|Beer, it's my opinion! Oct. 3, 2011|
|Written by Toren Heald, Wedgewood Realty owner and beer lover|
“I want my FN beer” is the motto at the Foggy Noggin Brewery in Bothell.
I stopped in on Jim Jamison, the FN owner and brew master to find him serving up samples, pints and growlers in his garage.
Jim is serving up some great FN English-style ales in small batches with passion. You can tell he is striving to be one of the best through tests and a self education in beer making and Jim, I think you have a special talent.
I sampled the daily pours, bought a pint and wanted to buy a 1/6 barrel but his supplies were low.
I forgave him and still went with a growler. He tells me that with the upcoming beer fests and current sales that are already scheduled, he couldn’t sell me a keg without notice.
This tells me here is a business in need of expansion.
Jim, don’t get mad but if there are any investors looking for a great opportunity to get into the brewing business you may want to check this out.
Try the beer, ask for the operational tour and get to know this up and coming Brew Master. If it’s not a fit for your portfolio at least you will have had some good beer.
My tasting consisted of four brews,
Bit O’Beaver – English Bitter
This is a very drinkable beer sweet caramel and a hint of bitter to round the flavor. This would be a great event beer; it has a low ABV of 3.4 so nobody gets too crazy early in the day, if you know what I mean.
Christmas Duck – Porter
Not usually a dark beer fan but this was warm and delicious.
It has coffee tones but not over powering. The name Christmas Duck does represent the feeling you get through the holiday, almost as good as pumpkin pie.
By the way this is available all year so you don’t have to wait if your preference is for a porter even in the summer.
Fresh Hopped Diablo del Sol - English Pale Ale
This was a special beer that will most likely not be around until next year.
Jim grew a couple of his own hop plants in the backyard and made his Diablo del Sol with his own fresh hops.
This was by far my favorite taste but everyone knows that I like a crisp hoppy beer so not too hard to believe.
Great rich malts with a heavy floral nose.
Rufus - English IPA
This is the one I took home in the growler.
The Diablo was my first choice but supplies were too low for Jim to give me a growler but this was a great number two.
Light citrus tones with well balanced bitters giving it a smooth finish but not too overpowering.
If you want to check the FN Brewery, the address is 22329 53rd Ave SE, Bothell or check out their website www.foggynogginbrewing.com.
You will have to wait to go; the tasting room is only open on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. If you go in for a tasting, tell Jim, Toren from the Weekly sent you; he will waive your tasting fee.
Jim, I’m glad to have met you, I’m a big fan as well as the next 10,000 Woodinville Weekly readers will be after they show up at your door.