Seattle may be a coffee city, but its beer game is strong and last week I got to play with the pros. I joined fellow bloggers and drank beer in the heart of Seattle: Pyramid Alehouse. Pyramid Breweries are an institution in the Pacific Northwest but even with their long history of making beer lovers happy, they’re still inventing bold flavors and their downtown alehouse is the perfect place to flirt with their new ideas.
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Snow Cap, Pyramid Breweries launched the Snow Cap, Super Snow Cap and the limited release, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Snow Cap. These are strong, hearty beers which are called “winter warmers.” You need a winter warmer to get through a cold city like this, where a drop of icy rain can feel like a cold bucket of water on your back. Beer can solve so many weather problems (on a hot day! on a cold day! on a day when I wore too many layers!) and the Snow Cap trio can definitely carry us all through the long winter ahead.
I was surprised at how much I loved these flavors. Normally I opt for lighter beers, cheap beers and beers that are one step up from drinking a hose from the back of your house. I have a long history of disappointing bartenders and servers with orders that sound like I have the palate of a college sophomore and I was ready to arm myself with something new to say and a new beer to scope out the next time my kids leave me alone long enough to saunter through the grocery store beer aisle.
I stepped out of my cheap beer comfort zone to experience the good stuff in a place where kind people were happy to let me sit and sip and of course, take selfies.
We got a quick tour of the brewery. Mike, our guide who loves beer as much as he loves the Chicago cubs. I learned more about the history of Pyramid, how the brewing process works and that east of the mountains, Washington grows 75% of the nation’s hops.
I’m hoping this tax determination tank really just tells me I don’t owe any taxes. And pours me a beer instead.
I stepped into this magical palace of BEER! Which were all labeled with M. I forgot to ask what M means and I’m just going to assume that they all meant Mona and this paradise was for me.
It was also lovely to bump into Julia from Style and Cheek who pretty much owns Snapchat. I need like seventeen filters to look as good. Plus a photoshopped face over my face.
The Super Snow Cap was my favorite. I could definitely taste the caramel and chocolate notes and I loved the flavor so much, I didn’t want to see the bottom of the glass. The Super Snow Cap, Ditto Session IPA and Barrel-Aged Snow Cap definitely had a Game of Thrones vibe. The Ditto Session was lighter, like in the bright land of Dorne with the Snow Caps meant for the North. You’ll need something strong to handle the beasts and wars and weird marriages and wedding receptions that aren’t Instagram worthy. I can’t fit the Irone Throne in my house, but I wouldn’t mind a kingdom full of these fine bottles.
So if you see me at Pyramid Alehouse downtown, be sure to say hi and let’s get a beer and a selfie of us. I’ll be sure to let you pick out the filters. Cheers!
If you’re in Seattle, definitely check out the Pyramid Alehouse next week! 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.