|Beer: It’s my opinion!|
|Written by Toren Heald, Wedgewood Realty owner and beer lover|
ShareA few months ago I wrote about an upcoming brewery to Woodinville … well, it’s here.
Twelve Bar Brews (TBB) finally had their debut on Saturday, October 29. According to Kirk Hilse, owner and brew master, he was met with many challenges that most small businesses have setting up their business, — yep, bureaucracy. Kirk survived the red tape jungle and we are glad he made it through.
TBB sits next to Haight Carpet and across the street from McLendon’s Hardware at 12826 NE 178th S., Suite C, Woodinville.
I was there on the opening day and I think I was first on scene.
But not more than a couple minutes later, Kirk’s small tasting area was full of his supporters.
TBB is not a pub, merely a tasting room for sampling the nectar of Kirk’s creations. Although, if you do like what TBB is serving up you will be able to purchase growlers (half gallon glass jug) and kegs to go.
If you are going to be a regular, you will want to invest in one of TBB’s logoed growlers; it will save you a dollar per fill.
I paid the premium and used my own growler for a beer to go which was $9 instead of the $8 with TBB glass.
I took home the IPA because that’s what I like, and besides it was the only one on tap. Don’t worry: Kirk is in the process of brewing other varieties.
Remember the red tape; TBB only got the green light to brew a week ago.
I’ve digressed; the IPA is very dry with very distinct citrus flavor with only a touch of toasted malt.
If you like bitter beer you will find it here.
I asked Kirk what the IBU’s (International Bitterness Units) are and he said somewhere between 85 to 90. I think it might be higher. The color is very light and cloudy, like a wheat beer but with a much unexpected taste bud “Eruption of Hoppyness.” I just made that name up for the beer. Right now it is just called IPA. Kirk, you can use that name but I will have to charge you a licensing fee for the use.
By the time you are reading this article, Twelve Bar Brews will have additional selection of beer.
Show your support to one of our newest businesses in town.
Go on in and tell them that Toren sent you and have a free beer tasting.
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