We still had breweries to hit in SoDo! Because whatever, FINE, brewery hours, you’re making life difficult. Luckily, we found a Tuesday night that worked! Called up the Spees, and Toby was able to join after work.
Let me say folks, work up an appetite. Ghostfish has a completely gluten free vegan food group that will deliver food, and their beer-battered avocado tacos apparently are amazing. We were saving our appetites for Epic, so we decided to wait, but we weren’t disappointed by what we waited for. Still…really want to try those tacos…
1.9 miles/37 minutes/4 breweries/21 beers/6 badges
Georgetown Brewing Company
What the fudge does Jesus have to do with vacuums?
Beers I Tried:
1. Bob’s Brown Ale
2. Johnny Utah Citra Pale Ale
This is more of a growler filling/brewery tour type tasting room. No pints, no tasting samples, so I just awkwardly sidled up to the bar and asked for my stamp and the opportunity to try a couple beers they had. No pictures, just some quick shots of beer and a look around the gift shop.
Georgetown is a Seattle staple on taps all over the city, most commonly Manny’s Pale Ale. It’s become a staple for a reason; it IS darn tasty beer. However, I am Manny’s/Lucille/Chopper ‘d out. It’s good, but I personally have never found anything notable about what they’re doing. I tried two beers that I have never seen on taps and was pleased with my choices, as both the Citra Pale and the Brown were exactly what I expected them to be. Reliable beers that are darn tasty.
Ghostfish Brewing Company
Beers I Tried:
3. Elderflower White Saison
4. Shrouded Summit Wit
5. Experimental Grapefruit IPA
6. Vanishing Point Pale
7. Watchstander Stout
The space for this was awesome. Lots of wood, lots of room, right in the heart of SoDo. Food is provided by a nearby vegan gluten free food truck kitchen which, like I said above, I’ll definitely be hitting up when I bring Ariana back here next time she visits! Seriously, beer battered avocado tacos? I gotta eat me some of those!
But beerwise…I just…you guys. I get it, I do. But every time I tried a beer, my response was my general GF statement of “It’s good for gluten free…”. They are doing hella good, hella impressive work, and I definitely acknowledge and admire that. I appreciate that they are taking a market of people, a lot of whom probably used to be beer lovers only to have their beloved beverage taken away, and are giving it back to them in a form their bodies can process. But if I were to try these beers in a line-up of non-GF beers, I wouldn’t particularly care for them. However, I definitely would rank them higher than Omission and MUCH HIGHER than New Planet (<–SO GROSS). If you’re GF or have GF friends & family, definitely check this place out; if you’re a craft beer nerd, it’s worth checking out to see what’s happening in the GF beer world. Watchstander was my favorite, the grapefruit IPA was skippable (though experimental when we were there, so maybe they’ve made it better a month later?). Everything else was good and worth trying.
Beers I Tried:
8. Mojito Pale Ale
9. Fleur de Ble Hefeweizen
10. Rosy Cheeks Pale
11. Horchata Saison
12. Ale Iain Cream Ale
13. The Wildest Mild Rauchbier
14. Hope Farmhouse Saison
15. Solar Trans Amplifier Witbier
16. Party Time!!! Ale
17. Single Barrel Sour #1
18. Sea-Oak 500
Guysguysguys. This was on Toby’s list of “Meh” breweries, only for him to have his mind completely changed. We ended up at Epic on the night they were auditioning a new chef, so we got to try some amazing food. The mashed potato dumplings with chicken “gravy” sauce were so yum, but I couldn’t believe how mind-blowing the (above) squid crudo with a quail egg was. GAAAH SO GOOD. Don’t know if he got the job, but especially since it’s right down the street from Toby’s office, I know we’ll be back.
Because the Spees joined us, we were able to justify trying every single one of their beers they had on the list that day. HOLINESS! I gotta rave about the Mojito Pale, the Fleur de Ble, and the Rosy Cheeks; they were right up my alley with lightness and sweetness. I even enjoyed the Hope Farmhouse Saison, and that’s a leap for me. Party Time was a great sour, couldn’t handle the Sea-Oak 500 (we passed that along to the boys…so much barrel-y goodness for them). The Horchata Saison was good, but honestly, mixing those great rice milk cinnamon flavors with those of the saison didn’t mix for me. I’d stick with a pint of the Mojito Pale, no question. Check it out!
Beers I Tried:
19. Sea Witch Milk Stout
21. French “C” Saison
We had to hit Seapine on a different day due to weird hours for those of us in the service industry. A small tasting room with four taps in a warehouse/office building. Adam was pouring and was just the nicest guy; tips on how to enjoy Washington Brewers Fest, beer chat, etc.
Dang, that milk stout! If the hours ever open up a bit more, I would definitely go back just for that. I liked the Saison and the IPA a lot, and want to check out the Pale Ale they were out of when we were there. Even Toby, the hardcore IPA drinker, preferred the Saison! Worth a trip, and walking distance to Costco if you need that. 🙂