Saturday, September 4, 2010

Big Al's: boosting the home brewers

  Big Al's Brewing, down in the White Center neighborhood on the south side of Seattle, that had six standard brews on tap and three seasonals.  One of them, Ritzerbrau Alt, was subtitled "local hero."  This is a rich malty alt concocted by a local home brewer, Mike Ritzer, and selected by Al Hunter-Brown, the brewer-owner, as the beer to take to the Great American Beer Festival in the Pro-Am category. Here's hoping they do well at the GABF in Denver this month.
   Gemma, the server, also described two other noteworthy taps.  They pour Tutta Bella Amber, which was created for the pizza chain of that name when they wanted a house label beer.  Its a clear amber with four different hops including Fuggle along with Chinook, Cascade, and Sterling.  And they pour Brougham Bitter, made for the Emerald City Supporters, the loudest soccer fans at Qwest Field for Sounders FC games.
Banners and other souvenirs from Sounders games also adorn the walls. Big Al's tasting notes are at their website.

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