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.
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.
- Single Hop (Galaxy hops)
- Rye IPA
- Spring Cleaning Wheat IPA (Friday)
- Pale Ale
- Wheated Red Ale
- Dark Saison
- Imperial IPA
- Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer
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.
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.
- Single Hop
- Rye IPA
- 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
- Wheated Red
- Imperial IPA
- Biere de Garde
- Bee’s Wine
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!
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” and was often cellared for a bit before serving. Given the sanitation standards of farm brewing, it was hard to get a low alcohol beer to age well, often succumbing to souring bacteria not long into the process. Higher alcohol beers age better, and the ABV crept up over time from 3.5-4% to 6-8.5% or so. Ours was brewed a month ago, and is golden in color, 8.4%, somewhat malty, but dry and clean, and features traditional Kent Golding hops combined with a new Yakima variety called Belma. Like Belgian beer, the yeast matters as much as the malt and hops, but the Bière de Garde strains are not as tart and spicy as Saisons. As soon as the Too Big Blonde ale kicks the bucket, it’ll get tapped, and we are on the last of 7 kegs, so come help finish it off!
The other new beer waiting in the wings is the first in a new series, a single hop, featuring Amarillo. Amarillo, like Simcoe and Citra, is a rock star hop. If Cascade was Mick Jagger (been around forever, still relevant, gets consumed at most parties), Amarillo would be kind of a Macklemore (new kid on the scene, universally appealing, sometimes gets over-played). In an era of citrusy, fruity hops, Amarillo came on the scene a couple years ago with a uniquely intense flavor and aroma best applied to IPAs. Quickly, they became hard to get, and they sell out every year. Along with Horizon hops (you may remember Horizon from the Farmhouse IPA we did), Amarillo has the highest myrcene content of any hop, which is responsible for intensifying flavors of earthy orange and grapefruit citrus. Amarillo Single Hop is 5% ABV, and uses Amarillo at every stage of brewing, applied during the boil at minutes 60, 30, 15, 10, 5 and during the whirlpool and dry hop stages. It will get tapped as soon as we finish the Rye Stout, which we are currently on the last keg of. We will be repeating this experiment with different hops for a while (next up, Galaxy hops). Get to know Amarillo on it’s own in this simple, refreshing beer, which is also a great beer to toast touchdowns with …
Speaking of, we won’t be opening early for any games, but we will have NFL playoff games on the TV on Saturday and Sunday this week. As for the Seahawks’ Divisional Playoff game next week, we will open early, naturally, at 1pm. Go Hawks!
Lastly, please enjoy this amazing promotional video made by the lovely daughter of one of our lovely customers:
I hope you all had a delightful time over the holidays. We’ve gotten past the low point in the Seattle winter, and the sun is around a few minutes longer every day. Here comes the optimism, and it’s right on time, because today’s Seahawks game is a big one. To help you all with the stress of the game, today’s Randall is the Too Big Blonde (Belgian Golden Strong) through Hallertau, a noble hop famed for it’s floral and spicy aroma. Given that the Blonde isn’t hopped very heavily, it should bel a fun candidate for the Randall.
Hours this week will be typical, except for New Year’s Day, when I’ll be in there brewing. We won’t be open for on premise drinking, but if for some reason you’re not nursing a hangover and swearing off alcohol, I’ll gladly fill your growler. So the hours look like this:
- 1/1 Wednesday: Closed, but brewing from 2-7pm, will fill growlers
- 1/2 Thursday: 4-8pm
- 1/3 Friday: 4-8pm
- 1/4 Saturday: 2-8pm
- 1/5 Sunday: 2-8pm
Happy New Year, everybody. I look forward to peddling more beer in 2014!
If you need a growler fill to get through hanging out with Aunt Mable, we’ve got you covered. We’ll be open today from 2-6pm, and closed for Christmas. The rest of the week, we will be running normal hours, so it looks like this:
- Tuesday: 2-6pm
- Xmas: closed
- Thursday: 4-8pm
- Friday: 4-8pm
- Saturday: 2-8pm
- Sunday: 2-8pm
We just got a great review by AleTrailMaps.com! If your head is spinning with the number of new breweries in Seattle, and you’d like a little help figuring out the next one to visit, go visit their site. The writing is well done and there are plenty of photos, covering Washington breweries with substance and personal experience.
Also, don’t forget about the Sunday randall this week … Wheated Red through Citra. Yum. In 30 Minutes. Go Hawks!
There is just too much going on to sum it up neatly. First off:
NEW TEE SHIRTS!!!
It’s that time of year in our little town – the dark age. It feels like it goes on forever. In reality, it’s almost over. To commemorate the bottom of the pit in Seattle, we are selling a new shirt. A black American Apparel track shirt, which is slightly more fitted than the gray one and made of a blend of cotton, polyester and rayon (AKA very comfortable). Consider one for a Christmas present for the beer drinker in your family. They go for $25 (tax included). There are plenty of the original (soon vintage) grey cotton tee shirts, as long as you don’t want a men’s large or extra large, and they will be $20 until gone.
