Beer Release: Cabin Vibes Barrel Aged Stout

Everyone I know that skis or snowboards is starting to talk about the slopes opening as we finally got some snow at the passes this week. It’s cold enough that if your blood hasn’t thickened up yet, you’re probably constantly looking for the next coffee or tea or at least a wool hat. Maybe you’re thinking about finding a cabin somewhere, maybe with a bear skin rug, or at least a wool blanket, a fireplace, a whiskey … some Standard beer …

Enter Cabin Vibes, our barrel aged imperial stout. Just in time for your Thanksgiving feast dessert, we have all the rich chocolate, coffee and oak vanilla notes you could want in an 8.5% beer. We made a ton of it, so you can take it with you in growler format if you like.

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As mentioned before, we’ll be open tomorrow (Thanksgiving) from 11am till 2pm, and here’s everything we’re pouring right now:

  1. Menomena Red Sour
  2. Cranberry Sour
  3. Yips Session Pale
  4. Ghost Note Schwarzbier
  5. Dark Helmet Stout
  6. Superfly Rye IPA
  7. Cabin Vibes Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Mossback Pale
  10. Spelt Saison
  11. Cascadian Dark Ale
  12. Wet Hop Pale
  13. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

 

How’s that for a diverse line up?

We’re open on Thanksgiving!

When others take the day off, we keep slingin’ beer! Connor will be waiting on your beery needs from 11am-2pm Thanksgiving Day. The rest of our hours will remain normal this week. Come and gobble up all the beer. Oh yeah, there is plenty of Cranberry Sour to go around!

Beer Release: Cranberry Sour

The air is moving toward being downright cold, and the days are back to that old familiar 4:30 pm sunset. The collective “ugh” is palpable, but the good news is that it’s Friday. Next week is Thanksgiving, and we hope you are going to eat and drink like kings and queens. You’re gonna need some beer, and we made a beer for the season. We refermented Menomena on cranberries, and we think you’re gonna like it. Tart, firmly tannic, and on tap now at the brewery only.

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Tap list:

  1. Menomena Red Sour
  2. Cranberry Sour
  3. Yips Session Pale
  4. Ghost Note Schwarzbier
  5. Dark Helmet Stout
  6. Superfly Rye IPA
  7. West Coast IPA
  8. Mossback Pale
  9. Spelt Saison
  10. Cascadian Dark Ale
  11. Wet Hop Pale
  12. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Beer Release: The Yips Session Pale

It was a stressful week. No matter how the election made you feel, it certainly left a mark. One thing I think we can say for sure is, it’s Friday. Another thing we can say is, you need a beer. If the week was hard enough to leave you with a case of the yips, we’ve got the antidote. We made a 5.0% pale ale that is built for increased consumption. Love the West Coast IPA or Superfly Rye IPA, but you gotta play it cool cuz you’re gonna have 4? The Yips. Like little beers but also a lovely hop bouquet? The Yips. Need to forget about your Facebook feed for a couple hours and watch the US play Mexico tonight at 4:45? THE YIPS, at Standard. Galaxy hops. Azacca hops. Pale malt, caramunich and spelt. Yip yip yip yip.

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tap tap tap tap

  1. Menomena Red Sour
  2. Altbier
  3. Mossback Pale
  4. Ghost Note Schwarzbier
  5. Dark Helmet Stout
  6. Superfly Rye IPA
  7. West Coast IPA
  8. The Yips Session Pale
  9. Spelt Saison
  10. Cascadian Dark Ale
  11. Wet Hop Pale
  12. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Come watch the Seahawks with our new Mossback Pale Ale!

A very PNW day we have today … intermittent showers and clouds. It’s also an important home game for the Seahawks at a point in the season where many of us have forgotten (again) that we always finish strong. Like the ‘Hawks, our newest brew also finishes strong. Mossback Pale is a light, straw yellow beer with a touch of oat and wheat to balance out a hop bill of Simcoe, Galaxy and Mosaic. The hops are drying and pleasantly bitter, but punchy, tropical and a touch floral. The moderate 5.8% ABV keeps everything in perspective, and will get you in the mood for a Monday night showdown.

Also YES, WE WILL HAVE THE DEBATE ON THE TV TOMORROW! Come on down and keep up on the action with us.

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Here are the taps at the moment:

  1. Menomena Red Sour
  2. Altbier
  3. Mossback Pale
  4. Ghost Note Schwarzbier
  5. Dark Helmet Stout
  6. Superfly Rye IPA
  7. West Coast IPA
  8. Norma, dry hopped Saison
  9. Spelt Saison
  10. Cascadian Dark Ale
  11. Wet Hop Pale
  12. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Beer Release: Superfly Rye IPA

Throughout the year, one of the most common questions we get is “When are you going to make rye IPAs again?” Well, good news, folks. Today is your day. Superfly Rye IPA is now on tap. Using rye’s spice and Munich malt’s graininess, we made an IPA with plenty of body that doesn’t finish heavy. The hop bill is complex, but focuses on Mosaic and Amarillo’s punchy fruit flavors. The beer is cutting and clear, but with enough malt character to keep it all in balance. This go around, we made it 7.5%, and you can grab some when we open at 4pm tonight!

