Chair Pk is an intimidating mountain right off Snoqualmie pass. It heads the alpental valley and is a popular technical winter climb… The beer. Chair is Belgian style pale ale. We used the Ardennes™ yeast strain to introduce the typical fruity esters (banana) and spicy phenols (pepper) typical of Belgian beers with plenty of support from the NZ Saaz and Citra hop notes.
April brings another ‘adjunct’ beer to the mountainBeers. Granite ended light and dry with a subtle oat, silky mouthfeel. However, the featured character are the NZ hop varietals, which creates a great melon-like aroma in the finished beer.
The mountain. Magic is situated right off of Cacade pass … one of the “must go to” areas of the N Cascades, with several options for continuing the trip, including over to Magic and it’s environs. The beer. Unlike the typical “brown,” we built this brown up to have some more residual malt character by adding some extra munich, caramunich, and other specialty malts, but keeping the overall alcohol content and roast character down.
The unique character in this beer comes from the addition of corn and molasses, A great beer with a unique sort of complexity. The story comes from the “tale of two experiences.” …our first batch with the new brewhouse was best described as a comedy of errors while our second time on the brewhouse went much smoother with no issues to report.
Early Morning Spire is set in a magical location of the Eldorado, Inspiration, and Mcallister glaciers… The name derives itself from a group that had to bivy near the summit (cold, unprepared), which caused them to summit just after first light. What better of a beer style to have at first light than an espresso stout? … The Beer. A collaboration with Seattle Coffee works,The espresso flavor is at the forefront and really adds to the flavor and aroma of the beer, but brings in little acidity and astringency.
The mountain: Mt Stuart is the second tallest non-volcanic peak in WA and can be identified from nearly any high summit… The Beer. Stuart Stout a rich, medium-full bodied, deeply roasty interpretation of the style. A fine beer to drink anytime, but best enjoyed in front of a fire on a cold rainy winter evening.
The name. Kendall Peak is located just off Snoqualmie Pass … a great destination for a summer hike or winter day in the snow. The Beer. A brown porter as a base with ginger and bitter orange peel added at the end of the boil, resulting is a full flavored (featuring the ginger and orange), but very light bodied, easy drinking beer.
With a name like Snowfield, we couldn’t resist naming our winter beer after it, not to mention it’s one of a kind in the heart of the N Cascades. This winter, we used an american ale yeast and added Sorachi Ace to the repertoire resulting in a balanced winter beer featuring notes of chocolate and citrus hops
Easy Peak is the high point on Easy Ridge, one of the most beautiful, easy going, completely back country experience in the N Cascades. The beer. Easy is a nut brown as the base – a medium bodied, malty brown with a nice nutty hop (and malt) character. Pecans and pie spices round out the beer, making it just like pecan pie in a glass.
The mountain. Spickard is juxtaposed to Mt Redoubt and is a great alpine destination, although accessibility is limited to put it mildly. The Beer. We went towards Thanksgiving spices. We started with a base that includes more than 25% maize… then added some spruce, rosemary, and thyme…keep looking »