Go Hawks! Rally Randall Sundays!

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!

On tap this week: A cure for cold nights

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:

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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
  • Barleywine
  • Bee’s Wine

Holiday hours and the new Laura!

Come get your Thanksgiving growlers tonight, because we will be closed on Thanksgiving. We will be back open Friday through Sunday, though. While you’re here, you can meet the new Laura! Not that one can replace the “old” Laura, but our new beer slingin’ employee is named Laura, too. She’s awesome, and you may already know her from Broadcast Coffee, an awesome little coffee shop at 19th and Yesler.

Don’t forget, we have a heat lamp!

It’s really cold in Seattle. It’s officially scarf and gloves weather, but you don’t have to drink indoors, because we have a blazing hot heat lamp on our front patio. Also, don’t forget that tonight is your last chance to hang with Laura over a pint, so git on down here!

On tap this week: A fond farewell

The week prior to opening Standard Brewing, I had scheduled a few soft openings. One of my old friends came to visit on what she thought was opening night, but she was a week early, and as it turned out, just an hour before the first party.

IMG_1225She and her husband became Standard’s first customers, and shortly thereafter, Laura became the first person to pour a pint of our suds besides myself. Without her help, the brewery would have been much harder to manage. Laura’s involvement made things like the patio expansion and improvements a possibility, and gave me time to focus on brewing more. She has been invaluable, and now she is leaving the state, heading to a place with more sunshine and opportunity. Friday, November 22nd will be Laura’s last shift, so if you appreciate her as much as I do, come get a final pint from her and send her off with some good vibes. The doors will be open from 4-8pm, or whenever she wants to shut them!

Regarding beer, here’s the tap list for the week:

  1. Dry Rye Nitro Stout
  2. Rye IPA
  3. Cascadian Dark Ale
  4. West Coast IPA
  5. Pale Ale
  6. Wheated Red Ale
  7. Imperial IPA
  8. Barleywine
  9. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer

Seahawks vs. Vikings on the screens at Standard

Okung, Giacomini, Unger and Harvin are all back, and today’s game won’t be anything short of exciting, so come watch it at Standard with an IPA in your hand and in good company. The game is going up on the TV inside and on the projector outside as well in 10 minutes!

On tap this week: Seahawks, Movies and Simarillian Pale

So we’ve had a busy month. Patio cover, then patio heater, TV, then an HD projector. The space is now ready for your wintertime revelry. Just in time for Halloween and Percy Harvin, we are Netflix and HD broadcast capable with both indoor and outdoor screens. From here till the end of the season, we’ll be opening early on Sundays (@ 1:00) to show Seahawks afternoon games. This excludes the two 10:00 am games and Monday against the Saints. If it’s confusing, just remember that if the game is on a Sunday, and it starts around 1:00, we’ll have it on.

As for Halloween, we’re going to break in the projector with 3 (sorta) scary movie nights this week. Here’s the schedule:

  • Thursday @ 6pm: Evil Dead
  • Friday @ 6pm: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
  • Saturday @ 6pm: The Baby

Lastly, we’ve kegged up the winner of the CDBC Pro/Am competition: Chris Prost’s Simarillian Pale Ale. With a solid dose of equal parts Simcoe and Amarillo, and at 7.0%, it’s a delicious hop slap. It’ll be on tap today, so come check it out.

On tap this week: Outdoor Heat!

This week we get one step closer to finishing the outdoor patio with a patio heater. Combined with the canopy, the heat stays in and keeps the front patio plenty warm, even on 40 degree foggy nights. Later this week the projector arrives, and with it will come Seahawks games and movies on Sunday nights.

You may have noticed that the Imperial IPA came off for a second just before the Barleywine went on tap. It is back on, as the Fresh Hop has finished. So …

On tap:

  1. Dry Rye Nitro Stout
  2. Rye IPA
  3. CDA
  4. West Coast IPA
  5. Pale Ale
  6. Wheated Red Ale
  7. Imperial IPA
  8. Barleywine
  9. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer

Look soon for the Simarillian Pale Ale!

