NW Peaks Brewery

Currently, we release two beers a month for the mountainBeer program. Here you can see the choices throughout the year and how they change with the seasons. We bring the most popular beers back into production for the tap room and for distribution to restaurants and bars.

April, 2014 mountainBeers

Granite Oat Ale 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.

Chair Belgian Pale 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.

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Eldorado Pale Eldorado is a majestic mountain and stands at8,869′, the 25th tallest peak in the state. Upon ascending to the top of the the eldorado glacier you arrive at a majestic area where you get views of the Klawatti-Inspiration-Mcallister icecap and Eldorado's distinct summit ridge. The Beer. a pale ale with a light malt backbone and nice bitterness that would support and balance an unmistakably emphasized hop aroma and flavor.

Redoubt Red The mountain. Mt Redoubt, one of my personal favorites, is a fortress like massif almost as far north as you can go in the US... The Beer. Our interpretation brings you a nice ruby colored beer. The aroma and flavor is dominated by the hops and is a nice blend of fruity and spicy notes...

Challenger IPA The Name. Challenger is a great climb, with a long approach, fun glacier slogs, and a nice rock pitch at the end, in one of the most inaccessible locations in the N Cascades. The Beer. Challenger IPA is a nice drinkable hop forward IPA featuring citrus and stone fruits on a solid, medium bodied backbone.

March, 2014 mountainBeers

Esmeralda Ale 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.

Magic Brown 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.

February, 2014 mountainBeers

Stuart Stout 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.

Early Morning Espresso Stout 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.

January, 2014 mountainBeers

Black Berlinerweisse CDA

December, 2013 mountainBeers

Snowfield 2013 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

Kendall (Orange-Ginger) Porter. 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.

November, 2013 mountainBeers

Spickard Spiced Ale 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...

Easy Peak-an Nut Brown 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.

October, 2013 mountainBeers

Freshies! Cave Ridge Rye Pale and Crooked IPA Fresh hops! Harvest season is a fun time for brewers. It's the only time in the year we get local fresh hops and get to put them into the beer straight off the vines! We got 2 varietals this year and featured fresh hops in the two mountainBeers paring each fresh hop in styles that portray their special characteristics....

September, 2013 mountainBeers

Enchantment Ale, a saison The mountain. The enchantments are a string of alpine lakes just outside of Leavenworth.... The beer. Enchantment ale is a saison, a style that is categorized as a 'farmhouse ale....' but these styles also have a nice fruity notes (apple and pear), with a slight perception of sweetness...

Kyes Kolsch The mountain. Kyes Peak is a lesser known peak located in the Monte Cristo group... The beer. Our interpretation is light, refreshing, and contains some fruity notes from the yeast fermentation on top of a very bready backbone.

August, 2013 mountainBeers

Kaleetan - weizzen An "American wheat" ale. a wheat base with a light lemon zest and lemon hop aroma along with a wheat base giving it a light, bready flavor/body.

Forgotten Ale .... the Pilchuck series continued. Part of the "pilchuck series," Forgotten is located off the mountain loop hwy, and is pretty low in elevation, hence part of our session series (low ABV beers)... The Beer. Forgotten is single hop ale (Summit). It is a crisp, light, hop forward beer that you can have a session of without killing your palate.

July, 2013 mountainBeers

the Pilchuck Series continued.... Pilchuck is located off the mountain loop hwy, and is pretty low in elevation, hence the name for this session series (low ABV beers)... The Beer. Pilchuck pale is single hop ale (Amarillo). It is a crisp, light, hop forward beer that you can have a session of without killing your palate.

Vesper Bitter The Name. Vesper is a lesser known peak out the mountain loop highway... The route takes you past Headlee pass en route to the summit. The beer. Vesper has a nice, light, bready mouthfeel that ends with a slight lingering bitterness...

