Less than six weeks from now, Seattle’s annual debauch… er celebration known as Seattle Beer Week will return, reminding you that hangovers are the least of your worries. To most who have never celebrated Seattle Beer Week, or SBW to the ‘hipster’, it’s nothing than a poster on a wall, light pole, or bathroom. To those who look for more than just a beer that is comforting. To those who prefer trying something new, Seattle Beer Week has provided 10 days of options.
As has been their tradition, the organizers of Seattle Beer Week seek out a brewery to produce a beer that represents Beer Week in Seattle. In previous years the organizers (Matt Younts, Ian Roberts, and Mike Baker) have collaborated with Fremont, Hale’s Ales, Maritime Pacific, Elysian Brewing, and Pike Brewing. But unlike previous years the organizers of SBW have asked six breweries (including Pike and Elysian) to brew a beer which recognizes cooperation through beer.
Starting on the morning of March 6th, six breweries (including Georgetown, Black Raven, Naked City, Schooner Exact, Elysian, and Pike) combined their brewing experience to produce a “session IPA” – made with six different malts, six different hops (added throughout the brewing process), and even six different house yeasts (1 each from a participating brewery). The result of 6 breweries combining their heads, forearms, and legs together is Six Degrees of Collaboration, a 6.00% ABV IPA, brewed with six different brewers.
Look for 60 barrels (120 kegs) worth of Six Degrees of Collaboration to be bottled up and sold in advance (April 1st) of Seattle Beer Week.