22oz bottles from Portland’s Burnside Brewing Company have been available in the Seattle market since last year, but starting today you can expect to see their beers on draft, as well as an increased focus from the brewery on the Seattle market in general. The Pine Box will be hosting Burnside Brewing tonight for a draft release party starting at 6pm, and then they will be visiting Roosevelt Ale House on Thursday evening. Jason McAdam (co-owner), Jay Gilbert (co-owner/brewmaster) and Ryan Brentley (sales) will be making the trip up from Portland, and they will be pouring their IPA, Oatmeal Pale Ale, and Sweet Heat to start.
Burnside has been making creative beers for the Portland market since opening in 2010. I have visited the brewpub a few times on trips down to PDX, and I’ve been a fan of what I’ve tasted. The IPA and Oatmeal Pale Ale are both very solid, but Sweet Heat is the one that sticks out of their lineup to me. Here is what I wrote about Sweet Heat from my first visit to the brewery back in 2011:
My favorite of the bunch, and of the entire day, was their Sweet Heat. This wheat beer perfectly balances apricot along with just enough spice from scotch bonnet peppers to create a 4.9% sessionable brew. I remember a beer called Calypso from Roots that I sampled at the Oregon Brewers Festival a couple of years ago that was very similar, and I’m guessing that was the starting inspiration here (Jason was a former owner of Roots). To some, this beer may sound like a gimmick. Let me assure you that it is not. I sincerely hope this will be part of their year-round lineup or at least throughout the summer.
It is safe to say that I’m excited to have Sweet Heat available in the Seattle market now. Even if you aren’t a big fan of pepper beers in general, give this one a chance.
I’m looking forward to seeing more of Burnside up here in Seattle!