Opening at noon today

We’ll be open 2 hours early today at noon for Washington Beer Open House. We’ll be giving a buck off for every 4 beer tasters ordered in a flight, and giving tours of our little production space, while discussing the process of making commercial beer on a nano scale.

You may have seen the National IPA Competition results from last week. Sadly, the prized Philistine IIIPA lost to a fantabulous beer in the first round. Tough competition came from Barley Brown’s Tank Slapper. The Rye IPA also lost, but our West Coast IPA, Imperial IPA, and Imperial Rye IPA advance to this weekend! Look for results Sunday night.

Lastly, we’ll be running out of Imperial Rye IPA soon (maybe tonight?). Next up is Cream Phoenix … a Rye Cream Ale on nitro. 5.6%, very light, mellow, and easy drinking beer for these gorgeous spring days. Goes well with barbecue and yard work. Since nitro beers don’t survive growler fills, we’ve carbed up a couple with CO2 for growler fills, so when it’s on, you can take some home and make it your weekend beer of choice.

Here’s the current tap list!

  1. Rye IPA
  2. West Coast IPA
  3. Imperial IPA
  4. Pale Ale
  5. Wheated Red Ale
  6. Cascadian Dark Ale
  7. Imperial Rye IPA (next up, Cream Phoenix)
  8. Philistine IIIPA
  9. Altbier
  10. Bière de Garde
  11. Auld Alliance
  12. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer

National IPA Competition is under way

They call it “hops, not hoops”. It’s a fun way to judge beer, as it’s set up like a college basketball tournament bracket. We put 5 beers into the competition. There are two divisions, one for IPAs under 7.5%, and one for over 7.5%. The format takes a little longer, as the judging involved weekly events to progress through the levels of the tournament. You can follow along and fill in your own predictions, if you like on this here bracket poster for both the IPA and Imperial IPA divisions. Click this here button below for more information …

NIPAC

 

Round 1 gets judged this weekend, and here’s our competition:

West Coast IPA vs. Saugatuck Brewing Singapore IPA

Rye IPA vs. Terrapin Beer Hi-5

Imperial IPA get s BYE (wooo!)

Imperial Rye IPA vs. Dominion Brewing Co Double D

Philistine IIIPA vs. Barley Brown’s Tank Slapper

Philistine IIIPA is on tap!

You may have heard of, or been to the Hop Mob Roadshow last year, which featured dozens of triple IPAs. It was defined a triple IPA as over 10%, and drew some of the biggest, baddest hop bombs the Puget Sound region has to offer. We got involved this year, and the kickoff party was last night. We brewed a 10.8% brute, straw yellow in color, and fragrant enough to smell from across the table. We used a truckload of our favorite hops in the late stages of brewing, including Simcoe, Galaxy, Mosaic, and a new variety called “Nuggetzilla”. There was a judging at the event last night, and guess what … Philistine IIIPA took second place!

While I agree with some of the naysayers that there are many important styles of beer outside IPA, which gets a whole lot of attention in this region, I can’t get behind the notion that they are a dumbed down, classless, unrefined style. It’s not often that you hear poo-pooing of spicy food lovers, or drinking of straight whiskey, so let’s just let people enjoy their mountain of fragrant, high alcohol beers, shall we? Philistine IIIPA appropriates the notion that big IPAs are unrefined, and delivers an amazing punch of pine, citrus and tropical pineapple flavor in a pilsner malt base. We only kept 3 kegs to ourselves, so come get it while the gettin’ is hot.

Here’s the current tap list (Yeah, I know, half the list is IPAs, right now. Sorry.):

  1. Rye IPA
  2. West Coast IPA
  3. Imperial IPA
  4. Pale Ale
  5. Wheated Red Ale
  6. Cascadian Dark Ale
  7. Imperial Rye IPA
  8. Philistine IIIPA
  9. Altbier
  10. Bière de Garde
  11. Auld Alliance
  12. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer

P.S. Coming soon: Cream Ale on Nitro

Someone stole our Seahawks flag.

