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


… 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!

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On tap this week: Stickers and a Save the Date!

First, STICKERS! Come get them and put them on stuff! Free. Stick them on your bikes. Stick them on signs. Stick them on other breweries. Just kidding!

Second, can you believe it? Standard Brewing has been around for almost a year! Yeah, me neither. It's been a blast putting this thing together and seeing the community turn it from a crackpot idea into a functional business. To commemorate, we are throwing a party, so mark this in your calendars ... Thursday, March 20th, from noon to 10pm, or whenever the party slows down. We will be releasing a special beer - our Anniversary Ale - a 12% IPA made with Simcoe, Mosaic and Calypso. We will be putting 3 kegs of it on tap, and releasing our first 22 oz bottle format! There will only be 100 bottles. Get one and you can say that you got our first ever Standard bomber release. We will also be hosting our first food truck, and I'll let you know who it is in a bit ...

Third, a little clarification. For those of you who see nothing but the word "wheat" in the Spring Cleaning Wheat IPA, I'd like to point something out. More often than not, when you get a "wheat beer" it is fermented with Hefeweizen yeast. This strain is designed to put off banana and clove notes, and sometimes the style includes a bit of diacetyl (tastes like butter). I understand if you hate this style of beer. Many do. However, the Spring Cleaning Wheat IPA bears nothing in common with a Hefeweizen. The word "clean" should stick in your mind more than "wheat", and you wont find any banana, clove, or butter notes in this beer. It is a very bright, floral IPA. The wheat brings a creaminess and fuller mouth feel to the beer. Be not afraid!

Lastly, those of you who tried to get a men's L or XL tee shirt recently and couldn't, we've got more en route at the moment, and they should be here in the next day or two. That's all, folks!

On tap:

  • Single Hop (Galaxy hops)
  • Rye IPA
  • Spring Cleaning Wheat IPA
  • CDA
  • Pale Ale
  • Wheated Red
  • Imperial IPA
  • Barleywine
  • Bee's Wine

Barleywine back on tap!

With all this rain, it’s a good time to try and polish off the last keg of Barleywine. Mellowing since October, it’s a great dry representative of the style. Come hide by the “fireplace” or under the patio cover with a heat lamp. Be dry, and warm, with a 10.3% beer in your hand.

On tap this week: Spring Cleaning and Stainless Growlers?

First, thanks for all the support in the National IPA Competition. Sadly, all three of our IPAs got beat this week, so we won’t be moving into round 3. Sadly, in the under 8% bracket, so did every other Seattle brewery. Must be some kind of conspiracy. However, in the Imperial IPA (over 8%) bracket, congratulations to our friends over at Reuben’s Brews for advancing with 2 (!!!) beers (Imperial IPA and Imperial Rye IPA), and being the only Seattle brewery in the competition now. We will be watching closely this weekend to see how this plays out.

Crazy how positive a little sunshine makes a Seattleite. After a pretty pissy February, the last couple of sunny days seem to have us all dancing in the streets. I find myself tidying up all the nooks and crannies exposed by the blinding sunlight where they’ve sat dust bunnied and ignored all winter while we caffeinate and inebriate our way through the dark months. The hop freezer did not escape the scrutiny. Every so often, a brewer finds him or herself with little quarter sacks of unusual hops that they won’t likely use for a while. What can one do, but make random beer and have a little fun with it? Thusly, the Spring Cleaning Wheat IPA was born. Made with 25% wheat in the grain bill, using Galena, Calypso, Bravo, and Experimental 5256 hops in the boil and dry hopped with Chinook and Saaz, this guy is a weirdo. It’ll be on tap tomorrow (Friday, 2/28). 7.0% ABV and delightful.

I’ve been fielding a lot questions about those awesome double walled stainless growlers, lately. While they kick ass at keeping your beer cold for ever and a day, they aren’t cheap. We’d have to sell them for $45 a piece. I’ve avoided buying into them because of the cos. Asking around, though, it seems like quite a few people would be interested in pre-ordering them. If I can get 10 people to pay ahead of time, I’ll happily jump on the insulated stainless train. They would get you the same $1 off benefits of the glass growlers, and be printed with our totally awesome logo. So I ask y’all, who’s in? Email me here, if you are.

