Firestone Walker Brewing Company has quite a diverse palate of beers. They brew everything from a light and crisp Pilsner (Pivo Pils) to a hearty and robust Barleywine (§ucaba) and everything else in-between. The have several different annual releases that are always eagerly anticipated by their fans: Parabola Russian Imperial Stout, Helldorado Imperial Blonde, Stickee Monkee Central Coast Quad and, of course, their annual Anniversary release (this year’s was their XVIIIth Anniversary).
Now, returning for it’s second year, is Feral One American Wild Ale (Batch 2). Feral One is actually a blend of three different Firestone Walker Beers, each aged anywhere from 16 to 48 months in American and/or French Oak. The three other Firestone Walker beers blended to create Feral One are: Solace American Pale Wheat (43%), Agrestic American Wild Red Ale (43%) and Lil Opal Saison (14%) – each an amazing beer in their own right.
Not every brewery in Seattle offers food. In fact, quite a few local breweries have found that having their own kitchen is not entirely essential, given Seattle’s extensive network of food trucks which they call on to provide the food to accompany their beers. It’s a great partnership that benefits both the breweries and the local food truck community. At times, however, this arrangement isn’t ideal. I don’t know of any local brewery that has a food truck on hand every time they’re open, so finding food to accompany that delicious craft beer you’re enjoying can sometimes be hit or miss.
As a result, some breweries have decided to add kitchens as they expand. One such brewery is Schooner Exact Brewing Company in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. They launched back in 2006, opened their first small taproom in 2009 and then, in 2012, added a family-friendly restaurant serving up appetizers, salads, sandwiches and a few other items. Since then, their menu has continued to expand and just last year they did a kitchen upgrade.
Since I was a kid, I’ve always thought of Wisconsin as a beer state. Not a craft beer state, mind you, but the place were many of the mass produced American lagers my Dad drank as I was growing up came from. Of course, growing up in the era of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley (both set in Milwaukee) helped nurture that view, especially when Laverne and Shirley worked at the fictional Shotz Brewery (based on the actual Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company in Milwaukee).
As noted below, Wisconsin is the sixth state (including Washington) to carry Seattle Cider Company ciders in just over a year as they continue their amazing growth. Now, Wisconsinites will have the opportunity to taste how we do cider out here on the West coast.