Beer Church Holiday Ale hits the streets and gets to work

Beer Church is the philanthropic arm of the Washington Beer Blog. (read our previous posts about Beer Church.) Basically, we organize beer lovers for the sake of charitable giving. For instance, every year we work with some local breweries to produce Beer Church Holiday Ale, a beer to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Because of donations from suppliers and the efforts of the breweries involved, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer are donated to the CCFA.

This year we teamed up with five local breweries: Airways Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Naked City Brewing, and Two Beers Brewing. In the end, we ended up with five different beers that have a noticeable flavor characteristic in common. They’re all unique, but there is a similar thread running through them all.

BEER_CHURCH__HOLIDAY_ALEPuterbaugh Farms donated the hops this year. At their request we used Belma hops, a fairly new hop variety. Most people are unfamiliar with this variety, but the word we keep hearing used to describe the flavor and aroma is strawberry. Great Western Malting donated the base malt: two-row, pale malted barley. Each brewery donated time and additional ingredients beyond that. Each brewer decided what to do in order to give it their own twist.

Go Get It

We cannot guarantee anything, but we know what we know. When exactly did the beer go on tap at a particular pub, or when will the beer go on tap at a particular pub, is out of our control. Here’s what we know. Might be worth calling ahead to make sure it’s on tap.

Georgetown Brewing is filling growlers of it at the brewery.

Elysian Brewing is pouring it at its pubs (Elysian Fields, Capitol Hill, Tangletown, and 2nd Ave downtown).

Naked City Brewing has it on tap at its brewery and taphouse in Greenwood.

Airways Brewing delivered, or will deliver, kegs to Pine Lake Alehouse, Rockridge Orchards (Enumclaw), Bainbridge Island Brewing, and Fiddlers Inn.

Two Beers Brewing has delivered, or will deliver, its version of the beer to the following locations around Seattle:
– Attic Ale House (Madison Park)
– Barking Dog Ale House (Ballard)
Beveridge Place (West Seattle)
– Chuck’s Hop Shop 85th (Greenwood)
– Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District
– Coastline (West Seattle)
– College Inn Pub (U. Dist.)
– Cooper’s Ale House (Lake City)
– Copper Coin (West Seattle)
– Fiddler’s Inn (Wedgewood)
– Hopvine Pub (Capitol Hill)
Latona Pub (Green Lake)
– Locol (West Seattle)

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