–On Tap Now–
Van Palen This cross between an unfiltered wheat beer and a pale ale screams with flavor. The light lemony touch of Sorachi Ace hops twinkles on top of the woody spice of Liberty and Crystal. Pale malt, oats, and wheat work together to keep the malt flavor light without letting the body get too thin. Alcohol: 4.5% ABV, Bitterness: 35 IBU.
TVC15 Our tribute to David Bowie, this is a strong amber ale that doesn’t really fit any of the traditional style categories. It’s sort of a hybrid German/American thing. We used German Munich malt and German hops, and a yeast strain typically used for Kölsch-style beers, and then we did the American thing: made it big. The name is taken from a song about a couple who climb inside their TV — something we imagine certain hi-fi collectors might try to do with their stereo set. Alcohol: 7.7% ABV, Bitterness: 56 IBU.
Woofer Hints of caramel and a roasty character accent this full-bodied beer. Our porter has a smooth, approachable flavor that proves dark beers can be enjoyed by all. Carafa II provides the roasty, almost coffee-like flavor, while a variety of caramel malts contribute sweetness. This ale uses Summit and Sterling hops for a clean and crisp, yet complex flavor. Alcohol: 5.5% ABV, Bitterness: 40 IBU.
Sitar Our IPA has been reformulated, and it’s better than ever! It’s citrusy and light, with huge hop flavor from Simcoe, Equinox, and Cascade hops. A bit less malty than the old version, with a nice clean bitterness in the finish. Alcohol: 6.7% ABV, Bitterness: 71 IBU.
Barrel-aged Woofer Our Woofer porter, aged six months in a rye whiskey barrel. Oaky with a whisper of rye. Alcohol: 5.5% ABV, Bitterness: 40 IBU
Peanut Butter Wolf Our new peanut butter brown ale features peanuts up front in the aroma, and the flavor brings a little graham cracker and a bit of chocolate to the party. This isn’t one of those sweet, syrupy “peanut butter cup” dessert beers. It’s a medium-bodied easy drinker. Alcohol: 6.8% ABV, Bitterness: 30 IBU
Peppermint Woofer Our classic porter, infused with peppermint — which makes the chocolate flavors of the beer really pop! If you like peppermint mochas, this is the beer for you. Alcohol: 5.5% ABV, Bitterness: 40 IBU.
Whiskey Vanilla Woofer Our standard Woofer porter, with liberal infusions of whiskey and vanilla post-fermentation. A delicious twist on the original. Alcohol: 6.0% ABV, Bitterness: 40 IBU
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These beers are not currently pouring in the taproom, but you might find them out and about…
Dobro A collaboration with Resonate Brewery + Pizzeria, now open in Newport Hills, this is an amber ale brewed in the German “alt” tradition. Firmly bitter, with lots of malt character. Alcohol: 5.1% ABV, Bitterness: 54 IBU
Ten We decided to take a break from brewing the same IPA batch after batch. We’re back to trying new things with a series of one-off IPAs. This is our tenth different IPA recipe. We’ve dialed down the malty character and dialed up everything else – more bitterness, more alcohol, and more hop aroma. Alcohol: 7.1% ABV, Bitterness: 70 IBU.
Tweeter A crisp German-style Pilsner with US hops (Vanguard and Mt. Hood). Formerly known as just “Pils,” this beer has been in such demand that we’ve decided to make it a regular fixture in the lineup. Alcohol: 4.8% ABV, Bitterness: 35 IBU
Prog Rock Our creamsicle ale. Infusions of vanilla and orange, together with the lemony character of Sorachi Ace hops, make for one delicious beer.
These beers are either annual treats or on indefinite hiatus.
Beer Nog Taproom only release! Our Gingerbread Boy spiced winter ale, blended with real egg nog. Ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg make this rich creamy drink the perfect way to celebrate the season!
Van Hagar A pale ale for when you don’t want to rock so hard. At a sessionable 4% ABV and 32 IBU, this beer is a little lighter than your average pale ale but still screams with flavor. Kind of like Van Halen after Sammy Hagar joined—more keyboards and ballads, but still plenty of guitar shredding. The light lemony touch of Sorachi Ace hops twinkles on top of the woody spice of Liberty and Crystal. Pale malt, oats, and wheat work together to keep the malt flavor light without letting the body get too thin.
Pump Up the Volume A blast of pumpkin pie aroma introduces you to this medium-bodied and fairly high octane beer. We brew it with fresh pumpkin and add cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, lemon peel, and vanilla after fermentation. Alcohol: 8.9% ABV, Bitterness: 40 IBU.
