Georgetown Brewing Releases Basket Case Dark Lager

Two pints of Basket Case Dark Lager from Georgetown Brewing.


Georgetown releases a beer to benefit a great community organization: Skyway Coalition

Georgetown Brewing does a lot to support the community. That’s a ridiculous understatement. Managing the company’s many philanthropic outreach operations must be a full-time job for someone at the brewery. Seriously, I think it is. With the recent release of Basket Case Dark Lager, the brewery is at it again.

The name does not mean what you think it means. Basket Case Drive-In Burgers was a beloved institution in the Skyway community. The business was plowed under in 2011 to make way for… progress? The Basket Case Drive-In is gone forever, but Georgetown Brewing’s Basket Case Dark Lager lives on! You’ll find the beer on tap now at Georgetown Brewing’s taproom in Seattle, available by the pint and in growlers to go.

Preston, one of the brewers at Georgetown Brewing, is the impetus behind the brew. For the fourth year, he created this beer as an homage to the place he calls his hometown. For the unaware, Skyway is a community nestled between Renton, Seattle, and Tukwila. All proceeds from the beer go directly to Skyway Coalition, a nonprofit organization that centers community-led growth to uplift and protect the community of Skyway.

A pint of Basket Case Dark Lager from Georgetown Brewing.

According to the 2020 census, Skyway is home to about 17,000 people and is the only Census-Designated Place (CDP) in the Greater Seattle Area to have reported a majority-minority population. Skyway Coalition is currently working to improve resources, create a comprehensive community development plan, fund affordable housing, and build a community center for the residents of Skyway.  


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For all you beer geeks, the brewery describes the beer like this: “Basket Case is super bright, a little toasty, smokey and malty with very nice, tight sweetness on the finish.” The recipe includes a complex grain bill, using more than a half-dozen different types of malted barley. Along with that, old world hop varieties: Sterling and Hallertau Mittelfruh. Fermentation is handled by Bavarian Lager Yeast.

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