The Beer Junction will open for business today (Saturday, July 3rd) at 11:00 a.m. just in time for you stock up for the Fourth of July. Back on June 11th we told you about the Beer Junction, West Seattle’s new bottle shop, and its owner Morgan Herzog (read it here). The shelves have been stocked, the products priced, and Morgan is now ready to open the doors.
While you’re there be sure to take a look at Kendall’s Picks—a shelf dedicated to some of my favorite Washington beers. Geoff Kaiser from the Seattle Beer News also has a shelf for his favs.
Snoqualmie Falls Wildcat IPA: We’re lucky that here in Washington we have so many great IPAs from which to choose. A hard choice to make, but this is my enduring favorite. I’ve been told that Wildcat is single-hopped (only one hop variety) using Columbus hops. They must use a lot of them. Still, Wildcat’s significant malty strength flawlessly carries the weight of all those hops. I like this beer because it is insanely hoppy, but it is not out of balance.
Iron Horse High Five Hefe: Put down the lemon wedge and step away from my beer. Fruiting this beer would be a mistake. While it has some very hefe-like citrus notes, it is the use of honey and ginger that sets High Five Hefe apart from the crowd. The touch of ginger lends a refreshing and effervescent quality to the beer. I like this beer because it provides a lively, bracing pop of flavor that needs no distraction. Put the lemon back in the fridge.
7 Seas Ballz Deep Imperial IPA: Like many Imperial IPAs, this one leans toward the sweet side. It has a big and ballsy malt profile, but is balanced with a nice level of citrusy hop bitterness. Be careful. Ballz Deep is quite easily quaffed for a beer of its stature. In addition to liking the beer, I like the fact that 7 Seas was the first Washington craft brewer to can its product. If you’re looking for an Imperial IPA, why not get it Ballz Deep in the can.
Pike XXXXX Stout: This beer is everything a stout should be. Big, dark, smooth as silk. The XXXXX Stout pushes the limit. It’s almost too big, but that is what makes it just right. On the nose, you might notice hints of coffee and toast, or chocolate and maple. The big, complex malt profile lends itself to personal interpretation. I taste coffee and molasses, maybe burnt brown sugar. What do you taste? I taste something different in every sip. The complexity is what I love.
Dick Danger Ale: So, I’m at this party and a girl asks me to get her a beer out of the cooler. Opening the cooler, I realize there are several different kinds of beer. She tells me that she brought the Dick Danger Ale. What’s more, she says that she’s planning a pilgrimage to the brewery in Centralia. Today, she tells me that after making that statement she saw tweety birds, stars and butterflies circling my head. That was several years ago and she is now my wife. Like my wife, I’ve loved this beer ever since it first touched my lips many years ago.