Located in the heart of Pike’s Place Market the brewery seems to cater to the thirsty
tourist. The inside of the brewery is decorated in a 70’s diner fashion with checker
tiles, t-shirts for sale and serving trays hanging on the walls. You can pick up
a discount coupon from the information kiosk around the corner from the brewery before
you head in, which you will need to purchase a pricey pint.
Pike Weisse - Putting this to our lips we expected a sweet flavor rolling over our
tongue as a tartness wafted up into our nose. Unfortunately it only delivered the
former and lacked the punch of the latter. This was very disappointing as I really
expect and desire sourness out of a Weisse beer. Perhaps this was their attempt
to please a more fickle American audience but I want something with a lot more tang
out of my European style wheat beers.
Dry Wit - The malt and tartness of this beer was very well balanced. It is also
brewed with coriander and lavender which give it a complexity. Jess also identified
a hint of ginger. Overall, this beer was rich and interesting and far superior to
the Pike Weisse.
Kilt Lifter - I was not too familiar with this style of Scottish Ale but have come
away a changed man. The beer was smooth and malty like porter but still light and
easy to gulp like a good ale. This combination was great. I felt like a few of these
would provide a great rich beer taste but wouldn’t be too smoky or filling. The amber
color was also aesthetically pleasing.
Tandem - Classified as a Double Ale, we expected this beer to deliver a strong punch,
which never came. There were traces of complexity within the brew but not much maltiness
in the mix. Personally I would like to “know it” when I am drinking something that
is 7% alcohol.