September mountainBeers – Tinkham Berliner Weisse and Enchantment Siason
On tap (Pints or growler fills):
NWP growlers only (i.e. prefilled pallas to go; not on draft):
Thurs throughout September: TAP NW Peaks supports Mountaineers Books
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.
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.
The name. The mountain. The enchantments are a string of alpine lakes just outside of Leavenworth. Permits for camping here are arguably the most sought after permits in the area, with good reason. Enchantment Peak is one of the mountains that surround the valley. What sets this mountain apart is obviously the setting, not the climb. As a climb it’s a nice scramble from prussik pass, but atop, it gives a birds eye view of the enchantment basin below.
The beer. Enchantment ale is a saison, a style that is categorized as a ‘farmhouse ale.’ Indeed, there are (musty?) notes of straw and hay reminiscent of walking through a farm. But these styles also have a nice fruity notes (apple and pear), with a slight perception of sweetness. Using a cousin to the Belgian yeasts, these beers ferment dry and somewhat spicy. Enchantment ale is a nice example of the basic style. We started with an average specific gravity but let it ferment very dry resulting in a higher alcohol content than most of our mountainBeers. We also added some grains of paradise adding to the spicy complexity on top of the other defining characteristics. Simply enchanting.
September TAP NW Peaks benefits: Mountaineers Books – “Leading readers to the lessons and pleasures of the great outdoors.”
Money raised through the Thursday Appreciation Pints program will go to Mountaineers Books. Follow the link to donate independent from TAP NW Peaks.
Jill from the Mountaineers Books gave us an overview of what they do:
Mountaineers Books — along with its Skipstone and Braided River imprints — publishes a variety of outdoor recreation, sustainable lifestyle, and conservation advocacy books, including many award winners. Whether you’re into outdoor activities, living a healthy lifestyle, or interested in becoming a good steward of the environment, Mountaineers Books has the information you need to guide you on your next journey in confidence and safety.
When asked how the general public can contribute to what they are doing:
Whatever you can do, from making a donation to connecting us with someone to purchasing a book, is greatly appreciated and contributes to our mission. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.223.6303 x132 for information on how to donate.
… and how can the general consumer contact you?
We can be contacted by:
Phone: 206.223.6303 or 800.553.4453
Come enjoy a pint on Thursdays and help support this great organization that helps us stay safe as well as plan our next outdoor adventure.