and take home a growler with some stuff to toss on the grill. Spring is being sprung.

IMG_4145Current tap list:

  1. Edith, Saison
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Wheated Red Ale
  4. Mosaic Pale Ale
  5. Gravity Waves, Oatmeal Stout
  6. Belgian Black
  7. Philistine IIIPA
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. So Pitted IPA
  10. Imperial IPA
  11. Earl, Bière de Garde
  12. Elemental Dry Cider

Thank you! (and there is some Skid Road left …)

To everyone that came out last night, thank you all for helping us celebrate our 3rd anniversary! It was a record crowd for Standard Brewing, and the new patio arrangement held up to the crowd perfectly. It was a blast having Woodshop BBQ catering the event, and the weather held up perfectly. It felt like we were celebrating the first warm spring night of the year.

Skid Road bottle sales were amazing, and it was great to see that we blew through about 2/3 of our stock. The good news, for those of you hoping to get some but were unable, is that there is still some left. Come by the brewery today and secure a bottle, or get a case, because purchase limits have been lifted, and you can get as much as you like until it’s gone.

Then, when the work week cruelly slaps you with a reality check tomorrow, and it seems like the world has it in for you, remember that Standard now sets you straight and lifts your mood 7 days a week! Come by and welcome Robbie to the taps this Monday and Tuesday night from 4-8pm.

3rd Anniversary Party!!! Now open 7 days a week!

Hey everybody, it’s been 3 years! I know, how’d that even happen? We’re super excited to throw a big party for everyone, and release a new beer in 22 oz format. With the biggest patio we’ve had for an anniversary, this Saturday, March 19th, we’ll be throwing down from noon till midnight. We’re releasing 33 cases of Skid Road, our bourbon strong ale, in 22 oz bottles. We took a blend of beer stock to produce a strong ale, with leathery, robust malt, and aged it in Woodford Bourbon barrels, to produce a delicious, rich sipper. Bottles will be $14, and there will be a 4 bottle limit per person. Check it out:

IMG_4089

Bottles will be sold out of the garage door, and we’ll be taking credit cards only for those purchases. On premise beverages will be sold inside the tasting room, as usual. We will have Woodshop BBQ on hand, serving up their smoky goodness from 5 until late. Come on down and party with us. The forecast looks favorable, and if it doesn’t play along, we’ll have plenty of pop up tents to keep everyone dry on the patio.

On hand, we’ll be joined by a couple friends, including old compatriot and fantastic gentleman Connor O’Brien, and new Standard employee Robbie Bessey, who you may know from Chuck’s Hop Shop up the road. Starting Monday, March 21st, Standard will be open 7 days a week, and Robbie will be taking the helm on Mondays and Tuesdays. Come kick off the good news with us and welcome Robbie to the crew.

Also, 23rd Ave is open now from Cherry to Jackson!! How great is that? So much good news.

Beer Release: Gravity Waves! Also, an update

Gravity Waves just hit the taps, and you’re gonna love it. It’s an oatmeal stout with perfect balance and an easy 5.7% ABV. As refreshing as it is complex, it hits all the right notes with a touch of roasty sweetness, that creamy, oaty body, and a clean, refreshing finish. A beer this even keel might not be quite as hard to find as gravity waves, but it’s close.

IMG_4031 (1)

A quick bit on the Standard Brewing expansion:

We get A LOT of questions about how the expansion is going, and it can be difficult to explain, so I’m going to try to clear things up. What we’ve been doing is a very drawn out process, and it can be difficult to put a finger on what “expansion” means without touching on all the points. It is essentially a three-tiered process, and we’ve made it through the first two tiers.

Establishing new infrastructure for the 7 barrel system was stage one, and probably the most difficult. Once the system was installed, it was on to step two … wrapping up the new patio. While there was some overlap, it was really a separate project that included the cover and heater, as well as the fence, etc … Once this reached a certain point, we had much greater capacity for seating, and much greater capacity for production. Wholesale sales became a much bigger part of the operation. Larger crowds could be sustained, but the real end to expansion won’t happen until we can finish out the bar in the Jackson St frontage.

This last step, while a big one, will happen when the time is right. We are stalled a bit due to a number of factors, but part of that equation has been a result of the 23rd Ave construction that has so many businesses in the CD in serious trouble. We have the huge benefit of having a draw from far outside the neighborhood, and an industry that fosters a kind of tourism that helps keep things afloat during the hard times. It is a huge factor, however, that someone who lives on the other side of the CD’s severed artery might choose to get their beer a mile north to avoid navigating the veritable dirt road encased in orange cones down what used to be 23rd Ave.

It is with this in mind that I went down to City Council last week and presented some perspective on the magnitude to which this project has been botched and mismanaged. I did it to support our neighborhood’s businesses, some of which have been in business for 20 years and have been decimated during this protracted nightmare. The city has graciously (and controversially) offered $650,000 to support these businesses, in a retraction from their original response. Some of the media covering the subject implied we were looking for financial support from the city, but Standard Brewing is not asking for any of this money. Though our expansion has been stalled by 23rd Ave construction, Standard is not in danger of closing. Some of our neighbors cannot say the same. So please, go out of your way to support CD businesses that might be impacted by the construction and if you are anxious for Standard’s new bar to open, we can all hurry it along with your beery help. Thank you, and tell your friends that Martin Luther King Jr. Way is open.

