Five beers to try at the Everett Craft Beer Festival

  • Thursday, August 9, 2012 4:39pm
  • Life

There will be more than 60 beers on tap at Saturday’s inaugural Everett Craft Beer Festival, which leaves the question: Which ones to try. Here’s the five that Aaron Swaney will be most interested in checking out this year (For a full description of these and all the beers at this year’s festival, see below:

Silver City’s Saint Florian IPA

I haven’t had anything by this Bremerton brewery except for the popular Ziggy Zoggy Summer Lager, so I’m excited to try their IPA. Plus it’s named after the the Patron Saint of Firefighters and a portion of its proceeds go to the Washington State Council of Firefighters benevolent fund. IBU 55; ABV: 6.9.

Twelve Bar’s Turnaround Red

I’d never even heard of this Woodinville brewery before, but they’re named after the musical styling of “Twelve Bar Blues,” which is good enough for me. I don’t have a red on this list so their “heavily dry-hopped Northwest Red Ale” gets my vote. IBU: 50; ABV: 5.7.

Roslyn’s Dark Lager

Lagers are all the rage in the craft beer industry. The batches are smaller and they take longer to brew but their simplicity can be beautiful. I haven’t tried any beers from this unique brewery in the tiny east King County town Roslyn so I’m excited to try their dark lager. IBU: 31; ABV: 4.0

Foggy Noggin’s Christmas Duck Porter

Who can argue with a little Christmas in July … er August. Description of this Bothell nanobrewery porter reads: “Satisfying in every respect and a pint of the holiday spirit each time.” St. Nick would be happy. IBU: 36; ABV: 6.6

Scuttlebutt’s Silvertips Powerplay Pale Ale

Can’t go to an Everett beer festival without trying a Scuttlebutt that promotes a local staple like the Tips (Plus I work in sports, so you know …). IBU: 41; ABV: 7.1.

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The complete beer list

Here’s a look at the full list of beers at Saturday’s Everett Craft Beer Festival (IBU=International Bitter Units; ABV=Alchol by Volume; OG=Original Gravity):

American Brewing (Edmonds)

1. Caboose Oatmeal Stout

This Oatmeal Stout is dark brown to almost black in color with a rich cream colored head. It has a pleasant, full bodied, smooth profile with an aromatic blend of coffee, oats, and roasted malts. Savor the long, rich finish that tempts you with just a subtle hint of dark chocolate. IBU: 30; ABV 7%

2. Piper’s Scotch Ale

This Scotch Ale is a smooth, malty sweet treat! It is a beautiful, clear coppery-red color. You will enjoy the rich mouthfeel of this ale which allows the malty flavors to linger on your tongue. A subtle hint of the peat malt and roasted barley add some deeper complexities to its flavor. IBU: 32; ABV 6%

Anacortes Brewery (Anacortes)

1. India Pale Ale

Our award winning India Pale Ale emphasizes Northwest hop varieties and features significant hop flavor, bitterness and aroma from Columbus, Cascade and Simcoe. OG: 1.068; IBU: 118; ABV: 6.1%

2. Helles Festival Lager

Pale colored, light bodied summer lager brewed in the traditional German style. Hopped for balance with German noble varieties, this is a great session beer. OG: 1.050; IBU: 18; ABV: 4.8%

3. Hefeweizen

Anacortes Hefeweizen is relatively dry, mildly hopped with Perle and Mt Hood varieties with a traditional Bavarian aroma and flavor. OG: 1.050; IBU: 18; ABV: 4.6%

4. Porter

Rich, dark ale with complex flavor from four malts and three hop varieties. Chocolate malt dominates taste and color in this otherwise balanced brew. Made with Columbus, Perle and Cascade hops. OG: 1.052; IBU 35; ABV: 4.6%

Brickyard Brewing (Woodinville)

1. Brickyard IPA

Full Body, slightly sweet with Cascade and Columbus hops.

2. Masonry Stout

Dark and tasty with smooth toasted flavor.

3. Stones Throw Pale Ale

Balanced and smooth. Lightly hopped with some complexity.

