Entry 80: Wet Coast, Best Coast

Brewery: Wet Coast Brewing

Location: Gig Harbor, WA

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.

Podcast 17: Airways and Aslan

Something different happened tonight. Gerry from Aslan and Gibbs from Airways join the podcast in two different segments. Good stuff tonight!

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/wabljourney/episodes/2017-03-02T22_54_54-08_00https://wabljourney.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/podcast-17.mp3

 

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Entry 79: The Greater World At Large

Brewery: At Large Brewing

Location: Everett, WA

Last weekend Matt and I woke up on Sunday morning with an unusual problem for us, we had absolutely no plans at all. We decided to take advantage of the opportunity and drive somewhere we had never been before, so we took a scenic (actually it was absolutely beautiful, it had snowed) drive out into logging country past Arlington. After exploring a bit up there we decided it was time to start heading back in the general direction of home; but before we went home we had a long overdue stop to make.

Back in May 2015, on one of the first official WABL Journeys, Matt and I were touring breweries out in the Granite Falls/Marysville area, on a suggestion from another brewer we visited nano brewery At Large. Running out of the owners garage, they only offered samples and growler fills, impressed with what they had to offer we left that day with two growlers filled with the Bonnie session IPA and the Clyde IPA. We shared the growlers with friends and watched owners James and Karen gain popularity over the next year at festivals.

At Large opened the doors to their own taproom in April 2016, and its a hell of a taproom. Its a nice open space with room to grow, and a great location on a nice day. Down by the water in Everett At Large is just what that area needs, mostly because of the beer list. At Large specializes in IPAs, and they specialize well.

I tried the Hitting on All 6 IPA and the At Large IPA. Hitting on All 6 is a bold and hoppy IPA that has been dry hopped with citra and mosaic hops for a fruity finish. The At Large IPA has a wonderful citrus finish that is bright and refreshing. Matt tried the Lawn Job then went to a classic, the Clyde, to finish. Matt’s not home right now, but based on his untapped, he was clearly impressed with the Lawn Job Cream Ale, and I already know he thinks highly of the Clyde.

This was a fun one for us, its exciting to watch a brewery grow from a dream to a reality. They are At Large and they are definitely wanted by this beer lover. (heyo!)

Entry 78: Nothing Standard Here

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.