1 Apr 2012 - 4:24:21 PM
With a title like "Northwest Peaks" you'd think this would be a post about climbing or similar outdoorsy activity, but April Fools! It is, once again, about beer. Specifically, the NW Peaks Brewery, a one-man show in Ballard, just around the corner from the significantly more funded Hilliard's.
It's a nice casual vibe at the NW Peaks Base Camp. I rolled my bike right in, propped it up against the fence, grabbed a sampler, and sat down at one of the two plastic picnic tables. Other folks wandered in, and the table eventually filled up. Lots of beer talk, and one guy was also a beer biker, although he was on foot that day. Good times.
Update! 4/25/12: I happened to be in the neighborhood just as Base Camp was opening, and they had four new beers on tap. Seemed like a good time for another sampler.
- Redoubt Red - Nice crisp malty red, bit of bitterness. Yum.
- Esmeralda English Pale Ale - Pretty light with really nice caramel sweetness. Interesting cherry flavor, too, and an underlying bitterness. Nice smooth body.
- Hannegan Red - 4.7% - Pretty mellow and smooth. Good maltiness to strong bready finish. Subtle hoppiness. Quite drinkable. Slightly flat, but sometimes reds are.
- Early Morning Stout - Good dry coffee flavor and somewhat hoppy. Fairly light on the tongue for a stout, too.
- Oak Aged Stuart Stout - Strong oaky/bourbon start. Gives way to dry bourbon/coffee mix. Yum!
- Ingalls Ginger Pale Ale - Light and crisp, with a nice 'n easy ginger flavor and underlying bitterness. Slightly watery, though.
- Colchuck Pale Ale - Very light in color. Pretty crisp and light with subtle maltiness. Very slight sweet start but quickly replaced by a lingering bitterness. Supposedly more grapefruit notes in the hops.
- Eldorado Pale Ale - Interesting. Lots of floral hops. Somewhat bready. Fairly bold, but light on the tongue. Lingering floral hoppiness. Pretty good, but too floral for me.
Easy climbing with the Northwest Peaks sampler -- Seattle, WA
NW Peaks is one of those places I'll have to re-visit periodically because they have no year-round beers -- new brews every month. There are lots of mountains to climb in the Cascades, and lots of beers to make at NW Peaks.