Chuckanut Brewery (Bellingham)

1. Altbier

Deep bronze to russet brown colored, zesty hop flavor, snappy bitterness, full malt flavor. Our Alt is traditionally fermented warm but matured at relatively cold temperatures for up to several weeks; this practice takes off the rough edges and produces a beer that is smooth despite its distinctive hoppiness. Altbiers are brisk and relatively light, usually reaching a strength just short of 5 percent.

2. Kolsch

Very pale gold, bready, lightly fruity, effervescent, intense clarity Kolsch offers the simple pleasures of a well crafted beer. It is very pale, the aromatics are a light mélange of hops, malt, and fruit. The Kolsch Beer maintains a bitterness that is quite restrained, although the palate is light-bodied and bone-dry, with a soft malt flavor in the center giving way to a drying, slightly acidic finish. IBU: 22; ABV: 4.6%

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing (Mukilteo)

1. IPA

Copper-colored with a malty character up front. Intensely bitter with hints of grapefruit and cedar imparted by heavy-handed additions of Galena and Columbus hops. IBU: 40; ABV: 6.2%

2. Blonde Ale

Based on a pre-Prohibition lager recipe , this is a perfect summer session beer. Very light yet surprisingly complex due to the diverse grain bill. Hallertauer hops lend a very slightly spicy, herbal finish. IBU: 13; ABV: 4.2%

Dirty Bucket Brewing (Woodinville)

1. Black Lab American Stout

A not so traditional American Stout with the finest roasted malts bringing unique toasted caramel and coffee notes. ABV: 5.5%

2. “Bedraggled” Irish Red Ale

Has a great body and full mouth feel. With a traditional hop profile and a complex grain bill “Bedraggled” is refreshing Irish Style Ale. ABV: 5%

Elysian Brewing Company (Seattle)

1. Dragonstooth Stout

Sturdy, malty, rich, velvety &smooth. The name is referential to the founders of Thebes, warriors who sprang from the earth when the teeth of a slain dragon were sown by Cadmus. Made with 10% rolled oats, roasted barley, Crystal, Munich and chocolate malts. Bittered with Magnum, finished with Cascade and Centennial hops. Starting gravity 20° Plato (1.080), alcohol 6.2% by weight, 7.45% by volume. IBU: 36

2. Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Our original pumpkin ale is brewed with over 7 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel and includes seven different malt varieties, green and roasted pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin in the mash, boil and fermenter. Bittered with Magnum hops and spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. ABV: 5.9%

Emerald City Beer Company (Seattle)

1. Dottie Seattle Lager

Seattle’s very own session lager, and our flagship beer. Dottie is crisp, fresh and biscuity; balanced with sass and spice. Brewed with Washington grown barley and hops. 4.9% ABV 25 IBU

2. Betty Black Lager

Dark in color, but light in body, this black wheat lager is full of surprises. Dark chocolate and espresso flavors flow softly from this extremely balanced and refreshing Black Lager. IBU: 19; ABV: 4.8%

3. Ivana Pale Lager

Hoppy, crisp, light, and sessionable. This straw colored lager showcases the best ingredients Washington has to offer. IBU: 42; ABV: 5.0%

Fish Brewing Company (Olympia)

1. Reel Ales Swordfish Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA)

Swordfish Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) is dark in color, with a prominent A Northwest hoppy aroma-citrusy, piney and resinous-with sweet malt, hints of roastiness and toasted malt. The flavors strike a beautiful balance between citrusy Northwest hops and, to a lesser degree, roasted, chocolate malt or caramel notes. Despite it’s rich color, the body is more reminiscent of an India Pale Ale, not heavy like a porter or stout. ABV: 7.5%

2. Fish Tale Organic Blonde

A light bodied and golden summer seasonal, Fish Tale Organic Blonde Ale is a matchless companion to the glories of a Cascadian summer. Brewed with just a schmatering of flake barley, Organic Blonde sports subtle spicy tones that complement the honey sweetness of its pale malt to a tee. ABV: 4%

3. Leavenworth Premium Lager

A real, premium lager, this brew shows the distinct influence of malt and hops but with a slightly softer side. Combining traditional Bavarian pilsener flavors with the bolder Northwest craft beer profile, the result is unusually tasty. ABV: 5%

