A spring tradition has returned from Chuckanut Brewery as the North Puget Sound brewer has once again released Skagit Tulip Ale. This seasonal beer pays homage to the Skagit Tulip Festival and with it the Skagit Farm to Pint Roadshow that benefits Viva Farms.
Chuckanut’s Skagit Tulip Ale is described by the brewery as a California Common using a blend of old world Noble & new world hops with a mix of German and Skagit Valley malts to create an ale with a smooth malty center. The use of triticale (wheat/rye hybrid) and Talisman Pilsner malts from Skagit Valley Malting makes this blonde ale an uncomplicated and hoppy beer with a crispy, dry finish.
California Common (A.K.A. Steam Beer) is a beer brewed with lager yeast but fermented at ale temperatures. It’s the perfect spring ale available for the Farm to Pint Roadshow supporting Viva Farms, an organization that empowers aspiring and limited-resource farmers by providing bilingual training in holistic organic farming practices. Farm to Pint Roadshow in Skagit Valley is part of the celebration of the Skagit Tulip Festival. If you want to pair Skagit Tulip Ale with food it’s a great accompaniment to seafood dishes and chowders. But it’s also the perfect beer to enjoy on its own!
Skagit Tulip Ale is available on draft and in cans at accounts around Puget Sound and the Portland area. Cans of Skagit Tulip Ale are available at the Chuckanut P. Nut Beer Hall in Portland, Oregon and South Nut Tap Room in Burlington, Washington and in very limited accounts around Bellingham, Washington.
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.