Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Puyallip River: fine tap list

  Another small production brewery with a wide range of own taps and guest taps has had a taproom open since February, d/b/a/ Puyallup River Alehouse.  It's in the downtown area, a couple miles north of the state fair grounds. and brewer Erik Akeson believes in keeping the own taps side full with a wide variety. Just look at the tap list on the board behind the bar.
Now, anyone who goes out craft beer tasting the weekend before Halloween is going to see a truckload of pumpkin ales--that just goes with the territory.  I took a sampler tray of four and started off with their Black Pumpkin Saison (sweet and yeasty, 5.8%), followed by their Dunkelweizen, with a nice deep amber color and good balance between malt and hops, 5.9%.  Third was definitely on the tart side, the Fryingpan Cascadian Red (70 IBUs, 7.6%) and dessert was the Meeker St. Madness, a smooth, sweet barleywine that hides its 10.5% abv under a deceptively demure surface.
Food choices are limited at present. They can steam up a variety of hot dogs.  But the downtown location offers many restaurant choices within a block or two.
(Visited 10/26/13)

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