Somehow, it’s been 5 years since the start of this ultramarathon. When Standard first opened, the wave of new Seattle breweries was just beginning. The term “nanobrewery” still seemed like a bit of a joke. There weren’t many places to find advice on how to do a brewery on a one barrel system. Epic Ales and NW Peaks were the only Seattle evidence that it could work, and it was with a considerable amount of trepidation and fear that our doors opened in the spring of 2013. I initially had no idea what the long game was going to be, but when the sun came out and the neighborhood lined up for beer, the ball began rolling. It was a huge surprise to see scores of breweries open in the following few years, and beer became the new focus of the beverage world. As our neighborhood grew around us, and the general interest in and appreciation for beer built on itself, it became clear that the only sustainable choice for us was to double down. After 2 years of manual labor and the hard work and thoughtfulness of a fantastic team, we’ve broken in our new digs and built an awesome group of people around us. It’s with a full heart and immense gratitude that we approach our fifth birthday. Thank you, Central District for sticking with us through constant growth and “in-between” stages. Thank you, Seattle beer nerds, for spreading the word and showing up to our bottle releases. Thank you to Chris, Connor, Sami, David, Devin, Ashley and Daniel for all the hard work and for rallying to make Standard as good as it can be. It has been an adventure, and immensely fulfilling to bring together so many people over our beer, food and cocktails. Come raise a glass with us and welcome the next five years. We have some fantastic things for you this weekend.
Sandwich special: We will have a slow roasted pigs’ head sandwich with ají panca (Peruvian red chili), hard boiled egg, butter lettuce, tomato, cracklin’, salsa criolla (pickled onions) and mayonnaise. Our spent grain goes to feed the pigs at the farm that provided the pigs’ heads, so it’s quite fitting they’ll be making a full circle back to Standard.
Cocktail list: We’ve compiled a list of classic and original cocktails we love to help get the party started right.
Two new bottle releases: Poly Rythmo ($16, tax included) is an ale fermented and aged in oak for 10 months before a refermentation on blackberries and bottle conditioning with brettanomyces. Babylon ($18, tax included) is a sour ale fermented and aged in freshly dumped Syrah barrels for 9 months before refermentation in the bottle. Both are released in 750 ml format. Babylon has also been keg conditioned and will be released for a limited time on tap. Both labels were designed by Garek Druss, the genius behind our last couple labels.
Commemorative glassware: We made 100 glasses that we’ll be selling to those that come to the party. Gold rimmed, gold printed “year five” stemware will be sold for $11, tax included, limit one per person.
Two new tee shirts and a new hat: Garek’s amazing Poly Rythmo label has been applied to a tee shirt ($28, tax included), and we also commissioned him to do an anniversary tee that is super killer. Get the new black on black hat to go with your shirt choice!
Come party with us for three days. We’ll be open normal hours all weekend!