Maritime Pacific Brewing revisits an old, beloved blast from the past



You know how the 90s sounded, but do you know how they tasted?

Imagine a world in which nobody associated Seattle with Pearl Jam or Nirvana. Grunge was not yet a fashion statement; it was just how long-haired young adults dressed in Seattle, largely out of financial necessity. Thanks to COVID, my hair is damn-near as long now as it was then, and I dress just about as shabby, too.

Imagine a time when you could count Washington’s “microbreweries” on your fingers, and most of them were brewing the crap out of some sort of red or amber ale. One of those breweries was a young, upstart brewery in Ballard called Maritime Pacific Brewing.

For some of us, it’s less about imagination and more about memory. This Friday, February 26th Maritime Pacific Brewing invites you to join them for a trip in the time machine. The brewery dug into the archives and pulled out a recipe that has not been used in decades.


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“Come join us this Friday, February 26th for the re-release of Raccoon Red ale,” said Maritime Pacific on Facebook. “First brewed in 1992, it was a celebration of a hard-working tugboat named Raccoon, and first poured at College Inn Pub! There should be some College Inn alumni in attendance if you want to say hi!”

“This recipe has been kept in the Maritime Brewing vault for at least 20+ years. Come experience the 90s red ale craze with our re-release of Raccoon Red Ale! This beer is 5.4% ABV, 43IBU and very smooth going down. It’ll be on tap at noon!”




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