Monday, April 8, 2013

Geeking on Beer, Close to Home

So we had 2 brewpubs open in our neighborhood in the last month, with a 3rd to follow in the next couple of weeks.  I don’t think we’ll be going thirsty anytime soon with these fine establishments following on the heels of the Fremont Brewing Company and Outlander Brewing, which are my two favorite brewpubs.  For very different reasons.  Fremont makes really good beer – very drinkable, very polished and they encourage whole families to come hang out in their tasting room and have fun.  You used to drink the beer in the same big room they brewed in, but they have successfully marketed themselves into a much bigger production so they had to move into the space next door to give the beer consumers enough room to raise a glass.  Or two.   Outlander also makes really good beer, but it is definitely not geared toward the masses.  They are a very tiny operation (a true nano-brewery) and Nigel the brewer makes some very different and very interesting beers.  Like Durian Ale.  Dragonfruit Saison.  And my personal favorite – Peanut  Butter Stout.  They brew small batches of a barrel or 2 at a time, so their offerings are ever-changing.  The setting fits the aesthetic as it is in an old house and you can settle in to a comfy chair and feel like you are at home in your own living room, but with better beer.    As you can see, the new kids in town have a lot to live up to, but I think they show promise.   Populuxe is another small-batch brewery with 3 offerings currently, as that is all they have room for.  They also have different food trucks scheduled during the weekends so you can keep the beer company.  On the day we were there, they offered a Brown Ale, an ESB, and a Saison which we just had a taste of.  All were tasty, and we look forward to seeing what else they will be brewing.  

Brown, Saison, ESB

Peddler was the other place we checked out that day; a much bigger operation with 8 brews but still tiny by most standards.   It took me a while to figure it out, but they are aiming to cater to the hoards of bike riders in Seattle.  My first clue might have been the wall of bike racks, or perhaps the close proximity to the Burke-Gilman bike trail.  Their beer, however, should appeal to everyone, biker or not.  Peddler has a wide variety , from a Tangerine Wheat to a Belgian Spice.  Quite refreshing!
Peddler's Offerings
At this rate, we won’t need to drive all the way to Portland for a wide range of tasty local brews anymore…

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