Earlier this year, a spate of West Seattle bars joined forces with Big Al Brewing in White Center to produce a summery kolsch, dubbed Lowman Brau, that was only available on their side of the bridge. Tomorrow the neighborhood’s watering holes will begin pouring another beer created, brewed and sold exclusively in West Seattle and its environs.
This time around it’s a brown Belgian-style ale called Whale Tail Ale, named for the park near Alki Beach. Jeff Gilbert, owner of The Feedback Lounge and the driving force behind the neighborhood-only brews, said he was unaware of the alternative meaning, the one that involves inadvertently exposed ladies’ undergarments.
Whale Tail Ale will be pouring at nearly a dozen local bars, and each establishment has chosen a local charity that will receive a portion of the proceeds.
Lowman Brau was so successful, says Gilbert, that Big Al will produce three West Seattle charity beers a year for the fall, winter and spring. He has taken some ribbing about limiting the beer to West Seattle and White Center, but says it’s all in good fun. “West Seattle helps West Seattle,” he says. “We’re kind of on a rock over here.”
Participating establishments will commence pouring and celebrating tomorrow at 6. Look for Whale Tail at the Feedback—along with West 5, Shadowland, Mission, the Bridge, Locol, Beveridge Place Pub, Full Tilt, Avalon, Big Al, and Company Bar in White Center—through the end of January.
Gilbert already has February’s neighborhood beer release in the works and promises a major twist that will excite beer geeks on both sides of the water.