Follow me on this one. This post was originally going to be a simple introduction, but this post has now taken on a whole new direction. We wanted to introduce you to Green Flash Brewing, a San Diego brewery that recently began distributing beer in Washington. Then I ran into Laura Stoudt, a salesperson for Elysian Brewing, and learned that Elysian has already made a collaborative beer with Green Flash – a very interesting Belgian-style creation described below. (Hope I didn’t lose you.)
And that’s not all. I also learned that the week following the Washington Beer Commission’s Belgianfest, Elysian will have a celebration of their own Belgian-style creations. It will take place at all three Elysian locations from January 25th thru 29th.
Of all the local brewers dabbling in the art of Belgian-style beer, Dick Cantwell at Elysian Brewing might be leading the pack. Of course that is a subjective opinion. Dick and his crew are truly amazing. If nothing else, Elysian is prolific. Skilled, gifted, genius, and prolific. (I heart Elysian, obviously.) Last year during Seattle Beer Week, Elysian held the Great Elysian Beer Festival, an event to showcase Elysian beers exclusively. They had 40 different Elysian beers on tap. 40! Who makes 40 different beers? So, when we learned that Elysian’s Belgian Beer Week would include as many as seven different Belgian-style beers, we really weren’t surprised.
Below you will find descriptions of the beers you can expect to see on tap at Elysian’s three pubs from January 25th thru 29th. The final beer in the list is the Elysian/Green Flash collaboration. It will be featured at Naked City Taphouse and the Beveridge Place Pub on Thursday, January 21st, when those two establishments host the official Belgianfest preview events.
Orthrus Belgian-style Dubbel — Two, two heads in one. Dark and delicious, brewed with organic pale, C-45, C-60, C-120 and chocolate malts with demerara sugar in the boil. Bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Czech Saaz hops. 17°P/1.068 SG; alcohol 5.25/6.3
Groaning Board Trappist-style Table Beer — Goes well with food, fellowship and the labor of the day. Brewed with organic pale, C-15, C-60 and Munich malt; bittered with UK Fuggles and finished with Czech Saaz. 13.2°P/1.053 SG; alcohol 4.4/5.3
Toro Oro Yerba Mate Tripel — Beer gives you wings! Brewed with organic pale and pale demerara sugar. Bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Czech Saaz and Amarillo hops. 1.2 grams yerba mate per pint. SG 16.4/1.067; alcohol 6/7.2
Bete Noel — The dark side of the holidays, as treacherous as its paler sister. Brewed with pale, Munich, Castle Aromatic and roasted barley and black malts, with Turbinado sugar added to the kettle. Bittered with German Northern Brewer, finished with Czech Saaz and fermented with Westmalle yeast. SG 22.4°/1.092; alcohol 6.8/8.2
Saison Elysée — Our classic Belgian-style Farmhouse ale. Brewed with organic pale, Munich, Wheat, Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich malts and demerara sugar, with ground Cumin added in the boil. Bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Czech Saaz. SG 14.7/1.059; alcohol 4.9/5.9
Yet to be name #1 — Brewed in the tradition of American-hopped Belgian ales brewed in the tradition of American IPAs brewed with Belgian yeast—got it? Brewed with organic pale, Munich, Cara-Hell and Cara-Vienne malts and bittered with Chinook and finished with Amarillo and Citra hops. Fermented with Westmalle yeast. Specs available later—it’s being brewed today.
Yet to be named #2 — A collaboration between Elysian and Green Flash Brewing of San Diego, brewed with pale and Munich malts and bittered with German Northern Brewer. Pink peppercorns and rose hips added to the kettle, with more pink peppercorns and 2 bushels each of Pink Lady and Braeburn apples added to the secondary fermenter. SG 15.2/1.061; alcohol 5.1/6.1