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Gold Crush

Golden Session Ale

refreshing
light
honey

Drink this golden brew with lunch after working in the yard, and keep your senses while you keep drinking.

Story Behind the Name
Its bright golden color and low ABV mean you can crush a few in an afternoon. We like it "more than a friend".
Occasion
Afternoon beer, while doing yard work (or not), all-day and night.
Official Style
Golden Session Ale
If you like...
Macro Beer, lower alcohol levels
IBUs
19
Malts
Maris Otter Pale
Hops
Challenger, East Kent Goldings
Yeast
English Ale
Color
Gold
Aromas & Flavors
Light, refreshing, a bit grainy, crackers, honey, dry finish, biscuity, oyster crackers
Key Comparisons
Less caramelly/malt character than Automatic
Other Notes
Single malt, lighter carbonated (because light flavor is enhanced with light carbonation)
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Hello, World!

Bavarian Bright Lager

slightly sweet
slightly fruity
grainy

A subtle beer with a full body. It is slightly sweet, lightly fruity with a grainy flavor. It’s a great introduction to craft beer or, for avid beer-drinkers, a great introduction to the evening. 5.3%

Story Behind the Name
Computer programmer types, like our founders, will recognize the friendly name right away. Famous computer scientist Brian Kernighan wrote the world’s first “Hello World” program, a simple program that said “Hello World” to teach his new programming language (called C):
#include 
main()
{
    printf("Hello World");
}
The tradition was born and almost every book to teach a language started with a similar “Hello World” program. We consider this beer an introduction to the world of craft beer: simple, easy to understand and welcoming. It also starts with “Hell” to refer to the beer style Helles. We added punctuation because we’re also grammar geeks.
Occasion
Introduction to new beer drinkers, any time, any day
Official Style
Munich Helles Lager

It’s Munich because it was invented in Munich and, traditionally, must include Munich malt. Helles means “light” or “bright” in German. I like “bright” better because it’s more positive and we use Bavarian because Munich is in Bavaria and for the alliteration.

If you like...
Corn, Grains or Macro Beer
IBUs
17
Malts
Bohemian Floor-Malted Pilsner, Munich
Hops
Hallertau Mittelfrüh
Yeast
German Bock
Color
Straw
Aromas & Flavors
Light fruit, light sweet, grainy, crackers, medium body, subtle, hint of bubble gum; lemon
Key Comparisons
Has more complexity than Check, it’s a bit sweeter and grainy
Other Notes
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Check

Republic Pilsner

crisp
clean
cereal

This is a very simple beer, made with just one malt and one hop, and stored near freezing for four weeks.

The beer is 100% pilsner malt and single-hopped with 100% Czechoslovakian Saaz (pronounced “Sotz”, rhymes with “hops”, depending on who you ask) hops. The pilsner malt gives it a grainy cereal flavor and the Saaz hops add a spiciness on the back end.

As craft beer drinkers grow to appreciate some of the more traditional lagers and the beautiful simplicity and technical acumen they require, styles like this become more popular. We are particularly proud that that this beer took home Bronze at the 2017 Washington Beer Awards.

Story Behind the Name
It’s a Czech style Pilsner.
Occasion
Hot Day or after work or all day beer; easy drinking
Official Style
Czech Pilsner
If you like...
Pilsners, Macro Beer
IBUs
30
Malts
Bohemian Floor-Malted Pilsner
Hops
Saaz
Yeast
German Bock
Color
Yellow-Gold
Aromas & Flavors
Light, crisp, clean, classic hop flavor
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
This beer is about as traditional as they come. Its subtle flavors are the product of a minimalist recipe(just one malt and one hop) and the relatively mineral free waters of its birthplace in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia(circa 1842). When most people think "beer", this iconic Pilsner flavor is likely what comes to mind.
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Partly Sunny

Classic Wheat Lager

banana
wheat-y
touch of lemon

Typical of hefeweizens, this beer is hazy and typical of optimism, we view the overcast as partly sunny.

