Last Sunday was the perfect day to take a quick ferry trip across the water on a sunny day to enjoy beer, games, tacos and good beer-
loving friends during Silver City Brewery ‘s very first Partner Appreciation Day.
The beer was cold, the Ziggy Zoggy 4-Square action was hot and the food was tasty. Twelve special selections from the Brewmaster’s library were available to taste in addition to 15 different current seasonal and specialty Silver City Brewing beers on tap for “media, retail, & distributor partners“.
It is easy to promote a really good beer and Silver City Brewing makes really good beer. In fact, Silver City Brewery makes a LOT of really good beer, and has made a lot of really good beers over the years. I was reminded of this as I wandered through the tap room, browsing the medals lining the walls, sipping some of the vintage selections. The medals give you the visual and cognitive reminders but those just cement what your palate has already told you. Dang, they make some tasty beer!
Silver City Current Seasonal & Specialty Beers
One of my biggest task of the day was to decide which beer to try first. I wanted to start low and slow so I went with the Happy Fun Times Ginger Beer. Ginger beer is almost experiencing fad popularity right now and this was one of the most talked about beers of the day. Although, I personally prefer a bit more of a bite , I was in the minority and others raved over the subtle ginger flavor of this ginger beer. At only 4% ABV, and with it’s balanced flavors this a great Washington ginger beer for spring-summer session drinking.
Sour POWr (Pear Lambic) was dry. slightly tart and 100% refreshing. It takes time, the right bacteria, yeast, condition and expertise to create a lambic and this pear lambic is a delicious. It is an extremely limited release and it who knows when it will be available again. 22 oz bottles are only available in the tap room as of 6/13/2014. I missed the bottle release of Sour POWr by 2 weeks, but if you are in the Silverdale/Bremerton area, go buy your bottle before they are gone!
I asked Don Spencer, Silver City Brewing Head Brew master, which one beer he wanted to make sure I tasted that day. Being the Big Daddy, he had to name two: Rye Bock and Gold Mt. Pilsner. Both beers are battling for space on Silver City Brewing’s regular beer line up. I first tasted the Pilsner as a pilot project years ago, on my first visit to Silver City Brewing. I have literally been waiting years for this crisp and balanced pilsner to reappear. I have been hearing more and more customer requests for a quality Washington pilsner to be commercially available by bottle. The Rye Bock lets malt take a starring role without becoming an ego maniac. It is the beer for those people that tell you how much they love beer but not (resiny or overly) hopped beers.
Sour beers, barrel aged beers and vintage beers; there was a dazzling assortment of very special beers to taste. The 2012 B-Town Sour Red Ale was a crowd favorite. I had more people come up to me and tell me I HAD to taste that beer than any other. Smooth, complex, and sour, it was like a symphony in your mouth. Without question, the wine barrel aged B-Town Sour Red Ale is a sour beer lover’s beer but, when I also saw a few people convert to sour beer lovers after trying the B-Town.
I loved tasting the 2010 Imperial Stout and the 2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout side by side. Beer is a living thing and changes as it ages. Like twins separated at birth, the Imperial Stout aged just in the bottle vs the Imperial Stout that fostered awhile in the bourbon barrel before the bottle, they were so different. Not everyone appreciates the nuances that age brings, be it to people or beer, but I always find it fascinating! The bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout tasted almost like Anisette, yet the malt profiles were identical.
The 2013 StrangeLove Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Mocha Porter isn’t your light and lively summer time beer, but it was a personal favorite. Deep, dark chocolate and wonderfully complex, this was a decadent treat. It was what I would call dessert in a glass or a fireplace sipper. I didn’t care if this was a winter beer, it was my favorite winter beer of the day.
Ziggy Zoggy Four Square
Beer is important, but it is more than just a beverage, it is an experience. Silver City beer and customer service are deeply intertwined. Rooted in the restaurant industry, Silver City Brewery is about providing a fun and tasty experience for their customers. From Mariners pub crawls to Anniversary parties to fund raisers for fire fighters to Ziggy Zoggy Four Square, Silver City understands and promotes the beer culture.
Quote of the Day from Kurt Larson, Director of Sales & Marketing
Exercising while holding a can of beer, cancels out the beer 🙂
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