 

 

On tap this week: Television

I don’t know what percentage of Standard Brewing drinkers are football fans, but if you have even an inkling of interest, you should be excited about this next bit. We just got cable installed at the tasting room. This means that we’ll have a TV that rolls out for special events inside, and a projector put outside, blasting the big gray wall with 100″ of screen for your enjoyment of what is shaping up to be the most exciting Seahawks season ever.

If the patio cover is sewn right the first time, it should be hung on Friday (hooray), and I can hopefully get the projector up and running early next week. In the mean time, Thursday night’s Seahawks game will be on the TV inside at the brewery, so come watch it with us at 5:30.

Note for TV haters: I am generally in agreement, and most of the time, I find TVs to be eyeball sucking ad machines. Nevertheless, there are times when a TV is mandatory (elections, movie time, really exciting ball games), and it’ll only come out for these times. The rest of the time, Standard’s little tasting room and patio will be a place for conversation and beer, but we’re going to try to have our cake and eat it too, as they say. Look to the website in the future to see when and what the screens will come out for.

Still on tap:

  1. Dry Rye Nitro Stout
  2. Rye IPA
  3. CDA
  4. West Coast IPA
  5. Pale
  6. Wheated Red
  7. Imperial IPA
  8. Fresh Hop Ale
  9. Bee’s Wine Traditional Ginger Beer

Barleywine will go on tap as soon as the Fresh Hop blows! Following that will be the CDBC Pro/Am winner, Chris Prost’s Simarillian Pale Ale!

Fresh Hop Ale is now on tap

To recap:

  1. Dry Rye Nitro Stout
  2. Rye IPA
  3. Cascadian Dark Ale
  4. West Coast IPA
  5. Pale Ale
  6. Wheated Red Ale
  7. Imperial IPA
  8. Fresh Hop Ale
  9. Bee’s Wine

That’s 9 taps, open 5 days a week.

 

On tap this week: 100% more cozy

With fall fast approaching (approached, really), it’s time to get down to business making the world around us more warm and inviting. Here’s what we’re doing at Standard to prepare for the hard months. First, this:

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That’s right, a “real” fireplace.

Next up, the patio cover, which is on schedule to be installed some time this week, preferably before the next real rain. To include a propane heater.

Then, Fresh Hop Ale #2! I got away with a second harvest after that first crazy rain, so I did a second version of the previously titled “Wet Hop Ale” (+ a bunch of other words). To clarify, “fresh” and “wet” are synonyms for hops that go straight from the bine to the beer without drying. The difference is similar to the difference between dried and fresh herbs in cooking. This time, while the malt is the same, the hops are Nugget, Hallertau and Willamette. Hopefully this will be on tap by the end of the week.

Lastly, Barleywine. Somewhat sweet, hoppy (Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic), with a tummy warming alcohol content of 10.3%. We’ll keep a few kegs on tap to serve young, then we’ll be cellaring a few cases of 22 oz bottles, and probably aging a keg or two on oak.

You can speed this all up by chugging the last few pints of Tepache, FYI. That keg just won’t kick!

Tepache almost gone

Hey guys … yeah you, bartenders who like mixing with unusual, but traditional beverages … you, guy who drives up from Seatac to buy a growler every week because he can’t find real Tepache like he remembers it from home in Mexico City … you, folks who told me between gluttonous schlurps that pineapple beer was the best thing you’ve ever had … you, that person who said, “I’ve heard so much, but I’m gonna have to try it next time, because my significant other is telling me to come home already” …

THE TEPACHE IS ALMOST GONE.

There are only about 8-10 pints left, and it won’t be back until next summer. The problem is, now that I’ve brought in a separate tap for the nitro stout, we technically have 9 taps at the brewery, and I don’t feel like rearranging the letters on the menu board to make space for a 9th tap. So, it’s not on the board, but if you come down this weekend, you might get a pint. Alternatively, you could be a jerk and buy a growler of it, so no one else can have some. We won’t judge. You’re all aware that we are open 2-8pm Sundays, right?

