November mountainBeers – Spickard Spice & Patterson Smoked Porter
On tap (Pints or growler fills):
NWP growlers only (i.e. prefilled pallas to go; not on draft):
single hop session pales, tinkham Berlinerweisse, Cave Ridge Rye, Maude’s Mild,
NEW TAP ROOM:
Coming in early December: the Bergschrund. A dedicated NW Peaks Brewery Tavern 1 block south of the brewery.
Thurs throughout November: TAP NW Peaks supports Lifelong
Tap room/tasting hours are:
Kegs and other Beer to go Mon-Sat; call to make sure someone will be at the brewery.
The name. The mountain. Spickard is juxtaposed to Mt Redoubt (the namesake for our red ale) and is a great alpine destination, although accessibility is limited to put it mildly. To get to Ouzel lake located at the base of Spickard, you have to travel through Canada and then hike back into the US to Depot cirque. The waterfall en route is one that might not be matched by another in the N cascades. Truly a splendid location.
The Beer. While many breweries are doing pumpkin spice beers in October, we decided to wait until November. And instead of using Halloween spices (pumpkin), we went towards Thanksgiving spices/ingredients. We started with a base that includes more than 25% maize giving the beer a thicker, sweeter flavor. We then added some spruce, rosemary, and thyme that give the beer a flavor reminiscent of thanksgiving stuffing. A great beer on its own and a perfect accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner.
The name. The mountain. Located about 20 minutes west of Winthrop, WA, Patterson Mountain rises gently above Patterson Lake just outside the Sun Mountain Lodge resort. The area is popular with skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts in the winter and is a trail running destination in the summer. Patterson Mountain is a great destination year-round, but the mountain comes alive in the early cascade spring when wildflowers cover the landscape. While not strenuous climb by itself, Patterson marks the final big climb of the annual 50k and 50 mile trail races which are set in the area every year. The beauty of the Methow Valley is widely appreciated, yet it remains a quiet destination for those looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy the natural beauty of the North Cascades and the sleepy towns of Twisp, Winthrop, and Mazama.
The fires. This summer, wildfires raged over much of Eastern Washington, burning National forests, ranch land, and hundreds of homes and businesses. The Carlton Complex fire, started by lightning strikes in Okanogan county, stands as the largest wildfire in Washington State history. Massive mobilization of firefighting crews and aid organizations helped to put the fires out and care for those who became displaced from their neighborhoods and lost their livelihoods. The three major wildfires in Okanogan county burned over 270,000 acres and cost the county millions of dollars, including much of the summer tourism revenue the community depends on. In honor of the heroic efforts of emergency responders and community leaders during a time of crisis, this month we are raising money to be donated to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington fire relief fund. For more information about the foundation, visit their website at www.cfncw.org/firerelieffund.
The beer. Patterson Porter is a light bodied porter that has the characteristic lightly burnt malt character in the style. Additionally, on the forefront is an apparent, but not overpowering cherry smoke flavor. This gives the beer its character and an extra depth. It finishes with a very light body and mild hops giving it a very pronounced roast and smoke character.
November TAP NW Peaks benefits: Lifelong - Unlocking doors to food, housing, and health for people living with chronic illnesses, including HIV/AIDS.
Jeremy from the Lifelong gave us an overview of what they do:
In 2013, we provided the following services:
o Food: We provided 36,000 bags of groceries and 149,000 nutritious meals to almost 1,600 individuals with HIV, homebound seniors, or people with compromised health.
o Housing: We provided housing services to 478 including motel vouchers and shelter beds, referrals to housing, and permanent housing placements.
o Health: We connected 1,127 clients with access to health care services, mental health services and/or chemical dependency support programs.
When asked how the general public can contribute to what they are doing:
Sign up to be a volunteer for our Food Program Chicken Soup Brigade helping with the cooking, preparation and delivery of meals and grocery bags; our Thrift Store; or our Special Events.
… and how can the general consumer contact you?
We can be contacted by:
Join us every Thursday in November to help support this great organization!