And it’s a Dortmunder! Georgetown Brewing crafts a beer for Rhein Haus


The world has been waiting with bated breath for the answer to one simple question: what will be the new IPA? Turn the clock back 12 or 15 years and nobody expected IPA to catapult “our kind of beer” so much closer to the mainstream. Seriously, experts agree that IPA is largely responsible for the growth of the craft brewing industry over the past decade. But it’s time for a change.

Well, maybe Dortmunder will be the new IPA. After all, I just posted a story about Dortmunder yesterday and no sooner had that story landed on the interwebs and another story about Dortmunder showed up in my inbox.

I’ve published two stories about Dortmunder in two days. Two stories about Dortmunder in 11 years. In the past 11 years, we’ve published over 5,400 stories on the Washington Beer Blog and only two of them have directly involved Dortmunder. This is one of them.

And as if that isn’t enough, I just learned that Stoup Brewing is preparing to release their Dortmunder next week!

It’s happening! This will be known as the Year of the Dortmunder!

I am excited because Dortmunder is one of my personal favorite styles of beer. I have a history with Dortmunder: DAB was one of the first beers I drank when I was a teenager that made me say, “Damn, I didn’t know beer could actually be good.” Learn more about Dortmunder.

Anyway, today I want to tell you about a beer that Georgetown Brewing created for Rhein Haus, the locally owned, Bavarian-themed beer hall with locations in Seattle, Tacoma, and Leavenworth.

Here’s the release announcement from Rhein Haus:

Rhein Haus partnered with Georgetown Brewing to brew a hop-forward Dortmunder-style beer called Rhein Town Lager. This 5.4% ABV Pilsner with aromas and flavors of orange blossom and light strawberry, plus a subtle grainy-sweet malt character and soft bitterness pairs perfectly with Rhein Haus’ giant pretzel, frites, currywurst or chicken schnitzel sliders. See below for full lager details.

Rhein Haus is tapping the kegs this Thursday, Feb. 13 so don’t miss your chance to try Rhein Town at Rhein Haus Seattle, Leavenworth or Tacoma. It will also be available at the Georgetown Brewing taproom for a limited time.