Location: Seattle, WA (Pike Place Market)
Brewery: Old Stove Brewing Co
Reason: Opening Weekend
This past weekend has been a very exciting one for breweries indeed. We got to attend the opening days of both Ravenna Brewing and Old Stove, and they were about as different as breweries can be. I’m going to let Matt tell you all about Ravenna on the next post and stick to Old Stove here.
We woke up Saturday morning and realized it was a rare day where we had nothing already planned, the weather was cooperating, and we were up early enough to do anything we wanted with the day. Matt made the excellent suggestion of heading down to Pike Place Market and hitting up the opening of Old Stove.
Pike Place Market is a gem I often forget about living here. Its a fun place to wander around if you have no agenda or real plan. There are plenty of places to eat, drink, and generally be merry. But we did have a plan, a plan for beer, so we went straight for Old Stove.
To me, Old Stove feels more like a restaurant than a brewery. Even though the menu is small, and the beer is craft, the feel of the place definitely is a restaurant, or at least a brewery of a much larger scale. Walking in, it felt to me a little more like a Pike or a Redhook than a small micro brewery. I do think this is appropriate for the location which will get a lot of tourists looking to have a local beer with their lunch.
I started with the IPA while Matt tried the Pale and the Pilsner. The IPA was good, one I would order again, but the Pilsner was the superior beer. It was light and refreshing while still having a bit of complexity to the flavor. It was honestly one of the best Pilsners we think we have ever had. Its absolutely worth the stop in if you are down in the area.