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Brews for the Hometeam

It’s time for the culmination of one of the country’s biggest sports: football. And the Seattle Seahawks, our home team, reigning champions of the National Football League, have made it to the big game. Somehow, our hometown heroes have eluded the dreaded “Super Bowl Curse” and are returning to defend their title this year. Now is the time to celebrate with locally made beers in a variety of styles from breweries across the state.

12 Man Pale Ale from Dick’s Brewing in Centralia, WA. 4.5% ABV / 35 IBU. An easy-going, mild pale ale, 12 Man is an ideal session beer to celebrate the Seahawks. Locally made in the English style, this ale is smooth and copper colored. Pair it with game food: chilis, chips, and creamy dips or salsas.

Red Menace Amber Ale from Hale’s Ales in Seattle, WA. 4.7% ABV / 37 IBU. A classic amber ale brewed in the Northwest style: well balanced and slightly hoppy. Made by one of the state’s oldest craft brewers, Red Menace is crisp and refreshing, as well as food friendly. Pair it with spicy foods like fried jalapeno peppers or Thai chili hot wings.

Naughty Nellie Golden Ale from Pike Brewing in Seattle, WA.  4.9% ABV / 22 IBU. An elegant brew, Naughty Nellie is made locally with organic malts hops. This golden artisan ale has a full, crisp and refreshing flavor with mild fruity esters and soft malts. It was named for Nellie Curtis, madam of the LaSalle Hotel, where the Pike Brewery was founded in downtown Seattle. Pair it with blackened or grilled salmon, crab cakes and other seafood fare.

Gale Force India Pale Ale from Scuttlebutt Brewing of Everett, WA. 5.25% ABV / 96 IBU. A go-to standard American India Pale Ale, loaded with Pacific hop flavor and a medium malt body. An aggressive profile of Columbus, Goldings, and Cascade hops lend a citrus aroma and slightly floral flavor. Pair it with sharp cheddars or curry spiced mussels.

Outburst Imperial India Pale Ale from Pyramid Brewing of Seattle/Portland/Berkeley. 8.5% ABV / 80 IBU. A bold and bitter IPA, Outburst is dry hopped for massive flavor. Pyramid brewers add huge amounts of Chinook hops, and then Falconer’s Flight and Zythos’ dry hops to finish off the bouquet. The bittersweetness of the hops is balanced with 2 Row Pale Barley, Munich, Caramel, and CaraRed malts. Pair it with smoked meats and add it to grilled onions and sauerkraut for pan-roasted bratwurst — try the Co-op’s own handmade sausages.

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 has been on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op since 2010. She writes 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. Contact Claire at claire(at)skagitfoodcoop(dot)com.