Pike Brewing Company introduces the Third Story, a series of one-time-only, imaginative craft beers from Seattle’s original urban brewery. Coming straight from Pike’s newly expanded brewery cellar, the Third Story series is launching at a fertile time for exploration in craft beer. The recent availability of new ingredients like Cryo hops, locally grown malts and new yeast strains combined with craft beer drinkers’ clamor for more adventurous brews lines up perfectly with Pike Brewing’s veteran brewers’ itch to explore.
It is with a hearty nod of appreciation to Yorkshire’s Oldest Brewery that Pike Brewing Company introduces our winter seasonal, Pike Organic Double Oatmeal Stout.
Certain beers embody and capture a beer style more than any other. When it comes to oatmeal stout, the beer that sets the standard is Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout. This world classic has a long relationship with Pike Brewing Company since Pike founder, Charles Finkel, conceived the idea of reviving a classic, yet extinct, beer style. He introduced the idea to Samuel Smith for which he was the importer and then worked alongside their Head Brewer, Allister Ross, to arrive at the color and taste. Charles designed the logo and label that adorns the bottles and introduced the beer in the U.S. in the late 1970s.
Pike Head Brewer, Art Dixon, sought to mirror all the characteristics that drew him to this Smith’s oatmeal stout, such as its silky mouthfeel, warm chocolate tones and roastiness, and then take it up a notch with this organic double. Always interested in the details that can set a beer apart, Art took extra care in selecting a unique blend of 6 malted barleys and rounding them out with organic oats. He then added his west coast style to the brew with a late addition of Willamette hops, a relation to England’s famed Fuggle hops.
Pike Organic Double Oatmeal Stout is dark and incredibly smooth. The beer’s inviting malt aromas bring you into a silky and round mouthfeel and chocolate, roasty and caramel flavors. It is available now on draft and in 22 oz. dinner bottles.
Pike Organic Double Oatmeal Stout
ABV - 7.5%
OG - 1.070
°L - 24
MALT VARIETIES: Organic Pils, Crystal, Munich, Chocolate Malt, Roasted Malt, Malted Wheat, Rolled Oats
HOP VARIETIES: Nugget, Goldings, Willamette
Winter Warmer Recognizes the Father of American Homebrewing
The silver lining of Prohibition is that it taught people to brew –though illegally. When Jimmy Carter signed the law in 1978 making homebrewing legal, the world of beer changed forever. That was the time that Charlie Papazian started the American Homebrewer’s Association, and later, The Brewer’s Association. At the same time Charles Finkel founded Merchant du Vin, America’s first craft beer importer. The two became acquainted and remain friends more than 35 years later, even reviewing beers side-by-side every month for All About Beer magazine.
In 1989, Charles and Rose Ann Finkel opened Pike Brewing in the same space as Liberty MaltCompany, one of the oldest homebrewing shops in America. For several years Liberty Malt presented a homebrewing seminar called Home Brew U. Along with other beer luminaries, like Michael Jackson and Dr. Lewis from U.C. Davis, Charlie Papazian was one of the presenters. It was during those years that Charlie called Liberty Malt, “Perhaps the best home brew shop on America” and later cited Finkel as one of the pioneers of craft beer marketing in the introduction to his best-selling book, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing.
Pike Auld Acquaintance, Pike’s winter warmer, has been brewed since 1990. Originally the label featured Santa, but in 2014 actual auld acquaintances of Charles and Rose Ann’s, illustrated by Charles, became the centerpiece of the iconic label. Past acquaintances have included Jack Joyce of Rogue Brewery and British beer writer Michael Jackson.
In Charles’ view, Charlie Papazian is the most influential individual in the world of home brewing and craft beer in the world! It is for this and many more reasons that we dedicate the 2016 Pike Auld Acquaintance to our friend, Charlie. The 2016 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. Pike Auld Acquaintance is available now on draft and in 22 oz. dinner bottles.
We hope you’ll raise a glass of Pike Auld Acquaintance with those that inspire you this winter, as we raise a glass to Charlie Papazian.
Way back in 1989, a tiny brewery opened just below Seattle’s Pike Place Market. As Washington State’s 5th craft brewer in the new wave of microbreweries, Pike Place Brewery, as Pike Brewing Company was then known, launched with a classic: Pike Place Ale. Since its very first batch, Pike Place Ale was brewed with only the highest quality malts available. Back in 1989 that meant importing the rarely used Maris Otter pale malt. Today we’re reintroducing an updated Pike Place Ale and continue this tradition by brewing it with the delicious local and farmer direct Skagit Valley Alba malt.
The perfect beer to pair with food, Pike Place Ale is well balanced with citrusy Yakima Valley hops and rich Skagit Valley malt. It pours a deep golden and is light on your palate finishing dry with clean malt flavors and a whisper of hops. This farm-to-tap beer helps protect local farmlands and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation.
Pike Place Ale’s label invokes the original design and draws inspiration from Pike Place Market’s iconic imagery. The stenciling is hand drawn by Pike Brewing Company’s Founder and Owner, Charles Finkel, who is a world famous label designer and responsible for all of Pike’s designs. The label compels you to ‘Meet the Brewer’ as the Market invites you to ‘Meet the Producer’. Pike Place Ale also wears Pike Brewing’s ‘Drink Local’ stamp, which is placed on beers where the majority of the ingredients are from local, Washington State farms.
PIKE PLACE ALE
MALT: SKAGIT VALLEY ALBA, MUNICH, MARIS OTTER, CARAPILS, CRYSTAL, WHEAT
HOPS: MAGNUM, CITRA, SIMCOE
Pike Place is a registered trademark owned by the Pike Place Market PDA and is used under license.