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Taps be all like:

  1. Menomena Red Sour
  2. Altbier
  3. Chooglin’ Oat Pale
  4. Ghost Note Schwarzbier
  5. Dark Helmet Stout
  6. Superfly Rye IPA
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Norma, dry hopped Saison
  10. Spelt Saison
  11. Cascadian Dark Ale
  12. Wet Hop Pale
  13. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Watch the World Series Game 7 with us!

With no shortage of story lines, the battle of the “Red Cs” comes to dramatic fruition tonight, and we’ll have it on the big screen for all to watch. It should be loads of fun to see if previously cursed Chicago can mount the finishing blow of an awesome comeback, or if the might and dominance of Cleveland can reclaim the momentum and wrap up the second sports championship of the year. Either way, the Mariners aren’t in it, so if you are a fan of either team, come to Standard for good beer and a neutral crowd to watch some history get made at 5pm.

Current Tap List:

  1. Menomena Red Sour
  2. Altbier
  3. Chooglin’ Oat Pale
  4. Ghost Note Schwarzbier
  5. Dark Helmet Stout
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Norma, dry hopped Saison
  10. Spelt Saison
  11. Cascadian Dark Ale
  12. Wet Hop Pale
  13. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Beer Release: Wet Hop Pale

I know, I know, you already went to all the wet hop festivals and event nights. You’ve had 30 wet hop beers already, but how many of those were estate grown, grain fed, fair trade, and small batch? If you’re a fan of crafty clichés, this beer’s got your number. Each year we grow our own hops with our own grain compost and when it’s a good crop year, we toss them in a batch of beer. Growing hops on this side of the mountains takes a few weeks longer than the hot and dry valleys on the east side, so our wet hop takes longer than most, but it’s worth the wait. In this year’s Wet Hop Pale, Centennial and Nugget hops dominate a crisp and pale 6.0% beer with citrus notes for days. Come and get it!

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Special Bottle Release: Brett Earl!

Big news, folks …

We get lots of questions about “the expansion”, how it’s coming, when we’re moving (we’re not), when’s it gonna be done, etc … While we expanded the production side of things last year with a system that increases our output 7 fold, there are many elements to “the expansion” yet to be complete. Part of that is the new bar being built out next door, which is still a few months out. Another big piece of it all is the barrel room upstairs, which is now complete, and allows us to dive headlong into the funky, spirited and sour side of things. Tomorrow, we start the steady onslaught of bottle releases with Brett Earl, our brettanomyces conditioned Bière de Garde. It’s 7.5%, malty, dry, funky and almost champagne-like in it’s bright fizziness. Brett Earl won silver at WA Beer Awards this year, and we felt it would age really well, so we’ve cellared it an additional 6 months, with fantastic results. We’ll be opening early at 2pm (Friday 10/21) and selling bottles from the garage door entrance, in addition to our typical pints from the front counter. 750 ml bottles will be $16 plus tax, and we’ll be releasing 23 cases. Corkage fees for on premise drinking will be $4/bottle.

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Beer Release: CDA!

What’s more Cascadian Dark than a double whammy of violent storms in October? We didn’t mean for the weather to line up perfectly with this release, but it just so happens to work out really well. Pairing flawlessly with 60 mph gusts and 5 inches of rain, clogging gutters and wet feet, our award winning Cascadian Dark Ale just hit the taps. I know, I know … you don’t want to leave the comfort of your couch and Netflix account, but this 8.1% ABV gem is worth a stormy adventure. Besides, when you get here, the covered, heated patio will warm your heart almost as much as beertending Connor’s small-talk and cheeky banter. Come laugh at nature’s might with us with one of these in your hand:

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  1. Menomena Red Sour`
  2. Altbier
  3. Chooglin’ Oat Pale
  4. Ghost Note Schwarzbier
  5. Dark Helmet Stout
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Norma, dry hopped Saison
  10. Spelt Saison
  11. Cascadian Dark Ale
  12. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Watch the debate with us!

Has there ever been an election that was more of a 3 ring circus? Come on down at 6pm tonight and yuck it up with us as the ridiculous explosion of nonsensical jib-jab unfolds for the world to watch on the glory of our patio projection under warm embrace of our heaters. See ya then.

