Cycling is huge in the Northwest. Far more than just a recreational vehicle, bicycles are the primary mode of transportation for many people around the Puget Sound. That’s a big part of the reason that Chainline Brewing Company in Kirkland is so cycle/outdoor activities-focused. Their name was inspired by the active, outdoor lifestyles that are so prevalent in the Northwest and their brewery and taproom is located right next to the Cross-Kirkland’s bicycle corridor.
Now, I’m not much of a cyclist myself, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy their beers all the same. Their most popular offerings include their Tune Up IPA and their Polaris Pilsner, which won a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2017. Perhaps you’ll even find a few new favorites from Chainline this weekend, as they prepare to celebrate their 4th Anniversary with the release of 4 different styles of a Saison from their Old Growth Series and the return of some of their most popular offerings from the past.
Here is the full press release from Chainline Brewing Company:
We’re excited to celebrate our fourth birthday with you this coming Saturday April 20. This past year we have been preparing a new and fun beer venture that will debut on Saturday called the Old Growth Barrel Series. We have barrel aged a traditional Saison in four different styles and will release these on draft and in bottles at our party.
Additionally, we have a ton of beers that will make short visits to the taps including an extremely limited Barleywine, Double Cerne, our recent Steinbier, and the return of Flowtron IPA.
Old Growth Saison 1-4 is the first iteration of this new rotating barrel series from Chainline. These bright and delicate beers feature two different kinds of yeast and two different kinds of wine barrels. Saison One is our base Saison aged for a year in a clean red wine barrel. Saison Two is the base Saison aged in a Grenache barrel. Saison Three is the base Saison aged in a red wine barrel and underwent secondary fermentation on Brettanoymyces Bruxellensis. Lastly, Saison Four is the base beer aged in a Grenache barrel with Brett Brux.
Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Wheat
Hops: Magnum, Herbsbrucker, Saaz
Yeast: Napoleon, Brettanomyces Bruxellensis
That’s a lot of new and returning beers coming your way. Unfortunately, I work this Saturday so I will be unable to attend but, if you can make it, I urge you make the trek out to Kirkland to enjoy the festivities. I’m particularly sad that I’ll be missing the return of Flowtron – a Strawberry infused IPA that’s one of my all time Chainline favorites. If it’s on tap when you’re there, don’t pass it up. Also, if you get hungry during the festivities, they’ll have Pecos Pit BBQ on hand from Noon to 5.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.