On tap:

  • Single Hop (Galaxy hops)
  • Rye IPA
  • CDA
  • Spring Cleaning Wheat IPA (Friday)
  • Pale Ale
  • Wheated Red Ale
  • Dark Saison
  • Imperial IPA
  • Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer

On tap this week: IPA Competition!

So we ponied up and put all of our IPAs into the annual National IPA Competition run by Brewing News. The bad news is that I didn’t tell you about it in time for you to fill out your own bracket with how you think the results will go. The competition is run tournament style, where each weekend, two breweries go head-to-head in a blind judging, advancing if a majority of 3 judges prefers it. The good news is that all three beers (Rye IPA, West Coast IPA, and Imperial IPA) won round one. The brackets are randomly aligned, so anyone could get knocked out by anyone at any time. It’s nice to say that we’ve already gone further than the likes of: Boneyard RPM IPA, Elysian Savant, Laurelwood Green Elephant, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin’, Seapine IPA, Two Beers Evo, Red Hook Longhammer, Stone Cali-Belgique, Racer 5 IPA, Rogue Brutal IPA, Goodlife Descender, Populuxe IPA, and Victory Hop Devil. All of these guys make great beer, so we feel pretty good about advancing. Follow along each week in the brackets for the IPA Championship and the Imperial IPA Championship. Say a little prayer for our Rye IPA, because it’s going up against one of my favorite beers, Firestone Walker’s Union Jack, this weekend. Yeesh.

Also, we’ve got a special deal for you homebrewers out there. I goofed and ordered Cascade whole cone hops when I meant to pick up pellets. Rather than ship them back, I figure I should just sell them cheap to you guys. Anyone that wants a 1 lb bag for $10 should email me right away. I’ve got 6 lbs left …

Otherwise, not much to mention, except that we’re doing a little renovation around the brewery, so don’t be surprised if it’s looking a little disheveled. We’re selling off the walk-in cooler this Thursday, so the room will suddenly look much bigger. It’s been outgrown, and the new cold room is 4 times the size.

On tap this week: Presidential Mentions and a Single Gal

It’s a complicated week, this one. You’ve got an actual president’s birthday, followed shortly by a holiday celebrating romance, followed shortly by a holiday celebrating all of the presidents. It always seems a bit confused, like the holiday designers couldn’t agree and came to an awkward compromise. Either way, we’re going to do our darndest to be relevant in this mish-mash.

First, thanks to the Seattle Met for the mention in their article on bar-crawling President’s Day. We are the clear drinking establishment of choice if your name is Barack Obama. We won’t turn away your business if it isn’t.

For Valentine’s Day, we’re doing a sort of anti-celebration of romance. We are releasing our next Single Hop, made entirely with Galaxy hops. It’s been nicknamed the Single Gal around the brewery. Currently, Galaxy hops have the highest known total oil content, which contributes greatly to an intense aroma of citrus and passionfruit. With time, this beer will mellow out a bit, so come get it while it’s feeling mouthy! As with the rest of the beers in this series, it’s a session beer, at 5.0%, so you can keep your cool when enjoying more than one.

Current list:

  • Single Hop
  • Rye IPA
  • CDA
  • West Coast IPA
  • Pale Ale
  • Wheated Red Ale
  • Imperial IPA
  • Dark Saison
  • Bee’s Wine

Mark the date: March 20th is our one year anniversary! Keep an eye out for a special beer and a really fun night at the brewery.

Today only! Snow day Barleywine!

Since this will probably be the last time we see some good snow for a while, and since the Barleywine we brewed in October is well mellowed and delicious, we’re bringing it out for the afternoon. On premise drinking only (no growler fills), it will replace the Single Hop for the afternoon. Come get your winter warmer and watch people pelt each other with snowballs under a heat lamp!

The Dark Saison is on!

Come and git ‘er! Drown your Superb Owl anxieties with a beer that bears no relationship to tomorrow’s events at all.

Percolating away, we’ve got another single hop doing it’s thing in a fermenter. This one is made with Australian Galaxy hops. If the aroma in the boil kettle says anything, it should be a lip smacker.

On tap this week: Super Bowl randall!!

