Fair Isle Brewing opened in Seattle’s Ballard brewery district just before the pandemic flipped the world upside down. Throughout the rigors of the first year, they kept a stiff upper lip and waited patiently as the beers aged lovingly. Because of the kind of beer the brewery produces, time and patience are things Fair Isle planned on. The pandemic was not.
As the beers began to come off the oak and into bottles and kegs, the brewery quickly earned a reputation for its delicate, thoughtful, and oft-inspired creations. Congratulation! Happy First Anniversary!
You can shop for Fair Isle Brewing’s beers here, including the ones mentioned below. Also, for the anniversary, they’re offering free shipping on orders of $100 or more.
Here’s the announcement from the brewery:
We’re turning one this week! While we can’t have a blow-out party, you can still stop by for a beer or order a bottle online and celebrate the beauty of mixed culture saisons with us.
Thank you all for your love and support. Looking forward to many more years with you. We’re celebrating all week long with new beers, pop-ups, and free shipping on all orders over $100.
Oak-aged ale refermented with Montmorency cherries. 750ml | Draft
Cherries have a deep history with beer and one we wanted to respect. Initially we held off on making a beer with cherries because we didn’t want to use the widely available, cloying and sweet, Bing or Rainier varieties. Fortunately for all of us, we connected with Rowley and Hawkins Fruit Farms in Basin City, WA who grow a variety called Montmorency that originated in the Val-d’Oise outside of Paris.
Vivid red, Val exudes aromas of almonds and tastes of cinnamon, vanilla and cherry pie. Refermented on oak-aged stock beer, the mild acidity of the base beer plays well with tartness of the cherry, while still finishing dry.
The success of these Washington-grown Montmorency cherries ensures that there will be more available in our future.
We only packaged a couple of kegs and a small amount of bottles, resulting in a limit of two per customer. Available today online and in our tasting room.
Imperial farmhouse stout in Westland whisky casks. 10.2% ABV. 375ml | 750ml | 1.5L | Draft
While we often brew bright, lower-alcohol beer you can enjoy by the pint, Rankin demands to be sipped. Rich and bold, Rankin is an imperial farmhouse stout aged for nine months in Westland ex-bourbon casks from their Cask Exchange program.
Rankin has generous notes of chocolate, vanilla, salted toffee and just an ever so slight hint of tartness and funk in the woodsy forest. Everything you love about a big stout, but fermented a tad drier by our house strain of wild and feral yeasts and bacteria.
Plus, we have three, 1.5L magnums only available in our tasting room!
Tove, batch two
Oak-aged ale refermented on blackberries. 375ml | 750ml | 1.5L | Draft
Tove was our first fruited oak beer we released last year and batch two doesn’t disappoint. Doubling the amount of blackberries, Tove has notes of toasted pie crust, vanilla, summer conifer tips and a restrained acidity. Prominent fruity aromas give way to a lingering finish.
Using blackberries from Sidhu Farms, grain from Skagit Valley and our house culture of wild and feral yeasts and bacteria, Tove celebrates the bounty of ingredients we have in the Pacific Northwest.
For more news about recent beer releases, visit the Washington Beer Blog’s New Beer Releases page.