The Fourth of July holiday celebrates our country’s independence, and residents of the Seattle area throw fun and exciting bashes that are sure to include locally-brewed craft beers, fireworks and a backyard barbecue of delectable foods that you won’t soon forget. CBS Seattle recently contacted several local-area breweries to gather information on some of their best summer-themed beers and craft brews that are perfect to serve at your own July 4 celebration.
The Pike Brewing Company
1415 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Zan from The Pike Brewing Company recommends its summer seasonal craft brew, Pike No. 4 Session India Pale Ale (IPA). He states this seasonal beer is always a hit for a long sunny day of barbecuing and fireworks, especially since it has just the right amount of hop flavor, citrus and is lower in alcohol content. Pike Brewing is also proud of this particular craft beer since it benefits Ales for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and raises money annually for ALS research.
14300 N.E. 145th St.
Woodinville, WA 98072
Danny Pettey, PR Director for Redhook, recommended two of its brewery’s beers that are sure to quench your summertime thirst. The first is the seasonal warm-weather beer Summerhook Golden Rye Ale, which is new for 2016. This refreshing ale is perfect for the summer season, with its rye malt character and crisp hop flavor. The second is Redhook’s American Pale Ale, which is available in late June. It features a Cascade hop aroma, a medium body and a crisp, clean finish.
Black Raven Brewing
14679 N.E. 95th St.
Redmond, WA 98052
Black Raven Brewing’s Matt Thompson states their brewery doesn’t have a specific beer they brew for Independence Day, but did offer this recommendation. Black Raven’s Redfeather India Pale Ale (IPA) is a Session IPA and at a lower alcohol by volume content (ABV) of 4.8 percent, just the right amount of alcohol for a family barbecue or fireworks get-together. The Redfeather IPA features a red hue, and the flavoring of a red IPA along with some hop bitterness, but has a more refreshing taste.
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Holy Mountain Brewing
1421 Elliott Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
Mike Murphy of Holy Mountain Brewing stated its company’s The White Lodge Belgian-style white ale is a refreshing craft beer, perfect for any Fourth of July party. It’s brewed with citrusy orange peel and coriander, and then fermented with a strain of traditional Belgian yeast. With it’s light body and flavorful taste, it will be a sure hit for your backyard barbecue and fireworks celebration.
Outlander Brewery And Pub
225 N. 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
Seattle’s Outlander Brewery and Pub has brewed a variety of flavorful beers since it’s inception, including favorites like its Peanut Butter Stout, Pumpkin Spice, Monster Mash Raisin Pumpkin and the Chili Amber. Outlander’s contact Dragan recommended the following craft beers to add to any summertime celebration, including your Independence Day barbecue or party: the Holy Basil Pale, Lime and Coconut Pale and any of the brewery’s sour beers selections.
Hales Brewery And Pub
4301 Leary Way N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107 beers
Bill Preib of Hales Brewery and Pub gave information about their Hales Pale American Ale and stated it was the very first craft-brewed pale ale in the Pacific Northwest. This pale ale offers a crisp, clean taste that only has a 4.7 percent ABV. It’s comprised of four types of malts, as well as five different kinds of hops. It’s no wonder this craft brew has stayed a favorite since it was first launched in 1983.
Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.