There came a time recently where WABL journey needed to explore, to sail into the sunset and discover new breweries. So we set a course and headed north towards the great unknown, when we noticed something ominous on the horizon, a swirling vortex, and before we knew it, we found ourselves caught in the grips of the Maelstorm.
On July 13, 2017, Maelstorm Brewing finally opened their doors in Kirkland. A project that has been brewing since owner and head brewer, Scott developed a love of beer. The newest kid on the WABL block, has a welcoming tap room with roll up doors and an outdoor seating area for those sunny Kirkland afternoons. The central location in Kirkland is perfect for meeting up with our friends on the north end of the lake. I would recommend getting a sampler tray at least once, if for no other reason, to admire the custom sampler trays.
Finally, for the real reason that everyone is here, the contents of those sampler trays. Maelstorm specializes in traditional craft beers. Matt and I tried the Petra Kolsh, the Pale, and the Anodyne IPA. I really liked the IPA, a traditional west coast IPA. Matt was a big fan of the Kolsh, very light and refreshing on a summer day, or when you are in the mood for a lighter beer. The pale had a maltier body giving it a fuller mouth feel, one of our friends left the brewery raving about this one.
We turn 21! Thanks to everyone who has listened! As always you can download it on iTunes or just listen here. We talk about a lot of breweries including Wet Coast, Dunagan, Odd Otter, Cole Street, At-Large, Three Magnets plus a bunch more. Sam is leading the show today so sit back and enjoy.
Reason: Weekend in Bremerton, needed a beer on the way home.
After weeks apart, our brave WABL journeymen came together to brave a new terrain. Samwise and I loaded up the war wagon (Fiat) for a long mission (overnight). Upon our journey home, we had to stop for sustenance. We found ourselves peering over a vast ocean, an ocean of beer.
Wet Coast is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries in this great state of Washington. It may not get the publicity of a Fremont or Cloudburst, but the beer is equal if not better. In a strip mall off of highway 16, the brewery is has a classic feel that you come to expect. Operating on a 3.5 barrel system, Wet Coast is able to keep 8 beers plus a cider on tap at all times. When our journey took us near this brewery, I knew it was a must stop.
If you can get there now, I highly suggest their triple IPA. When you think of IPAs, especially triples, you think hoppy and boozy. But, this triple has a sweet finish that can be incredibly dangerous. If you’re looking for that stronger IPA flavor, they have an imperial IPA for you. If you are looking for something on the lighter side, the Pale, Cream, and IPA will all satisfy.
There are very few breweries I can recommend more that Wet Coast. Child friendly, cool swag and a friendly vibe should be a reason alone, but the beer is easily one of the top 10 in Washington.