One of the Skagit Valley’s largest tourism draws is in the springtime for the blooming of its tulips. To celebrate this seasonal change, Chuckanut Brewery has partnered with the Skagit Farm to Pint Feston Skagit Tulip Ale.
The Skagit Farm to Pint Fest celebrates the tulips and beer that are products of the valley in the north Puget Sound. Funds raised from the fest are donated to Viva Farms, a non-profit that teaches farming in the area. All Skagit breweries in the fest use Skagit grown grains that are malted at Skagit Valley Malting that is located just down the street from Chuckanut’s South Nut. This year’s Chuckanut Skagit Tulip Ale uses triticale grains that were grown and malted in Skagit Valley.
For 2021, Skagit Tulip Ale is available in 500mL bottles as well as on tap. A special label has been created by local artist Evan Whitehead that invokes the beauty of the scenery in Skagit Valley to match the beauty of Chucknaut’s beers.
Skagit Tulip Ale Description:
Skagit Tulip Ale is a delightful golden California Common that uses a blend of old-world Noble hops and new world Galaxy hops with a mix of German and Skagit malts for a smooth malty center. The use of triticale (wheat/rye hybrid) malts from Skagit Valley Malting makes this an uncomplicated and hoppy beer with a dry finish. California Common Ale (AKA Steam Beer) is brewed with lager yeast but fermented at ale temperatures. Skagit Tulip Ale is a great accompaniment to seafood pasta dishes or with your favorite chowder. It also is the perfect beer just on its own!
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen and Chuckanut South Nut Tap Room are open seven days a week. Learn more about Chuckanut at www.chuckanutbrewery.com.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 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 the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.