These two titanic beers do what flagship beers are SUPPOSED to do: Tell A Story. State the Mission of their makers. Stand for Something.
I’ve consumed a small lake of this stuff, over the twelve-ish years since it debuted and it wears about as well as any NW ale I’ve ever found.
Beautiful luminous amber in the glass, as vividly flavored as a smorgasbord on a Tahitian beach, Monk’s is pretty much inarguably Washington’s flagship Belgian-style ale and it is UNBELIEVABLY delicious!
This became Snoqualmie Falls Brewing’s flagship beer in the most natural way possible: by simply being among the best of this style ever made in the US.
It became a true American brewing icon; the first and only craft beer to literally outsell Budwesier, Miller, and Coors in its local market.
Just this week, I got samples from two exceptional PNW brewers whom I would have probably chosen if someone had come to me and said, “Name a brewery in each state that you would bet money on making a great Brut.”
Pyramid “Yeah, Baby!” is an absurdly fine IPA, regardless of category, and gives all us fresh-hop freaks something we can geek out on during those dismal months of our beer year that are not September and October.
The Abyss and The Dissident, 2018, are like bottles of delightfully naughty sex; like you just might enjoy either one enough that it would be unseemly to have anyone watching.