Belgian Waffle Belgian pale — brewed with fenugreek, which imparts a maple-like flavor and aroma. A delicious twist on the original. Alcohol: 8.3% ABV, Bitterness: 34 IBU
Death in Fire This chile red ale balances sweet malt with just a touch of heat from Ancho and Guajillo peppers. Alcohol: 6.9% ABV, Bitterness: 50 IBU
The Black Album This Cascadian Dark Ale is the result of our pro-am brew session with home brewer Phil Cammarano. Hefty doses of Glacier and Nugget dry hops bring the citrus, spice, and earthy tones. De-bittered roast wheat provides light touches of roasty chocolate. No matter whether you prefer to call it a “CDA” or a “black IPA,” The combination is a delightful native northwest brew. Alcohol: 5.0% ABV, Bitterness: 56 IBU.
On the Metro, Vol. 1 is the first in a series of Berliner Weisse-style tart beers we plan to release. For this beer, we tweaked the usual Berliner Weisse format: we started with the traditional sour wheat beer, but then added blueberry puree during fermentation–over a pound per gallon! The beer pours a beautiful dark purple, and the flavor is blueberries and bread, with a touch of yogurt-like lactic acidity. Just the thing for spring. Or maybe for breakfast, come to think of it… Alcohol: 3.4% ABV, Bitterness: 7 IBU
Voodoo Chai This chai-spiced brown ale is a little sweet and features a big bunch of chai spices in the nose. Great beer for watching the rain fall outside. Alcohol: 4.5% ABV, Bitterness: 22 IBU.
Vanilla Woofer Another twist on Woofer, with a big emphasis on vanilla infusion. Alcohol: 5.5% ABV, Bitterness: 40 IBU
Diablo in Disguise We host the annual X-BREW home brewing competition, and one of the many perks for us is that we get to pick one of the entries to “go pro.” We chose a Belgian golden strong ale from a panel of many great entries, and we were pleasantly surprised to find out it was brewed by High Frequency Society member Dioni Morales. Many breweries include references to the devil in the name when they brew this type of beer, referring to its potent alcoholic strength and as a tribute to the original example (Duvel). We uphold the tradition, while simultaneously honoring the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Dioni’s Spanish heritage, by calling this one “Diablo in Disguise.” Alcohol: 7.9% ABV, Bitterness: 35 IBU
Sesa-Plum Our Iron Brewer winning beer! We infused Diablo in Disguise with toasted sesame, plum, ginger, and dragon fruit. East meets west for a tasty and complex mash-up. Alcohol: 7.9% ABV, Bitterness: 35 IBU.
Hi-Fi Dunkelweizen Our latest super-small-batch release. Neal the beertender brewed this amber wheat beer on the pilot system just before he left for Idaho. It’s a rich, medium-full bodied beer with a lot of bready malt and a little touch of banana and clove. Alcohol: 5.1% ABV, Bitterness 14 IBU.
Magic Alex Our triple IPA, brewed specially for the 2015 Washington Hop Mob Roadshow. We named this beer after the infamous Beatles sycophant who promised to outfit Apple Studios with an over-the-top set of equipment that included a 72-track tape machine and a sonic force field to isolate Ringo’s drums. We dedicate this over-the-top triple IPA to Magic Alex.
Comrade Warmer Our take on the classic Russian Imperial Stout. With a bit of coffee aroma up front, Comrade Warmer’s full-bodied cocoa and licorice flavor fades to a gentle alcohol warmth on the finish. Alcohol: 7.4% ABV, Bitterness: 50 IBU.
Amigo Warmer Inspired by Theo’s Chili chocolate bar, this stout was dosed with chocolate, cinnamon, and Guajillo chili after fermentation. Sweet and chocolatey, with just a touch of warmth, it’s a welcome companion on a winter evening. Try it with the chocolate bar for a great pairing! Alcohol: 6.8% ABV, Bitterness: 46 IBU.
Oak Gets in Your Eyes Made with 100% oak-smoked wheat malt, this is our version of the almost-forgotten Polish beer style known as Grodziskie. Bready and smoky, this beer is a ham sandwich in a glass. Alcohol: 3.2% ABV, Bitterness: 8 IBU.
Neal O’Dale’s Our way of celebrating St. Patrick’s day this year. Beertender Neal and Assistant Brewer Dale put their talents together to brew a batch of Irish Red Ale on the pilot system. They went a little bigger than the traditional style, and the resulting beer weighs in at 7.1% ABV. It’s still a deliciously rich and malty experience, though, and guaranteed to get the craic going.
