The New School of Seattle Beer
All that national hoopla about the resurgence of craft beer? That’s old news in our corner of the world. And now that local brewers don’t have to spend as much time proving their creations worthy of attention, they can focus on making excellent beer. This is still IPA country, but Seattle-area brewmasters are branching beyond hops bombs and becoming conversant in Belgian-style ales, with their flavors of fruit, yeast, and spice. They’re pouring dark imperial stouts, complex as cabernet, confounding the mind and palate with sour ales and easy-drinking patio beers that still pack big flavor. Beer lovers: Class is in session.