image of Silvery City Brewery's Don Spencer courtesy of our Flickr page Silverdale, WA - We recently noticed that Silver City's Head Brewer Don Spencer, is up to his old tricks again. Apparently last week he released from the brewery, a Belgian-style Blond (sometimes called a Gold). To commemorate this release the Restaurant and Brewery are asking you to name their beer.

Starting on July 23rd (last Friday) and running through Friday the 6th, you have a shot at telling your friends "I named that beer". But hey don't listen to me, here is what they had to say regarding their "Name the Ale Contest".

Silver City Restaurant & Brewery, the Kitsap Peninsula’s premier destination for award-winning, handcrafted beers, Northwest-inspired food, and legendary hospitality, today announced the release of their first Belgian Blonde Ale on Friday, July 23. Silver City Brewmaster Don “Big Daddy” Spencer also announced Silver City’s “Name the Ale” Contest, which offers patrons a shot at craft beer immortality in exchange for naming Silver City’s new Belgian Blonde Ale (contest runs July 23 – August 6, 2010).

“The inspiration for Silver City’s new Belgian Blonde Ale came from two trips I took to Belgium in 2004 and 2008,” said Don Spencer, Silver City Brewmaster. “I recall tasting a variety of Belgian beers that could be classified as ‘Blonde’ or ‘Gold,’ and what I found most appealing was how light and refreshing they were, while at the same time possessing remarkable flavor.”

Silver City brewers employ several unique processes during the production of the Belgian Blonde Ale (6.5% ABV) to enhance the aroma, flavor, and depth of this exciting new specialty beer. For instance, in conjunction with hops, brewers add orange peel to the boil for aroma; sugar to help the beer to finish nice and dry, and bring the alcohol percentage up; and they condition the Belgian Blonde on French Oak for several weeks, which adds to the aroma and flavor profile.

“Brewing the Belgian Blonde, and any new specialty beer for that matter, is a fun and exciting experience,” said Gary Winn, Silver City Head Brewer. “We get a chance to perfect new brewing methods, get feedback from guests, and of course, taste a new and exciting style of craft beer.”

Aromas and flavors are delicate and deep in this original Belgian inspired Silver City seasonal brew. An abundance of fruit is present, along with citrus from the addition of sweet orange peel. Aging on French Oak imparts a kiss of vanilla and a unique mouth feel to enhance the drinkability of this crisp, sparkling blonde. As of Monday, August 9, Silver City Belgian Blonde Ale will be available in 22 ounce bottles at Silver City Restaurant & Brewery in Silverdale, WA, and it will remain on tap while supplies last.

“I have always been inspired to brew beers that I am thirsty for,” said Spencer. “I’ve been perfecting this beer over the past few years to find the right balance of aroma, flavors and depth, and our new Belgian Blonde is the result of those efforts.”

Silver City Belgian Blonde Ale is as unique and exceptional as Big Daddy himself, so it’s only appropriate that this exciting new brew receive an equally unique name. Beginning July 23, Silver City patrons will have an opportunity to achieve craft beer immortality by participating in Big Daddy’s “Name the Ale” Contest. The winner will get to experience the brewing process firsthand by spending a day at Silver City’s new 8,700 square-foot brewery facility in Bremerton, Washington. The winner will also be honored at a special Belgian Blonde re-release party to take place at Silver City Restaurant & Brewery on August 9. For complete details on Silver City’s new Belgian Blonde Ale, or Big Daddy’s “Name the Ale” Contest, please visit Silver City online at:, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. –source, Silvery City Restaurant & Brewery

About Silver City Restaurant & Brewery

Silver City Restaurant & Brewery is the Kitsap Peninsula’s premier destination for award-winning, handcrafted beers, Northwest-inspired food, legendary hospitality, and great memories in a fun, friendly environment. Silver City was started in 1996 by Co-owners Steve & Scott Houmes, and it remains a locally owned and operated family establishment. Silver City Brewery’s handcrafted beers are available at more than 100 Puget Sound area bars, restaurants, and grocery stores throughout Kitsap, Jefferson, King, and Pierce counties.

Silver City’s selection of Northwest-inspired food and handcrafted beers have resulted in more than 50 local, national and international awards including numerous Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals at the prestigious Great American Beer Festival and the North American Beer Awards. Silver City is also the recipient of Evening Magazine’s “Best of Western Washington – Best Brew Pub” Award three years in a row (2007-2009). In April 2010, Silver City was named, “Best Brewpub in the Nation,” by Luxist Magazine.

For more information on Silver City Restaurant & Brewery, please visit us online at:, and on Facebook and Twitter.


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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