Once upon a time the United States didn’t know what craft brewing meant, let alone microbrew. But along came a man by the name of Fritz Maytag, who saved a brewery and inspired generations to brew something other than what was available.
Today the US understands craft beer. In fact if you talk to anyone whose enjoyed a “craft beer” they will probably correct you and call it beer.
And during this same time the “Bay Area” has grown from one isolated brewery to over a dozen, each providing something unique to the area and the industry.
Which is why, on top of a few select breweries from San Francisco (including 21st Amendment, Anchor, & Speakeasy) we wanted to let you recognize Almanac Brewing and their arrival in Washington.
Starting at 6pm this Thursday (August 1st) stop by The Pine Box, enjoy one of four different Almanac beers, and learn more about one of S.F.’s newest breweries.
Thursday August 1st, 2013 6pm
Almanac Beers at The Pine Box
1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Beers featured at this Thursday’s event.
- Honey Saison. 4.8% ABV
Our Honey Saison is a beer for all seasons. Brewed with Bay Area honey from Marshall Farms, wheat, California two-row barley, French oak and fresh, local ginger root for a hint of spice. Balanced with earthy Mount Hood and Saaz hops, this is a refreshing brew enjoyed best with your favorite seasonal fare.
- Extra Pale Ale. 6% ABV
Our Belgian-style Extra Pale Ale is brewed with heaps of sweet Mandarin oranges from Blossom Bluff Farms and California two-row barley. We dry-hop with generous doses of aromatic Cascade and Columbus hops and finish the beer with a hint of lightly toasted American oak. Enjoyed best with your favorite seasonal fare.
- Biere de Chocolat. 5.5% ABV
Our Biere de Chocolat celebrates the long and lauded history of chocolate production in San Francisco. Our aim was to create a beer bursting with cocoa flavors and aromas, balancing sweet and savory to create a complex but quaffable chocolate brew. To accomplish this we partnered with Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco to create this rich brew brimming with chocolate character. Working with the unique flavors of Dandelion’s single-source beans, we created this decadent beer by layering in smoked and dark-roasted malts with citrusy Ivanhoe hops from Clearlake, CA. Finally, we added a blend of hand-roasted cocoa beans sourced from Madagascar and Río Caribe, Venezuela. The Madagascar beans add bright berry-cocoa flavors, while the Río Caribe adds dark chocolate and bourbon notes. A touch of vanilla rounds out the supporting flavors to create an eminently drinkable beer that is a chocolate lover’s beer through and through.
- Farmer’s Reserve No. 3. 6% ABV
Ale aged in wine barrels with strawberries and nectarines. FR3_MEDOur third entry in our barrel-aged Farmer’s Reserve series is an ode to summer. When summer comes to California’s farmer’s markets, the stands explode with mountains of stone fruit and strawberries. We selected the sweetest coastal strawberries from Swanton Berry Farm and high summer Crimson Baby nectarines from Blossom Bluff Farms to make this tart, wild ale as a celebration of our California summer.
Aged for 12 months in used white wine barrels with a blend of wild belgian yeasts and bacteria, this tart and bright wild ale has a huge aroma and tart finish.
Almanac Beer Company brews original ales inspired by the farms of Northern California. Each release is a unique vintage rooted in the place and time it was crafted.
How we make our craft beers:
Before brewing ever begins, we collaborate on ideas for interesting, unusual and seasonal beers. Once we’ve settled on that idea, we carefully select our partner farm—focusing on small family run operations, just like us. Then we start with the basics. [more]