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Seattle Beer Week Pop-Up: Shmaltz Brewing
May 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Since its establishment in 1996, Shmaltz Brewing Company has gone from a Mission District, San Francisco apartment operation, where Jeremy Cowan brewed his first hundred cases of He’Brew Beer that he enlisted his mother to deliver, to a massive brewery just north of Albany in Clifton Park, New York, with national distribution, including Washington state. Cowan wears his Jewish heritage proud — from “schmaltz,” which is Yiddish for “excessive sentimentality in art or music,” to the beer being Kosher certified, to the artwork and incorporation of Biblical Israel’s famous fruits and grains such as figs and pomegranates, aka the “Seven Species,” into the brews. Peaks and Pints is thrilled to host Shmaltz Brewing Company for a Seattle Beer Week Pop-Up Party.
Here’s what we’re pouring from Shmaltz:
Shmaltz and Clown Shoes Beer teamed up for the most badass collaboration beer. Shmaltz blends its Jewbelation 11 with Clown Shoes Brewing’s Billionaire Barleywine in Wild Turkey bourbon barrels for more than two months. It kicks off with fruit notes from the barleywine, with a mixture of bright American style fruit and deeper dried fruit reminiscent of English barleywines. The finish extends the English influence, with a dark biscuity flavor of old ales, probably contributed by the Jewbelation. It’s more of a strong ale, but would pass as a quality barleywine, too. It’s deep and flavorful.
Every year, when Shmaltzs anniversary rolls around, they release a new edition of their iconic Jewbelation Ale. However, for their 21st anniversary, they did something a little special. By using 10 malts and 11 hops, they have redefined the strong ale. It hits the nose with dark fruit and notes of roasted malt, toffee and earthy rye. Starts with dark fruit and roasted malt flavors with a smooth, boozy mouthfeel. It finishes dry with toffee malt and earthy rye flavors as well as a boozy burn at the end.
Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA on Rye
10% ABV, 85 IBU
Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. on Rye IPA was brewed in honor of foul-mouthed comic Lenny Bruce’s death in 1966 with an obscene amount of malts and hops. Citrusy herbal hops, caramel malt and tropical fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long, huge and dry.
SEATTLE BEER WEEK POP-UP: SHMALTZ BREWING, 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, Peaks and Pints, 3816 N. 26th St., Basecamp Proctor, Tacoma, no cover