5.1%

Story Behind the Name
Seattle weather rewards the optimist. In a city famous for skies as cloudy as a good wheat beer, the ability to see the sun among the clouds is essential to a happy, healthy life.
Occasion
Year round beer, to add sunshine to fall/winter grayness
Official Style
Hefeweizen
Why We Don't Call It That
We believe in simplicity and clarity when it comes to our beer names. "Hefeweizen" is as tricky to pronounce as it is to spell, and, unless you speak German, it doesn't really get the point across either.
If you like...
Wheat beers, banana, shandy
IBUs
10
Malts
Pale Wheat, Pilsner, Vienna
Hops
Hallertau Mittelfrüh
Yeast
Hefeweizen
Color
Yellow and intentionally cloudy
Aromas & Flavors
Citrusy, lemon, clove, banana
Key Comparisons
Less bitter than Zest or B.E. Juicy, yet more citrusy and fruity than our other lagers

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Wash Away the Rain

Strong Wheat Beer

9.6%

Story Behind the Name
Occasion
Official Style
Wheat Wine
If you like...
Hefeweizens with a bit of a punch.
IBUs
Malts
Wheat, Pale, Munich, Vienna
Hops
Magnum, Cascade
Yeast
Wheat
Color
Golden, Yellow
Aromas & Flavors
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
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One

London Standard Ale

toffee
bready
everyday

Any time of day, any time of year, any food & any occasion: if I could drink only one beer for the rest of my life, this is the one.

A beer brewed in the great tradition of English ales using 100% English ingredients. A base malt of Maris Otter gives this beer that bready flavor no other base malt has. And English beers have a characteristic malt flavor only found in crystal malts made in England. English maltsters make crystal malt that has a pronounced toffee flavor rather than a straight-up caramel flavor.

This beer is the cornerstone of many beers Optimism brews because I fell in love with imported English ales as I was growing up and discovering the breadth of beers available outside America at the time. When I was homebrewing, I brewed this beer more than any other because it was never perfect and, as simple as the recipe is, could always be tweaked until I got it to my perfect beer. It’s the one beer I would have if I could only have one beer for the rest of my life – it goes well any time of day, any time of year, any occassion and with any food.

Some people will call this an ESB (Extra Special Bitter) and, well, it technically is. While ESBs used to be one of the most popular beer styles in the world, no one drinks ESBs anymore because so many ESBs have a dull flavor. And no one likes the word “bitter” in a name. This beer is not bitter, it is malty rich with a wonderful grassy and floral bouquet.

As you enjoy this beer contemplate your past and your future and realize that all the times you were confronted with pessimism, pessimism lost because optimism won. Optimism always wins because pessimism causes you to give up, relent and accept misery. Optimism drives you forward until you’ve defeated all the pessimists. Pessimists lose, optimists win.

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5.6%

The beer is comprised of just 2 malts and 3 hops which create a surprisingly complex beer. This is the little sibling to Optimism One. It’s a balanced, all-day ale, meaning with a low ABV of 3.7%, you’ll automatically want another and another and still feel great the next morning.

Story Behind the Name
One is the beginning and a common denominator. If Troy could only have one beer for the rest of his life, it would be One. Also play on words, in the long battle of pessimism and optimism, optimism won.
Occasion
Every day, all occasions, great with food
Official Style
Extra Special Bitter (E.S.B.)
Why We Don't Call It That
The English beer style nominclature is no longer helpful in today's world of hop-heavy IPAs. To English beer drinkers this is an extraordinarily bitter beer, but today's American craft drinking palate this is not bitter at all. So it no longer seems apt. To the uninitiated, "bitter" actually sounds terrible. Because E.S.B.s were some of the initial beers made during the craft movement of the '90s, they now seems like the beer "your dad drinks" and is therefore not cool. Everytime a bar has sold this beer as an ESB, it doesn't sell, but it has consistently been in the top 5 in our tasting room when there is no bias based on it being an uncool style.
If you like...
English Teas or Iced Tea, sweeter beers, ambers, pale ales
IBUs
22
Malts
Maris Otter, Crystal
Hops
Northdown, Target, Challenger
Yeast
English Ale
Color
Amber
Aromas & Flavors
Caramel, malt, honey, bread, a bit bitter, biscuits, dried plum
Key Comparisons
Bigger, richer version of Automatic
Other Notes
Intended as an everyday beer, a beer that can go with any time of the day, any time of the year, any food, any occasion
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Rushmore (People Power)

