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Co-op Brew Corner: Drink America Great Again

On November 8, 2016 our nation faces important political decisions. The only sure thing may be what’s in your fridge. Stock up on your refreshing provisions at the Co-op’s Beer and Cider department. May we suggest:

21ipaBrew Free! or Die India Pale Ale from 21st Amendment Brewing of San Francisco, CA – 7% alcohol by volume / 70 IBU – this patriotic brew has the image of Mount Rushmore emblazoned across its packaging. A crisp, clean tasting West Coast-style India pale ale, Brew Free features Cascade, Centennial and Columbia hops and solid support from a blend of light Munich, Light Crystal and 2 Row Pale malts. Brew Free! or Die IPA will compliment nachos, salted caramel popcorn, and optimism.

2townsniceNice ‘n’ Naughty Imperial Hard Cider from 2 Towns Ciderhouse of Corvallis, OR – 10.5% alcohol by volume / low bitterness — golden and fizzy, this spiced cider is not messing around. Most hard apple ciders are between 5% and 6.9% alcohol by volume. Not Nice ‘n’ Naughty — it’s a fortifing 10.5% abv, naturally gluten-free and made from local, fresh pressed Pacific Northwest apples. Pair Nice ‘n’ Naught cider with sharp cheeses, such as the creamy, tangy Sartori Pastorale Reserve, now on sale in our Specialty Cheese Island, for $13.99 per lb.

bonfirealeBonfire Ale from Fremont Brewing of Seattle, WA – 6% alcohol by volume / 40 IBU — a sturdy and slightly smoked winter warmer from one of the darlings of the Seattle microbrew scene, Bonfire is a balanced dark ale with flavors of milk chocolate, chewy dates, and a hint of s’mores. Pair it with bacon-apple-blue cheese toasts — be sure to use the Co-op’s CURED house-made bacon. Bonfire also features an intriguing emblem of a large bird, possibly a heron or a crane, rising from a ring of flames. Perhaps this scene best depicts what some have hoped for — a country emerging out of an exhausting political cycle, enjoying a brief celebratory euphoria and pressing on towards what lies ahead… Cheers!

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.