Foggy Noggin Brewing (Bothell)

1. Rufus-English IPA

In honor of his loyal and dedicated service, Rufus is an aggressive English IPA. This beer will introduce itself to you with a wonderful dry-hop character that begs you to taste it. The rich malty flavors and spicy rye tones, are greeted with a wonderful symphony of hoppy balance. Earthy hop flavors linger long and scream for another taste. Lets raise our glass and salute this warrior — “Rufus!” IBU: 55; ABV: 6.3%

2. Christmas Duck Porter

A mouthful of sweetened roasty flavors that linger long as a roasty dryness. Satisfying in every respect and a pint of the holiday spirit each time. Everyone deserves to celebrate Christmas year-round. Jingle Beers! Jingle Beers! IBU: 36; ABV: 6.6%

Fremont Brewing Company (Seattle)

1. Univerale Pale Ale

Universale Pale Ale offers a distinctive Northwest twist on the classic pale ale, using a select blend of pale roasted malt and Old World malts balanced with classic Northwest hops to achieve a heavenly beer of rich malt flavor and hop spice. Down &Dirty: Pale, Special Aromatic &Melanoidin malts with Columbus, Centennial &Cascade hops. ABV: 5.6%

2. Summer Ale

Tangerine flower in a glass, endless days distilled into nectar of barley and hops. One grain, one hop. Simplicity….yet, so much more. Down &Dirty: 2-Row malt and Amarillo hops. Nutten else. 5.2% ABV

3. Infused Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Roasty, chocolate tones swirled with oatmeal smoothness and dark as the night. We took this beast of a stout and infused it with hazelnut, toasted oak, and smoked pepper corns, yup, you heard me. This one is too smooth…and at 8.0% ABV, dangerous.

4. Infused Interurban IPA

Infused Interurban India Pale Ale: We took our classic Northwest IPA and blended it with orange zest as well as Simcoe and Citra dry hops. They said it couldn’t be done, so we did it. Down &Dirty: 2-Row, Munich &Honey malts with Chinook, Centennial &Amarillo hops. ABV: 6.2%

Gallaghers’ Where U Brew-Edmonds

1. Magnum P.I.

A beautiful 8% IPA the will blow your tastebuds clean off. A blend of Magnum, Centennial, and Summit hops help this beer become popular with HopHeads,

2. The Monk

A Belgium treat that delivers with a smooth 8.5% Tripple, the use of coriander and orange peel give a this tasty brew amazing flavor and aroma. Saaz, Tettenanger, and Fuggle hops compliment the sinfully odd smell.

3. Cut Your Grass Blonde

Gallaghers most popular blonde brewed, a nice light color with a refreshing 5% kick, perfect for mowing your lawn…, Cascade and Fuggles are used to provide a perfect balance.

Georgetown Brewing (Seattle)

1. Manny’s Pale Ale

A careful selection of Northwest hops, premium barley, and our unique yeast give this ale a rich and complex malty middle with a snappy hop finish. It’s truly a micro that finishes crisp, clean, and smooth. IBU: 38; ABV: 5.2%

2. Lucille India Pale Ale

Lucille IPA: Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe and Cascade hops. Floral, citrusy and awesome. Anything so innocent and built like that just gotta be named Lucille. IBU: 85; ABV: 6.8%

3. Brewers Choice

Harmon Brewing Co. (Tacoma)

1. Mocha Porter

Brewed with Local Forza Coffee. The base of this tasty brew is our award winning Puget Sound Porter. Mocha Porter is brewed with eight different malts to produce a smooth, well balanced dark beer. This tasty brew has big flavors of chocolate and coffee. IBU: 40; ABV: 5.4%

2. Mt. Takhoma Blonde

A light bodied, crisp and refreshing brew. German pilsner malt and a touch of wheat are used to produce this ale. Liberty hops provide the balance. Finishes crisp and dry. IBU: 18; ABV: 4.4%

Hood Canal Brewery (Kingston)

1. Agate Pass Amber

Agate Pass Amber is a nice hoppy amber ale with a dark honey color. The aroma includes nuts and honey, with a pear sweetness. Then you get some toast and honey, followed by steadily increasing hop flavors. 5.5% ABV.