Classic American Ale

graham cracker
resin-y
floral

Made in the tradition of the classic American Pale Ale, this beer's floral aromas evoke the mountain meadows and sweeping valleys of the American West. 4.8%

Story Behind the Name
This is a classic American beer, just like the sculpture in South Dakota honoring the founding fathers; Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln. We think the complex but unified flavors of this beer harken to an American spirit of collaboration.
Occasion
Hot Day or after work or all day beer; easy drinking
Official Style
American Pale Ale
Why Don't Call It That
American beers are as diverse as the people who drink them, so why reserve the term "American" for just one style?
If you like...
IBUs
31
Malts
Pale Ale, Caramel
Hops
Cascade
Yeast
California Ale
Color
Amber, like our waves of grain
Aromas & Flavors
Brown sugar, piney, bite of hop at the end, herbal, floral, classic, caramel
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
American base malt and American caramel malt combine to make a flavorful ale and hopped with the most classic American craft hop, Cascade. America invents a lot of things, but when it comes to something as old as beer a young thing like America couldn’t possibly invent a new beer in the 1980s, could it? Yes. A great American brewery, Sierra Nevada, invented the American Pale Ale and was one of the few breweries to ignite the modern beer movement in America which made America one of the great beer powers. With that kind of history, you can’t be an American brewery and not make an American Pale Ale. This is ours. Ok, maybe it’s a bit more than a Pale Ale, edging towards IPA because that’s the American way
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B.E. Juicy

Hazy Hoppy NE Ale

grapefruit
mango
bursting

Notoriously hazy, this New England style IPA has explosive fruit flavor without the bitterness. If you don't know, now you know. 7.7%

Story Behind the Name
We first released our hazy N.E. style IPA under the name, "B.I.G. Juicy", as a nod to the Notorious B.I.G.'s optimistic hit "Juicy." We love Biggie's focus on hard work and artistic integrity. We found out later that our friends and neighbors at No-Li Brewing1 make a beer called Big Juicy, so we renamed our beer to avoid confusion, but kept the abbreviation motif, because we just like it. What does it stand for? Beer is Excellent.
Occasion
All day everyday for everyone that loves beer and for all those that don't know they do yet. This beer appeals to everyone and has been our best seller since it joined the menu.
Official Style
New England-style IPA
Why We Don't Call It That
The New England style is relatively new and not well known outside of beer geek circles -- do you know the difference between West Coast and Pacific Northwest Style IPAS? More importantly, this beer is beloved all over the world, and can't be limited to one region.
If you like...
IPAs or even if you don't like IPAs
IBUs
Malts
Hops
Yeast
Color
Aromas & Flavors
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
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Rhymes with Orange

Juicy NE Ale

mandarin
hazy
sugarcane

Unmistakably orange in flavor and color,this new NE IPA is like no other. 5.6%

Story Behind the Name
Naming beers is a lot like finding words to rhyme with orange. This one just came to us, and we liked the poetry of it.
Occasion
At home in the sun,
Official Style
New England-style IPA
Why We Don't Call It That
The New England style is relatively new and not well known outside of beer geek circles -- do you know the difference between West Coast and Pacific Northwest Style IPAS? More importantly, this beer is beloved all over the world, and can't be limited to just one region.
If you like...
IPAs or don't like IPAs
IBUs
Malts
Hops
Yeast
Color
Red-Orange
Aromas & Flavors
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
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Zest

Citrus Hoppy Ale

orange
grapefruit
sweet grass

This one is full of citrus flavors. This beer was made for my wife (the other founder of Optimism) who loves it. 6.1%

Story Behind the Name
Conceived by a close family friend of the owners, the name Zest marries the citrus characteristics of the beer with an optimist's lust for life.
Occasion
All day all year beer
Official Style
IPA
Why We Don't Call It That
Zest defies the common perception of IPAs as overly bitter and reserved for beer geeks only. In reality, its mild bitterness and fruit-forward character appeals to seasoned beer drinkers and new beer drinkers alike.
If you like...
IPAs or citrus, especially grapefruit
IBUs
Malts
Hops
Yeast
Color
Light Amber
Aromas & Flavors
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
IPAs have become such a wide-ranging style and new hop varieties have such diverse flavors and aromas that it’s hard to make just one variation. Our second IPA, Zest is packed full of citrus and tropical fruit aroma and flavor.
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Moxee

