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4 Jul 2011 - 4:31:04 PM
Emerald City Beer Company

Although I still have yet to re-visit some older Seattle brewpubs for the blog, I went out recently to the fairly new Emerald City Beer Company with a couple friends at the start of a decent 40 mile bike ride. I had a coupon for their tap room that I needed to use before the end of July, and so it seemed like a fine little detour on the way to the bus to Tacoma, where the rest of the ride commenced.

Emerald City is still gearing up their tap room. For instance, they will eventually install a real tap system. And a big flat-screen tv. And have logo glasses. And have more than one beer available. To be fair, a new batch of their second beer, the Whiskey Lager, was almost done and would be pouring the next week. So I guess I'll have to go back and check it out. Fortunately, the one beer on tap was quite good.

It's an interesting niche they're filling, the craft lager market. They have a dark lager in the works for the fall and then a honey pilsner for next spring. So yeah, they're a good addition to the local microbrewery scene.

Update! I went back a couple weeks later and tried the Whiskey Lager. It's an unfiltered lager and spends two months in an old Dry Fly Distillery barrel. Good stuff.

    Rob's Picks
  • Dottie Seattle Lager - Nice amber color. Light maltiness, good hoppy bite. Not your usual lager. Quite good and drinkable.
  • Whiskey Lager - Whiskey aroma. Bit darker in color than Dottie. Nice whiskey flavor to start, goes well with the hoppiness, subtle malty finish. Very slight caramel sweetness. Really drinkable. Somewhat reminiscent of a tripel.
Emerald City Beer's Dottie -- Seattle, WA

Not the best picture, I know. I should've moved the glass to where the Dottie logo is laminated onto the bar top. Oddly enough, I didn't see anyone who looked like Dottie in the tap room drinking beer. What's up with that?
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