1 Dec 2011 - 1:03:21 PM
The day after Thanksgiving was cold and sunny, which was much better than cold and rainy, and so Jonny and I hopped on our bikes to check out two new bike paths. Towards the end of the ride, I felt a little odd about not visiting a brewery (interesting Pavlovian effect, I suppose), and so we circled around town some more until we were back in the SODO neighborhood and locking up our bikes outside the EPIC Ales brewery. EPIC is an acronym for "Every Possibility Is Conceivable," and they make "strange and wonderful brews."
Update! (3/16/2012) - Dropped in again for one of their Saturday beer brunches, after I saw a picture they posted to facebook of bagels they were making in-house from their own spent grain. I had one of those stuffed with their own sockeye salmon lox and fennel salad. It was so friggin' good that I wanted seconds. Also tried two more of their beers.
- Chocolate Chili Sour - Chocolate from Theo, of course, and dried chipotles. Apparently there was a chocolate beer fest recently that I missed. Anyway, good sour aroma. Good sour start. Chocolate and chili flavors not really evident, but they balance out the sourness and really fill it out. Light on the tongue. Chocolate comes through on the finish, as well as a very slight lingering heat from the chili. A very drinkable sour! From a wild fermentation base that Cody made last summer. Wow!
- Simply Winter - 7% - Rye-based. Whiskey/bourbon aroma. Strong rye whiskey taste, with some subtle malty sweetness. Nice mix. Smooth and rich -- I kept salivating throughout the finish. I need to buy some bottles of this.
- Pumpkin Pie Gose - Strong sour aroma, subtle pumpkin. Very sour/tart start but sweetens a little and the pumpkin flavor comes thru a bit. Really great sour ale interpretation. My favorite pumpkin beer (yeah, I know, that's not saying much...).
- Project Two - Belgian-style barley wine. Strong alcohol flavor with good caramel balance. Good lingering bitterness.
- Zero Minute IPA - Wet hop Lambic. Medicinal aroma. Sour, quite light, with lingering parsnip/lemon grass flavor. Really interesting. One of strangest wet hop beers I've had.
Two out of three EPIC samples -- Seattle, WA
On most Saturdays they do food and beer pairings, and Cody mentioned that in late December they're planning to do a five course vegetarian dinner with five paired beers. Sign me up!