It’s tulip time in the Skagit Valley. They’ll be blooming soon. Not long ago, we published a story about beer touring the Skagit during tulip season (read it here). Now Chuckanut Brewery provides one more reason to make the trek: a beer specifically designed for the season. Here is the release info about Skagit Tulip Ale straight from the brewery
Chuckanut Brewery Taps Skagit Tulip Ale
This year Skagit Valley is celebrating tulips and its breweries once again. The Skagit Farm to Pint Fest celebrates the tulips and beer that are products of the valley. Funds raised from the fest are donated to Viva Farms, a nonprofit that teaches farming in the area. All Skagit breweries in the fest use Skagit grown grains that are malted at Skagit Valley Malts down the street from Chuckanut’s South Nut.
This year’s Chuckanut Skagit Tulip Ale uses triticale grains that were grown and malted in Skagit Valley and made available on tap and in the bottle at both Chuckanut locations.
Skagit Tulip Ale is a delightful golden California Common that uses a blend of old world Noble hops and new world Galaxy hops with a mix of German and Skagit malts for a smooth malty center. The use of triticale (wheat/rye hybrid) malts from Skagit Valley Malting makes this an uncomplicated and hoppy beer with a dry finish. California Common Ale (AKA Steam Beer) is brewed with lager yeast but fermented at ale temperatures.
Skagit Tulip Ale is a great accompaniment to seafood pasta dishes or with your favorite chowder. It also is the perfect beer just on its own! This year Skagit Tulip Ale is available in bottles as well as on tap. A special label has been created by local artist Evan Whitehead that invokes the beauty of the scenery in Skagit Valley to match the beauty of Chucknaut’s beers. Cheers!
For more news about recent beer releases, visit the Washington Beer Blog’s New Beer Releases page.