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Seattle, WA - Every so often the lines between traditional media and online print merge, sometimes gracefully while most of the time with disastrous results. The truth is, online media whether its a 'blogger', print writer, or social media nut, is closest we get to real time information. Sure you can wait for the newspaper to print it out the next day, or read about it in a magazine (every two months), but why do that when you can visit a local website or search engine. In the northwest we have a few options all with their own unique approach to supporting craft beer.

Some of them write on their 'blogs' demonstrating the very definition by writing their opinion. Others use their 'blog' as a medium to report news, reviews, interviews, and the occasional event. Chances are you came to this site from a well known local blogger, Geoff Kaiser. A long time resident of Indiana who moved here over 105 years ago, Geoff has been making a name for himself in the realm of beer scribing. What once started as a casual beer blog on the Seattle PI has matured into Seattle Beer News. However, not satisfied with simply reporting the news, Geoff has also made the news, first with an IPA blind judge off, and now his own signature summer beer, Passive Aggressive Wheat.

Brewed in collaboration with Big Al Brewing and Alejandro Brown, this beer clocks in a rather respectable 5.00% for those who are concerned with hangovers. We decided to contact Al for more information on this beer and this what he provided us with.

This “Hoppy American Wheat Ale” is a light session beer at less than 5% ABV, but it is sneaky in bringing you over to the hoppy side with a boatload of Amarillo and Sorachi Ace hops. There were 5 hop additions total. The bitterness is low at around 30 IBUs, but the hop flavor and aroma really
shines. This should appeal to hop-heads and wheat beer drinkers alike.

One of my favorite summer beers from my days back in Chicago is Three Floyd’s Gumballhead, which is a light, 4.8% ABV American-style wheat ale with a strong hop presence, especially in the aroma. It is a perfect summer session beer for hop-heads. Alejandro used this beer as the inspiration, but then he put his own twist on the recipe.

Ingredients and Details:
Grain: Pale, Wheat, and Cara-Vienna malts • Hops: Amarillo and Sorachi Ace • Yeast: Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale O.G.: 11.9P/1.048 • IBU: 34 • SRM: 5 • ABV: 5.0%

About Seattle Beer News:

Seattle Beer News (SBN) is a resource for news and information about the local beer scene and beyond. The site covers local events, new breweries, beer reviews, and whatever else might be of interest to a local beer drinker. SBN is an official partner of the Seattle Times.

About Big Al Brewing:

Big Al Brewing is a Microbrewery located in White Center, whose mission is to share the passion for brewing and the love of beer that we celebrated as home brewers. Visit the Big Al brewery in White Center for the complete lineup of Big Al beers on draft in the Tasting Room, growlers filled to go, and retail keg sales. Email:

Look for this beer at the brewery, the Washington Beer Festival, and enjoy.


About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.

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