Next up: If you haven’t heard, the Judkins Park Festival of Lights will be illuminating a mile of lights through our neighborhood this Friday from 6:00-8:30! Stop by Standard first, and try the Too Big Blonde (Belgian Golden Strong) or grab a growler to go before taking a Friday night walk with your friends!
Holiday hours. They go as such:
- Tuesday, 12/24: Open from 2-6pm (Come fill growlers for your parties!)
- Wednesday, 12/25: Closed for Christmas
- Thursday – Sunday, 12/26 – 12/29: Normal hours
Go Hawks! Our Sunday Randall this week will be the Wheated Red run through a half pound of Citra hops, which will be a hoot, because we’ll be open @ 1:00 to show the Seahawks vs Cardinals game.
New Beers! Keep your eyes peeled for a single hop series initially featuring Amarillo hops and a Biere de Garde, a sort of richer, more French Saison, as well as our barleywine aged on french limousin oak.
Lastly, please consider us this holiday season as a beer source for your holiday parties. We sell kegs starting at $75 for a 1/6th barrel cornelius keg. Please write us if you’d like us to fuel your next party!
This week on the Sunday Randall, it’s the Cascadian Dark Ale, with piney Chinook hops and a sprig of rosemary. It tastes like Christmas. You will love it. Come get it. Since it’s a 10am Seahawks game, we will be open our normal hours of 2-8pm. Don’t forget we open early for any 1pm games!
As promised, today we welcome a new beer to the taps. The Too Big Blonde ale is our Belgian golden strong ale. It has the Belgian yeast spiciness with a dry, slightly tangy finish. It was made with Kent Golding and Saaz hops, but the hop profile subdued, leaving room for the yeast to talk. It clocks in at 8.5%, and we’re releasing it alongside our neighbor’s sale across the street. Two Big Blondes consignment shop is selling their goods up to 90% off through Saturday, so go check them out when you’re done.
Speaking of sales, we’re putting our tee shirts on sale until they’re gone. If you’ve wanted one, but couldn’t stomach $25, you can now get one for $20. Bundled with a Standard pint glass and growler, it would make a sweet Xmas gift for the beer lover in your life. The only catch is, we’re running out of certain sizes while we wait for the new, different shirts to come in. Currently, men’s L and XL are out of stock. Get one while supplies last, because when they’re gone, they’ll suddenly become “vintage”. Stay tuned for the new shirt …
Hate the 49ers as much as we do? Looking for a good place to watch the game while enjoying a randalled IPA? Well, come on down to Standard tomorrow. This is a friendly reminder that we open early on 1:30pm game days to show Seahawks games both on the TV inside, and outside on the 80 inch projection screen (we keep the heater on). Happy hour runs an extra hour, from 1-3pm.
Furthermore, we are rallying every Sunday through the season by randalling a different beer each week. In case you don’t know, or don’t remember IPA Day cuz you overdid it, a randall is a container stuffed with hops (or sometimes other stuff) which the beer gets pushed through en route to your glass. The end result is a a delightfully hoppy (but not bitter) aroma and taste. This week, we will be putting the Imperial IPA on randall with Centennial hops. Randalled beers are an extra buck, but happy hour applies to randalled beers, as well. See y’all tomorrow!
So, it’s cold. For Seattle, it’s as cold as it gets. I hope you all remembered to drain your hoses and insulate water spigots. Being tiny, and relying on an outdoor space for much of our seating, we have been somewhat concerned about the severe drop in temperature, but you should rest assured: Standard is snug as a bug in a rug. I picked up a new front door that allows us to close it, and still see the patio (to comply with some law somewhere). Check it out:
We put the patio heater to the test during a private party for the Seahawks’ badass display of power, skill and intelligence, and it was quite comfortable for being 32 degrees. Come on down and pretend like it’s summer with us. Did I mention that we are open early for all 1pm Sunday games? Happy hour is an extra hour on game days – from 1pm-3pm. I’ve also been playing the rest of the games on Sunday, because I can’t help myself. Come fight the winter doldrums by getting outside, going for a walk and warming up with a barleywine and your neighbors.
Upcoming: Ever been to Two Big Blondes across the street? Aside from being super awesome ladies, it’s a great consignment shop. In honor of their big sale next week, we are releasing a Belgian Golden Strong call the Too Big Blonde Ale. Keep your eyes peeled. The sale runs December 10th – December 14th, so go check out the screaming deals.
Current tap list:
- Dry Rye Nitro Stout
- Rye IPA
- Cascadian Dark Ale
- West Coast IPA
- Pale Ale
- Wheated Red Ale
- Imperial IPA
- Bee’s Wine