Beyond its base characteristics, one of Bad Santa’s strongest virtues (pause for chuckle) is its drinkability. Sixty-five IBUs is respectable but not tongue-numbing, so a reveler is allowed to enjoy the character of the beer’s hops—consisting of multiple hop species but specifically Fuggle, a traditional hop originating in England—and dark malts without losing their sense of taste altogether.
Whether it’s the prospect of drinking in the open air on Rooftop Brewing Company’s spacious patio or the promise of delicious local food from a truck or the community represented through all of Rooftop Brewing’s collaborations with other local small businesses or simply the desire for a fresh, well-crafted beer, Rooftop Brewing Company is certainly deserving of a stop on your next Seattle brew tour or, dare it be suggested, a regular weekly stop for a relaxing evening up on the roof.
Buy a Lady a Drink is an opportunity to buy one of three limited-edition Stella Artois chalices, each designed by a local artist from three countries on three different continents: Brazil, Cambodia, and Uganda. For each chalice purchased, Stella Artois will donate $6.25 to Water.org, which is enough to provide clean drinking water for one person for five years.
A more surprising characteristic of Old Scoundrel, which comes out after the first sip, is a distinct hoppiness. With IBUs advertised at 40, it is surprising to find the flavor of hops on the finish so explicit. This could be due to the use of Cascade hops, as advertised on the bottle. But while the obviousness of the hops is surprising, this is well balanced against the malt and sweetness. And now Old Scoundrel’s full profile is unshrouded: an inviting and reserved demeanor gives way to a big-mouthed beer with plenty to say and leaving you with plenty to think about.
We're looking at a new beer from our friends at Rooftop Brewing Co. Brewmaster Craig Christian created a rarely seen Braggot Ale. According toBeerAdvocate.com, Braggot is an old drink dating as far back as the 12th century in Ireland. Traditionally a Braggot was made by combining spices with mead and beer to produce a strong drink with uncommon flavors.