Entry 81: 20,000 Leagues under the Maelstorm

Brewery: Maelstorm Brewing

Location: Kirkland WA

Reason: New Day, New Brewery

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.

Podcast 22: Bellingham Part 2

There are so many delicious breweries in Bellingham. This week we talk about Structures, Gruff and Stones Throw Brewing. Plus we talk about Floodland Brewing and the crazy stuff they’ll be doing.


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!



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Entry 76: Our Dystopian Future

Brewery: Dystopian
Location: Tacoma, WA
Reason: They were open!

Its rare that Matt and I find ourselves on a Friday afternoon with no plans, but there we were last Friday, leaving work for the week and realizing that we had nothing on the agenda for our evening. Facebook’s data miners to the rescue! Suddenly an event popped up on my phone and I saw that Dystopian was opening THAT NIGHT! Obviously it was meant to be.
Right off the bat, I kind of dig the vibe of this place. Its got a very 1984 / V for Vendetta feel to the place that is pretty fun (you know, for a brewery). Located in downtown Tacoma, we found the place pretty easily because of the GIANT CROWD spilling out into the street. The second thing that I noticed was the beer. The beers are not subtle guys.The lowest alcohol content of the group was the coconut cream ale at about 5.3% and from there it went all the way up to the Entropy Cascadian dark at 10.5%.
While potentially dangerous, the beers are worth it. I tried the Everybody’s Crisis coconut cream ale to start, and it was amazing. It had notes of toasted coconut and a little caramel. It tasted like a glass of coconut creme brulee. After that I tried the Dapper Dubbel, which was also a stand up beer. Matt tried the Red Queen red IPA and the Entropy on nitro. This brewer knows what he is doing, hes executed a unique, non traditional tap list for his opening weekend and he executed it well.
Look forward to seeing more from Dystopian, because they are coming for you too.