Ok, so, first of all, I understand that we all have different ways of coping with pain. It’s totally reasonable to feel intense, almost unbearable emotion after that gut-punch of a game. We have been living the fairy tale comeback story for half of the season, and it seemed that the football god still loved us. To have it snatched at the last possible second by a rookie cornerback on a now hotly debated play call put every fan, fair-weather or devoted, into physical agony. But to leap up and rip down a flag that is not yours from it’s pole, well sir, may your sleep be troubled and your future dim. You do not deserve to root for this team. And while the security footage only caught part of your weak, soulless face, and it’s a little difficult to know exactly who you are, I’ll know you by that jacket. Lucky for you, this is the best shot I could get of you, and there will be a bigger flag, because next year we will be better. Screw you, flag vandal, you sad bastard. Try and reach the next one when it flies proudly, fifteen feet over your head.

Flag Thief

 

Open at noon today

Waited till the last minute before the Super Bowl to fill growlers? No problem! We’re open today at noon so you can fill up in time to drive to Wedgewood or wherever, and still watch the pre-game. Go Seahawks!

And to everyone who didn’t know there was a big game today, you won’t have to hear anything about the Seahawks from me for a while after today.

There’s no “i” in beer. Unless it’s a bier.

Or a bière. Two new “beers” on tap, of the European persuasion.

First, the Altbier. You may remember this guy from a while back. A brother to Kölsch, Alt is a darker version, with more malt complexity. The two primary styles revolve around the choice to involve hops more, or less. In Düsseldorf, it is common to make it slightly hoppy, sometimes including a dry hop. This is the style this beer is made in. Using spicy German hops and toasty, nutty Munich malts, the Alt is 4.8%, and a great, complex, light beer for these spring-like afternoons.

Then, Bière de Garde. Perhaps you saw this one before and thought, “that looks too weird for me.” Where the Belgians have Saison, the French have Bière de Garde. Intended to sit for a time before serving, this beer usually matures very well. The strain of yeast we use allows it to maintain a malty profile while adding a white wine-like, fruity dryness with a slightly tart edge. Very complex, deep and delicious. It’s 8.6%, and waiting for you.

There’s also no “I” in the Seahawks, a team that wins more as a team than any other team in football. On Sunday, they’ll be playing a historic second Super Bowl against the dark, cheaty villains known as the Patriots. Come watch the most exciting thing since one year ago. The game will be on both screens (the projector is fixed, if you were here for the last game), and everyone’s favorite Amy will be on the taps. Game time is at 3:30.

Here’s the current tap list:

  1. Rye IPA
  2. West Coast IPA
  3. Imperial IPA
  4. Pale Ale
  5. Wheated Red Ale
  6. Cascadian Dark Ale
  7. Imperial Rye IPA
  8. Winter Farmhouse Ale
  9. Altbier
  10. Bière de Garde
  11. Auld Alliance
  12. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer

West Coast IPA wins a medal!

I’m excited to announce that we just won a bronze medal for the West Coast IPA at the “Best of Craft Beer Awards” down in Bend, Oregon. The beer came in behind two of my favorite IPAs, Breakside Wanderlust and Reuben’s Brews Crikey. Congrats to our friends at Reuben’s Brews for another win for a fantastic beer (they also won gold for their Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout), as well as Pike Brewing, who won silver for their pale ale. We’re proud to be included with these fantastic breweries as the Seattle representation winning medals. In a crowded category that had more entries than any other style, it’s exciting to announce, especially knowing the competition was attended by such IPA brewing greats as Firestone Walker, Deschutes, Stone, Ballast Point, Worthy, Goodlife, Bend Brewing, and Oakshire. Cheers for hoppy beers!

Thanks, the Stranger!

Thanks to Angela at the Stranger, for the mention in her article about CDAs, or Cascadian Dark Ales. It’s a contentious subject, and causes feelings of prickly agitation in some, so read up, and take a side! If you haven’t had ours, come on down today and give it a whirl.

