Pike Brewing, one of Seattle’s longest running craft breweries, has been brewing at the historic Pike Place Market since 1989. The brewery that was founded by Charles and Rose Ann Finkel has some exciting plans in store for 2017. Its brew team has developed a lineup of beers that includes its core brands, new and returning seasonals and limited release beers for this coming year. 2017 also will see a new cellar space that will allow the longtime brewery to experiment with different beers and new styles.
First out of the gate in seasonals is Octopus Ink Black IPA. Then in March Pike Brewing will add Pike Hive Five – Hopped Honey Aleto its year-round lineup.
Here’s a peek at what to expect from the iconic Pike Brewing in 2017.
SEASONAL LINE UP
A new beer every quarter, brewed to pair with the season’s foods, moods and activities. All Pike Brewing seasonals will be available on draft and in 22 oz. dinner bottles.
Octopus Ink – Black IPA Available January 2017
Pike Octopus Ink Black IPA is a complex and intriguing beer, blending the hoppy flavor of your favorite IPA with the dark malt character of a tasty stout. We dry hop Octopus Ink twice, ensuring the citrus and piney hops shine through it’s smooth, round and chocolaty stout-like base. A portion of every Pike Octopus Ink Black IPA sale benefits Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.
ABV – 8.2%
IBU – 80
OG – 1.080
°L – 25
Pike Doubble Hopulus – Double IPA Available April 2017
This double IPA is like a sunny vacation in the middle of winter. A bright, apricot colored beer, Pike Doubble Hopulus derives enticing flavors and aromas of stone fruits, pine and melon from its complex hop blend. Our brewers have balanced these tastes with rich malt flavors which will bring you back sip after sip. This layered and smooth IPA clocks in at 8.5% ABV and is brewed with Chinook, Falconer’s Flight and Simcoe hops and then dry hopped with more Simcoe and Amarillo.
ABV – 8.5%
IBU – 80
OG – 1.076
°L – 5.5
Pike Zest in Show – Summer Ale Available July 2017
Light and lemony for summer time! A sessionable summer ale, Zest in Show has a clean and round mouthfeel that pops with citrusy hops. Crisp and bright in your glass with a beautiful white head, it’s Seattle summertime in a glass.
ABV – 4.5%
IBU – 26
OG – 1.046
°L – 2
Yellow Rose – Organic Double Oatmeal Stout Available October 2017
Dark and incredibly smooth, yet fairly dry, Yellow Rose Organic Double Oatmeal Stout is ready for you to cozy up with this winter. A nod to oatmeal stouts of yesteryear, Yellow Rose is made with a hand selected blend of organic malts and oats, for a silky mouthfeel and light caramel flavors.
ABV – 7.5%
OG – 1.070
°L – 25
NEW YEAR ROUND Pike Hive Five – Hopped Honey Ale
Pike Brewing introduced two new, year-round beers in 2016 with Space Needle Golden IPA and Pike Place Ale. We’re keeping this up by introducing another new, year-round beer in 2017 – Pike Hive Five Hopped Honey Ale.
Pike Hive Five is a tasty collaboration between Pike and Salish Lodge & Spa, whose bees provide the delicious honey for this beer. Pike Hive Five made a small debut last spring as a seasonal release. It was very well received and won a Gold Medal at the Washington Brewer’s Festival. The superb honey from the Salish Lodge & Spa beehives adds dimension to the biscuity flavor of wholesome malt and aromatic Yakima Valley hops. Pike Hive Five pours a light gold color and pairs well with salads, seafood, nuts and cheeses. Pike Hive Five will be available in 12 oz. cans and on draft beginning in March 2017.
LIMITED RELEASE BEERS
These smaller batches showcase Pike brewer’s creativity and nuance. Keep an eye on Pike Brewing’s social channels to be alerted as these limited release beers become available.
Pike Locale – Farmer Direct Varietal Beers
Malt is the soul of beer and in 2017 Pike Brewing will continue our pioneering Pike Locale series, which focuses on varietal beers brewed to showcase the unique flavors of locally grown malts and hops. Pike Brewing partners with local farmers and craft maltsters and we’ll release more beers in this farm-to-tap series as these heritage grains become available.
Pike Vita – Blonde Coffee Ale
What could be more Seattle than coffee beer? Pike Vita is a collaboration with local coffee roaster, Caffe Vita. We make ours blonde, a unique take on a coffee beer, and one that highlights the interplay between the bright notes of Vita’s single origin coffees and locally sourced hops. Pike Vita will be available as brewing allows, primarily on draft but possibly in 22 oz. dinner bottles.
Pike Dragon Slayer – English Style IPA Available March & April
Slay your dragons with a Pike! This British style IPA is brewed for a Northwest palate and to commemorate Saint George’s Day. Cascade, Centennial and Summit hop aromas will welcome you to this glass that has a biscuity malt flavor. This balance of malt and hops, combined with an ABV of 5.8 %, make Pike Dragon Slayer IPA a very drinkable IPA. Dragon Slayer is available on draft only.
Pike Wolf In The Woods – Fresh Hop Available September
Autumn is hop harvest season and an annual time to craft beers which singularly capture the hop’s most delicate flavors and essence. Moving quickly from bine to kettle, brewers must use their freshly picked hop flowers within 24 hours of harvest. Every year Pike Brewing Company chooses a specific hop to brew with and beer style to complement its flavors and aromas. Wolf In The Woods is available on draft only.
Pike Harlot’s Harvest – Pumpkin Beer Available in September
This brew is a big, bold and voluptuous fall favorite bursting with roasty caramel malt, spices and of course, pumpkin. Dark and full, Pike Harlot’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale resembles a Belgian Double and will warm you up as the nights get longer. Pike Harlot’s Harvest reminds us that Pike Brewing was founded in Seattle’s LaSalle Hotel, a former brothel run by Madam Nellie Curtis. Pike Harlot’s Harvest is available on draft and in 22 oz. dinner bottles.
Pike Auld Acquaintance – Spiced Winter Warmer Available in October
Pike Auld Acquaintance is a dark, toasty brown, high gravity ale infused with spices and aromatic notes of orange. Brewed with three different Yakima Valley hops, Curacao and sweet orange peel, coriander, cassia bark and nutmeg, it drinks as a rich and gutsy, yet well-balanced, winter warmer — sensual and embracing. Pike Auld Acquaintance is available on draft and in a limited 22 oz. dinner bottle
Pike Entire – Barrel Aged Stout Available in Winter
Pike Entire is smooth and chocolaty – reminiscent of small-batch bourbon with its vanilla and wood overtones. The 2016 vintage was made by aging Imperial Stout in whiskey barrels, which impart creamy vanilla and whiskey flavors. After aging it is blended with Pike XXXXX Stout to round out its flavors. Pike Entire is available towards the end of the year, on draft and in 22 oz. wax dipped dinner bottles.
Pike Old Bawdy – Barley Wine Available in January
This traditional ale is fruity and rich with more of everything – malt, hops, yeast and hearty flavor. Before your first sip you’ll enjoy its wild herb aromas. Pike Old Bawdy has roasted and toasted flavors balanced by rich malt and just the right measure of hops. Perfect for cellaring. Pike Old Bawdy is available on draft and in 12 oz. bottles.
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.