After being tipped off about the existence of a new addition to the Ballard neighborhood’s burgeoning list of breweries in a comment on the Stoup Brewery review we posted about a month ago, Janette and I finally had opportunity to check out Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. last night. We don’t get over to this part of Seattle nearly often enough, so it was quite fortunate that we had a housewarming party to attend earlier in the evening that brought us within a couple miles of their location. There weren’t any official Seattle Beer Week events in the area, either, so it was definitely the right time to visit.
Two Beers is releasing the latest in their Alta series, the 2014 Ascension Triple IPA (11.9 ABV). I just had a sip, and despite pouring like an unfiltered hefeweizen, it’s still plenty boozy. We got here early, so our pic below has a bit more sediment than usual.
Seattle Cider is introducing their Washington Heirloom 2013 cider, a cider made from heirloom apples. It’s a nice taste of traditional cider taste with a twist. I like.
After the sour beer tasting at Chuck’s, we walked over to Naked City Brewing for Nanobrewery Night. This was another event that we didn’t want to miss.
This was a featured event on the Seattle
Beer Week website, so as expected, it was incredibly busy.
We had a nice time chatting with Cincinati from Strong Arm Brewing prior to finding a seat and getting some beer to taste.
Because of my very recent appreciation of sour beers, this was one of the events that I did not want to miss.
We tried a total of 8 beers in two tasting groups (one of them we tried twice because we liked it so much.)
Chalk this up to “First World Problems”: Having a fridge full of beer that you are planning to review…without any in there to simply enjoy without taking notes. Well, I just shrugged that off and said “Forget this, I’m going to grab a beer and not worry about it.” Then I tasted Goodlife Brewing Company’s Descender IPA. I truly wasn’t going to do a review on this bottle, but it made such an impression on me that I simply had to. Just goes to show, you never know when inspiration is going to hit you.
This photo was taken about halfway through the glass, long after most of the head had died down, so while it doesn’t show in the picture, this poured with a very thick creamy head. Like I said, I had planned to simply enjoy this one and didn’t take any pictures initially.
Since we enjoy beers so much, Ray and I have thought about brewing our own beers. We decided we wanted to brew a special batch to celebrate our upcoming wedding anniversary. Not knowing the hows of brewing and not having the right equipment, we went to Gallaghers’ Where-U-Brew to make our first batch and to get a feel for the brewing process.
Gallaghers’ is where you’re able to make your own beers, wines, and ciders, with the added bonus of being a tap room with their own mug club. They have over 50 recipes (plus many not listed) matched up to recognizable brews on the market, so you know kind of what to expect from your brew.