2020 has thrown a lot at us. It’s stressing everyone out, pushing businesses to their limit and, in some sad cases, has even claimed a few of our favorite spots. Getting through this will be tough, but with resourcefulness and perseverance, many businesses are doing what it takes to keep thing afloat.
Here is some more information about this collaboration from Counterbalance Brewing & Good Society Brewery:
On Friday, August 7, Seattle’s The Good Society Brewery and Counterbalance Brewing will release Long Way Round, a collaboration IPA celebrating the power of beer to facilitate friendship and resourcefulness in the face of, well, whatever 2020 seems to be turning out to be. Brewed with Idaho 7 Hop Hash and Hornindal Kveik yeast, Long Way Round is a brilliant golden, medium bodied IPA featuring flavors of juicy tropical fruit, pine, and subtle resin. Its namesake references the unfortunate state of travel between The Good Society in West Seattle and Counterbalance’s Georgetown home.
“It’s a beer born out of necessity, in the best way,” according to Jeff Howell, co-founder of Counterbalance Brewing. “We were excited to see Nick [Berger] and Phil [Cammarano, The Good Society co-owners/brewers] open The Good Society earlier this year after getting to know them throughout their startup process. Obviously none of us had any idea what was coming shortly thereafter. To have the opportunity to share labor, ingredient, and packaging costs on this project were practical benefits for both breweries, but the true joy was in some much-needed human interaction. The fact that both of our breweries are effectively two-person production operations meant that we could more easily work together while maintaining safety protocols than might not have been possible with larger operations.”
“We at The Good Society have always held the belief that together is better,” says Nick at The Good Society. “Whether it is our neighborhood or our brewing community, that concept is core to who we are. Over the past few years of startup and operations, Frank [Lawrence] and Jeff at Counterbalance showed us, with their generosity in sharing their knowledge and experience, that they too believe in the strength of community. Long Way Round is a tangible reflection of that community. We hope everyone enjoys this beer, socially distanced of course, as much as we enjoyed brewing it.”
Long Way Round will be released at The Good Society Brewery & Public House and Counterbalance Brewing Company’s taproom on Friday, August 7 on draft and in 16oz can 4-packs. Limited stock of cans will be available for wholesale the following week direct from the breweries.
Counterbalance Brewing Company
503 South Michigan Street, Suite B
Seattle, WA 98108
The Good Society Brewery & Public House
2701 California Ave SW Unit A
Seattle, WA 98116
Thankfully, most of our local breweries remain open. It makes me feel good to know how many local craft beer aficionados are making sure they’re buying local, and doing all they can to support our local craft breweries. So keep it up, and be sure to pick up some Long Way Round from Counterbalance and Good Society. Also, just FYI, Counterbalance also has another new IPA available thsi week: Big Bada Boom Hazy Double Tangerine IPA.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.