Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Top Rung Brewing Hoptoberfest recap

Ron Swarner


Despite yesterday’s afternoon downpour, the crowd’s disposition seemed sunny inside Top Rung Brewing Company. The Lacey brewery’s second annual Hoptoberfest set the record for most people to walk through their door on a single day, and won me over on the taste side. As guitarist Murray plucked a mighty fine tune or 20, I sipped the most delightful Top Rung Imperial Barrel Aged Pyrolysis Stout — dark and malty with notes of coffee and chocolate boosted with a smooth, bourbon finish. Co-founders Casey Sobol and Jason Stoltz also released their new Shift Trade IPA, a 6.2% ABV shot of pineapple thanks to a hefty dose of Mosiac and Cascade hops, as well as their first fresh hop beer, Wet Line Fresh Hop, brewed with Cascade and Centennial hops on their one-barrel pilot system. South Sound craft beer fans were hardly ready to let a little monsoon get between them and delicious beers.