February mountainBeers – Stuart Stout and Olallie Oatmeal Milk Stout
NW Peaks Base Camp is now closed; however the Bergschrund (located half a block South) is handling all retail operations, including pouring 12 NW Peaks brewery’s beers and assuming control of mountainBeer subscriptions. Please head on in to get a sampler tray, pint, or a NW Peaks growler fill. the Bergschrund:
Base Camp is CLOSED (see above); please check out the Bergschrund, a tavern featuring almost exclusively NW Peaks brews!
Thurs throughout February: TAP NW Peaks supports Mary’s Place
The name. The mountain. Mt Stuart is a massive mountain easily seen from the storied Enchantments, and from I90 ~13 miles SW from Leavenworth. It’s the second tallest non-volcanic peak in WA and can be identified from nearly any high summit. The mountain offers many types of climbs from a couple of approaches. For example, the Cascadian couloir is a long, technically easy ascent on (blah) scree.
The West ridge is a (easy) technical route that is a lesson in high alpine route finding. And the N ridge is a great sustained mid class 5 multi-pitch rock climb. All of these start in beautiful Headlight basin – worth the day trip in itself on a great trail.
The Beer. Since Mt Stuart is one of the most noticeable, bold, non-volcanic peaks in WA we tried to make the beer bearing its name similar. Stuart is medium-full bodied stout that is roast forward. The end result is a rich, deeply roasty interpretation of the style that starts smooth and ends with a slight lingering bitterness from the roasted barley. A fine beer to drink anytime, but best enjoyed in front of a fire on a cold rainy winter evening. ABV: 5.5%
The name. The mountain. Located just to the SE of Snoqualmie Pass and overlooking the Pacific Crest Trail, Olallie is an mild peak sitting at just ~4450ft. With forest service roads running along side, Olallie can be a easy day hike to some great views up and down the I90 corridor.
The Beer. This month we decided to combine two stout styles into one delicious beer. We added flaked oats as well as milk sugar to create a smooth, creamy body in the Olallie Oatmeal Milk Stout. This beer is lightly hopped, allowing roast and chocolate to dominate the flavor, while subtle honey and caramel play the background. At 4.5% abv this beer is definitely sessionable, but the rich body and complex flavors should satisfy dark beer lovers as well.
February TAP NW Peaks benefits: Mary’s Place – Empowering homeless women and children to reclaim their lives.
Money raised through the Thursday Appreciation Pints program will go to Mary’s Place. Click here to donate independent from TAP NW Peaks.
Mary’s Place gave us an overview of what they do:
Mary’s Place is a day center for homeless women and their children. We offer two hot meals a day, hygiene services, clothing distribution, health care services, and resources and referrals for housing and employment. We also coordinate 5 emergency nighttime shelters for families who would otherwise be sleeping outside. Our shelters allow our families to stay together in a warm, safe environment while they work on finding sustainable housing.
When asked how the general public can contribute to what they are doing:
We love volunteers! We are always looking for people to come alongside us and help prepare a meal, tutor our kids, paint nails, sort donations, help women work on their resumes, fill out housing applications, read stories and play games with our kids, or help in the office. We need volunteers every night at our families shelters to bring and serve a meal, help with homework, host a birthday party, and one shelter even needs volunteers to stay overnight! Groups can host a party with a purpose to help gather much needed donations like diapers, socks, gloves, cereal and snacks for the kids! Those interested in contributing financially can do so through our website.
… and how can the general consumer contact you?
We can be contacted by:
Facebook: Mary’s Place
Join us at The Bergschrund every Thursday in February to help support this great organization!