Brewery: Standard Brewing
Location: Seattle, WA
Reason: Do I really need reasons anymore?
There are times in life when you just want something basic. Something average. Something standard. But not on this journey, we demand the best and when it comes to Standard Brewing, only the name is standard.
Located on Jackson Ave in Seattle in a renovated house, Standard Brewery boosts a fantastic outside drinking area. That is mostly due to the fact that the inside of the brewery is pretty small. But the outside has several heaters, partially undercover and has a great craft brewery feel to it.
Standard has come a long way in the past few years. When I first visited, they had a very small selection but in the last year, they have put a lot of time, effort and money to expanding their brewery and now they have 10 or so different types of beers on tap.
One of the first things I like to do when I visit breweries is taste their lighter beers and I do this for a reason. Dark beers, while delicious, have such a rich and dominating body that it is difficult to taste any imperfections in the beer. But when you taste their lighter beers, it is much more difficult to hid any problems. You can taste the body, the hops, smell the aroma. Get a really good feel for the talent of the brewery. And when you go to Standard, you’ll notice that the brewery has tremendous talent.
I highly recommend the Mosaic Single Hop, the Jerry of the Day and if they still have it, their Wet Hopped Pale Ale. All of them blend the hops and malt together perfectly to create a well balanced beer. Especially the Jerry of the Day if you love those the tropical flavor of Azacca and Simcoe hops.
Standard also has a West Coast IPA (tropical and light), CDA (piney), and Rye IPA (dank and rye). And these are the ones that I’ve had. Standard has such a diverse selection there is a beer for anyone who wants to visit.
If you want something more than standard, visit Standard Brewery. You wont be disappointed. Just make sure to bring a jacket.