Coming up … Wet Hop Ale #2 (Nugget, Willamette, Hallertau), and Barleywine!

On tap this week: Dry Rye Stout!

Hey y’all –

Did everyone see the post over at CD News about the Pro-Am competition? The winner was Chris Prost, with the Simarillian Pale Ale, an aromatic, light bodied ale hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo. The name clearly references the hops used, but it’s also a J.R.R. Tolkien reference. We’ll brew this guy early next week, so look for it somewhere around the 23rd.

I’m still waiting on the custom patio cover I ordered a while back. It should be done later next week some time. You can believe that I’ll have it hung the day it becomes available.In the mean time, the sun is scheduled to come back out this week, so come enjoy happy hour with us, why don’t you?

Have you tried the Imperial IPA, yet? If you are a hop head, this is your jam. It’s very light bodied, and very densely packed with hop flavor and aroma that we IPA drinkers love (Columbus, Citra, Centennial, Simcoe). Still, it isn’t too bitter, and quite quaffable for an 8.6% beer.

Lastly, the Dry Rye Stout is wrapping up and will be on tap on Friday. I’m bringing in a nitro tap for this, so it’ll have that gloriously creamy head and mellowness that accompanies nitrogen gas. It’s about 4.5%, and I expect to have this guy on tap for a while. See? We don’t just do big hops and alcohol.

On tap this week: Imperial IPA #2

First, here comes the rain. You may be thinking “Standard, see you in 6 months, because now I can’t sit on your patio.” To this I say, “Not so fast!” I’m currently waiting on a custom covering for the new patio space, which will keep the rain out and the heat in (to be supplied by a propane heat lamp). The patio will be your winter beer garden some time toward the end of next week.

The Wet Hop Ale is selling like hot cakes, and we’ve only got another keg or two left. If you like a hop aroma that is both fresh and dank, you might want to hurry down for a pint before it’s gone. Also, we found a final keg of Tepache hiding in the walk-in, so if you want to pretend that’s it’s still as warm as it was a couple weeks ago, you’ve got one last chance to get some delicious pineapple beer.

The Imperial IPA #2 is the next new brew coming on, and it’ll be up as soon as the Wet Hop or Tepache finishes up. It’s dry hopped with a ridiculous 2 lbs per barrel, which turned out to present a severe chill haze problem that has taken a week to clear up. By comparison, the West Coast IPA has about half that volume in dry hop. It is a totally different beer from the Imperial IPA you may remember from 4 months ago, which had a more caramelly body, and was somewhat less aromatic, and thus, it gets a #2 tacked on the name. There is an immense amount of aromatic hop oil in this light bodied, 8.6% IPA, and I probably won’t make it quite like this again, because the dry hop has proven to be a royal pain to do.

This week we made a Rye Stout, and a Barleywine, so keep your eyes peeled for these. I’ll be bringing in a nitro tap for the stout, and in the future, will likely play with carbing some beers with nitro that usually get CO2, for a creamy head and more subtle carbonation. It seems that there is enough of a late harvest of Nugget and Hallertau left on my hop plants that I’ll be able to do a second Wet Hop, so look for that soon, as well.

Pro-Am Competition call for judges!

So, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve heard me mention the CDBC. Their full name is the Central District Brewing Collective, and they’re a bunch of zymurgically intelligent beer nerds, who make some pretty fantastic beers. They deserve a place in the spotlight, and we thought it would be fun to put them on tap at the brewery. The problem is, we can’t put them all on … we only have 8 taps, and our own beer to sell. There can only be one.

This brings us to the showdown this Saturday. At noon, we will gather to taste and elect a best of show that will be brewed in Standard’s brewhouse and be made available on tap at the brewery for consumption over and over again, until it is gone. We figured it is more fun if this is an audience choice award. I mean, you guys are the ones drinking the stuff, so let’s have you pick the winner. If you are available between 12-2 this Saturday, and you would like to be one of the 15 judges, please email me here immediately. That is all.