June, 2013 mountainBeers

Ingalls Ginger Ingalls is situated at the end of the Teanaway river road rising out of headlight basin just south of Mt. Stuart. Each peak offers a different degree of difficulty; as such, it is a great location for everyone, with headlight basin being a gorgeous day hike / camping excursion... The Beer. Ingalls features a just-above-subtle ginger flavor and light hop bitterness on top of a backbone that is best described as a pale. A great refreshing beer that will surely be a hit for the ginger lovers and even for (most of the) ginger doubters.

Magic Brown 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.

May, 2013 mountainBeers

Silver (Sorachi, Spruce) Pale Ale Silver is off Snoqualmie pass. In fact, it's juxtaposed to Tinkham (an April beer) just off the PCT and a great place for a good, light summer excursion. The Beer. Silver pale is a standard NW style pale, featuring a couple of interesting ingredients, namely the sorachi ace hop variety and spruce tips.

Chair (Belgian) Pale Ale 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 Amarillo hop notes.

April, 2013 mountainBeers

Lichtenberg dunkelweizen The mountain. Lichtenberg mountain is situated just off of the PCT overlooking Hwy 2 east of Steven's pass. Lichtenberg rises from the shores of Lake Valhalla, a deservedly popular day hike or snowshoe destination... The Beer. We brewed this German style with the typical amounts of wheat and munich malts, and added a little chocolate malt to give it some color and add some darker essence...

Tinkham Berlinerweisse The Mountain... just off the PCT, an easy excursion butting up to one of Seattle's main watersheds. the Beer. Our first sour beer at NW Peaks, we used a simple recipe creating a beer with a slight fruitiness and a charmingly sour aroma; a light and refreshing body; and a tart finish.

March, 2013 mountainBeers

Esmeralda Ale 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.

Granite Oat Ale Granite is the second ‘adjunct’ (oats) beer for March. Granite ended dry and crisp with oat notes. The oats added some silkiness to the mouthfeel as well. However, the featured character is the NZ Saaz hop that we used, which creates a nice floral character in the finished beer.

February, 2013 mountainBeers

Sloan Stout The mountain. Sloan Peak is a prominent-looking mountain situated all by itself just off the mountain loop "highway". It's a great, distinctive mountain that appears to be falling over, depending on your vantage... The Beer. We used the same yeast used to make Guinness and tried to mimic the water profile of Dublin, Ireland to create our own interpretation of a dry stout, a style that Guinness has made ever so popular...

Stuart Stout 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, 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.

Jan, 2013 mountainBeers

Black Eldorado The mountain. Eldorado is a majestic mountain and stands at8,869′, the 25th tallest peak in the state. The Beer. We took our pale ale recipe, a nice light pale with citrus notes, and threw in some Blackprinz and chocolate malts... which presents itself as a light, nicely balanced version of a cascadia dark ale.

Maude's mild Mt Maude is the 13th tallest peak in WA and helps comprise the cirque where the Entiat river starts its seaward journey.... Maude's mild is our interpretation of a winter session beer. Milds are, by definition, a lower strength beer and this one gets it's subtle warming from notes of dark fruits: prunes and raisins.

Dec, 2012 mountainBeers

Snowfield 2012 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 pulled back on the crystal malts and hops and increased the chocolate malts resulting in a malty and rich chocolately winter beer balanced by the ever-present centennial hop flavor.

Neve (Rye) Brown We brewed this one in a similar vain as the Snowfield, hence the name. The Neve galcier is the prominent glacier (and approach) on Snowfield peak. The Beer. pronounced chocolatey note with a significant malt backbone, but with 33% rye malts without a ton of hops, it has a creamier complexity.

Nov, 2012 mountainBeers

Blewett smokey scottish ale. The entirety of the beer -the name and the character - is to commemorate the forest fires that wreaked havoc on Central and Eastern WA at the end of the summer. Blewett pass ... was in the center of the fires. The beer. The base is a best described as a an export strength Scottish ale; however, we also used cherry smoked malt to add a noticeable, but not overpowering, smoke character on top of the base.

