Over 10 years ago, (some say) Seattle Beer Week was founded after seeing cities like San Francisco and Philadelphia showcase the beers of Pennsylvania and California. Unlike SF and PA, Seattle elected to tell it like it was by not only showcasing local breweries but also the beer scene, imports and all. But then the organizers came up with a novel idea to produce a beer unique to SBW, produced by a local brewery. Thus the Official Beer of Seattle Beer Week was born.
That seminal year one of Seattle's oldest breweries, Pike Brewing Company, released a beer that spoke to the masses with the release of an Imperial India Pale Ale. Brewed by, then brewer, Drew Cluley, the beer was an immediate success and inspired the next year's brewery to continue to promote Seattle's unique beer scene. Over the years Seattle breweries (like Maritime Pacific, Hale's Ales, and Georgetown) have shared the honor of being named the Official Beer of Seattle Beer Week with nearby neighbors like Silver City Brewing Company and even far away Bale Breaker Brewing in the heart of hop country.
Today, in 2019, like the changing seasons, the torch has been passed again from a Seattle brewery to neighboring Washington city with the announcement that Aslan Brewing Company has released the Official Beer of Seattle Beer Week.
In celebration of the 11th year of Seattle Beer Week we are honored to give you the official beer, Washington Gold.
Hailing from Bellingham, Aslan Brewing Company went old school with the release of a traditional-style Pilsner. As the story goes, Aslan Brewing's Washington Gold is made with Whatcom County water, German Pilsener malt, while making full use of New Zealand Motueka and Premiant hops. Brewed and fermented using decoction mashing, natural carbonation, and slow aging, the beer no doubt will go down smooth and inspire thoughts of classic beer commercials and wristbands.
Getting the last word, Aslan Brewing's brewers' had this to say about Washington Gold.
For an authentic lager, brewed slowly and naturally, reach for a Washington Gold - this one goes to 11.
Look for cans at various locations throughout Western Washington, including many who will be hosts at this year's Seattle Beer Week. For more information on events during SBW, visit http://seattlebeerweek.com/ including where to try the first keg of Washington Gold tapped. To learn more about Aslan Brewing Company, visit https://aslanbrewing.com/.