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Finding An Outlaw In The Forests Of Edgewood May 18, 2015

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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! 10930877_1121338784546557_3422953931699574143_nBrewed 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.




It’s the Great Pumpkin! October 30, 2010

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I love this time of year! I love the changing of the leaves, the crispness in the air, and the smell of burning fire places. But, the biggest reason I love this time of year is the release of all the pumpkin beers.  In fact, I would have to say, a good pumpkin ale is probably my favorite beer on the planet! And over the last 5 years, brewers have jumped on the pumpkin wagon and crafted some of the tastiest brews around.

Now, there are dozens of breweries that brew pumpkin beer, but I’m just going to hit on my top picks. Trust me, once you try one you may not be able to put it down!

#5  Punk’n – Four + Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, UT)   

About 3 weeks ago I spotted this gem at our local Tacoma Boys Farmer’s Market in Tacoma, WA.  And I was glad I did! It really surprised me how subtle and smooth this beer was. A little on the toasty side with just a hint of nutmeg and vanilla.  This beer was very easy to drink and I think would go great with Thanksgiving dinner…or dessert!

  #4 Pumpkinhead Ale – Shipyard Brewing Co (Portland, ME)

Talk about Autumn spice! Not only is the logo on the bottle really cool, this beer really packs a punch when it comes to flavor. The spiciest beer out of my top 5 picks, Shipyard did not hold back when adding the cinnamon and nutmeg to this little beauty. Definitely not a beer to be taken lightly, it is slowly becoming one of my favorites. The spiciness of the first sip may throw you off, but keep going! You won’t be sorry!!

#3 Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale – Blue Moon Brewing Co (Golden, CO)

Now I know Coors actually owns Blue Moon Brewing Company, but I have to admit, this is a great beer. Harvest Moon’s light pumpkin flavor and soft nutmeg essence makes this beer an absolute delight. It’s very easy to drink with food but much more enjoyable on its own. While I’m a fan of Blue Moon’s popular Belgian White ale, this seasonal brew is my favorite from brewery.

   #2 Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Elysian Brewing Co. (Seattle, WA)

I discovered this gorgeous beer after moving to Washington State. I had a hard time determining if Night Owl Pumpkin Ale should be in my #1 spot because it’s just that good! Once you crack open the bottle you are immediately hit with the wonderful aroma of pumpkin pie.  Elysian adds nutmeg, allspice, cloves, cinnamon and ginger during the fermentation process. Both raw and roasted pumpkin seeds are added into the mash along with raw pumpkin. Night Owl Pumpkin ale is probably one of my favorite all around beers…period.

#1 America’s Original Pumpkin Ale – Buffalo Bill’s Brewing Co. (Hayward, CA)

Talk about pumpkin pie in a bottle!  Brewed with baked and roasted pumpkin, Buffalo Bill’s then adds cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon creating what I consider to be absolute perfection! While you can drink this ale with a meal, I wouldn’t recommend it for the simple fact you would lose all of that wonderful spicy, pumpkin flavor and aroma. Best to drink this baby all by itself.  I look forward every year to the release of this beer and stock up on it as soon as it’s available. I’m telling you, grandma’s pumpkin pie has some stiff competition!

Now I know the thought of pumpkin in beer sounds kind of wacky to a lot of beer purists, but stick with me on this… once you sip a good pumpkin ale you won’t be sorry.

Happy Halloween!



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