Beer Release: Altbier

German beer is famous for being well defined. One can argue about the purpose of the Reinheitsgebot, but the fact is, it exists. On top of that, each region has some convention or legal definition of how the beer must be made. There are great reasons for this, and the best reason is because these beers are delicious and need no amendments. One of our all time favorites is Altbier, the way beer was made in some regions prior to the adoption of lager yeast. A cool fermented ale, it’s fruitier than a Vienna Lager, and slightly hoppier as well. The heavy handed use of Munich malts define the grain character, which is rich and aromatic, but dry, clean finishing, and oddly refreshing. A moderate dose of Saaz hops keeps is pleasantly bitter, and at 4.9%, you can pretty much drink it for hydration. One of our favorite things is pouring this beer for our German regulars, particularly those from Düsseldorf. Hearing a German accent sing the praises of our Altbier is the highest compliment, so if anyone crosses paths with Axel, please let him know it’s on tap again.

 

New Beer: Kölsch

Just in time for your Friday night revelry, we’re putting our Kölsch on tap! A silver medal winning beer at WA Beer Awards, our Kölsch is soft and easy going. Brewed using nothing but German Pilsner and wheat malt, German hops and German ale yeast, we take an entirely traditional approach to brewing Köln’s regional style. With it’s mellow hop profile and soft, grainy sweetness, this 5.4% beer won’t overstay it’s welcome. Come by this weekend and enjoy a few of these by the fire, warm your bones and enjoy a sandwich. With any luck, you may even enjoy a little snowfall on Sunday to go with the Winter Olympics on the TV!

 

Two New Beers: Old Money & Super Blue Blood

Now on tap:

Old Money is a 100% brettanomyces pale ale. When used to condition a beer that has already undergone fermentation, brett makes a beer quite funky, with aromatics reminiscent of goats and leather. If used for the initial ferment, it behaves much more like saccharomyces, the type of yeast used to make most beers. Old Money puts this on display. Fermented in oak and aged for 2 months, it has subtle brett aromatics, and a tart, fruity palate. moderate hopping gives it a pleasing, bitter finish. 6.8%

 

Super Blue Blood was brewed as the eclipse of it’s namesake was finishing up. It can best be described as a Super Berliner Weisse, with blueberry and pomegranate used in fermentation for complexity. Primarily, it is sour and refreshing, but smooth, with lots of malted and flaked wheat for body. Visually, it is cloudy, pink, and sports fantastic head retention for a sour. 6.3%

 

More medals for our beers! Also, Super Bowl!

First, we’ll have the Super Bowl on the screen tomorrow for you to yell at while you drink beer and eat sandwiches. The sound will be on, so come with your friends for the final game of the season.

That said, the more important news is that we’re super honored to have taken home bronze medals for both Apostle (Brett Beer category), and Time Crystals #2 (Mixed Culture Brett Beer category) at the Best of Craft Beer Awards down in Bend, OR this week. Coupled with Time Crystals #1, which got bronze at WA Beer Awards last year, all 3 of our bottled beers for sale right now are medal winners. All 3 are for sale at the pub only.

 

Beer Release: Big Button Triple IPA

We have the biggest button. It has all the hops, the most Galaxy, Ekuanot and Simcoe ever. It’s the best beer ever, best in the histry of the world. Billions and billions of IBUs. So great, so popular. It has 10 percents of alcohol, all the percents. Get it or it’ll get you. All the other buttons can’t touch it. SAD!!

 

Now Delivering Food! Also, New Beer!

If you just can’t get off the couch, but find yourself craving our sandwiches, you can now get Standard sandwiches delivered through Caviar! Check us out here, and consider us for your next movie night or office party.

We here at Standard typically live and die by dry, light bodied, chuggable beers. However, sometimes at the end of a long, cold day you just need a stiff, rich, boozy drink. Fabulator is here to tend to this need. On the stronger side of German brewing, dopplebock was a style created to sustain during times of fasting, if you can believe it.  A richer beer with “fortifying” ingredients, it was perfected in German monasteries as an accompaniment to reflective times, like Lent, before it became a commercial product. Since we here in Seattle do a lot of reflecting in these cold, dark months, we offer up to you ours, which in turn will keep you warm, tell you fables and help you think about how you don’t care how wet it is outside.

 

Celebrate the New Year with us!

It’s been a helluva year for everyone. Even outside of all of the political upheaval and musician deaths, it still felt like there were momentous changes happening everywhere. Our neighborhood continues to undergo constant evolution, with a lot of new neighbors. We welcomed Broadcast Coffee and Woodshop BBQ to the block, and we finally finished the bar. It’s time to celebrate the end of the year, and whatever that means to you and yours. Come on down tomorrow night and bring your excitement and hopes for the new year. Let’s celebrate one of the most fundamental holidays together, another orbit around the sun. We will be open from noon until the party dies down well after midnight some time. We have stocked up on champagne and champagne flutes. Let’s put our hearts and livers to the task of willing the best 2018 we can into existence. Cheers, everybody!

Christmas Specials and Another New Beer!

