Pike Brewing Company is one of Seattle’s early craft beer pioneers. Visionary founders and owners Charles and Rose Ann Finkel have been involved in the beverage industry for decades and launched the iconic Pike Brewing way back in 1989. Still independently owned, Pike continues to grow, innovate and help educate people about the craft beer industry.
After the recent expansion of the brewery and the opening of Tankard & Tun just upstairs from the Pike Pub, they decided it was time to give head brewer, Art Dixon, a chance to experiment. The result is Pike’s new Third Story series, which will be comprised of several different one-off beers that will be available on draft only. I’m happy to see Pike- embracing the recent trend of craft breweries that are always coming out with something new.
Last night my wife and I were fortunate to attend a special beer-pairing dinner at Urbane, located in the Hyatt hotel at Olive 8 in downtown Seattle. It was a preview of a few of the new dishes Urbane will be adding to their Fall menu, all expertly paired with beers from Seattle’s own multi-award-winning (over 30 awards received so far in 2017 alone) Reuben’s Brews, one of the fastest growing breweries in Washington State with production set to increase by more than 50% this year over 2016.
The dinner was hosted by Urbane’s Executive Chef, Brian Pusztai and Reuben’s Brews was represented by brewery rep, Conrad Hermosillo. Brian, Conrad and a few other members of the Urbane chef’s team greeted us upon our arrival and we prepared ourselves for a 3-course tasting menu by getting to know each other a bit while snacking on a very tasty cheese and charcuterie board.
We’re blessed here in the Northwest to live in an area where there are so many great breweries. Having easy access to so many great beers is great for craft beer fans like us, but it’s also part of what allows Seattle to have some of the best tap and bottle shops around. Some of the most popular and well known ones include The Beer Junction, Bottleworks and Chuck’s Hop Shop.
Now, joining those establishments is Seattle’s newest tap and bottle shop: Teku Tavern. Named for the Teku style of glassware that has been called the “World’s best beer glass”, Teku Tavern is looking to, as they put it, elevate the beer scene in Seattle. They’ll have 50 taps, 3 cask stations and 29 refrigerators of beer and cider to go.
It may still be Fall, but it sure feels like Winter out there. We’ve already had a few good storms this season, and today is looking pretty stormy as well. At least, however, there’s one positive side to having the cold and wet weather return: Winter Ales.
When the wind and cold returns, most palates crave something a bit thicker, a bit darker, perhaps even a bit spicier. Pike Brewing Company is answering your taste buds’ call with the return of their annual Winter Ale: Pike Auld Acquaintance.