On tap this week: Wet Hops and Cliches!

It’s that time of year. Everything comes out of the ground and goes into beer. And while I generally have a problem with putting things like squash and pumpkin in my beer, I’ll let my friends put beets in it. Now that the Beetalejuice is almost gone, it’s time to put fresh, aromatic wet hops into a batch. We brewed a beer leaning heavily on a combination of Columbus and Willamette hops to put some of the hops growing in my yard to use.

IMG_18782 years ago I planted 8 varieties of hops, and while they all produced, the Columbus and Willamette were ahead of the other 6’s schedule. Now that the rains are back, I’m worried they could mold on the bine (not a typo). Only time will tell, but there were enough to make a batch with, so I present to you the most cliche beer I’ve ever made: the Harvest Estate Grown Wet Hop Dry Hopped Local Small Batch Single Barrel Organic Grain Fed Fair Trade Single Origin … Ale. It’s all true, too. Here’s the action shot, where the extra bit of magic happened:

IMG_1901As soon as the Beetalejuice kicks the bucket, it’ll be available. I’m guessing it will happen later tonight or tomorrow.

On tap this week: A word or two about growler cleaning

Before we get to growlers, an update on the taps. Only a couple of kegs left of the BeetAleJuice. We should run out by the end of the week. Also, Tepache will be going on hiatus soon, as the summer cools off. Only a couple kegs left until next summer. Otherwise, we have plenty of Rye IPA, CDA, West Coast IPA, Pale, Wheated Red and Bee’s Wine. Coming soon: Imperial IPA #2, and Estate Wet Hopped Pale! Now, something preachy:

With the rise of nano-breweries, bars, convenience stores and Walgreens (?!?!?) filling growlers as a great way to take beer home, people are using half gallon glass and stainless steel jugs to carry beer a lot more than they used to. It’s a fantastic thing. Breweries get a little advertising, and those of us too tiny to justify the cost of bottling can offer people an option for going home with our beer. We’ve got a problem, though, and we need to talk about it. While most growlers that show up at the tap room are acceptably clean, I get quite a few disgusting growlers. Many breweries will refuse to fill a dirty growler. I’d prefer not to refuse service, so I’m going to try standing on my soap box instead.

After being open 6 months, I’ve smelled a lot of vile, stomach churning and unhealthy situations inside growler jugs. I’ve been handed growlers with black mold inside caps and on the bottom of the inside of the jug, Mysterious slimes have oozed out from inside. I’ve been handed some that were used as tobacco spittoons, and even an ashtray. Sometimes they smell like the last beer it was filled with, sometimes like a ripe sour beer, sometimes straight vinegar or buttery bacterial funk.

The prevailing attitude is that a dirty growler only affects the person buying it. Not true. Health issues aside, if I pour my beer, which tastes exactly like it does because I worked hard to make it so, into a sour or moldy growler, my beer then tastes tainted by mold or bacteria or wild yeast. If you take it to a party, everyone then thinks my beer tastes this way, because nobody is going to say, “I brought Standard’s IPA to your party, but just so ya know, my growler smelled like well aged cheese when I brought it in.” Perhaps you’re the only one drinking from the growler, so this doesn’t apply? Well, a dirty growler also affects the people that fill after it. In order to reduce foam, most places use a silicone tube to bottom fill the growler. If it comes into contact with a funky growler, we then transfer bugs to the next person’s beer, which can grow over time to populations detectable in the beer, even making people sick sometimes.

It is understandable that once in a while, perhaps after drinking the whole growler yourself, you might forget to deal with the sanitation part of your growler relationship. As a courtesy combating a typical level of neglect, we at Standard Brewing have a policy of rinsing and dunking growlers in a sanitizer briefly before filling to protect the next guy from potential growler funk. Still, nothing short of bleach will really cure a mold issue, which is one of the most common problems, and a quick dunk in sanitizer only deals with very minor problems. A severe problem (one detectable on the nose) requires a solid cleaning involving a bottle brush and a few minutes, which will hold up the line at a tiny brewery.

