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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Day 167 Drink: Pike Cask Conditioned Pale Ale

Pike Brewing sits along Seattle's 1st Avenue, connected to the famed Pike Place Public Market. Charles and Rose Ann Finkel own the place, running it with a friendly staff that has the kind of attitude you wish you would find during every night out. It's part restaurant, part bar, part brewery and part history museum, with one of the best collections of breweriana on display to the public you will find anywhere.

The Finkels are a lively food and beverage centric couple that have started and nurtured a number of great foodie businesses, including Pike Brewing (which the opened, sold and bought back); Bon Vin, a specialty wine importer; Merchant du Vin,a craft beer importer; and Truffles, a gourmet grocery. Charles also played an important role during the formative years of the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Washington.

Pike Brewing hosted a Pints for Prostates event today, helping reach hundreds of men through the universal language of beer. While at event, I had the chance to taste Pike's Cask Conditioned Pale Ale.

Pike's Cask Conditioned Pale Ale is a cloudy orangish colored brew with a thin head that is typical of cask conditioned ales. Nice floral and herbal hop nose. The flavor has a range of mellow notes, with a good solid hop background. Grapefruit, spices and more floral notes emerge. A real solid real ale that would be in its element at a pub in the English countryside.

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