With the recent addition of six new fermenters, the brewers at Pike Brewing in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market have released its first beer in its new Third Story Series of beers. The first beer to be tapped was a new Hazy IPA.
Staying relevant in the current brewing scene is very important for many breweries, especially the brewers that have been part of the early craft beer revolution. Now with a brewery expansion Pike Brewing is able to up its creative game with its new Third Story Series. The brew team are working on more imaginative beers using new ingredients such as Cryo hops, locally grown malt in Skagit Valley along with new yeast strains.
“When we started brewing in 1989 it was considered cutting edge to use high quality Maris Otter malts from England,” notes Pike Brewing Company Founder and Owner, Charles Finkel in a statement. “Even when Pike IPA debuted in the early 90’s there were only a handful of IPAs on the market and now IPA has become the most popular beer style. With this significantly expanded cellar we’re able to continue our legacy of brewing inventive beers with interesting, high quality ingredients for beer drinkers’ ever expanding palates.”
Beers in the Third Story series will be brewed one time only as frequently as possible and will be available only on draft for their limited and delicious time. These beers will allow Pike’s brewers to take their depth of knowledge and veteran brewing skills and combine them with a love of experimentation.
“For the last few years we’ve primarily been meeting the demands for our core beers, like Pike Space Needle IPA and Pike Kilt Lifter, which made it hard to find time to experiment and explore,” says Pike Head Brewer, Art Dixon in a statement. “With 6 new fermentation tanks installed we’ve finally got room and all of us in the brewery are ready to bring our ideas and recipes to life.”
Look for a new Belgian Brett IPA that’s aging in Chardonnay barrels in the near future. Pike Brewing Company’s fans have already been making suggestions for what beers they’d like to see brewed and you can do so too on the brewery’s Facebook page.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.