So I was wrong when I said the Dark Saison was about to hit the taps, but fret not, there are about 4 pints of Biere de Garde left, and it will go on tap some time today. As for this weekend, come on down and party, because we’ve got a hell of a game to play on Sunday. To commemorate what could arguably be the most important sports game in Seattle history, we’re doing our last randall of the season. It needs to be sessionable, and tempered, because one will need to drink a few of them. It should be balanced and nuanced, the way we need to play this game. It will need to have depth like our defense, and be rich in flavor, like the celebrations should be. As such, we’ll be randalling the Pale Ale (6.0%) with Cascade, Centennial, and Hallertau. It won’t be a slap in the face, but graceful and uplifting, as we send our good will across the states to New Jersey. Festivities will commence as soon as we open the doors on Sunday at 2. Go Hawks!

On tap this week: Dark Saison

First, we got a nice little mention in the Seattle Weekly the other day for the Seahawk Randalling we’ve been doing. One more for the Super Bowl, y’all, so if you’ve been meaning to try it, you better come watch the big game with us.

Next, a quick note about the next new beer to come down the line. I was calling it a “Winter Saison”, but I’d rather focus on how sunny it’s been, and the fact that I have daffodil shoots in my yard, so we’ll just stop short of name dropping seasons and call it a “Dark Saison“. It’s a sexy little beer. It was brewed with Belgian Saison yeast, roasted barley, chocolate malt, wheat and dried out with dextrose. The hops are primarily Mosaic and Saaz, and it clocks in at about 6.5%. It also was the beneficiary of some sweet orange peel and pepper in the boil. Sympathetic flavors range from cola/sarsaparilla to licorice and even blueberry, by some accounts. As soon as the Biere de Garde kicks, it’ll go on a tap.

Go Hawks Randall: Mint and Orange Peels

Where a few of our last randalls have been designed to punch your face with a bundle of hops, today’s rally randall is a graceful, subtle addition. We’re running the Rye IPA through mint and orange peels, with a little Cascade hops thrown in for good measure. The TV and projector will be on for the games today, but we won’t be opening early. Come enjoy a championship game with us!

On tap this week: Go Hawks Randall and Brewer’s night @ Chuck’s

Our good friends over at Chuck’s Hop Shop on Union have invited us to do the first brewer’s night at their new location this Saturday from 5-9pm. We’ll be hanging out to raffling off a few goodies, and Where Ya at Matt will be there serving delicious food. We’ll have our West Coast IPA, Imperial IPA, CDA, and Biere de Garde on tap!

We’ll be showing both NFL games on Sunday, but not opening up early, so you can catch the last half of the Denver/New England game from 2pm on. We’ll have our regular Seahawks Randall going, but I haven’t decided on what it’ll be yet. I’ll post it when I figure it out. See y’all soon!

Current tap list is:

  • Amarillo Single Hop
  • Rye IPA
  • West Coast IPA
  • Pale Ale
  • CDA
  • Wheated Red
  • Imperial IPA
  • Biere de Garde
  • Bee’s Wine



On tap this week: Seahawks Randall on Saturday!

Both of the beers that I mentioned last week are on tap. The 5% Amarillo Single Hop is light and refreshing, and tells you everything you need to know about the hop that brewers can’t help stuffing into their IPAs. The 8.4% Bière de Garde is on tap and it is already a favorite around the brewery. Golden, slightly tart and malty in a dry way, the presence of the Kent Goldings and Belma hops is subdued in this balanced example of a French classic.

Our Seahawks Rally Randall is temporarily moving to Saturdays for our playoff game against the Saints, and we’ll be open early at 1pm to show the game. This week, it will be running the West Coast IPA through Nugget hops, which have a wonderfully herbal and spicy aroma in a dank way that relates somewhat to Columbus. The hops are gonna hit you like Ricardo Lockette on a punt. Go Hawks!

On tap this week: 2 new beers!

And now, for the post holiday doldrums, or as I like to call it, the best time of the year. This is the time when every day feeds you slightly more vitamin D, crocuses and daffodils start poking up with the first green shoots. I figure, if we’re going to do anything traditionally brewed in cold weather, now is the last chance. Enter the french stylings of Bière de Garde.

I can hear you all now. “What’s this about a French beer? French people make wine, not beer! It can’t possibly be any better than Italian beer, and that’s bad!” Ah, yes, but back when it was cool to pay your peasant farm hands with watered down beer, the French had the same idea as the Belgians, who called their version Saison. As with Saison, Bière de Garde was initially lower alcohol, to keep the workers from being drunk, but as the style developed, it changed quite a bit. Bière de Garde literally translates to “beer for keeping&