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:

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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.

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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.

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Winter Warmer on tap!

We just tapped a single keg of Winter Warmer, our boozy, rich, 11.6% knockout punch of a beer. It’s one of many experiments we pulled from the lineage of partially fermented Snuffleupagus, this one blended with another wort and finished with British yeast. It’s complex and malty, and comes in a 10 oz pour, available until the keg runs dry. Here’s the rest of the tap list:

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

Normal hours this weekend

Just a note to make sure you all know that we’re pretending that it isn’t a holiday today. Normal Friday hours will be observed, so you can come down and enjoy a beautiful first day of the year with some sunshine and a beer in your hand. We’ll be open at 4pm! Also, we just tapped the Winter Pale Ale. It’s heavily hopped with Calypso and Mosaic, 6.5% (What? It’s the middle of winter.), and it’s dry like the air in Seattle right now.

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Open tonight and Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day

We did it. Everything is on the up and up, though it won’t feel like the days are getting longer for a few weeks. We sit at the bottom of the weather barrel, and Vitamin D resources are depleted. You’ve got to deal with extended family and figure out what so and so wants for Christmas, and maybe it’s a little stressful. We’ve got your back. Standard Brewing will be open tonight as usual and again tomorrow for Christmas Eve, from 4 to 8pm. Come on down and pull up a stool, grab a pint and commiserate. We’ve got a beer for every kind of holiday mood.

We will be closed Christmas Day, and back open for business as usual on Saturday and Sunday. Here the tap offerings:

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

Beer Release: Belgian Black and Cider!

Today we’re releasing the Belgian Black Ale. This guy is smooth and soft, with very prominent roastiness and some Belgian yeast esters, without any phenolic (read clovey and spicey) notes. It’s a moderate 5.0% alcohol, and goes well with a winter chill in the air.

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Aaaaaaaand for those that have long wished we’d carry cider at Standard, we now have Elemental’s Dry Cider! It’s delicious and complex and runs 6.5%. Come on down and get some.

Tap List:

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

Cafe Barjot Beer Dinner

Set aside next Tuesday night, December 15th, for a beer dinner done right. Nick Coffey, the brilliant chef that brought you pork braised with wort reduction and a gorgeous salad with IPA dressing last year will be putting together another beer dinner incorporating not just Standard Brewing’s beers, but using our beer ingredients in the food. Those of you that made it to last year’s event with these guys know it was an awesome pairing, and it shouldn’t be missed. Seatings are at 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm, and reservations are required. $55/person includes a beer flight. Cafe Barjot is a hidden gem on north Capitol Hill, and even if you can’t make the beer dinner, you should pay a visit as soon as possible.

Something else to keep in mind: Standard Brewing is a great source for Christmas gifts. In addition to tee shirts and insulated stainless growlers full of beer, we offer gift certificates that any beer drinker cool enough to deserve a gift would love.

Pour Standard from a keg!

It’s holiday party time, and you’re gonna need some beer for the 30 people coming over on Friday. Why not buy a keg or 2 of some West Coast IPA, or your other favorite Standard beer to put on tap? For 2 years, it’s been difficult for us to supply these requests, but with our new system, there is plenty of beer to sell by the keg. Send us an email if you’re interested in availability.

Heaters, Outdoor Screen, New Beer!

Ok, so it took longer than I’d hoped, but we’ve got two heavy duty heaters up on the patio now, and it is quite comfortable out there. We’ve also moved the projector to the patio, so you can come down and watch the Seahawks comfortably outside. We’ll have the sound on and everything.

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To go with the game, we’ve just tapped Bam Bam Black Beer. It’s 4.7%, and it starts with rich roasty grains, but finishes very clean and crisp. Think American Schwarzbier. It’s a great football beer for those of you that aren’t looking for big hops, but want something more complex in the grain bill.

Tap List!

  1. Cascadian Dark Ale
  2. Bam Bam Black Beer
  3. Autumn Pale
  4. Wheated Red Ale
  5. West Coast IPA
  6. Rye Porter
  7. Profanity Hill Porter (Schooner Exact)
  8. Li’l Brown Beer
  9. Super Fly Imperial Rye IPA
  10. Glass Jaw
  11. Sweet Nothings
  12. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer

Beer Release: Glass Jaw Wheat Ale

Did you brave the harrowing halls of big box stores today, cashing in on crazy deals and battling irritable, passive-aggressive (or aggressive-aggressive) shoppers? Maybe you took a turn to the hills like so many this year, and found some snow and a little solace on a mountainside. Either way, come on down tonight and try a Glass Jaw, our light and creamy wheat ale, because it just hit the taps. We’re proud to bring you this little number, which is dry-hopped lightly with Nelson Sauvin hops for a subtle complexity, and refreshingly easy to drink at 4.7%. Here’s the tap list to kick off a month of Christmas tunes, holiday parties, and travel plans:

  1. Cascadian Dark Ale
  2. Om (Holy Mountain)
  3. Autumn Pale
  4. Wheated Red Ale
  5. West Coast IPA
  6. Rye Porter
  7. Profanity Hill Porter (Schooner Exact)
  8. Li’l Brown Beer
  9. Super Fly Imperial Rye IPA
  10. Glass Jaw
  11. Sweet Nothings
  12. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer