Special Release 11/12 – Beer Church Exceptionally Hoppy Pale Ale



If you’re a hop geek, this one’s for you. Beer Church Pale Ale hits the streets tomorrow. The official release party is at West Seattle Bowl on Saturday, November 12th at 4:00 PM. Come one, come all. Thereafter, you’ll find it on tap at the participating breweries (The West Side Beer Trail) and at some local bars.

The release of Beer Church Pale Ale is happening in conjunction with Beer Church Turkey Bowl, a bowling party and fundraiser that takes over the entire bowling alley. The bowling is sold out, but everyone is welcome to come and participate — drink the beer, participate in our target raffle, and have fun. Many members of the local beer industry will be in attendance.

Beer Church is the philanthropic arm of the Washington Beer Blog. This year we teamed up with the breweries of the Westside Beer Trail to create a highly-quaffable and exceptionally hoppy beer to benefit our local food banks.


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We brewed the beer at Future Primitive Brewing, in collaboration with Logan Brewing, Best of Hands Brewing, Elliott Bay Brewing, West Seattle Brewing, and The Good Society Brewery. To develop the charitable aspect, we relied on help from Yakima Chief Hops, BSG, and Omega Yeast.

For the base of the beer, we used malted barley provided by BSG CraftBrewing. On top of that, we piled on a lot of hops. A lot of interesting and innovative hops. Beer Church Pale Ale finished at a quaffable 5.5% ABV.


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Yakima Chief Hops (YCH) supplied the hops. The mash included 22 pounds of Cascade hops, to maximize thiol precursors. The hop bill also included very generous late additions, and dry-hop additions, of two hop products: Citra® YCH 301 Trial, and YCH 602 Trial. The first product, YCH 301 Trial, combines the concept of Frozen Fresh Hops and the innovative technology of Cryo Hops® to pioneer a new way to brew fresh hop ales with a pelletized product. The second one, YCH 602 Trial, is a new, experimental Cryo Hops® blend designed to target tropical aromas and flavors.

The yeast was provided by Omega Yeast. We used a patent-pending product called OYL 404 Star Party™, a special kind of yeast from Omega Yeast’s Thiolized™ series. It is a thiolized version of the beloved Chico strain (West Coast ale yeast). Star Party provides the same kind of clean fermentation profile and clarity as Chico, but also creates a burst of thiols that redefines classic styles and juices things up.


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Come out and join us tomorrow, or find Beer Church Pale Ale along the Westside Beer Trail.



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