August 13, 1947 was one such unforgiving day. Fog embraced the Strait of Juan de Fuca when the MV Diamond Knot, loaded with 75 percent of Alaska’s seasonal salmon catch and 100,000 gallons of fish oil, motored on toward Seattle. The fog got the best of the rudimentary navigation tools, and early that morning the Fenn Victory collided with the Diamond Knot, damaging the Diamond Knot enough to cause its sinking just off Port Angeles in 135 feet of water.
What could have been a complete disaster turned into a success as Firemen’s Fund and scores of salvage divers recovered more than 5,000,000 cans of salmon and the fish oil.
This August (2014) Diamond Knot Brewing releases their 20th Anniversary beer – Fog Bank Fall Ale.
One part Anniversary and one part memorial beer, but overall sentimental - Fog Bank Fall Ale celebrates that fateful day and the inspiration for the brewery’s namesake.
For its owners, this year is special – as it marks another brewery breaking the 20 year barrier.
“Back 20 years ago, there were a few people who didn’t believe we could pull off an IPA, let alone an entire brewery,” said Bob Maphet, Diamond Knot founder and president. “Like Firemen’s Fund’s salvage effort, we defied the odds with three breweries, more than 130 employees and several dozen beer styles.”
Just like the 1947 salvage operation, Fog Bank Fall Ale will be released the 1st week in August, before concluding the last week in October.
Here is what the brewery had to say about their latest Fall seasonal.
… the reddish amber color will easily reflect the change in foliage and the bursting of maple reds. Just as crisp as those autumn mornings, the Fog Bank Fall Ale has a bright, crisp flavor with a full malty finish. With a mild 5.8% ABV, this seasonal is sessionable and the perfect transition from DK’s summer Blonde Ale to its darker winter brews.
About Diamond Knot Brewing
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing is known for supporting local businesses and organizations. With a foundation as a small, craft brewery, the company’s mission is to provide exceptional craft beer, food and lively experiences. Started in 1994, the Washington-state company currently operates a the flagship Brewery & Alehouse and 10,000-square-foot Production Brewery & Taproom in Mukilteo and the new Brewpub @ MLT in Mountlake Terrace. For more company information, visit diamondknot.com.