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Co-op Brew Corner: Summer Micro Quench

There’s so much great beer available these days.  We lucky folks continue to enjoy a Golden Age/Renaissance of Northwest craft brewing.  While India Pale Ales dominate the scene, you’ll also find plenty of tasty ales and lagers with mild, gentle amounts of hops.  Neighboring Bellingham boasts over a dozen breweries, and Skagit County supports 5 regulars, with more on the way.  Catch old favorites and new offerings.

Visit the Co-op’s dependable yet interesting selection of micro brews from around the globe.  Don’t forget to take a seat at the our 3rd Street Café and check out our latest tap list of over a dozen local beer and cider.  Seize your pint glass, growler and/or 6-pack and get going!

Fielder’s Choice Bellingham Bells Golden Ale

from Boundary Bay Brewery of Bellingham, WA – 5.1% / 35 IBU: a new creation, this hazy, straw colored ale is gently hopped and rounded out with locally grown barley malt.  It’s also the official beer of the Bellingham Bells baseball club, North Division of the West Coast League (WCL).  Turns out Boundary Bay is a fan of summer nights at the ballpark.  Choose this light, food-friendly ale for a tasty refreshment to accompany your favorite sports or non-sporting activities.

Pair it with cod fish tacos / poutine fries with gravy / curry dishes

High 5 Hefe(weizen)

from Iron Horse Brewing of Ellensburg, WA – 6% alcohol by volume / 8 IBU – a light, wheaty ale, infused with ginger and honey.  Satisfyingly tangy and a bit sweet, High 5 Hefe delivers an authentic American Wheat Ale with medium bodied, citrus zestiness. Typically a year-round offering, Iron Horse now brews High 5 Hefe as a fresh seasonal.

Pair it with CURED bratwurst & kraut / roasted cauliflower with cumin & lime / bacon mac-n-cheese

Twilight Summer Ale

from Deschutes Brewing of Bend, OR – 5% alcohol by volume / 38 IBU – check out this classic seasonal from one of the Titans of craft brewing. Crisp yet fruity, Twilight takes you to the edge of lightly hopped ale flavor, and gives you a malty handshake.

Pair it with spicy chicken nachos / peanut butter & jelly sandwich / cheesy popcorn

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.