Nitro Brown Smooth, malty, graham crackery, and lightly toasty. Served in the taproom on nitro for a beautiful cascading presentation and thick, creamy head. Alcohol: 4.5% ABV, Bitterness: 22 IBU.
Lo-Fi A session IPA, under 5% ABV but with tons of hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness. No, it’s not balanced. But sometimes imbalance is fun. Alcohol: 4.9% ABV, Bitterness: 56 IBU.
Drop It Like It’s Hop Our latest new IPA formulation is citrusy and dank, with huge hop flavor from Simcoe, Citra, and Cascade hops. We don’t actually advise dropping it, once you get it in your hand. Maybe we should have called it “Drink It Like It’s Hop.” Alcohol: 5.5% ABV, Bitterness: 56 IBU
Quercus et Cerasus First in a series of small-batch sour beer collaborations that Beertender Dale and Assistant Brewer Zach have planned for 2015. This American take on a Flanders Red Ale was sour mashed with Lactobacillus Brevis, and aged on Pinot Noir soaked oak-spirals; dried Bing cherries; and dried figs. It’s well-balanced and approachable, yet complex and tart enough to satisfy the sour heads. Why Latin? Because that’s the language Flemish monks would have spoken when they developed this style in the 1700s. Alcohol: 6.7% ABV, Bitterness: 15 IBU.
Cookie Butter We wanted to create the drinkable version of Speculoos cookies. The result is Cookie Butter. Toasty, biscuity, and spicy notes combine in this homage to the cookie. Alcohol: 4.5% ABV, Bitterness: 22 IBU.
Juicy We continue our series of one-off IPAs, and our tribute to Biggie Smalls, with Juicy. Clocking in at just 50 IBU, it’s not a palate-shredding bitter beer. But through liberal application of hops late in the brewing process, we’ve packed it full of hop flavor. Sorachi Ace hops figure heavily into the dry hop treatment, contributing a nice bright citrus aroma that many describe as lemony. Alcohol: 6.4% ABV, Bitterness: 50 IBU.
Hopnotize Our series of one-off IPAs continues with Hopnotize. This one is bursting with Centennial and Cascade flavor, and is dry hopped with a combination of Mt. Hood, Centennial, and Cascade. Alcohol: 5.9% ABV, Bitterness: 50 IBU.
Devils Haircut Sometimes, you want a little chocolate and coffee with your pumpkin pie. Devils Haircut delivers. We add cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, and vanilla to our Porter to make this seasonal treat. Alcohol: 5.9% ABV, Bitterness: 40 IBU.
Last Call The final beer in our series of “call”-themed IPAs. This one features Centennial and Cascade hops for flavor, and is dry hopped with a combination of Fuggle, Centennial, and Cascade. Alcohol: 6.8% ABV, Bitterness: 60 IBU.
Call Me Lots of late additions of Cascade and Centennial hops, plus Amarillo dry hops, give this IPA a citrus-centric flavor. Alcohol: 7.1% ABV, Bitterness: 63 IBU.
Calling All Nations Chinook is the featured dry hop in this edition of our ongoing series of one-off IPAs. Centennial, Bravo, and Cascade play supporting roles. Alcohol: 7.1% ABV, Bitterness: 60 IBU.
Redmond Calling This IPA is loaded with citrusy, piney hop flavor thanks to plentiful late additions of Cascade, Centennial, and Bravo hops. American 2-row, Maris Otter, and Special B provide a malty counterpoint. Alcohol: 7.1% ABV, Bitterness: 70 IBU.
Thai Fi For this pale ale brewed with Thai basil, we took a page from the recipe book of local home brewer Mark Griffin. With basil and citrusy hops front and center in both aroma and flavor, this beer makes a great pairing with Italian or Thai food. Alcohol: 4.4% ABV, Bitterness: 50 IBU.
Kölsch Brewed in the likeness of a style unique to Cologne, Germany, where dozens of breweries produce light ales with tremendous drinkability, our take on the style is brewed with nothing more than Pilsner and Munich malts, and Sterling hops. The result is a lightly fruity but crisp and refreshing quaff. Alcohol: 4.6% ABV, Bitterness: 25 IBU.
Megahef This light wheat beer is heavy on the American hops. The result is a light, refreshing summer beer…with lots of hop character. Ok, so it’s not really a hef. And it’s kind of the opposite of mega. But the name was too cool to resist. Alcohol: 4.1% ABV, Bitterness: 38 IBU.
#1 Fan The recipe for this honey wheat ale was developed by the very first member in our High Frequency Society, Steve Antoch. Take one whiff of this limited edition beer and you’ll know the honey we used was 100% orange blossom. Alcohol: 6.8% ABV, Bitterness: 30 IBU.