Aaaaaaaand … if you all can drink the last gallon or so of the Cascade Single Hop and the Baltic Porter, we have the Altbier and Bière de Garde ready to go up next.

Holy Catfish! Imperial Rye IPA is back.

The much-beloved Imperial Rye IPA just went on line. Utilizing a whopping dose of Mosaic, Columbus, Citra and Jarrylo, this beer’s got a lot to love for those that like juicy Imperial IPAs. A medium bodied, highly aromatic IPA, you can smell the guy next to you drinking it. At 8.5%, it’ll solve Wednesday’s problems and set you on track so you can think about how amazing that game against the Packers was. See you at the brewery!

Winter Farmhouse Ale is now on tap!

After a long day brewing a triple IPA for the Hop Mob IIIPA Roadshow, and standing behind the taps tonight, I’ll be enjoying a pint of our Winter Farmhouse Ale. It’s delicious. Complex, dry, and fruity, with wine, strawberry, and perhaps a hint of licorice, this little number has it going on. We fermented a wort made with pale malt, wheat, caramel malts and a touch of black malt using a Biere de Garde strain, which leaves a beer slightly tart. The result is a little malty, but refreshing and dry. It is also a hop-forward beer, though not very bitter. Using Belma, Mosaic and Strisselspalt, we dry hopped it, and threw hops late in the boil for complex aroma. I’m looking forward to my post-shift beer …

The Seahawks and Kam Chancellor blew everyone’s mind last week with a stunning annihilation of the Panthers to move on to the NFC Championship. You either already knew that, or you aren’t reading any more because you hate football. Either way, this paragraph is dedicated to stating that we’ll be open early on Sunday at 11:30 in preparation for the last game before the Super Bowl (!!!). Kickoff is at noon. See you then!

 

New Single Hop, Baltic Porter, and a recommendation.

Well, we made it. Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year … the shortest day of the year (ugh). You entertained your crazy aunt Belma and survived the airport, or maybe you stayed home and drank cozy beverages like Sun Liquor’s famous egg nog in front of a fire (if you were smart and lucky). However you did it, you made it to 2015. Every day is a little longer. The crocuses and daffodils that sprouted, weirdly, in November, will soon be blooming. Everything gets better from here.

Shilling barleywine on Wednesday was a blast, and we “took New Year’s Day off” to brew another batch of beer. If you couldn’t get in to grab a bottle of barleywine on Wednesday, we still have 5 bottles left of the 2013, and plenty of 2014. We’re relaxing restrictions on purchasing quantities, so if you want it all, come and get it all.

We just recently tapped the new Single Hop, which features Cascade … perhaps the Robert Redford of hops. They’ve been around forever, and manage to both be classic and find plenty of modern use. They’re kind of the original higher alpha acid hop, used famously in Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and one of the first to really push the aroma boundaries. Popular for bringing lots of grapefruity citrus and floral components to beer, we used Cascade hops with a light grain bill and low ABV (5.2%) to make another refreshing single hopped beer.

We also just tapped our Baltic Porter, which is a deviation of the Peated Pumpkin Baltic Porter we brought to Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Fest and later tapped at the brewery. While continuing to use peated malt for complexity, we scaled it way back. The vegetal pumpkin notes are gone in this version, but the Kölsch yeast vinous qualities are still there, hugging a moderate chocolatey malt, and a relatively restrained sweetness. We kept the ABV appropriately high at 7.8%, so it will keep you warm this cold and damp weekend.

Lastly, I’d like to toss out a recommendation for anyone looking to eat some amazing food this weekend. We sell our beer primarily at the brewery, but a small percentage goes out to other establishments. Many of you have had it over at Chuck’s, but you can also get our West Coast IPA at Cafe Barjot alongside some of the most delicious food in Seattle. If you’re a fan of eating in beautiful spaces, love pickled stuff, and want to impress a date, GO EAT HERE. So good. The new dinner service runs Tuesday through Saturday from 5-10pm, but you can also eat brunchy things until 2pm. I mean, seriously, look at it.