So how do you care for a growler? It’s easy.

1. Keep it cold until it’s clean. Any bacteria or yeast will be mostly dormant at cold temps, but very happy about breeding at room temps.

2. After finishing the beer, triple rinse with hot water and drain upside down until dry. So long as nothing has really bred inside, this will kick the vast majority of the nasties out, and drying will make it inhospitable until you refill it. Leave the cap off until you bring it in to make sure it is as dry as possible. Putting the cap on traps any moisture and turns the growler into a petri dish. Also, running it through the dishwasher isn’t really very helpful, because the mouth is so small.

3. Stick your nose inside and sniff before bringing it in. If it smells like anything other than air, it needs to be cleaned. Soak it in Oxyclean, bleach water, or at least dish soap, then thoroughly rinse again before bringing it in. The least amount of bleach or soap residue will be detectable in the beer.

Thanks for listening, and we hope to fill your clean, non-smelly growler soon!

On tap this week: Guest Brewer/Beet Beer!

This week marks a couple momentous occasions. Fall is coming, and I’ve been busy preparing around the brewery with an extension to the patio space. I’ve been planning for a while to take over half of my double parking space to build extended patio benches, and I finally had a moment to build it out. If you came by last week, or cruised down the street, you likely noticed the new benches. For those of you that sat in them and disapprovingly found them built for a 6’2″ person, I’ve adapted them (read: hacked 3 inches off the legs). The planters are now built out, and I’m working this week to fill them with luscious foliage to make the beer taste even better. Thank you to Peter and Alleycat Acres for filling them with soil and compost made with our spent grain! As we get closer to the cold, you can expect the entire patio to be covered and a heat lamp and lighting to appear.

IMG_1843This week is also the release of our first beer from our Guest Brewer series. We are  filling the void left by the Farmhouse IPA with a special beer. One of my homebrew pals of old is close friend and high functioning human being Ian Hunter. You may remember him as the guy that painted the Standard Brewing sign. He’s an engineer, brewer, gardener, fisherman, bike nerd and artist and he’s got a great beet beer that we adapted to the Standard brewhouse to produce this:

IMG_1842It’s a light bodied pale ale with beet juice that Ian affectionately calls “Beet Ale Juice” (get it? No? Say it fast, out loud.). The beer is delicious. Using beets from his garden, we added juice at the end of the boil on the way to the fermenter. It’s refreshing and aromatically earthy and hoppy. Dry hopped more profusely than any beer I’ve made at Standard with Mosaic, Willamette and Amarillo, it has a refreshing vibe complimenting the earthiness of the beet juice. ABV is 5.5%, and you’ll be hard pressed to find another beer with a pink head on it. Here’s what went into the beer:

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On tap this week: Guest Tap

The Farmhouse IPA came out delicious, and it’s perfect for 83 degree days like today. Come drink it down while it’s in season!

In addition to the Farmhouse, we have the Rye IPA , Pale, CDA, Wheated Red, West Coast IPA, Bee’s Wine, Tepache aaaaaaaand an IPA from our friends over on north Queen Anne, Rooftop Brewing! It will be going on tap on Thursday, so come enjoy someone else’s beer without having to drive across town. Only one keg, so come Thursday if you want it.

Don’t forget, we have happy hour during the first hour we are open ($1 off), now open Sundays, and weekend hours are now 2-8pm!

Farmhouse IPA just got tapped!

If you liked the Saison’s spicey yeast, but you love IPAs, come on down and try the Farmhouse IPA. It’s going to be our last spin on the DuPont yeast strain. The Farmhouse IPA is dry, tangy, and refreshing, using Galena and Centennial in the boil, with nothing boiled longer than 20 minutes, so the bitterness is fairly soft. It’s heavily dry hopped with Horizon, and when it’s gone, it’s gone!