Beer Release: Dark Helmet Stout

On tap now, we have a great little stout named Dark Helmet. It’s a sweet stout that, while roasty, is balanced by just the right amount of unfermentable sugar and notes of earthy carob and light cream. It’s got plenty of body, but finishes clean and mellow. At 4.0%, you can have a few and socialize on our covered, heated patio while washing the work week away. We’ll even have the Giant v. Cubs playoff game on the big screen at 6pm, in case you feel like watching some baseball.

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Taps are thusly:

  1. Menomena Red Sour
  2. Altbier
  3. Chooglin’ Oat Pale
  4. Ghost Note Schwarzbier
  5. Dark Helmet Stout
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Norma, dry hopped Saison
  10. Spelt Saison
  11. coming soon
  12. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Beer Release: Ghost Note Schwarzbier

We just released Ghost Note, our Schwarzbier (black lager). You may have been a fan of the Schwarzkölsch, a darker, roastier version of the style. Ghost Note is a more traditional version of the style, falling somewhere between Altbier and Schwarzkölsch in terms of grain sweetness and roast character. It is incredibly easy to drink, dark brown in color, and has a cream colored head. It is full of balanced, clean malt character and mocha-like roasty notes. It’s perfect for fall, and right now it’s Friday, so get thee to Standard and drink up!

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TAPS:

  1. Menomena
  2. Altbier
  3. Chooglin’ Oat Pale
  4. Ghost Note
  5. Kalakalaka IIPA
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Norma, dry hopped Saison
  10. Spelt Saison
  11. War Pig, Milk Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Watch the debate on our new projector!

Our big 80″ projection screen has always been a great place to watch games in the evenings, but it hasn’t performed great when the sun is out … until now! We just got a new 4200 lumen projector and an ambient light rejecting screen set up so that you can watch crisp and bright pictures while you drink fabulous beers. Come on down tonight and check it out while taking in the sights and sounds of the presidential debate that will no doubt be a bit of a circus. Bring your favorite drinking game rules. Show starts at 6pm and goes until 8pm.

New Beer! Chooglin’ Oat Pale and Spelt Saison

We’ve got two new beers for your thirsty fall evenings.

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Chooglin’ Oat Pale makes use of Azacca hops and their citrus notes to bring you an easy drinking, 5.4% pale ale that won’t end your evening prematurely. It’s creamy body, combined with a dry finish, and pleasant hoppiness, will help you keep on chooglin’. If you need a soundtrack while you drink, try here.

 

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Our Spelt Saison uses both spelt and dark wheat to provide extra body in a tart, dry finishing beer. The fullness in this 5.9% beer makes it a perfect fit for a fall day. This one doesn’t come with a soundtrack, but we’ll have Monday Night Football on tonight if you need something to drink to …

 

The taps right now:

  1. Menomena
  2. Altbier
  3. Chooglin’ Oat Pale
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Kalakalaka IIPA
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Norma, dry hopped Saison
  10. Spelt Saison
  11. War Pig, Milk Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Open early for Seahawks & some great press!

So it’s here … the NFL hath been kicked off. We watched a rematch of the Super Bowl on Thursday and it wasn’t shy on storylines and drama. What will happen with our Seahawks? There is so much to anticipate. Was Rawls a flash in the pan last year, or is he really the new Beast? Is C Mike’s “awakening” going to last into the regular season? Will Jimmy Graham be everything everyone wants him to be? Will Russ continue looking like an elite passer and drop deep-ass bombs betwixt corners and safeties into the sure-gripping hands of Angry Doug and TyLo? And will the Hawks do that thing where we forget to show up for the first quarter of the season and have to fight insurmountable odds to recover and make a post season run? There are a lot of reasons to pay close attention to this team, which we have great reasons to believe may be as dominant as 2013, and you can do it all at Standard Brewing.

We will be open for all Seahawks games that don’t start at 10am (Oct 2nd and 30th). For any 1pm game, we will open up at 12:30pm. The game will be on the big screen, and the game sound will be on. That means we’ll be open tomorrow (Sunday) at 12:30pm. All other NFL games we deem to be worth a damn will be shown, but the game sound will be reserved for Seahawks games.

Lastly, a big thanks to Paul Clarke and The Daily Beast for a great write up on the West Coast IPA, which you can read right here. If you’re looking at the picture of the West Coast IPA in the article and you’re thinking about the last blog post and saying, “you liar, that IPA is crystal clear”, let it be known that the West Coast IPA yeast flocculates faster than the Galaxy Pale and Kalakala IIPA strain. It starts cloudy, but drops clear eventually. So there.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE CURRENT TAP LIST:

  1. Menomena
  2. Altbier
  3. Galaxy Pale
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Kalakalaka IIPA
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Norma, dry hopped Saison
  10. Edith, Saison
  11. War Pig, Milk Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Two new beers, but why your beer so ugly?

We’ve been so busy making and selling beer that blog timeliness kind of took a hit recently. We’re back to tell you that if you’re a hop lover, there are two beers you should try, and they’re going quickly. Galaxy Pale Ale, and Kalakala IIPA are here for your hop lovin’ quaffs.

