Since I discovered this world of craft beer and all its wonders, I've had the honor of meeting some amazing beer geeks similar to myself, and have gone to amazing beer festivals and breweries. Recently I found myself invited to an up and coming brewery who sought me out after they noticed one of their beers made it out of their town.
I went to Battleground, Wa. to get the story behind Brothers Cascadia Brewing at a tasting party, which happened to be their first. The guys behind the brewery are exactly in the middle of their story. They haven't started pouring in their own taproom, yet they already have some incredible craft beer recipes in their hoppy pockets while they are patiently waiting for their time to grow. Knowing this had me excited to meet them and try some of their brews.
We started off the night with some hoppy ESB's made with some Sterling hops fresh from a local farm. Also on the tap list was an incredible IPA that rose to the top of my favorite local IPA's list, their signature Hibiscus Wheat ale, and the best pumpkin beer I've ever had, brewed with roasted pumpkin and bourbon soaked vanilla bean, which was cleverly named "Jacks Revenge" with its high ABV and a desirable flavor. The evil genius and brewmaster of Brothers Cascadia Brewing, Tyson Corsen, pinpoints flavors and manipulates remarkable ingredients like a scientist. Hearing him explain the process of creating his Hibiscus Wheat ale by using dried hibiscus flowers sent a shiver of inspiration and desire to create off the wall beers into me. These guys would love nothing more than to take their garage operation of home brewing on steroids to the next level, and I would love nothing more to see that happen. The great feeling I had by being surrounded by these awesome people and the friends and family that were their to support them was unmeasurable and I cant wait to see whats next in store for Tyson, Sherman, Jason, and Richard.
These guys would love nothing more than to take their garage operation of home brewing on steroids to the next level, and I would love nothing more to see that happen.
If you are a fellow Washintonian and love local brews, the beers from Brothers Cascadia Brewing is definitely a must go. If you can't make a trip to visit them, follow them on Facebook. They are not shy to new people, and they can't wait to hear from anyone who loves beer as much or more than them. You hear the stories of breweries after they've become successful, after they've made it big in the craft beer world. When the opportunity came up to have some brews with a brewery small enough that they still work out of their garage, yet made amazing quality beer that deserve the telling of their after they made it big story. Brothers Cascadia Brewing deserve more attention and more support from this craft beer community of ours and I will make sure that we all know the goings on in their path to the top.
Cheers to Brothers Cascadia Brewing, and stay tuned as we report more on them and their upcoming Kickstarter.
Tyler (That Brew Dude) Kruse