2. Dabob Bay IPA

Dabob Bay IPA has a golden color and a prominent hop flavor provided by numerous hop additions during the boil and dry hopping in the kegs. The supportive malt flavors and body make this ale a great multi-dimensional beer. The original gravity is 1066 and it finishes at 1016. IBU: 63; ABV: 6%

3. Big Beef Oatmeal Stout

Big Beef Oatmeal Stout has a wonderful flavor of roasted barley grains that have been blended with rolled oats to give this stout a unique mouth feel that has a dry finish. Just enough Northern Brewer hops have been added to give this creamy-headed ale a fine balance. The alcohol content is ABV: 5%

Lazy Boy Brewing Company (Everett)

1. Double Trouble IPA

2. Belgian Golden Ale

Maritime Pacific Brewing Company (Seattle)

1. Imperial IPA

A big and flavorful IPA-hoppy, crisp and citrusy with an underlying balance of malt. ABV: 7.5%

2. Old Seattle Lager

A light American Lager with a crisp hop flavor and subtle malt character. ABV: 4%

North Sound Brewing (Mount Vernon)

1. Hop Chops IPA

Floral nose and slightly sweet start, transitioning to the magical flavor combination of Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Finishes with citrus and spice. Big and Tasty! ABV: 6.8%

2. Bitter Rain ESB

ESB stands for Extra Special Bitter. Seven different kinds of grains give this beer a very interesting malt profile. A balanced dose of Centennial and Goldings hops make this a very satisfying ESB. ABV: 5.8%

Odin Brewing (Seattle)

1. Odin’s Gift

Odin’s Gift is a Juniper Amber Ale, a bold yet balanced filtered ale that can be paired with a variety of great foods or enjoyed by itself. It is brewed in small handcrafted batches with just the right amount of hops and juniper berries to deliver a unique and fresh aroma, flavor, and finish. Aroma — Fresh, medium hop, rich malt, Top note — berries, caramel, malt body, Middle note — mild chocolate, juniper, End note — crisp bitterness, clean refreshing finish, Color — Deep Ruby IBU: 28; ABV: 5.4%

2. Freya’s Gold

Kolsch Style Ale is a light, crisp, and refreshing ale. This ale goes through a long cold conditioning phase much like a lager to blend and smooth out the flavors. Freya’s Gold is also balanced with acidulated malt and brewed with a touch of ginger to give a unique taste and drinking experience. Aroma — fresh citrus, Top note — subtle maltiness, Middle note — lemon and ginger, End note — crisp tartness, clean and dry finish, Color — light straw. IBU: 23; ABV: 4.5%

3. Viking Gold

XPA is a brew that takes on a unique Craft/Import blended style with a rich malt forward aroma, a full flavor of citrus and light bread, and a combined bite of yeast, noble hops and faint wheat that quickly passes to a tangy, very refreshing finish. Aroma — grainy malt, Cascade Dry Hop, some noble hops, Top note — earthy bite, Middle note — citrus and light creaminess, End note — hoppy tang, wheaty texture, Color — light straw. IBU: 25; ABV: 4.5%

Ram Restaurant &Brewery (Seattle)

1. HopBurst Summer Ale

An oatmeal summer ale exclusively hopped with Citra. 5.0% ABV

2. Big Red’s IPA

Hazy, copper hued IPA hopped with Amarillo, Citra, &Cascade 6.2% ABV

Roslyn Brewing Company (Roslyn)

1. Roslyn Belgian Ale

This unfiltered, Belgian-Style Ale is deep golden in color and uses traditional Belgian malts and yeast, with an added uniqueness from the Calypso hop variety producing a smooth drinking beer with fruit aromas and a subtle bitterness. IBU: 48; ABV: 6.5%

2. Roslyn Dark Lager

Roslyn Beer is our original brew and closely resembles the Lager handcrafted by the German brewmeisters at the original Roslyn Brewery and Malting Company one hundred years ago. If it were an ale, it would probably be classified as a porter. Don’t let the color fool you though, it goes down lighter than it looks. We use our own recipe of Roslyn water, fresh from the Cascade Mountains, six types of malted barley and three hop varieties to produce this smooth lager. IBU: 31; ABV: 4.0%