Easy Peak-an Nut Brown 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.

Oct, 2012 mountainBeers

Freshies! Cave Ridge Pale and Slot IPA Fresh hops! Harvest season is a fun time for brewers. It's the only time in the year we get local fresh hops and get to put them into the beer straight off the vines! We got 2 varietals this year and featured fresh hops in the two mountainBeers paring each fresh hop in styles that portray their special characteristics....

Sep, 2012 mountainBeers

Enchantment Ale, a saison The mountain. The enchantments are a string of alpine lakes just outside of Leavenworth.... The beer. Enchantment ale is a saison, a style that is categorized as a 'farmhouse ale....' but these styles also have a nice fruity notes (apple and pear), with a slight perception of sweetness...

Paul Bunyan's Blackberry Honey Wheat Paul Bunyan's Stump is one of the trio of mountains (Pyramid pk and Pinnacle pk the other two) just south of Diablo Lake... The Beer. Using locally sourced honey and blackberries, we tried to take advantage of the summer bounty. ...the most prominent flavor comes from the blackberries, slightly tart (acidic) when cold, nicely fruity when chilled.

Aug, 2012 mountainBeers

Cloudy weissen The mountain. Cloudy offers a great little scramble off the Spider gap-Buck Creek pass loop with gorgeous views over Lyman lakes, the Entiat range, Glacier Peak and more. The Beer. It is a light hefeweissen where - true to style - the yeast have imparted the majority of the flavor on the beer: banana up front, and clove at the end.

White Chuck (session) ale White Chuck looks like a diminutive peak and thus gets the name of a session beer. The slight scramble is mild -assuming you navigate to the right trailhead- and yields a great payoff... The Beer. Pugh pale is single hop ale (Columbus). It is a crisp, light, hop forward beer that you can have a session of without killing your palate.

July, 2012 mountainBeers

Ingalls Ginger Ingalls is situated at the end of the Teanaway river road rising out of headlight basin just south of Mt. Stuart. Each peak offers a different degree of difficulty; as such, it is a great location for everyone, with headlight basin being a gorgeous day hike / camping excursion... The Beer. Ingalls features a just-above-subtle ginger flavor and light hop bitterness on top of a backbone that is best described as a pale. A great refreshing beer that will surely be a hit for the ginger lovers and even for (most of the) ginger doubters.

Pugh (Session) Pale Mt Pugh looks like a diminutive peak and thus gets the name of a session beer. However, the hike up the trail is anything but and yields a payoff that is definitely worth the trouble. The Beer. Pugh pale is single hop ale (Zythos). It is a crisp, light, hop forward beer that you can have a session of without killing your palate.

June, 2012 mountainBeers

Vesper Bitter The Name. Vesper is a lesser known peak out the mountain loop highway... The route takes you past Headlee pass en route to the summit. The beer. Vesper has a nice, light, bready mouthfeel that ends with a slight lingering bitterness...

Wright Wit The mountain. Wright Mtn is situated right off Snoqualmie Pass... a nice little summer excursion. The Beer. Wright is our interpretation of a Belgian Wit beer... a citrus and slightly spicy character on top of the cloudy wheat base.

May, 2012 mountainBeers

Easton Blonde (Belgian) The name: This beer is named for our route up Mt Baker (the glacier). The Easton glacier sits on the S side of Mt Baker, and is one of the two most common routes up the volcano... The beer: Easton Blonde is a Belgian blonde. It has a slight sweetness to it, but is dominated by the peppery and phenolic notes that are typical of Belgian style yeasts ...

NW Peaks Black Blonde The style. We modeled this after a schwarzbier (black pilsner) and since a "pilsner" fermented with an ale yeast is usually classified as a blonde, by analogy we called this a "black blonde." The Beer. ... a nice balance between the residual malt sweetness, light floral hop character, and minimal roast notes from the dark malts.