Current tap list:

  1. Rye IPA
  2. West Coast IPA
  3. Imperial IPA
  4. Pale Ale
  5. Wheated Red Ale
  6. Cascadian Dark Ale
  7. Kotbüsser
  8. Belgian Dark Strong Ale (next up, Winter Farmhouse)
  9. Single Hop w/Cascade
  10. Baltic Porter
  11. Auld Alliance
  12. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer
  13. Snuffleupagus Nitro Imperial Stout

Barleywine 22 oz bottle release tomorrow!

To celebrate the new year, we are releasing our oak aged barleywine in 22 oz bombers tomorrow. Aged on American oak and 11.3%, this rich beer was brewed with Cascade, Centennial, and Mosaic hops and caramel, Vienna and Munich malts. We’ll be open early, as well, from noon to 8pm. It gets even better: we have a small allotment of the 2013 barleywine (only 36 bottles) that will be for sale, as well. The current release should be cellared for a while before drinking, but last year’s is ready to drink. Come grab yourself a bottle and ring in the new year with it. We put the entire batch in bottles, so none of it will be on tap. Come get yours! The 2014 barleywine is $16, the 2013 is $17, and as always, tax is included in the purchase price. We will be closed on New Year’s Day.IMG_2845

Open at 1pm for Seahawks season finale

Hey all – just a quick note to remind you that we’ll be open early for the Seahawks today. Door swings open at 1pm. With the Seahawks securing a place in the playoffs last week, we’re playing for home field advantage throughout the playoffs by getting the #1 seed. A win will seal the deal. Given how the Rams always seem to play us with their trickery and tough defense, anything can happen, but the Seahawks are peaking, and it’s guaranteed to be a fun game. See you for some football and beer! Here’s Marshawn’s fine-worthy touchdown entry to get you pumped:

Don’t forget: Open Christmas Eve!

Just a quick note to remind you that we will be open tomorrow, Christmas Eve, from noon till 6pm. Come by and grab some growler fills for your holiday beer. We will be closed Christmas Day, but returning to normal hours on Friday, 12/26. If you need a last minute present, you have one more day to take advantage of our Christmas special: buy a growler and a tee shirt, and you get $5 off and a free printed pint glass!

Ho, ho, hoooooo!

Kotbüsser in now on tap

Ever heard of the Reinheitsgebot? It’s also known as the German Beer Purity Law, instated in 1487, mandating that beer be made with nothing more than water, hops and barley. No mention of yeast was made because Louis Pasteur had yet to be born and brewers still thought that fermentation happened when you said the right prayer, or put the unfermented wort into the right, “blessed” barrel. It’s unlikely that the Reinheitsgetbot had anything to do with “purity”, but was probably used to prevent price competition with bakers over wheat and rye, which was more valuable than barley. It wasn’t for the benefit of the beer, but the law was a clever political move to make sure that brewers didn’t affect the production of bread. Humans don’t like being told they can’t have something, but a positive misdirection can be highly effective. The people bought it, hook, line and sinker, and still do today. You can still find breweries advertising that they conform to the standards of “pure” beer, even though the law was changed in 1993 to allow for the use of wheat and sugar, among other things. Hilariously, the consequences of non-conformity was confiscation of the offending barrels without compensation. I’m sure they dumped them out, wink wink.

One beer that would have been confiscated was Kotbüsser. In a tiny town in eastern Germany, prior to the purity law, there was a style of cool fermented ale that used a heavy helping of oat and wheat, with honey and molasses. The result was a creamy, but light and clean drinking ale with a subtle, complex sweetness in the finish. In our version of it, the base grain is pilsner malt, and we used our Kölsch strain of yeast. It’s 5% ABV, and very refreshing. The creaminess makes it wintery while maintaining a crisp, refreshing vibe. This beer is a welcome addition on our list, which was averaging about 7% ABV, with a lot of dark malts and heavy hops. I’m pretty sure we have a beer for every type of drinker at this point in time.

