Scrappy Punk’s Greg Krsak isn’t a conventional guy.
So instead of zagging and having a mug club like every other brewery, he’s decided to zig and start a growler club. Once every season, Scrappy Punk holds a seasonal party and releases a special growler. This Saturday, Scrappy Punk is releasing its third custom-made and limited-edition growler during its Fall Party, which will have cornhole, snacks and a heated beer garden.
Each of the seasonal growlers are made with hand-drawn artwork. The fall growler is 32 ounces, stainless steel and features artwork by Scrappy Punk assistant brewer Rose Ness. It can be filled with any future fall beer releases.
Krsak has brewed five fall-centric beers for the event:
Fresh Hop Oktoberfest: Made with 100 percent Munich malts from Skagit Valley Malting and fresh Cascade hops, this marzen-style Oktoberfest is Krsak’s wink and a nod toward the annual fresh hop beer parade. “It’s kind of a joke because a classic Oktoberfest doesn’t have a big hop characteristic,” Krsak said.
Pumpkin Spice Ale: Made with 5 pounds of freshly processed pumpkins, brown sugar and pumpkin spice syrup, this ale has a subtle pumpkin flavor and aroma.
Chipotle Blonde: Known as the hot blonde, this base blonde ale is made with chipotle flavored syrup from Cascade Beer Candi to give it a little heat.
Centennial Black IPA with Rose Petals: Made with 100 percent Centennial hops and a roasty malt profile, this Cascadian dark ale also has a slight floral aroma.
Maple Porter: Using his base porter recipe, Krsak infused this beer with maple syrup to give it a truly fall flavor and feel.
Fresh hops still going strong: Breweries are still pumping out fresh hop ales. Sound to Summit recently released its Bine to Brew fresh hop IPA made with fresh Ekuanot hops picked in Yakima the same day they were thrown in the kettle.
There are also two upcoming festivals featuring fresh hop ales. This weekend Bothell’s The Hop and Hound is hosting its Freshies to Your Face fresh hop event. Featuring 10 taps of fresh hop beers from local brewers, the event is one of the premier fresh hop events in Snohomish County. On Oct. 19 and 20, also in Bothell, Foggy Noggin Brewing will host a fresh hop festival with three of its own fresh hop beers, including one made with hops grown on the brewery’s property.
At Large canning: One of the area’s best IPA producers is now canning its creations in pint cans. The can releases are limited, but Everett’s At Large Brewing has a small amount of its Citra fresh hop and Mosaic fresh hop beers in four packs and will be canning its newest hazy IPA, It’s Just A Fantasy, soon.
Naked City brewing gluten-removed beers: It’s never been something they’ve touted, but recently Naked City, which has a location on Camano Island, announced that most of its beers are considered “gluten-removed.” Using an enzyme called Brewer’s Clarex that removes gluten from its beers (think Widmer’s Omission series), Naked City can’t claim that its beers are officially gluten free, but there are less than 10 parts per million of gluten, and I know that my gluten-sensitive wife can easily chug a pint without aftereffects.
Scary Joy, Skookum Brewery: Bourbon barrel-aged oatmeal brown ale with coconut and vanilla. Available on tap and in 12-ounce bottles at the brewery.
If you go
What: Scrappy Punk’s Fall Party
Where: 9029 112th Drive SE, Suite A, Snohomish
When: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday
More: 503-810-1655 or scrappypunk.com