Standard Brewing

The Dark Saison is on!

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.

On tap this week: Super Bowl randall!!

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!

On tap this week: Dark Saison

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.

Go Hawks Randall: Mint and Orange Peels

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!

On tap this week: Go Hawks Randall and Brewer’s night @ Chuck’s

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
  • CDA
  • Wheated Red
  • Imperial IPA
  • Biere de Garde
  • Bee’s Wine



On tap this week: Seahawks Randall on Saturday!

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!

On tap this week: 2 new beers!

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:

Sunday Randall and New Year Hours

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!

Special hours: Open today, closed tomorrow.

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

Happy Holidays!



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Also, don’t forget about the Sunday randall this week … Wheated Red through Citra. Yum. In 30 Minutes. Go Hawks!

On tap this week: Too much

There is just too much going on to sum it up neatly. First off:



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!

Rally Randall Sunday: CDA+Chinook+Rosemary

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!

On tap this week: Too Big Blonde Ale and tee shirt sale

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 …

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:


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.