27 Jan 2011 - 10:05:32 PM
Mac & Jack's
Enough with the short bike rides! I went and put about 40 miles on my bike with a friend, around the north end of Lake Washington to Redmond and the Mac & Jack's brewery, then over to Kirkland where we hopped on a bus back to Seattle.
Most people think of just one beer when they think of Mac & Jack's, their African Amber, but they actually have four year-round brews. We missed their fall seasonal, the Cascadian Dark Ale, unfortunately, and their spring, the C U Lator Barley Wine, won't be ready for a few weeks, yet. D'oh! Supposedly they have a Pale Ale in the works for summer -- seems like as good a reason as any to re-visit them.
- Serengeti Wheat - Spicy, wheaty, and a bit hoppy. Nice. Refreshing, especially after a bike ride.
- African Amber - The old standby. Good hoppy finish for an amber, crisp, very drinkable. Guy at their store said it's dry-hopped.
- Two Tun IPA - Aroma and taste are both very floral. Slight spiciness tempers the floral-ness. Good hoppy bite.
- Blackcat Porter - Nice dry taste and not too heavy. Slight coffee flavor. Good porter.
Crappy photo in the Mac & Jack's retail store -- Redmond, WA
Should've done some other angle in the photo and had the taps in the background or something, but after 30 miles on the bike I wasn't feeling too creative. Alas. But the guy working there was cool -- he let us keep the taster pint glasses, instead of having to shell out $2 for one. Score!