What's Brewing at Pyramid Alehouse in Seattle

For those of us that remember the early days of the craft beer revolution, Pyramid Breweries holds a special place in our hearts. Today it is gratifying to know that the Seattle brewery is once again pumping out delicious, handcrafted beers. Below we list some of the brewery’s latest creations. They might surprise you. Pyramid is back.

Since its birth in 1984, the brewery that started out as Hart Brewing Company of Kalama, WA continually morphed, changing into something barely recognizable in the wake of enormous growth, mergers, acquisitions, and other non-beer activities. Despite it all, Pyramid withstood the test of time.  

Where Was Pyramid?

Beer is business, I understand. Still, it always made me sad to see the beautiful brewery at the Seattle Alehouse used for nothing but show. In 2008, the company moved all of its brewing operations to larger, more efficient breweries in Portland, OR and Berkley, CA. The company headquarters remained in Seattle but the beer came from elsewhere.

In August of 2010, the company landed in the capable hands of North American Breweries, Inc. That is the simplified version, I admit. For us here in Seattle, the most significant change initiated by this latest development was the reopening of the brewery at the Pyramid Alehouse in Seattle. (They just started brewing again in Seattle a few months ago.) I should also note that North American Breweries dropped the “Haywire” from the Hefeweizen. Only two companies in American do not need to put a name on their Hefeweizen. Pyramid is one of them.

The Resurrection

I was excited to learn all those months ago that Kim Brusco was going to resurrect the brewhouse in Seattle and produce comparatively small-batch beers. (Read our original post about it.) As the months unfolded, Kim brought the brewery back to life and is now brewing great beers in Seattle. Today he is brewing his socks off, flexing his creative muscle to produce beers of surprising character. His attention to detail and his commitment to producing the highest quality product are palpable. In other words, this is good stuff.

Kim Brusco talking about beer.


During Seattle Beer Week I was fortunate enough to attend a Brewmaster’s Dinner at the Pyramid Alehouse. Kim Brusco, the head brewer at the Seattle facility, hosted the event. The dinner featured specially prepared dishes served alongside a combination of Kim Brusco’s Seattle-brewed creations and Pyramid’s regular lineup.

The dinner also marked the introcution of Pyramid Red Nile Barleywine. Yep, you heard me: a Barleywine from Pyramid.

Red Nile Barleywine, by Pyramid Breweries

The Beers

Here is what Kim Brusco has brewed recently at the Pyramid Alehouse and Brewery in Seattle. You’ll just have to stop in and see what’s on tap.

  • Solstice Imp Porter – 8.6%
  • Hop-tep IPA – 7.25 %
  • “Pharaoh’s Goat” Spring Bock – 6.8%
  • Wheaton IPA (40% wheat) – 6.5%
  • McTut’s Nitro Stout – 5.6%
  • Red Nile Barleywine – 11.5%
  • The Pharaohs Kilt, Scotch Ale -7%
  • Cleo’s Cream Ale, (nitro, wheat, orange peel and vanilla) – 6.2%
  • Nitro Oatmeal Stout, not named yet (in the fermenter, due out next week).

Kim also has three beers currently aging in whiskey barrels: Red Nile, McTut’s, and Pharaoh’s Kilt.

Yep, you heard me right: barrel-aging.