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Oceanside Ale Works making waves November 14, 2015
The Southern California coast heading towards San Diego and the surrounding areas are my old stomping grounds. What’s not to love? Gorgeous blue skies, the Pacific Ocean, and 75deg weather year round. Sadly, since moving to Washington State visiting the southern-most coastal area of California is a bit difficult. Visiting my home state usually involves family visits in Orange County so the two-hour trek to the southern-most part of the state is a bit difficult. Well, there is one thing that gives me that “coastal love” that I long for: Oceanside Ale Works.
Now, OAW does not distribute to the PNW, but luckily I have been able to get my hands on a few of their creations. Each beer is just as amazing as the last.
Dude Double IPA – This is Oceanside’s most popular beer. As a double IPA, I was expecting a strong, “blow your head off” hoppy ale. What I got was a well-balanced, slightly malty IPA that even a beer newbie would enjoy. Hints of caramel hit the palate and hop flowers break through the finish. This beer is lovely. Oh, and owner Mark’s photo is on the label. How cool is THAT dude?!?!
Funk-n-Delicious Blueberry – WOW!! Real fruit flavor! Really great aroma of freshly picked blueberries. The flavor is tart, pungent fruit. Nothing fake about this beauty! Sour, sparkly, exactly how you want a fruit beer to taste. Gorgeous!
Up A Kriek Cherry Sour Belgian Blonde – Pretty, pretty beer. If you are a fan of sour beers, this one should put a smile on your face. Tart cherry fruit from start to finish. Effervescent, Champaign-like elegance. Perfect after-dinner treat. Simply gorgeous!
I have yet to actually visit the brewery in Oceanside, but hope to make a trip down there soon. If you hit the Golden State be sure to check around your local ale house or bottle shop and pick up a bottle of liquid So Cal!
COMING SOON: my latest trip to California, Oceanside Ale Works, and Opening week at McMenamins Anderson School! Stay tuned, kids! October 20, 2015
Wet Coast brings a ray of sunshine to Gig Harbor September 18, 2015
I’m pretty darn lucky! Not only do I live in the darling town of Gig Harbor, WA, but I have three breweries within five minutes of my home. Oh, and one of them is my current favorite brewery! Wet Coast Brewing opened in June and is strong coming right out of the gate! I’m really excited about this brewery. Every beer I have is great and there is constantly something new on tap.
East Meets West ESB (5% ABV) – Malty with a hint of nuttiness. Very smooth with a crisp finish.
Line Jumper IPA (5.4% ABV) – Well-balanced IPA w/honey notes. Lovely hoppy finish.
Dark Coast Black Ale (5.1% ABV) – The name is no lie! This baby is as black as ink. Smokey and rich, this lovely ale is a coffee and chocolate lovers dream. But, what’s nice about this beer is that it’s lighter bodied than what you would expect. Great on warm days or curling up next to and autumn fire.
El Capital Coffee Brown (5.1% ABV) – One of my favorites!! An ale brewed with lots of coffee. The only description needed is that it’s like drinking a creamy dark chocolate iced coffee. So Yummy!
NorthWET Session Ale (4.9% ABV) – Great ale to hang out with. Great hop notes from start to finish. Very easy to drink and finishes clean.
Belma Blonde (5% ABV) – Light, sweet and fruity. Oranges and a hint of honey. Great beer for those with a sweeter palate.
Brass Rail Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) – My absolute favorite of the regular lineup! Hoppy, fruity, and very well-balanced. It truly is one of the best pale ales I’ve had in a long time. I can’t get enough of this one!
Wet Coast is open Thursday & Friday 3:00-9:00pm, Saturday 12:00-9:00pm, and Sunday 12:00-5:00pm. The tap-room is simple and laid-back. Kids and outside food are more than welcome.
While your there, say “Hi” to our favorite beer tender Sarah Jane! She’s a peach!!!
Finding An Outlaw In The Forests Of Edgewood May 18, 2015
Nestled in the hills of Edgewood, WA you will find a small gravel road. Head down that road to a sweet, little vintage home. What you will find in the homeowner’s garage is a great little nano brewery/tap room: Outlaw Ales. Owner Dan Sowers will be behind the bar to greet you with a pint, some fresh popped popcorn, and a smile. Outlaw Ales started in 2013 in his home in Bonney Lake. But his recent move brought him to a forest setting in Edgewood. On the day of my visit he had two beers and one cider available. So of course I had to try a flight of all three!
Coffee Porter (9% ABV) – Do you like chocolate covered espresso beans? I know I do and this beer was the next best thing! Brewed with real coffee, this stout is rich and robust with a dark chocolate finish. There is a bit of a smokiness on the palate that really gives the beer a nice edge. Very nice.
IPA ( 7% ABV) – A beautifully balanced IPA with a nice maltiness that cuts through the bitterness of the hops. Very refreshing, hop aroma, and a slightly sweet/hop finish. This is a great IPA for both the beginner and “hop head.”
Organic Cider (10% ABV) – Now, you all know that I like a good cider. This cider is not good…IT’S AMAZING! In all honesty, it’s probably one of the best hard ciders I have ever had. No really, I’m not joking! Dan travels down to his friend’s apple orchard in Forest Grove, OR, picks six different varieties of apples, and presses them himself. He adds champagne yeast to the batch and creates a gorgeous, unfiltered treat for the senses. Fresh apples from start to finish without the overly syrupy sweetness most ciders take on. The champagne yeast gives it a crisp, sparkly finish. I cannot say enough about this cider!
Outlaw Ales is one of the best breweries I have been to in a while. He is currently brewing a Summer Pale Ale due out pretty soon.
The tap room is open on selected days only: the first and third weekend of every month. Remember, the tasting room is located at his home, so please be respectful of the dates and times. But, if you need a growler fill you can contact him and make arrangements. Outside food is welcome and there is plenty of seating in the tap room.