Galaxy Pale Ale highlights the danker side of Galaxy hops, a favorite of the Australian hop persuasion. It’s fruity and full of pungent intensity. Nothin’ but British pale malt, yeast, and Galaxy hops, with 5.4% ABV.

Kalakala IIPA (spoken with the accent on the 2nd and 4th “a”s) is named after our favorite modern, deco styled ferry that used to live on Lake Union’s shores. Look it up, if you want to fall in love with maritime design inspired by 1920s airplane design. Just be prepared to shed a tear when you find out that it was chopped up and sunk a couple years ago. Feel free to make boat-loads of requests for Washington state to make all of our ferries look like this again. The beer is a balanced combination of hop spice and fruitiness, with a little alcoholic heat to back it up. It’s 8.6%, so be careful, or your former grandeur will be sunk as well.

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This post is also a public service announcement on what we brewers call “turbidity”, AKA “cloudiness”. There was a time when American beer commercials touted the word “filtered” as though it was second only to godliness. Clarity seemed to mean a beer was better made, or at least that it tasted better. Some beer styles call for this clarity, and require by tradition and good design that it be crystal clear on serving. In lighter beers, this often makes a beer taste cleaner, more defined, and can be a marker of maturation.

There are a few things that cause a cloudy beer, but for the purposes of this post, I’m  focusing on yeast in suspension. Like the olive oil in your salad dressing, yeast separates from beer and forms a cake in the bottom when it sits in cold temperatures for a time. Leave any beer long enough and the yeast grow tired and metabolism stops. It will fall by gravity’s effect on it’s own minuscule weight to the bottom of a fermenter, leaving a clearer beer above it. A brewer can use fining agents, which use ionic bonding, clumping to yeast cells to make them heavier, quickening the drop-out, or they may use a filter to remove yeast. Fining agents can get you close to the appearance of filtering, and we use this method on our Kolsch, Altbier, as well as a few other light styles of beer. But our hoppy pales and IPAs are cloudy. Why?

Sometimes you want yeast in the beer, and some strains of yeast refuse to drop out, or “flocculate”. Poor flocculation can come from a hyper-active yeast strain that continues to metabolize slowly, long after fermentation is done. It can also come from a yeast strain whose cells are naturally smaller in size. This makes them lighter, dropping more like a feather than a brick. Saison strains and dry, clean finishing American strains are often poor flocculators. British strains, and those used for maltier beers tend to flocculate better, and naturally clear up brilliantly without getting much colder than 50 degrees.

But how does yeast taste? You may have noticed a “chewiness” in cloudy beers. Often, back-of-the-tongue bitterness comes with yeast cloudiness. If your beer is dry and aromatic, this can enhance the overall perception of it, and a brewer may want it in there. Clear up a super dry IPA, and it may lack character and body, even if the light looks really sexy glimmering through your pint. We typically do not fine or filter our IPAs because we value the flavor of yeast in suspension. The yeast in these two beers absolutely refuses to drop out on it’s own, and we like how it tastes, so in it stays!

Three New Beers!

If you haven’t been around for a couple weeks, we’ve got a lot of new options for you right now:

Norma is a juicy, fruity and spicy saison, dry hopped with tropical Galaxy hops. The hop aromas work well with the spice notes of the saison yeast, making for a fantastic middle ground for hop lovers that want a refreshing saison style beer. It’s 6.0% and ready for chuggins.

Menomena is a delicious sour with a clean lactic tartness balancing dark crystal malts with a very dry and crisp finish. Notes of figs, red fruits and grapes skins come through in this little number. At 5.2%, it’s easy drinking and full of flavor.

War Pig is a nitro milk stout that’s chock full o’ roast character and creamy mouth feel that balances it all out in a 4.9% beer. If you like your stouts creamy and black as night, give this one a shot.

Here’s a shot of all the new kids on the block:

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TAPS

  1. Menomena
  2. Altbier
  3. coming soon
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. coming soon
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. Norma, dry hopped Saison
  10. Edith, Saison
  11. War Pig, Milk Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Blood Orange Cider

Beer Release: Edith Saison

We just tapped Edith, our peppery, slightly tart, soft and refreshing Saison, and it’s a great day for it. We used Pilsner malt, wheat and oat along with Cascade and Mt Hood hops to leave you with a 5.7% thirst quencher. Come and get it!

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Taps:

  1. Mosaic Kölsch
  2. Altbier
  3. El Dorado Extra Pale
  4. Schwarzkölsch
  5. Druthers Session IPA
  6. Kölsch
  7. Berliner Weisse
  8. West Coast IPA
  9. President Camacho IPA
  10. Edith, Saison
  11. Snuffleupagus, Imperial Stout on Nitro
  12. Elemental Pomegranate Cider