We are going to be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, folks, and we hope you can join us for some special food offerings, perhaps some eggnog, and a really exciting tap list. Here’s what we’ve got for you over the holidays …

CHRISTMAS EVE: 12pm till 8pm – There will be general reverie and it appears there may even be a dusting of snow on the ground, so Connor’s eggnog may be a good choice, followed by a warming glass of Death Knell and some fine whiskey.

CHRISTMAS DAY: 6pm till 12am – After a long day of Christmasing, and with possibly even more snow, come enjoy a special food menu designed for grazing in that lazy holiday sort of way. David will be in the kitchen making the following: cheez balls (rolled in walnuts), smoked oysters, deviled eggs, crackers, ham salad toast, cucumber finger sandwiches, and pickled herring. Come finish off the holiday with a broad smattering of good things to eat and drink!

NEW YEAR’S EVE: 12pm till late – Join us to ring in the new year! There will be lots of beer, champagne, and champagne-like beers flowing till the party dies down after midnight. We hope you can be there for a great little party full of hopes for a great 2018!

January 1st: Closed

January 2nd: Closed

 

Now, it feels like an afterthought, following all of that info up there, but the truth is that there is nothing about the release of Animas Forks that should be overlooked. We are excited to offer you this delicious rustic ale, a tart, fruity beer full of brett aromatics on the nose. We blended a fairly young biere de garde stock with a mixed culture sour beer, all fermented and aged in oak. The result is 7.6%, and it’s a great beer for the middle of winter, the darkest of days, and hiding out in a bar pretending like it doesn’t bother you.

 

Two New Beers: Bob’s Your Uncle and Fanboi Extra Pale!

First of all, you need to know that we’ll be open on Christmas Eve (Noon-8pm), Christmas Day (6pm to midnight), and New Year’s Eve (noon till late)! We are tapping two new beers today to fuel your holiday weekend, an old favorite and a brand new recipe.

Bob’s Your Uncle is our British Mild, full of toasty, grainy notes on the palate, and light on the hops. It’s engineered for drinking in multiples at 4.6%. It starts a touch sweet and finishes dry so you’ll keep coming back for more. Come be British with us for your Christmas times.

 

Fanboi Extra Pale is ready for your blind, hopeless devotion, with it’s deep haze and ultra late-hopping. It sports the latest in culty British yeasts, and looks good with your #doyouevenhazebro hashtag. We even fermented under pressure to induce high glycerol content, hopped it during fermentation with Galaxy, Chelan and Simcoe hops, targeted terpenoid biotransformations, and stuffed it with flaked barley and oats for cred in all the latest beer categories that matter. Come drink it and blow up your Instagram feed with tags like #milkshake, #orangejuiceorbeer and #hazedandconfused. Everyone will be amazed that you found the latest up and coming brewery!

 

Beer Release: Soul Caliber

Like losing all the daylight hours of a rainy day to a dumb video game while never getting out of your PJs, our newest beer brings a special sort of comfort in winter. Soul Caliber is a Baltic Porter, rich, round and bold. It’s 8.1%, loaded with chocolate and light roast, and warming to your core. Unlike Midnight Climax, it doesn’t exhibit smokiness, but sits more like a traditional Baltic Porter as a halfway point between robust British Porters and Russian Imperial Stouts. It starts bold and a touch sweet, but cleans up on the finish to show off its complexity. Come get one and watch the Seahawks do battle with the Rams in a game with huge playoff implications. Game time is at 1pm!

 

Bottle Release: Time Crystals #2

Tomorrow, (Friday, December 15th) at noon we’re releasing Time Crystals #2. We’re thrilled to get this one out to you guys. Brewed in January 2017, it was aged in oak on peaches and brettanomyces until May, when we bottled it. It’s been developing in the bottle for 7 months and it’s time to cut it loose on you guys. Softer and creamier than #1, Time Crystals #2 has a beautiful balance of just a touch of tartness under peach on the palate with a tempting, complex brett aroma.

If you’ve been sleeping on Time Crystals #1, we still have some sitting around. Supplies are starting to get low, so don’t miss out. Come down tomorrow and you can pick up both bottles. Both Time Crystals are bottled in 500 ml format and are available for $13 each, tax included. These bottles are available at the pub only.

 

Get ready for late night weekends!

Starting this weekend, we will be open until midnight, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights! The change comes ahead of the darkest days in Seattle, and we’d like to fuel your efforts to ignore the longest nights we will all soon slog through. The kitchen will still close at 10pm, but we will offer grab-and-go cold sandwiches from 10pm to 12am, so stop by this weekend if you’re in need of sustenance and a night cap!

Kegs for your party!

Having a holiday party and plan on drinking more beer than fits in a couple growlers? Consider buying a keg from us! We sell 1/6 barrel and 50 liter formats, which hold 5.2 and 13.2 gallons, respectively. We’ve just put together a page on our website that updates each week on how full our tanks are, so you can know the probability of getting any particular beer. We fill kegs on Thursdays, so we need to know by Tuesday night if you need a keg from us. Place an order either through your bartender at the pub, or email info@standardbrew.com.