April, 2012

Magic Brown 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.

Colchuck Pale The mountain. Colchuck is part of the Stuart range, If timed correctly the descent from the summit can offer a 3000' glissade back to the lake (just not into the lake), or better yet, a nice spring back country ski. The beer. Colchuck is a light pale ale with just enough malt character to support the hop aroma and flavor. The aroma has a nice, distinctive grapefruit character to it and is on the forefront but not overpowering

March, 2012

Esmeralda Ale (take 2) The story 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. The unique character in this beer comes from the addition of corn and molasses, A great beer with a unique sort of complexity.

Hannegan Red The mountain. Hannegan is a variant of the traditional Irish name Hannigan... and is in one of the most picturesque locations in the N Cascade. The Beer. Hannegan Red is typical Irish Red in honor of the St Patrick's day. ... it has an initial sweetness with light fruity notes yielding to an easy drinking pint

February, 2012 (stout month)

Stuart Stout 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, 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.

Early Morning Stout 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 a stout? ... The Beer. An "American stout," it has a nice roast and chocolate aroma/flavor but also includes a significant amount of NW hops...

January, 2012

Maude's mild Mt Maude is the 13th tallest peak in WA and helps comprise the cirque where the Entiat river starts its seaward journey.... Maude's mild is our interpretation of a winter session beer. Milds are, by definition, a lower strength beer and this one gets it's subtle warming from notes of dark fruits: prunes and raisins.

Esmeralda Ale The name. The mountain. Esmeralda is located in the Teanaway River drainage just S of Ingalls peak and SW of MT Stuart - one of our favorite areas.... While the mountain is great, this beers namesake comes from our tale of two experiences that parallel the brewery.... The Beer. Compared to Maude's mild, Esmeralda has a higher alcohol level... with some dark sugars allowing notes of molasses and dark sugar to complement the extra alcohol.

December, 2011

Picket Porter The name. The mountain (range). The rugged Picket Range is located in the North Cascades National Park and so named for its resemblance to a picket fence... The Beer. We attempted to make picket porter a perfect partner to the Snowfield winter: A very flavorful beer but yet easy drinking with a lower alcohol content. It is very drinkable and has a lower alcohol content that would be similar to the historical versions of the entires...

Snowfield Winter 2011 The name. The mountain. With a name like Snowfield, we couldn’t resist naming our winter beer after it. ...Washington’s 90th highest peak, it stands 6,500′ above the Pyramid Lake trailhead with multiple ‘ups and downs’ and glaciers en route... The Beer. This is our second season of the Snowfield. We made this year’s version based on previous batches, but changing things up to hit a new season. ... a slightly more bitter and hop forward beer that is nicely balanced by the chocolaty, sweet malt backbone and higher alcohol %.

November, 2011

Annapurna Black Ale The mountain. The N Cascades has its own version, Little Annapurna, named because of the similar appearance to its Himalayan counterpart. The Beer. We wanted to make a darker beer that had a lot of hop character blending the recent harvest with the upcoming winter. We'll call it a NW Black ale...

Spickard Spiced Ale 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...

October, 2011

Phantom Fall and Cave Ridge: 2011 Fresh Hop Pales. As the weather turns (like it or not), in the mountains we turn to finding all of the finest powder and “freshies” we can.... Phantom falls and Cave ridge (Snoqualmie Mountain) is an ideal place. Phantom Falls belgo pale is a belgo style pale with fresh cascade hops. Cave ridge rye is a rye pale ale with simcoe fresh hops.

September, 2011

Agassiz Acai Mount Agassiz stands at the north end of the Palisades... Agassiz has a lot going on in its flavor profile.The acai fruit is at the forefront but is integrated...

Kaleetan Lemonweizzen Kaleetan is a peak close to snoqualmie pass.... We decided to make a wheat beer, but put the lemon in the beer for you. Kaleetan was then fermented with a Belgian Wheat yeast...

