October mountainBeers – Fresh hop beers - Cave Ridge Rye & Phantom IPA
On tap (Pints or growler fills):
NWP growlers only (i.e. prefilled pallas to go; not on draft):
Thurs throughout October: TAP NW Peaks supports Climb to fight Breast Cancer
Summer Tap room/tasting hours are (effective May 1st):
Kegs and other Beer to go Mon-Sat; call to make sure someone will be at the brewery.
Fresh hops! Harvest season is a fun time for brewers. It’s the only time in the year we get local fresh hops and get to put them into the beer straight off the vines! We got 2 varietals this year and featured fresh hops in the two mountainBeers, pairing each fresh hop in styles that portray their special characteristics.
The name, freshies. As the days shorten and the weather turns, we turn our thoughts from green mountain meadows and beautiful rock faces to snowy adventures and finding all of the finest powder and “freshies” we can. One of the more popular places to go is Snoqualmie pass for the winter playground. Snoqualmie Mountain, the tallest mountain in the area, is a great mountain for non-aided winter recreation. Cave ridge is the standard climbing/snow shoe route up the ridge on the S, while Phantom falls is a great face to ski on the SW side of the mountain.
Cave Ridge, fresh hop, Rye Pale. Cave Ridge Rye Pale features fresh Simcoe hops, imparting a beautiful/delicate piney aroma and acidity in the beer. To feature the Simcoe hops, we put the hops on top of a light, dry pale. We used ~35% rye, which aids in drying out the beer, but also adds a little complexity complementing the Simcoe. Some might find this a strange pairing, but they work really well together in Cave Ridge Rye Pale.
Phantom, fresh hop, IPA. Phantom IPA was made with Amarillo fresh hops with a little bit of fresh Simcoe to balance it out. This combination imparts a distinct hop aroma/flavor in the beer. All of the fresh hops were added at the end of the boil (others varieties were used for flavor and bittering) and contribute almost exclusively to a great aroma with citrus, apricot and subtle spicy notes. There is a nice malt backbone and a full bodied IPA.
October TAP NW Peaks benefits: Climb to Fight Breast Cancer – Benefiting Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Carol from the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer gave us an overview of what they do:
Climb to Fight Breast Cancer offers novice to intermediate climbers across the US to come together and ascend some of the world’s most breathtaking mountains. Funds support breast cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
When asked how the general public can contribute to what they are doing:
Not everyone can climb a mountain. You can support Climb to Fight Breast Cancer by donating to one of our climbers, or creating your own personal challenge (yoga, cycling, marathon or 5K) to raise funds for breast cancer research through our CURE Challenge. For the adventure and outdoor enthusiasts, Climb to Fight Breast Cancer offers an opportunity to take on a demanding physical challenge, and do so for a great cause.
… and how can the general consumer contact you?
We can be contacted by:
Join us every Thursday in our support of Climb to Fight Breast Cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
The name. The mountain. As close as its mountainBeer counterpart is to Steven’s pass, Tinkham Mtn is just as close to Snoqualmie pass. Again, just off the PCT, it’s a great place for a good, light summer excursion. The climb is ~ 1,000 feet of easy scrambling (NE route), or a more straight forward, albeit longer, boot pack (SE route). The summit offers great views of the ever popular summits peppering the Snoqualmie area and serves as part of the boundary that surrounds one of Seattle’s 2 major watersheds (the Cedar River watershed).
The Beer. The Berliner Weisse style is even lesser known than the dunkelweiss. Berliner Weisse is a very low ABV, cloudy, sour wheat beer traditionally brewed in Berlin. In many cases, it is served with fruit syrups, cutting some of the sourness with fruity sweetness. Our first sour beer at NW Peaks, we kept the Tinkham Berliner Weisse recipe simple using only Pilsner and Wheat Malts and Hallertau hops. With a slight fruitiness and a charmingly sour aroma, the beer has a light and refreshing body and a tart finish. A great introduction to sours, Tinkham is perfect for sipping on a fall evening or on top of a raspberry syrup/puree.keep looking »