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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. 4.5%

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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Nova

Hoppy Modern Pilsner

meadows
wildflower honey
modern pilsner

This new star burns bright with aromas of grassy meadows and wildflower honey. Mandarina Bavaria hops turn a classic modern. 4.5%

Story Behind the Name
Nova draws on tradition for its German pilsner foundations, but eschews the traditional Saaz hops in favor of the less conventional Mandarina Bavaria hop, bringing the style firmly into the 21st century.
Occasion
Hot Day or after work or all day beer; easy drinking
Official Style
New World Pilsner
If you like...
Pilsners, Macro Beer
IBUs
30
Malts
Bohemian Floor-Malted Pilsner
Hops
Mandarina Bavaria
Yeast
German Bock
Color
Yellow-Gold
Aromas & Flavors
Light, crisp, clean, classic hop flavor
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
A minimalist grain bill and single hop profile bring the subtle intricacies of the Mandarina Bavaria hop into sharp relief in this bright, clear, modern pilsner.
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Thankful

Toasty Thanksgiving Lager

toast
autumn spice
meal-time

Our Thanksgiving Bavarian beer tastes toasty, perfect for sweater weather and contemplating what you are thankful for. 4.2%

Story Behind the Name
Occasion
Fall-time, with meals, anytime of the day
Official Style
Oktoberfest
Why Don't Call It That
We want people to be drinking it in November too! We think this style is the perfect accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner.
If you like...
Pumpkin Spiced things, malty beers
IBUs
25
Malts
Munich, Pilsner, Vienna, CaraFoam
Hops
Magnum, Saaz, Hallertau Mittelfrüh
Yeast
German Bock
Color
Copper
Aromas & Flavors
Autumn, biscuit-y, balanced
Key Comparisons
More flavorful and spicy than Automatic
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. 5.2%

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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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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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.

5.2%

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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BierBier

Cozy Belgian Ale

caramelized sugar
dried plums
clove

A beer that is a tad sweet with dried dark fruit flavors, like drinking a beer Old Fashioned. A Belgian-style beer that is double the fun. 7.0%

Story Behind the Name
Officially this is a Belgian Dubbel, so we named it the Flemish word for beer, and named it twice. (Actually our brilliant friend Steve named this one too.) We love the double entendre, and it just so happens our original wifi password was "beerbeer" and so the coincidence makes us smile.
Occasion
Evening beer, especially good on cloudy rainy days
Official Style
Belgian Dubbel
Why We Don't Call It That
The pronunciation is tricky, and can make people feel stupid when they are ordering and unsure how to pronounce the word. We don't have a Belgian Pale (the single) on the menu so saying it is a double of anything doesn't really help describe it.
If you like...
Belgian beers, Old Fashioneds, sweet bourbon drinks, drinks other than beer, hard candy
IBUs
21
Malts
Pilsner, Munich, Crystal Dark, Monastique, Special B
Hops
Hallertau, