Give a man a brewery and they will make beer. Give them a brewery, with only their imagination to hold them back. and they will brew the world.
Despite the age of the industry, craft beer is only 50 years old. While this may appear to be a significant amount of time, it's easy to forget the oldest American brewery, is Yuengling. That's right, the oldest American brewery, also classified as an independent brewery, has been around for over 150 years. This is important when one considers the current age of breweries to be around 10 years.
What does this have to do with the beers from Pike? The answer is everything when you consider who's brewing the beer in that pint. In this case, the brewer in question is one Art Dixon, a man who like the brewery he calls home, has been around for many years. Which is probably why the ownership of Pike Brewing Company asked Art to brew something unique and like our sunny days, is temporary.
What is the Third Story Series? Funny you ask.
The Third Story Series is a sort of trust exercise for Pike Brewing. No, this isn't like giving your prized 67 Firebird to your newly-licensed teen. This is more an experiment in what happens when you set aside 6, newly minted, fermentation tanks and let your head brewer scratch that amalgamated itch to brew something other than Entire or Auld Acquaintance. The result so far is a Hazy IPA, brewed with an experimental yeast strain, unbridled and unknown to most breweries in the United States.
But like the relief associated with scratching that hard to reach itch Hazy IPA will be around for a limited time, before being replaced with yet another inspired beer, from the mind of a veteran brewer with only his imagination and experience holding back the next beer from being released.
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The Pike Brewing Company is an independent and family owned craft brewery located in Seattle's historic Pike Place Public Market neighborhood. Founded in 1989 by craft beer pioneers, Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, Pike Brewing handcrafts beers of character including Pike Place Ale, Pike IPA, Naughty Nellie, Hive Five, Space Needle IPA, Kilt Lifter, Monk’s Uncle, and XXXXX Stout along with seasonal and limited release offerings. Visitors to the brewery can dine at The Pike Pub and Tankard & Tun, visit the world-famous Micro-Brewery Museum, illustrating 9,000 years of beer history, and tour the brewery.