August, 2011

Kyes Kolsch The mountain. Kyes Peak is a lesser known peak located in the Monte Cristo group... The beer. Our interpretation is light, refreshing, and contains some fruity notes from the yeast fermentation on top of a very bready backbone.

Enchantment Ale, a saison The mountain. The enchantments are a string of alpine lakes just outside of Leavenworth.... The beer. Enchantment ale is a saison, a style that is categorized as a 'farmhouse ale....' but these styles also have a nice fruity notes (apple and pear), with a slight perception of sweetness...

June, 2011

Redoubt Red The mountain: Mt Redoubt is a fortress like massif almost as far north as you can go in the US... The Beer: This is a redo of the Redoubt Red brewed previously but not included in the mountainBeers. We added more hops, making it one of the hoppier beers we've put out to date...

Copper Bitter The mountain: This one gets its name from the mountain just off of copper ridge, rising up from copper lake. This is a great destination in itself (see pic of mountainBeer partner Redoubt) via the Hannagan pass and the copper ridge trail... The Beer: with the summer in mind, this brew has a malty backbone with a nice, subtle bitterness that slightly lingers and complements the malt...

May, 2011

Easton Blonde (Belgian) The name: This beer is named for our route up Mt Baker (the glacier). The Easton glacier sits on the S side of Mt Baker, and is one of the two most common routes up the volcano... The beer: Easton Blonde is a Belgian blonde. It has a slight sweetness to it, but is dominated by the peppery and phenolic notes that are typical of Belgian style yeasts ...

Ingalls Ginger The mountain: Ingalls is situated at the end of the Teanaway river road rising out of headlight basin just south of Mt. Stuart... The Beer. Ingalls ginger is a ginger ale, but not one for the kids. Ingalls features ginger flavor and aroma on top of a backbone that is best described as a pale...

April, 2011

Eldorado Pale Ale The mountain: Eldorado is a majestic mountain and is the 25th tallest peak in the state. It is situated close to Cascade pass, a very popular destination at the end of the Cascade River road... The Beer. We tried to make a pale ale with a light malt backbone and nice bitterness that would support and balance an unmistakably emphasized hop aroma and flavor...

Colonial Common The mountain: Colonial mountain is en route to Snowfield mountain (the namesake of our winter ale). It doesn't reach into the top 100 highest Washington peaks, but that doesn't detract from its beauty... The Beer. Our Colonial Common is brewed with 100% Northern Brewer Leaf hops for bittering, flavor, and aroma, but only to a moderate level ....

Mar, 2011

Red Alt The mountain. The namesake for this beer is at the end of Commonwealth basin near Snoqualmie pass.... The Beer. This red is an alt, a close cousin to the kolsch style. Red alt has a pretty red hue and is clean and very drinkable and is a good example of the style...

Lichtenberg dunkelweizen The mountain. Lichtenberg mountain is situated just off of the PCT overlooking Hwy 2 east of Steven's pass. Lichtenberg rises from the shores of Lake Valhalla, a deservedly popular day hike or snowshoe destination... The Beer. We brewed this German style with the typical amounts of wheat and munich malts, and added a little chocolate malt to give it some color and add some darker essence...

Feb, 2011

Sloan Stout The mountain. Sloan Peak is a prominent-looking mountain situated all by itself just off the mountain loop "highway". It's a great, distinctive mountain that appears to be falling over, depending on your vantage... The Beer. We used the same yeast used to make Guinness and tried to mimic the water profile of Dublin, Ireland to create our own interpretation of a dry stout, a style that Guinness has made ever so popular...

Stuart Stout The mountain. Mt Stuart is a massive mountain easily seen from the storied Enchantments, and from I90 ~13 miles SW from Leavenworth. It is the second tallest non-volcanic peak in WA... The Beer. Stuart Stout is a rich, full bodied, deeply roasty interpretation of the style. It has a lot of roasted malts giving it a great stout flavor...

 

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