For the city of Seattle it’s usually around this time when Charles, Rose Ann, and Drew release their annual holiday treat; Auld Acquaintance.
Here are Charles Finkel’s thoughts on winter ales.
The holidays bring old friends together to toast the season with delicious beer and dine on hearty fare. Traditionally winter ales were brewed to accompany the meal rather than to enjoy as a digestive.
By contrast, at 5.0% Alocohol by Volume, Pike Auld Acquaintance is a holiday session beer with warm shades of amber malt, sprightly effervescence, and a spicy nose.
In addition to local Yakima Valley hops, Auld Acquaintance is round with a biscuity malt flavor with hints of dried orange peel, coriander, cinnamon and nutmeg, each subtly contributing to its complexity.
Look for this beer to be on the shelves (if you haven’t already seen it) and on draft at various locations throughout the region. As always if you can’t find it on draft or in bottles, ask your server or grocer to buy some.
About Pike Brewing Company
Charles and Rose Ann Finkel founded the Pike Brewing Company in 1989 in the La Salle Hotel in the Pike Place Public Market. In 1996 they moved Pike to its current location on First Avenue between Pike and Union and opened the Pike Pub. The Pub features local, sustainable pub fare. Housed within the Pub is the Pike Microbrewery Museum.