December mountainBeers – Snowfield Winter Ale and Bandera Blonde
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,
Coming in early December: the Bergschrund. A tavern featuring almost exclusively NW Peaks brews!
Thurs throughout November: TAP NW Peaks supports Nortwest Outward Bound School
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. Bandera is a great day trip, or half day trip just outside of North Bend. Overlooking I-90 it has great accessibility. Totaling about 3400 feet in elevation gain, it’s a great workout. Much of the gain is in the final 3/4 after rising above the tree line where views to the south over I-90 are superb.
The Beer. Bandera Blonde is a light beer, brewed with a great blended noble hop flavor. We brewed Bandera with a blend of Hallertau, Northern Brewer, and Liberty hops which yields a nice fruit flavor/aroma more typical of pilsners. We fermented with a clean American yeast strain, but at a much lower temperature that customary which accentuates the fruitiness of the hops. The resulting beer is a light, easy drinking, flavorful beer (4.8% ABV).
The name. The mountain. With a name like Snowfield, we couldn’t resist naming our winter beer after it. Additionally, Snowfield is a mountain that takes more effort and time to climb. While it weighs in at a mere 8,347′ and Washington’s 90th highest peak, it stands 6,500′ above the Pyramid Lake trailhead with multiple ‘ups and downs’ and glaciers en route. The Pyramid Lake trailhead is right off hwy 20 just S of Diablo dam. While the trail is nothing to write home about, once into the Colonial basin views are truly spectacular with the whole N Cascades park within view and Snowfield a half day’s hard work from there. But we digress, we just loved that climb so much, just like the beer, that we could ramble on forever.
The Beer. This is our latest version of the Snowfield. We always use the same ingredients, but play with the ratios and yeast. This year, we used the British Ale yeast which imparts a nice fruity, malty character in the beer while muting the hop flavor. After fermentation, we dry hopped with Centennial hops to impart the characteristic NW hop aroma back into the beer. The result is a nicely balanced winter beer featuring notes of chocolate and citrus hops. Snowfield is a great beer for a winter session (6.5%), perfect to warm you up on a dark winter evening.
December TAP NW Peaks benefits: Northwest Outward Bound School - Change lives through challenge and discovery.
Money raised through the Thursday Appreciation Pints program will go to Northwest Outward Bound School. Click here to donate independent from TAP NW Peaks.
Northwest Outward Bound School gave us an overview of what they do:
Northwest Outward Bound School is a non-profit educational organization, founded in 1965, that operates primarily in Washington and Oregon. Our mission is to “Change lives through challenge and discovery,” which we accomplish through providing students with outdoor experiential education in the mountains, rivers, forests, oceans, and lakes of the Pacific Northwest. Using the wilderness as our classroom, students learn, as put by our founder, Kurt Hahn, that “there is more in us than we know if we could be made to see it; perhaps, for the rest of our lives we will be unwilling to settle for less.” Outward Bound courses are designed to unlock potential, resulting in character development, leadership, and a commitment to service among our students.
When asked how the general public can contribute to what they are doing:
There are many ways the general public may support Northwest Outward Bound School:
- Visit our website to learn about the programs we offer.
- Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for our newsletter.
- Send your child, or yourself, on an Outward Bound course.
- Support our scholarship programs that led a recent scholarship student, to state, “This has been and probably will be the most impactful and life-changing experience of my life.”
- Finally, volunteer! NWOBS is always looking for volunteers to help coordinate and execute events, provide administrative and fundraising support, plus much more. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
… and how can the general consumer contact you?
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Join us every Thursday in December to help support this great organization!