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company (Everett)

1. Hoptopia Imperial IPA

As the title implies, this beer is a Hophead’s dream. Abundant amounts of Chinook, Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Bullion, and Amarillo hops are utilized to construct a pronounced, hop forward encounter. Not to be out shined, the malt bill asserts itself in a most complimentary way, offering both depth and balance to the experience. IBU: 75; ABV: 8%

2. Tripel 7

Very light in body but heavy in strength of alcohol, Scuttlebutt’s Tripel 7 is an honest model of deception in the finest Belgian tradition. Delicate clove and white pear flavors are evident when the beer is young. If able to try one with a year or two of age you’ll be rewarded with a complex apricot flavor. IBU: 10; ABV: 9%

3. Silvertips Powerplay Pale Ale

New to the Scuttlebutt lineup is a Pale Ale to honor our local Ice Warriors. A solid trio of grains, two-row Barley, Vienna Malt, and Rolled Oats team up to provide a dynamic foundation. Chinook and Amarillo hops deliver significant flavor and aroma, assisting the experience without being overly assertive. The resulting creation is a complex model of teamwork and harmony, very reflective of the Silvertip spirit. IBU: 41; ABV: 7.1%

Silver City Brewery (Bremerton)

1. Ridgetop Red Ale

This Red Ale Rocks! Full-bodied and smooth with a sweet caramel flavor balanced with Northwest Liberty hops for a refreshing finish. Hops: Liberty. IBU: 15; ABV: 6%

2. Saint Florian IPA

Saint Florian, the Patron Saint of Firefighters, is now a Northwest IPA . A portion of Saint Florian’s proceeds will go to a Washington State Council of Firefighters benevolent fund. Silver City Brewery has a long standing partnership &tradition of working with our local Firefighters. The Benevolent Fund supports firefighters and their families as well as the general public, in their time of need. Hops: Columbus, Cascade IBU 55; ABV: 6.9%

3. Ziggy Zoggy Summer Lager

Ziggy Zoggy is an unfiltered lager that balances a crisp and elegant honey-like malt flavor with assertive, classic German hop character. Hops: Sterling IBU: 33; ABV: 5%

Sound Brewery (Poulsbo)

1. Dubbel Entendre, Belgian Style Dubbel

Comforting aromas of dark chocolate and dark toffee with a hint of banana and stone fruit. A dark abbey style ale with a subtle rich maltiness and dry, spicey finish. IBU: 21; ABV: 8%

2. Sommeweizen, Clear Wheat Ale

A common beer style in Southern Germany, Krystallweizen is clear and clean with a delicate aroma of wheat,light fruit, and spice. Unfiltered yet clear, with a long lasting creamy white head, our Sommeweizen is a refreshing, yet satisfying and full of flavor. IBU: 11; ABV: 5%

Twelve Bar Brews (Woodinville)

1. Wicked Riff IPA

Dry malt profile with a bit of toast. IBU: 85; ABV: 6.9%

2. Turnaround Red

Heavily dry-hopped Northwest Red Ale. IBU: 50; ABV: 5.7%

3. Pentatonic Pale

40 IBU, Multigrain Pale with rye, oats, wheat, and two kinds of barley. Dry-hopped, super crisp with a rye twang. ABV: 4.5%

4. Supertonic India Black

As close to IPA as we could make it and still have it be black, with a coffee note. IBU: 80; ABV: 6.9%

Two Beers Brewing (Seattle)

1. 20:20 Blonde Ale

The clarity and crisp malt body of 20:20 Blonde Ale are attributed to the use of Pale and light crystal malt, and the citrus smell comes from Yakima Valley grown Simcoe hops. ABV: 4.8%

2. Trailhead ISA

A Northwest India-style Session Ale (ISA) aggressively dry hopped with Columbus and Cascade hops and brewed with light crystal and honey malts. A hoppy crisp beer perfect for the sunny days of summer. ABV: 4.8%

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