Beer Release: Mosaic Pale Ale

IMG_4001It’s a beautiful day in Seattle, following the announcement that we just made it through the wettest winter on record. If you’re like me, you feel pretty relieved about today’s dry air and sunshine. There is only one way to respond to the gods looking favorably upon us, and that is to get bacchanal this afternoon. Lucky for you sun worshipers out there, we just tapped the new Mosaic Pale Ale, which is a perfect beer for this type of day. On your first sip, Mosaic’s fruity funk is on full display, which moves aside for stone fruity fermentation esters, finishing creamy and soft. It’s only 5.6%, so a few won’t wreck you. Get thee to the brewery and enjoy this little number, or some other gem from this tap list:

  1. So Pitted IIPA
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Wheated Red Ale
  4. Philistine IIIPA
  5. Earl, Bière de Garde
  6. West Coast IPA
  7. Mosaic Pale Ale
  8. Belgian Black
  9. Edith, Saison
  10. Glass Jaw
  11. Cascadian Dark Ale
  12. Elemental Dry Cider

West Coast returns to tap list, IPA lovers rejoice

You may have been distracted by the heavy hand of Philistine IIIPA, or the psychedelic fruitiness of So Pitted IIPA, or the balanced and minty Latona IIPA, but we’ve been out of our best selling IPA for a week or so. Well, West Coast IPA is back on, and it’s super fresh. As we all know, IPAs are best drunk as fresh as possible, so come get it while it’s all punchy, bright, and extra aromatic. Hop heads take note, there are 4 IPAs on tap right now.

The taps:

  1. So Pitted IIPA
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Wheated Red Ale
  4. Philistine IIIPA
  5. Earl, Bière de Garde
  6. West Coast IPA
  7. Latona IIPA
  8. Belgian Black
  9. Edith, Saison
  10. Glass Jaw
  11. Cascadian Dark Ale
  12. Elemental Dry Cider

Super Bowl is, wait, whatever, So Pitted IIPA!!

Hey guys. So Super Bowl 50 is gonna be between, not the Seahawks and somebody else, but between the Denver Broncos and Cam Friggin’ Newton. You know, that guy with the cheesy grin and penchant for dabbing? I haven’t met more than two people that really care about the game, but it’ll be on the screen outside at 3:30 anyways.

More important than the Super Bowl, however, is that we just released another new IPA. We’re calling it So Pitted IIPA. Right. It’s juicy as hell and loaded with tropical fruit notes, and for some reason we’re naming it after this guy. Made with Maris Otter grains, and a daft amount of hops, it was an experiment on how far we can take things before a beer succumbs to an absolute oil slick of hop juice. Clocking in at 8.4%, it’s on tap now. Come sit in the sun with us and drink great beer.

IMG_3966The taps:

  1. So Pitted IIPA
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Wheated Red Ale
  4. Philistine IIIPA
  5. Earl, Bière de Garde
  6. Li’l Brown Beer
  7. Latona IIPA
  8. Belgian Black
  9. Edith, Saison
  10. Glass Jaw
  11. Cascadian Dark Ale
  12. Elemental Dry Cider

Philistine IIIPA wins Hop Mob, goes on tap

Each year we produce a really stupid beer. It’s brutish and large, and it’s a massive pain in the hoo hoo. It requires a second mortgage to produce, and it’s a huge waste of hops. It tends to cause problems with the brewing process, and usually ruins my day when we have to make it. The good news is, in the end, it’s entirely worth it. Today, we present to you, Philistine IIIPA, king of the hoppy ding-dongs. We released it last night at the annual Hop Mob triple IPA road show at Brouwer’s, and guess what … it took first place.

We’re super proud of this knucklehead. Triple IPAs tend to span the gamut of beer characteristics, from malty to dry, amber to straw yellow, bitter to soft. Philistine uses little more than Pilsner malt in the grain bill, and is bathed in a bunch of old familiar hops, Simcoe, Citra and Equinox, as well as a new hop, Armadillo. It’s super light bodied and dry, and you can smell it across the room. It’s 11% ABV, and you wouldn’t know it. Doors open at 4, as usual. Servings are 10 oz for $6, and apologies, but we won’t be filling growlers of this one.