Pacific Northwest Style IPA

piney
woodsy
Pacific Northwest

This beer is named after Moxee, Washington, where all the hops in it were grown, and a particular kind of determination. 6.2%

Story Behind the Name
It’s named after Moxee, Washington where all the hops for the beer were grown (in fact 77% of hops from the US are grown here). We love the double entendre.
Occasion
Year round beer, a hop-lover’s beer
Official Style
Northwest IPA
Why We Don't Call It That
If you like...
IPAs, bitter beers
IBUs
45
Malts
2-row, Crystal, Munich
Hops
Simcoe, Chinook & Columbus
Yeast
Califoria Ale
Color
Copper
Aromas & Flavors
Pine needles, fresh cut grass, floral, Pacific Northwest, long finish
Key Comparisons
Similar backbone to Zest, but hops make it more piney and woodsy vs. citrusy
Other Notes
We try to avoid using style names else everyone will only drink IPAs and not experiment with other beers, but yes, this is an IPA. It’s a late 20th Century IPA, so it has the piney, resin-y aroma and flavor from the hops that were popularized by American craft brewers at the time. The hops are the key component of this beer but it still has a body to balance the hops. It’s named after Moxee, Washington, where all the hops for this beer were grown. We are very proud to have Yakima, now the world’s largest hop-growing region in the world (!), in our home state and the least Yakima, specifically Moxee, deserves is to have a beer named after it. I wanted to make an IPA like the IPAs that were common in the 1990s in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest that seem to have almost disappeared in favor of the much more tropical fruit and citrus IPAs of today. It has the assertive hop character that shocked and delighted me and made me fall in love with the new American IPA style and with my then-new home of Seattle and finishes with a little full sweetness to balance the hop character.
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Heliotropic

Tropical Hoppy Ale

passion fruit
melon
powerful

Heliotropic is the process of plants growing towards the sun. This beer will make you feel closer to the sun. 7.8%

Story Behind the Name
he·li·ot·ro·pic /hēlēəˈtrōpik/ is the upward growth of a plant in response to sunlight or the tendency of an animal to move toward light.

Grow to the light.

Occasion
Spring time, summer time or when you want it to feel like spring or summer.
Official Style
IPA
Why We Don't Call It That
If you like...
juice, tropical fruit flavors
IBUs
50
Malts
2-Row, Vienna
Hops
Galaxy, El Dorado, Amarillo
Yeast
Enlish Ale
Color
Amber/Copper
Aromas & Flavors
Nectarine Mango, fruity
Key Comparisons
More complex, bigger version of Unicorn
Other Notes
This tropical IPA is easy to drink with juicy fruit flavors. Heliotropic is the process of plants growing towards the sun. This beer will make you feel closer to the sun. Heliotropic is a copper-colored beer with a powerful passion fruit and melon aroma from a healthy dose of Equinox® hops. Drink it and you’ll taste the sweetness of tropical fruits.
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Amplify

Hoppy Assertive Ale

assertive
mango
hoppy

Tropical fruit aroma and flavors are balanced by subtly sweet malts in a louder, higher alcohol and more intensely hoppy ale. 8.7%

Story Behind the Name
We turned up the volume on this assertively hoppy ale. With deeper malts, bolder tropical hops, and a warm, rich alcoholic bite, this in your face IPA stands out loud and proud.
Occasion
Year round beer (but especially great for summer), a hop-lover’s beer
Official Style
Double IPA
Why We Don't Call It That
Double IPA sounds more like an intimidating medical procedure than a delicious beverage. We think Amplify deserves a title fitting of its bold flavors.
If you like...
Tropical fruit, hoppy beers
IBUs
75
Malts
2-row, Caramalt, Carafoam
Hops
Idaho 7, CTZ, Simcoe
Yeast
California Ale
Color
Copper
Aromas & Flavors
Tropical fruit, hoppy, kumquat
Key Comparisons
More assertive and hoppy than our other IPAs
Other Notes
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Pride

Farmhouse Saison

fruity
fizzy
a bit tart

Brewed with pride for Pride, a light and fruity saison is perfect for celebrating equality and our Capitol Hill neighborhood. 5.6%