A few things about our hours this week:

  • Sunday, December 21st – we will be staying open for the Seahawks game, which starts at 5:30, and will likely go until 9.
  • Wednesday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) – we will be open from 12 noon until 6pm.
  • Thursday, December 25th (Christmas Day) – we will be closed.
  • From Friday going forward, we will be open our normal hours.

Here is the current tap list:

  1. Rye IPA
  2. West Coast IPA
  3. Imperial IPA
  4. Pale Ale
  5. Wheated Red Ale
  6. Cascadian Dark Ale
  7. Kotbüsser
  8. Belgian Dark Strong Ale (next up, Winter Farmhouse)
  9. Single Hop w/Simcoe (next up, Single Hop w/Cascade)
  10. Xmas Ale
  11. Auld Alliance
  12. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer
  13. Snuffleupagus Nitro Imperial Stout

Holiday Special!

Howdy doody, everybody. If you live in the Northwest (and you probably do if you’re reading this), you are likely a little surprised that it was pushing 70 degrees this morning. Pineapple Express, they say. It’s about as far from feeling “Christmasy” as you can get, so we thought we’d do something to put you in the holiday mood. If you’re like most people, the whole present buying thing is the last thing you do, and coming up with fresh ideas can be difficult. To help out, we’re offering $5 off and throwing in a free printed pint glass for any purchase of a growler and tee shirt. That means that you can give the whole Standard Brewing merch package and get 13-31% off. This applies to either a glass growler or insulated stainless growler, and either tee shirt style (we still have a few of the older light grey tees sitting around). We are all stocked up on the darker tees, so come on down and clear out our inventory!

While you’re here, have a pint! Here are your options:

  1. Rye IPA
  2. West Coast IPA
  3. Imperial IPA
  4. Pale Ale
  5. Wheated Red Ale
  6. Cascadian Dark Ale
  7. Zero IBU IPA (next up, Imperial Rye IPA)
  8. Belgian Dark Strong Ale (next up, Winter Farmhouse)
  9. Single Hop w/Simcoe (next up, Single Hop w/Cascade)
  10. Xmas Ale (Formerly Christmakwanzaakah. Few could pronounce it.)
  11. Auld Alliance
  12. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer
  13. Snuffleupagus Nitro Imperial Stout

Opening early for the Seahawks

Just a reminder to let everyone know that we will be open early, as usual, for the 1:25 Seahawks game against the Eagles today. We’ll have it up on the TV inside as well as the big screen outside. Come grab a beer and enjoy the sporty drama with us!

Christmakwanzaakkah Ale!

‘Tis the season with a lotta reasons, and we’ve got a beer for most of them. If you’re already burned out on seasonal carols that started before Halloween, and fighting about who’s holiday it is, escape the madness with a diplomatic glass of winter warmer. Just tapped today, Christmakwanzakkah Ale will bring a little cheer to anyone. We used a lot of dark grain in this full bodied beer, and some wheat to smooth it out. It’s balanced by a healthy sprinkling of Chinook hops throughout the brewing process. It’s 8%, full bodied, and after you enjoy the rich chocolate/pine combination up front, you may pick up the subtle festive notes provided by the orange peel, star anise and rosemary we threw in the fermenter for complexity. If you need a beer to warm you heart after a long day of seasonal rigamarole, we’ve got your back. Here’s the current tap list:

  1. Rye IPA
  2. West Coast IPA
  3. Imperial IPA
  4. Pale Ale
  5. Wheated Red Ale
  6. Cascadian Dark Ale
  7. Zero IBU IPA
  8. Belgian Dark Strong Ale
  9. Single Hop w/Simcoe
  10. Christmakwanzaakkah Ale
  11. Auld Alliance
  12. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer
  13. Snuffleupagus Nitro Imperial Stout