IMG_3958The tap list:

  1. Winter Pale
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Wheated Red Ale
  4. Cascadian Dark Ale
  5. Earl, Bière de Garde
  6. Li’l Brown Beer
  7. Latona IIPA
  8. Belgian Black
  9. Edith, Saison
  10. Glass Jaw
  11. Philistine IIIPA
  12. Elemental Dry Cider

West Coast IPA takes another medal

It’s been a while since we entered any competitions. The new system install took so much energy and time that it didn’t make any sense to complicate things with extra chores and deadlines. When I got a reminder that the Best of Craft Beer Awards was coming up, and the new system was pretty well dialed in, I figured it was time to start sending off six packs again. Last year, our West Coast IPA went home with a bronze, and we just got word that it repeated with another bronze medal this year! As is usually the case, the American IPA category is the most highly competitive field, and we’re proud to have beat out 131 other beers in the judging. Get it while you can at the tap room. Demand for it has been pretty stiff lately, and we’re down to our last half barrel keg of it while we wait for the current batch to finish up. There may be a short dry spell for a few days. In the mean time, take a look at the other winners from this competition down in Bend, OR. Also, congrats to the other Seattle area breweries that took medals, Reuben’s Brews, Populuxe, Snoqualmie and Dru Bru!

Beer release: Latona IIPA!

My first service industry job was a cook position at the Hopvine Pub, which also happened to be where I first started appreciating craft beer. As employees, we had access to a rotating cast of taps, and it was always great to get off work and toss back a couple of local brews. My old boss, Bob Brenlin, also happens to own the Latona Pub, and we’re thrilled to be teaming up with him to produce Latona IIPA. We went with an experimental hop bill, using Azacca, whose mango fruitiness we once put in a single hop, as well as Pekko and Otto Supreme hops. The result is an Imperial IPA that starts off with a strong minty note and rounds out with tropical citrus before finishing dry and pleasantly bitter. It’ll be on tap when we open at 4pm today, and it looks like this:

IMG_3921

Here’s what else you can get today:

  1. Winter Pale
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Wheated Red Ale
  4. Cascadian Dark Ale
  5. Earl, Bière de Garde
  6. Rye Porter
  7. Latona IIPA
  8. Belgian Black
  9. Edith, Saison
  10. Glass Jaw
  11. West Coast IPA
  12. Elemental Dry Cider

Beer Release: Edith, Winter Saison

It’s been a while since we’ve done a Saison. Dry, light, and full of yeast character, they are typically a summer release, but we couldn’t help ourselves. We’ve missed the drinkability and refreshing vibe of a good Saison, so we went ahead and made one. A lovely counterpart to Earl, our Bière de Garde, and using the same yeast strain, Edith has a subtle earthiness to counter her spiciness and personality. The sun’s out, so you can drink a pint and pretend it’s summer if you show up when we open at 4.

IMG_3883

The taps today look a lot like this:

  1. Winter Pale
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Wheated Red Ale
  4. Cascadian Dark Ale
  5. Earl, Bière de Garde
  6. Rye Porter
  7. Li’l Brown Beer
  8. Belgian Black
  9. Edith, Saison
  10. Glass Jaw
  11. West Coast IPA
  12. Elemental Dry Cider

West Coast IPA is back!

We went on a slight diet with our IPAs over the last couple weeks, due to an excess of IPAs in the production queue. Last week we brewed a collaboration IIPA for the Latona Pub, and our Hop Mob contribution, Philistine IIIPA. Shortly, we’ll be doing a Chuck’s collaboration Vermont IPA, and we were trying to to over do it on the hops. However, as  one must not forsake their biggest seller and go-to IPA, the West Coast IPA is back on tap, and it is super dooper fresh. As we all know, drinking an IPA the second it matures is the best thing since sliced artisanal, organic, single batch bread, so you’d better swing by today and grab yourself a pint and a growler fill tonight. Get it while it’s still called the West Coast.

We will not be open early on Sunday for the Seahawks, as 10 am is just not beer-drinky enough for most people. We will be open at 2 pm, and we’ll have the Patriots vs Chiefs game on, so feel free to come watch the competition if you like.

Current tap list:

  1. Winter Pale
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Wheated Red Ale
  4. Cascadian Dark Ale
  5. Bière de Garde
  6. Rye Porter
  7. Li’l Brown Beer
  8. Belgian Black
  9. Super Fly Imperial Rye IPA
  10. Glass Jaw
  11. West Coast IPA
  12. Elemental Dry Cider

Beer Release: Earl, the Bière de Garde

You’d be hard pressed to find a more gorgeous winter day in Seattle than today. The air is crystal clear, the ground washed clean by months of perpetual rain, and they are finally wrapping up construction on the corner of 25th and Jackson, where Standard Brewing has been crowned with orange cones for longer than we can remember. It’s a perfect day to take a walk and drink some beer.

To motivate you, we are releasing one of our favorite brews today, and it’s name is Earl. You may remember this beer from about a year ago, as a rich and complex example of the classic French style, Bière de Garde. Intended to keep and cellar for a period of time before serving, it is typically malty but dry, with prominent yeast character. Ours uses a very unique strain of yeast that is acid producing, and brings a slight funk to the picture. If you like the more fruity and sour side of beer, you will likely enjoy this guy. The rich malt was fermented bone dry and exhibits a red fruit quality alongside tartness and a mild alcoholic heat, at 7.4%. On tap today when the doors open at 4pm.

IMG_3864