Gingerbread Boy tastes a bit like its namesake. It features a little bit of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon in the aroma and initial flavor–followed by a nice dry, roasty, chocolaty finish. Its opaque black color pairs well with our grey winter skies, and its combination of chocolate and spices makes it a great beer to sip while you watch the rain fall outside. Alcohol: 5.9% ABV, bitterness: 38 IBU
Little Czar We like to call the Little Czar a Russian “seshperial” stout. Like a traditional Russian Imperial Stout, it’s a little bit licorice and a little bit chocolate and a lot of flavor. Unlike the traditional style, it won’t knock your block off with alcohol. Alcohol: 6.4% ABV, bitterness: 50 IBU
Autumn Lager Our example of the traditional German fest bier is full bodied and has a soft, rich malty flavor. With an aroma reminiscent bread crust and a beautiful deep gold color courtesy of Vienna and Munich malts, this beer is a treat for all your senses. Alcohol: 6.3% ABV, Bitterness: 28 IBU.
Extra Mild Our own take on the classic English Mild, this beer is low in bitterness, full bodied, and packed with flavor. Malted oats give it a very light earthy aroma. Magnum hops provide just a touch of clean bitterness. Alcohol: 4.2% ABV, Bitterness: 15 IBU.
Mai Sharona Mai Sharona is a Maibock – a pale, malty, German lager style. This style traditionally served as a bridge between the dark, malty, strong beers of the winter and the pale, light, crisp beers of the summer. Mai Sharona has a bit of hop character, but is still nothing near what you would call “bitter.” Alcohol: 6% ABV, Bitterness: 23 IBU.
Blue Danube A complex malty aroma greets you, courtesy of melanoidin-rich Munich and Vienna malts. This style of lager originated in Vienna, Austria, but we use American Sterling hops, which provide a bit of spiciness. An exceptionally well balanced beer from start to finish. Alcohol: 5.0% ABV, Bitterness: 26 IBU.
American Special Bitter An American interpretation of the classic English ESB. U.S. Fuggle hops work together with the yeast to contribute a subtle fruitiness, and plenty of Maris Otter malt provides a biscuity background. Alcohol: 6.1% ABV, Bitterness: 40 IBU.
Mix Tape #1 – Alison Alison loves dark and roasty porters, but she also loves light and crisp pale ales. To appeal to both sides of her palate, we’ve blended our porter with a special one-off batch of pale ale for a unique limited edition release. And of course, we’ve named it after her. Or maybe just after a really great Elvis Costello tune.
Mix Tape #2 – Bernadette Raised on both sides of the Atlantic, Bernadette is a little English and a little American. She speaks with an accent that’s somewhere between Catherine Zeta-Jones and Maude Lebowski. A blend of our IPA and the same one-off snowflake of a pale ale that begat Alison, this mix tape is dedicated to her. In Bernadette’s arms you’ll find a kind of peace of mind the world is searching for – or at least that’s what the Four Tops say.
Mix Tape #3 – Cecilia Cecilia is an East coast gal, and she loves her cream ale. We dedicate this blend of our Vienna lager and pale ale to her. It’s not a cream ale, but its gold color and crisp flavor will remind you of one – shaking your confidence daily, just like Cecilia did to Simon and Garfunkel.
Mix Tape #4 – Daria We developed this blend of American Special Bitter and IPA for the 2014 Cask Beer Festival.
Mix Tape #5 – Elenore The Turtles said Elenore’s looks were intoxicating. This mix tape dedicated to her is also beautiful to behold, and lovely to drink too. It’s a pale / porter blend, with whole vanilla beans added after fermentation. It’ll have you singing “gee I think you’re swell!” Alcohol: 4.8% ABV, Bitterness: 40 IBU.
Mix Tape #7 – Gloria We blended Cookie Butter and Porter for a smooth flavor profile that’s chocolate, biscuit, and a touch of cinnamon. Which Gloria did we have in mind? Maybe this one. Maybe that one. Or even this one. Pick your favorite to hum along as you sip. Alcohol: 5.6% ABV, Bitterness: 31 IBU.
Mix Tape #8: Dat Action It’s just beer so it doesn’t get fined. This blend of Diablo in Disguise and Lo-Fi comes across as a Belgian IPA. Firm bitterness and prominent hop character interplay with spicy, fruity Belgian yeast aromas. We blended this beer in tribute to #24, and the great season that the Seahawks had in 2014. Alcohol: 6.9% ABV, Bitterness: 48 IBU.