Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Craft Beer Crosscut 8.29.19: Flight By Hollis Wood

Ron Swarner

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Beer flights in TacomaIt was 2007 when Ron and Jackie Walcher opened the brewery down a dirt road near Arlington. Today, Skookum Brewery head brewer Hollis Wood and his small team churn out “big bold strong” craft beers in a giant facility with a popular taproom down the street from the Arlington Airport — managed by an angel, a big, bearded lovable man named “Angel.” Skookum Brewery brews beers that are locally sourced, with more than 90 percent of their barley grown and malted in state, on equipment predominately purchased locally including several pieces made in Washington state. Today, Peaks and Pints presents a five-beer flight of the Arlington brewery’s goods that we call Craft Beer Crosscut 8.29.19: Flight By Hollis Wood.

Craft Beer Crosscut 8.29.19: Flight By Hollis Wood

Skookum-Smoke-and-Roast-TacomaSkookum Smoke and Roast

7.6% ABV

Skookum head brewer Hollis Wood and his small team churn out “big bold strong” craft beers in a giant facility with a popular taproom down the street from the Arlington Airport — managed by an angel, a big, bearded lovable man named “Angel.” Skookum Brewery brews beers that are locally sourced, with more than 90 percent of their barley grown and malted in state, on equipment predominately purchased locally including several pieces made in Washington state. Skookum’s Smoke and Roast is a robust oatmeal porter brewed with oak smoked wheat malt and conditioned on heaps of whole Camano Island Coffee Roasters beans for a lightly smoked, intense coffee and smooth porter.

Skookum-Deep-Color-TacomaSkookum Deep Color

10.3% ABV

Old Ale recalls the type of beer brewed before the Industrial Revolution, stored for months or even years in unlined wooden vessels known as tuns. The beer would pick up some lactic sourness as a result of wild yeasts, lactobacilli and tannins in the wood. The result was a beer dubbed “stale” by drinkers: it was one of the components of the early, blended porters. Skookum brewed a strong old ale, added cherry wood smoke malt then aged in in whiskey barrels for 10 months. The result is Deep Color with deep notes and aromas of dark fruit, tobacco, oak, and mild smoke.

Skookum-Brighten-The-Corners-TacomaSkookum Brighten The Corners

6.2% ABV

New England-style IPA with oats and wheat as the hazy creator and brewed with Meridian, Amarillo and Idaho 7 hops for tropical and citrus flavors with a piney finish.]

Skookum Endemic

6.3% ABV

New England-style IPA with oats and spelt as the hazy creator and brewed with a huge amount of Nelson and a touch of Simcoe for aromas of Blanc grapes, kiwi puree and Southern Hemisphere diesel.

Skookum All Yellow IPA

7% ABV

New England-style IPA with wheat as the hazy creator and Chinook, Denali, Idaho 7 and El Dorado hops adding tropical goodness with a bitter finish.