To commemorate 30 years of Snow Cap, Pyramid Breweries is releasing three different version this year. Also, they’re giving away 30 flight vouchers with Alaska Airlines. Plan a holiday getaway or go visit friends and family. To enter, simply text “SNOWCAP30” to 55678. Winners will be drawn weekly through December.
On Saturday, November 12 there will be a Snow Cap Party at the company’s Seattle Alehouse. Why is this cool, you might be asking?
Allow me to be an old man for a moment. Imagine walking into a new bar. It’s your first visit to this establishment. You look behind the bar and see that along with Budweiser and Miller Lite they have Redhook ESB (then brewed in Ballard) and Pyramid Wheaten Ale (then brewed in Kalama, WA). You turn to your buddy and say, “Excellent! They have good beer here!”
Seems odd by today’s standards but that was reality in the late 80s and early 90s around Seattle. Back in those days, the annual release of Pyramid’s Snow Cap was a cause for celebration. There weren’t many breweries making big, bold winter beers. We always got excited to find out how strong Snow Cap would be each year. It just seemed to get stronger and stronger ever year. Of course, by today’s standards it wasn’t really all that strong. Still, the release of Snow Cap was a big deal.
Fast-forward to the current beer world and it’s not at all unusual for a brewery to make big, strong winter beers. Still, there’s nothing wrong with showing a little love for those who started the whole thing.
Here’s more information in the form of a press release about Snow Cap’s 30th anniversary.
Pyramid Reveals 30th Anniversary Collection of Snow Cap Winter Warmer Ales
A storm is brewing at Snow Cap Party on November 12
SEATTLE (November 3, 2016) – Pyramid Breweries today announced the launch of not two, but three special releases in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Snow Cap. Snow Cap, Super Snow Cap and the limited release, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Snow Cap, make up Pyramid’s Snow Cap family of brews to celebrate this meaningful milestone three decades in the making.
The anchor of the seasonal trio, Snow Cap, is Pyramid’s full-bodied winter warmer and is brewed in the spirit of British winter ales. Deep mahogany in color and crafted with a flurry of roasted chocolate and caramel malts, and generously hopped, it delivers a smooth finish that makes this beer the ideal combination of warmth and refreshment.
“Snow Cap is kettle-hopped with the three Pacific Northwest varieties Nugget, Willamette, and East Kent Goldings,” said Head Brewer Ryan Pappe. “Beer enthusiasts will love the delicate taste of malt notes infused into the brew with a blend of pale, caramel and chocolate malts.”
Pyramid’s Brewer’s Reserve, Super Snow Cap, incorporates the much-loved roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts of Snow Cap with generous hops to produce a rich, bold cold weather brew. With its gorgeous color, this ale is full of malt sweetness and robust flavors and aromas that create notes of dark fruits, nuts and spice with a sweet finish. Previously, this winter legend was available only on draft, but is now being released in a limited number of 22-ounce bombers.
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Snow Cap will intrigue beer and bourbon lovers alike with its thoughtfully curated blend of Super Snow Cap and last year’s Snow Cap aged for 10 months in bourbon barrels. The result is a lush, warming and flavorful holiday brew to be sold in 22-ounce bottles with premium packaging perfect for gift giving.
“Over the last 30 years Snow Cap has become an annual tradition in the Pacific Northwest as the perfect cold weather companion,” said General Manager Robert Rentsch. “I am proud of our legacy and incredibly excited to share this 30th anniversary collection. This is a festive time of year that deserves a distinctive family of brews like Snow Cap to accompany the merriment.”
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Snow Cap and kick off winter, Pyramid is hosting its Snow Cap Party on Saturday, November 12, to benefit Northwest Avalanche Center. Get snowed-in with live performances by Robert Delong and The Colourist, as well as winter wonderland experiences before and during the show. Tickets will be available at the door, or to buy in advance for $28.
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About Pyramid Brewing Co.
Based in the Pacific Northwest, Pyramid Breweries began as Hart Brewing in 1984 with the flagship brand of Pyramid Ales. In 1996, the company was reborn as Pyramid Breweries and currently offers craft beers produced under the Pyramid family of ales and lagers. With breweries and Alehouses in Seattle and Portland, Ore., Pyramid has earned 17 medals at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), including the honor of Mid-size Brewery of the Year in 2008. The brewery also has been awarded seven medals in international competition at the World Beer Cup. For more information visit, www.pyramidbrew.com.
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