If you’re in a hurry, stop by the pub and see if we have anything on hand. We set aside a couple 1/6 barrel kegs each week in case you need one in a hurry. Currently, we have kegs of West Coast, Ballrd Camo and Stone Cold sitting in reserve. Take a look at our new “Kegs to go” page on the website for more details.

Oh yeah, and stop by the pub today to watch the Sounders with us! The MLS Cup goes on the big screen at 1pm!

Beer Release: Death Knell

During a walk in the sun this afternoon, it became clear that it’s a lot colder than it appears to be. Winter is in full effect, and it’s a perfect combination for a fireside seat at Standard and a glass of our latest release, Death Knell. An imperial stout aged in Rittenhouse bourbon barrels, it has notes of vanilla and coconut sitting on top of rich cocoa powder and roasted graininess. It’s a warming dram for cold days, and a perfect way to slip into your weekend. Come on by.

 

New Beers, Apple Cup and Nog!

First off, we have two new beers for you: New Money and Ballard Camo IPA.

New Money is a lager that marries old styles with new world hops. Hop processors use liquid CO2 to remove lupulin, the fragrant powder in hops, to provide a unique product for boosting the character in IPAs. What’s left over afterword is a debittered hop that perfectly suits lighter styles, like a more chuggable lager. We used debittered Citra hops with East Kent Goldings to make New Money, and the result is a new world hop character in perfect balance with a more traditional lager. It’s 5.1% and delicious.

Ballard Camo is an IPA made with pale malt, wheat and oats and a crap load of Simcoe and Centennial, Columbus an Apollo. It’s really aromatic, with a firm bitterness balanced by creamy grains. It’s big and bold, but floral and quite dank. It’s a deceiving 7.8%, but it’s cold outside, so drink freely.

Come watch the Apple Cup at 5pm tonight! We’ll have it on the screens. We have perfect specials to accompany the game: Habanero Pimento Cheese Balls and Auto<->Reverse, a fried tofu sandwich with cabbage, potato, chayote and spinach in peanut sauce topped with hard boiled egg, cucumber, curry mayo, soy chili oil and jalapeno chips!

Lastly, if you’re feeling extra spirited, we have a batch of Connor’s egg nog at the bar and it’s soooo good. Bourbon, dark rum, milk, eggs, cream and nutmeg for $7. Come and get it!

Open on Thanksgiving!

Just a quick note to let you know that we will be open on Thanksgiving from 10am to 2pm for your growler fills and bottle purchases. The kitchen will be closed, but we’ve got your beer needs covered. Swing by and gobble up some Apostle for your big feast!

Sunday bottle release: Apostle

We are thrilled to announce the release of another special bottle, just in time for the holiday season. Apostle is a rustic ale brewed at the tail end of 2016 and then refermented and aged on sour cherries with brettanomyces in oak for 9 months. It was then bottle conditioned in 750 ml format and we will be releasing it on Sunday at noon. With notes of cinnamon and pie spice over a slight tartness, this beer is a perfect match for Thanksgiving dinner. Come grab a bottle for the holiday and one for your cellar! The gorgeous labels were again designed by our good friend Garek Druss. Bottles are $16, tax included, and can only be purchased at the brewery.

Beer Release: Stone Cold IPL

It’s an overcast Friday, and well, at least it isn’t pissing rain all over the place. After a week of nasty weather, you deserve to treat yourself to something nice. Come by today and grab yourself a pint of Stone Cold IPL, an IPA fermented with lager yeast. Made primarily with Hallertau Blanc and Columbus hops, this guy is a super clean finishing and light bodied chugger. Subtle white wine notes influence an otherwise resinous, dry beer. It’s 7.3%, because sometimes you need to know that you’re drinking a beer. Pair it with today’s sandwich special, The Dancing Fool, (fried mortadella, habanero pimento, cheese, basil and tomato) and you’ll coast into the weekend in style. See you at noon.

New beers: Ludwig and Wolfgang

These two crazy Germans are going to solve your beer needs tonight. Come on by the brewery and watch a little Monday night football, or ignore it and have a sandwich with friends. Either way, we’re going through a lager phase, so get these delicious sessionable beers while you can.

Ludwig is a Vienna lager, copper in color, round and grainy, but stops short of being sweet. It’s a clean finishing beer with all of the brightness you expect from lager yeast, but it sports a toasty malt aroma with mild hoppiness. If you loved our Altbier, you’ll enjoy this guy, which is less minerally, and more round, but with the same lightness paired with malt complexity. 5.4% ABV.

Wolfgang, our schwarzbier, is making a return as well. We love this style for it’s proximity to a dry stout on the flavor wheel, but without going overboard with roastiness. Using plenty of roasted malt, this beer also utilizes a broad spectrum of kilning methods and malt types to keep it layered and deep without losing sight of drinkability. Where stout is astringent and bitter, schwarzbier is round and smooth. It finishes extremely crisp and clean, and clocks in at 5.5% ABV.

New Merch: Jerseys!

We have some awesome new merchandise for you guys. We’re now selling jerseys! They’re super comfortable with raglan style shoulders, 3/4 length sleeves and a 50/25/25 poly, cotton, rayon blend. We’re asking $37 (tax included), and they are on sale at the brewery now!