March mountainBeers – Esmeralda Ale and Alta Oat Pale.
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.
Base Camp is CLOSED (see above); please check out the Bergschrund, a tavern featuring almost exclusively NW Peaks brews!
Thurs throughout March: TAP NW Peaks supports RiteCare of Washington.
The name. The mountain. Standing at ~6150ft, Alta is a great summer time climb. Combining the “short” 12 mile round trip and amazing views of Rainier, Glacier and many others, climbing Alta is a must. I can be a long day hike or can be combined with an overnight stay and some relaxation at Racheal Lake, Rampart Lakes, or Lila Lake.
The beer. The Alta Oatmeal Pale is singled hopped with Pacific Jade hops from New Zealand, which contribute a touch of bitterness and aromas of citrus and melon. The beer is crisp, refreshing and quite sessionable at 4.0% ABV. To add a little more complexity, 50 pounds of Flaked oats were used, contributing to the silky smooth mouth-feel and creamy white head to this oatmeal pale ale. ABV: 4.0%
The name. The mountain. Esmeralda is located in the Teanaway River drainage just S of Ingalls peak and SW of Mt Stuart – one of our favorite areas. It’s on the other side of the Teanaway River from its beastly neighbors and is a much easier approach/climb than that of it’s neighbors. The “class 2″ trek to the summit offers some great views of the massive Mt Stuart and the Stuart range and is part of a great loop for a day hike.
The Beer. Esmeralda is one of our ‘adjunct’ beers for March. The adjuncts in Esmeralda are corn and molasses that create a unique character. The corn provides a nice sweetness and smoothness and complements the molasses notes. Esmeralda was fermented with an English ale yeast adding a smooth fruity flavor on top. With very little few hop notes, the slight grain sweetness and dark sugar properties are uniquely featured. ABV: 5.5%
March Thursday Appreciation Pints benefits: RiteCare of Washington – Enabling children to communicate.
Money raised through the Thursday Appreciation Pints program will go to RiteCare of Washington. Click here to donate independent from Thursday Appreciation Pints.
RiteCare of Washington gave us an overview of what they do:
RiteCare of Washington is a non-profit providing intensive speech therapy to children ages 2 through 7 who struggle to communicate. We also provide education classes for parents. All of this is at no cost to families. Our services are funded through donations and fundraising events (such as the upcoming beer festival in April). We are in our 31st year of service!
When asked how the general public can contribute to what they are doing:
We need volunteers to help with fundraising events, including the beer festival in April ;), along with general help. We are always welcoming donations and appreciate people spreading the word about RiteCare!
… and how can the general consumer contact you?
We can be contacted by:
Facebook: RiteCare of Washington
Join us at The Bergschrund every Thursday in March to help support this great organization!