Imagine it's 1979 and you live in Seattle (the grittier, rainier, quirkier Seattle only the locals, if you can find one, remember). The Seattle Supersonics win the NBA championship and the whole city celebrates. What a great day. Now, imagine it's 2020, the Sonics are back in the championship and...wait...nevermind. The Sonics were sold in a soulless, greedy, heartbreaking betrayal of our trust. Sigh.
With the departure of Pride Month barely faded from our memories, the brewers of Stoup Brewing Company are setting their sights on Seattle's sports past with the release of Stoupersonic IPA. A homogenization of Seattle's two local icons, beer, and the Supersonics, Stoup Brewing Company pays their respect to Seattle's gone but not forgotten team.
Short for Supersonics, the Seattle Sonics basketball team was the cities second professional sports team to win a national championship (after the Seattle Metropolitans won the Stanley cup). Unfortunately, like the NHL Metropolitans, the Sonics are no longer apart of Seattle's sports landscape but they are always in the conversation. This, of course, hasn't stopped the city from pining for the day when the hardwood court is rattled by the footsteps of another NBA team.
Brewed with experimental HBC 630 and Triumph hops, Stoupersonic will no doubt rouse conversations with its notes of peaches, limes, and other tropical fruits. At 7% alcohol and 68 IBU (international bittering units), this beer won't drown out the absence of an NBA team but it will calm nerves as Seattle looks forward to a future NBA championship. Look for Stoupersonic IPA, to be available on draft at the brewery's taproom, July 3rd.
Stoup Brewing Company is located at 1108 NW 52nd Street in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. For more information on Stoup Brewing Company, visit http://www.stoupbrewing.com.
About Stoup Brewing Company
"Two thirsty science nerds and a curious connoisseur walk in to a brew pub… Okay, so it wasn’t quite like that, but it might as well have been."
Stoup Brewing is a long held dream of Brad Benson and Lara Zahaba – two hopeless drink and chow hounds. That the two found each other twenty years ago seems fated – Brad, a scientist to the very last DNA strand, would proffer a hypothesis based on proximity and human nature, we’re sure (ahem). Whatever your take, the takeaway is this: Brad loves beer and has been a loyal student, courter, and crafter for years that number beyond his fingers and toes. Lara loves all things gastro – from a savory plate to a smart pour. The pair, professionally and recreationally, have spent the better part of their hours improving their palate’s quality of life. It was only a matter of time before they ponied up and joined the community of talented purveyors.
Enter, Robyn Schumacher – friend, teacher and self-professed beer geek graduated Cicerone. She had the same dream. Fitting that Robyn’s infatuation with beer bloomed under the tutelage of a Biology degree. Robyn’s regard for all things hop and malt only deepened while her teaching career flourished. Brewing in her spare time was the final hook. Call it what you will – the stars aligning, simultaneous fermentation – Stoup Brewing was born. We’re thrilled to be a part of Seattle’s burgeoning craft beer community in Ballard’s Brewing District.