Kent-based microbrewery releases Seattle Beer Broads Spring Bitter – a little bit of the Pacific Northwest, with English accents.
KENT, Wash. Just in time for Seattle Beer Week, Airways Brewing Company is releasing their second annual Seattle Beer Broads collaboration brew, available on draught beginning Monday, May 13. The Seattle Beer Broads is a group of over 160 local women working in the beer industry, celebrating their love of craft beer, and educating other women on the historical significance of females in the craft beer industry. Through events such as beer tastings and festivals throughout the year, the Seattle Beer Broads help to foster a vibrant, diverse craft brew community. The Seattle Beer Broads can be followed by the public on Facebook.
This year’s collaborative recipe and brew session resulted in a bitter using ESB and Crystal malts with Willamette, Cascade, East Kent Golding hops. Amber in color, the Beer Broads Spring Bitter is similar to a British Extra Special Bitter (ESB), but with a Northwest flair. Featuring an approachable 33 IBUs and 5.5 percent ABV, this bitter pairs well with meats, cheeses, or spicy foods, and of course, tastes delicious just on its own. A portion of the proceeds will go to support education for women entering the brewing industry.
“For the second year in a row, the Beer Broads were surveyed and said they wanted to brew a beer that fit the season,” said Alex Dittmar, owner and head brewer at Airways Brewing Company. “We came up with a Northwest take on a British classic.”
On Monday, May 13, the Beer Broads Spring Bitter will be released at Airways Brewing Company for pints and growler fills, and at three Seattle Beer Week events: Thirsty Sisters Present Women in Beer at Pike Brewing, This is Washington Dammit! at The Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle, and Can You Handle My Randall? at The Pine Box in Capitol Hill where it will be poured through lemongrass and orange peel.