Story Behind the Name
We always knew we would make a beer with the word "pride" in the name, as is the tradition in Europe with London Pride. In our first year, we decided to make a beer for Gay Pride because Optimism is located in the traditionally gay neighborhood of Seattle.
Occasion
Year round beer.
Official Style
Saison
Why We Don't Call It That
For stylists, it's a Saison. Saisons, French for "season" and pronounced "say•zon", were light beers brewed by farmhands during the winter when they weren't working in the field for themselves to drink during the hot farming season. Those beers were much lower in alcohol than today's saisons and they were fermented with less rigorous sanitation standards than today's beers so wild yeast from the farmhouse got into the beer giving it an unusual aromatic quality that is still a requirement of the style.
If you like...
wine, this beer is notoriously good at converting people who think they hate beer to loving it
IBUs
35
Malts
Pilsner, Torrefied Wheat, 2-row, Munich, CaraFoam
Hops
Hallertau Mittelfruh, Saaz
Yeast
Saison
Color
Yellow-orange
Aromas & Flavors
Slightly fruity, herbal, spiced, light citrus, tangy, earthy
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
A blend of three German lightly-kilned malts, American barley malt and English wheat malt, combined with European noble hops and an aromatic, spicy yeast strain gives this easy-drinking ale a wonderful scent, that is equal parts fruity, earthy, and tart. We originally brewed this beer for Seattle Pride Month to benefit a local LGBTQ non-profit organization. We still do that but it was so popular we decided to make it year-round.
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Black

Dark Roasty Ale

bold coffee
cocoa nibs
robust

It’s called Black because it is black, and for a black lab, who lived far too short a life. 5.7%

Story Behind the Name
Speaks to its very dark color and Troy and Gay’s Black Lab that lived a far too short life, just like this beer in my glass.
Occasion
For colder months, with cheese, with smoked and roasted meats
Official Style
Stout
Why We Don't Call It That
The name stout is actually pretty misleading because Stouts are not very strong and do not have a heavy body at all. We believe the distinction between Porters and Stouts is pretty minimal and that Porter-lovers would be just as happy with Black as with our Shift.
If you like...
Coffee and Chocolate, Guiness
IBUs
43
Malts
Maris Otter, Flaked Oats, Crystal, Munich, Coffee, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Carafa Special II
Hops
Magnum, East Kent Goldings
Yeast
English Ale
Color
Black
Aromas & Flavors
Chocolate, dark coffee
Key Comparisons
A little heavier and bolder than shift.
Other Notes
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...Before the Dawn

Bold Imperial Ale

espresso
dried figs
dark chocolate

This big, rich and complex beer is the kind to be enjoyed in the wee hours, when it’s always darkest, but gets you thinking about what’s ahead. 9.4%

Story Behind the Name
It’s like a dessert that I like to enjoy in the wee hours before the dawn when it’s always darkest. It’ll always be the darkest beer we make.
Occasion
Sipper. last beer before bed, dessert beer
Official Style
Imperial Stout
Why We Don't Call It That
If you like...
Whiskey or bourbon drinks, Coffee or Espresso, Chocolate Cake
IBUs
96
Malts
Maris Otter, Crystal, Munich, Roasted Barley, Carafa Special II, Black, Special B
Hops
CTZ
Yeast
English Ale
Color
Black
Aromas & Flavors
Raisins, dried plums, intense coffee drinks
Key Comparisons
It’s higher in alcohol, bigger and more full bodied than Black.
Other Notes
Troy wanted to make an Imperial Stout (which usually has an ABV of 10-12%) that he could drink like any other beer
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Clear

Super Hydrator

carbonated
hydrating
gluten-free

Our housemade sparkling water is fizzy and flavorless. 0%

Story Behind the Name
We named this one after its color.

Remember when clear was “the future of beverages”? In the 1980s, beer had Zima and soft drinks had Pepsi Clear. We think they were ahead of their time and we’ve brought it back. We recommend one between each beer.

Occasion
Official Style
Why We Don't Call It That
If you like...
Water, La Croix, Talking Rain, Bubly
IBUs
0
Malts
Hops
Yeast
Color
Well, you know.
Aromas & Flavors
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
This started with two hydrogen molecules joined by one oxygen molecule. Then we added three times as many groups of one carbon molecule and a pair of oxygen molecules. H2O + 3(CO2) = C3H2O7