With the 6th Annual Seattle Beer Week on the horizon from May 8-18, a new Seattle Beer Week beer was recently brewed. On Saturday, March 6, six local brewers got together at Elysian Brewing’s Airport Way production brewery to brew the sixth Seattle Beer Week beer together, Six Degrees of Collaboration.
Six Degrees of Collaboration, is said to be a session IPA that should weigh in at around 6% alcohol. Being near 6% ABV and calling this beer a session IPA maybe pushing the boundary a bit. In addition to the crew at Elysian, the other five participating breweries were Georgetown, Black Raven, Naked City, Schooner Exact and Pike.
The brewers produced two 60-barrel brews of Six Degrees of Collaboration. The first batch will go entirely into 22-ounce bottles for sale in advance of Seattle Beer Week beginning on April 1st at stores throughout the Seattle area. The second batch will go into kegs to be served throughout Seattle Beer Week.
The official draft release of Six Degrees of Collaboration will take place on the opening night of Seattle Beer Week. On May 8th at 5:00pm, the draft version will be released at Elysian’s Captial Hill location.
Six was definitely a number being thrown around on brew day. This special brew to uses six malts, six hop varieties added in artful combination at six different times, and six different house yeasts as well were added to produce the 6th Annual Seattle Beer Week beer.
“Sixth Sense? Six Appeal? Six to the Sixth? 666 (Mark of the Yeast)? House (Yeast) Party? These were other names considered before Six Degrees of Collaboration was settled upon, especially appropriate in that not only among this little crowd of six, everyone in the brewing industry knows each other anyway.” says Elysian’s Dick Cantwell.
ABOUT SEATTLE BEER WEEK
The goal of Seattle Beer Week is to celebrate and showcase the incredible beer community of the Northwest, especially the Seattle Beer Market. We have world class beers being brewed here as well as world class bars and restaurants that specialize and care about the quality of the beer and food they serve. What better way to showcase this passion and love than to celebrate it for an entire week!
Elysian Brewing Company operates three neighborhood brewpubs and a production brewery in Seattle, WA. Known for innovation, flexibility and variety, Elysian has brewed more than 300 different beers since opening its doors in 1996.