NW Peaks Brewery

White Chuck (session) ale

White Chuck

White Chuck in clouds from the summit of Mt Pugh. Baker and Shuksan in the distance.

The session pale series. White Chuck is the second of a ‘series’ of two. It’s a single hop beer meaning that we only used 1 hop variety for all of the additions. White Chuck is  brewed with 100% Columbus hops, known for their citrus, somewhat spicy, and strong characters. Pugh from July is the first in the series (Zythos blend), and the link has a little more detail on session beers.

The name. The mountain. White Chuck, like Mt Pugh is situated on the mountain loop hwy outside of Darrington. It looks like a diminutive peak compared to many of it’s NW partners and thus gets to be the namesake of a session beer. The scramble up is relatively easy, climbing just over 200o’.  The most difficult part of the day is navigating the forest service road maze and leaving from the right “trailhead.”  White Chuck is the far West mountain in the region and offers great views.  As from Mt Pugh, you can see from Baker to Rainier to the Olympics and get a great vantage of all the mountains on the mountain loop hwy.

The Beer. Like the first in the series, Pugh session ale, White Chuck ale is single hop ale. We brewed this in a way to try to retain a little body and backbone for being a small beer. We then used a single hop variety (Columbus blend) to give White Chuck its character. The result is a crisp, light, hop forward beer that has all the essence of the Columbus varietal and that can be compared to Pugh with the Zythos blend.  It’s a light beer, with enough hop character that you can have a session of without killing your palate.

ABV: 4.0%.  Malts: Pale, ESB, Crystal, Acid.  Hops: Columbus.