Beer Release – Stingo and Apian, from Watts Brewing

Below we share news of two beer releases from Watts Brewing Company. Here is the announcement from the brewery.

Stingo – 8.0% ABV – Wood-aged Strong Ale

Stingo is an old northern English term for a strong ale, which while not directly bee-related, happens to fit very well with our theme.  This beer is a rich mélange of crystal and roast malt, but what takes this beer to the next level is an extended aging period on both Spanish cedar and cypress.  During the COVID shutdown we were able to experiment with some new recipes (hence all the new releases this fall), and part of that experimentation included extensive experiments with wood-aging. 

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In addition to dialing in our process, we experimented with several types of wood besides the traditional oak used in whiskey barrels.  We found that different species contributed very different characters to the beer.  The blend we selected for Stingo combines the captivating complexity of the Spanish cedar, with the smooth, dessert-like qualities of baldcypress.  Our tasting notes for the finished beer include molasses, leather, toast, cedar, and yellow cake.

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Apian IPA VI – 6.0% ABV – West Coast IPA

The other new beer we have to announce this week is the next iteration of our Apian IPA series!  This release features the elusive Galaxy hop from Australia.  Galaxy is probably the most expensive and hard to find hop currently on the market.  Its heady blend of mango, guava, lemongrass, and orange rind really stands out as one of the most beautiful and aromatic hops I’ve ever had the opportunity to taste.  With the global slowdown in craft beer as a result of taproom closures and restrictions, we were actually able to get our hands on some for the first time.  We won’t get to brew with these hops very often, so check it out while you have the chance! 

The Fiddler’s Inn in Wedgewood is tapping the first keg on Thursday for a virtual Watts brewer’s night.  They will be posting a story on social media about Watts Brewing and Rent Mason Bees so keep an eye out for that, and they’ll have both The Leafcutter and Apian IPA VI on tap.

We hope you’re able to come check out these new beers at one of these events!  Both places are meticulous about their cleaning and are doing a great job of complying with Washington COVID-19 guidelines.  If you’re uncomfortable dining in public, remember we can always bring the beer to you as well; check out our website to get cans delivered right to your home.

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