What is a Saison?

(Pronounced Say-zohn)

A Saison (French for season) is a pale, low alcohol Belgian beer traditionally brewed in the French speaking areas of Belgium. It’s a farm house beer brewed in the slow winter months and stored for the summer farm workers to enjoy. This beer is lightly hopped to allow the natural esters of the yeast shine through. There are no spices added to this beer, but notes of orange zest and coriander naturally occur from fermentation. Saisons are best enjoyed from a tulip glass to capture these delicate aromas. 

Come try our Olde Kitsap Saison, on tap for a limited time!

 

Grand Opening!

Our doors are finally open! We started things off with our USS Eldridge Session IPA and Olde Kitsap Saison. We had Rainy Daze Jack Got Baked Pumpkin Porter, but that didn't last long! Now we have Slaughter County's Irish Stout on tap to keep the dark beer lovers happy until we have some dark brews of our own.

To help fill out our tap handles we also have been working on our Randall! A Randall is a filter that gets filled with goodies like fresh fruit, spices, sweets or more hops. The beer goes from a keg, through the Randall, and then into your glass! It is a delicate way to change up a beer without having to brew an entire strange batch. We started our Randall on Saturday with green apples and cinnamon sticks with our Session IPA and it was a delightful surprise! It really mellowed out the bitterness of the hops and added a bit of festive flavor to the beer.

The Saison was met with much enthusiasm, which makes Jesse happy because it's a beer style he is passionate about that is often unknown to the public. To help educate the budding beer fanatics I made a brief backstory of the Saison and posted it around the tasting room. I will include it in a blog post for those who are interested.

Our fermenters are all full, so we will have three more styles coming soon. Next on tap will be Hypnos IPA, which should be ready by next weekend, and then our winter specialty Beire De Noel, and lastly a nice, dark Porter! The fermentation process is slow and steady and cannot be rushed, so if dark beers are your thing come by the tasting room in about 10 days! 

We did so well with our soft opening and grand opening that we are actually running low on supply! Our hours are fluctuating as we try to find a happy balance of supply and demand so that we don't run out of beer before the next ones are on tap. But don't worry, it won't take us long to fill out all our tap handles!

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by, spread the word, and simply enjoyed our beer! We are so happy to finally be at the point where we can serve the beer we are so passionate about.

Cheers,

Sweet T

 

 

First Brew

We have our first beer in the fermenter! Woohoo! It is a session IPA, low in alcohol but high in aroma hops. We made a big mess getting used to the brand new brew system, but the end result is happily fermenting beer.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by on Halloween to see the tasting room and trick or treat! We cannot wait to have that tasting room full of happy customers. We still have a few little things to do to be ready to serve, but we will officially be open on November 27th, 2015!

THAT'S RIGHT, WE HAVE AN OPENING DATE!

Put it in your calendar, Friday November 27th will be our opening day! Instead of wasting time in a crush of shoppers at the mall, come to downtown Bremerton and enjoy Black Friday with a flight of tasty beers. If you really want to get started on your holiday shopping, cruise through downtown and SHOP LOCAL! Purpose Boutique, Ish Vintage Clothing, The Game Wizard and F.R.O.G. Soap are just a few of the awesome shops run by your neighbors. And don't forget we'll have pint glasses, growlers, T-shirts, hoodies and limited edition posters! Fill a pint glass with a gift certificate and share the love!

We're going to keep on brewing and we hope to have at least four fantastic beers to share with you later this month!

Cheers!

-Sweet T

 

 

How to build a brewery in 10,492 easy steps!

 There's a lot more to starting a brewery than just making good beer. We have had to redo floors, build walls, get every kind of permit imaginable, and still we are not done! Now we can look back on our home brew days with lust for the simplicity. But it won't be long until we can start brewing with our beautiful new equipment! So here are a few pictures to help visualize our progress.

Take note of the change in the floor from the first picture to the next. We filled part of the floor to level it out and make it easier to use our floor drains. We are installing Altro flooring on top of that this week. Once that is down we can finally put our brewing equipment in its final location, which will be along the interior wall behind the railing. The railing is made from refurbished steel from an old parking garage and we are going to add a small wood counter on top of it made from some of the original wood from our building! We hope that people enjoy saddling up to it and admiring our brewing equipment.

There is a lot of mess right now, but it wont be long until it's an open and inviting place for you to come and enjoy a pint!

-Sweet T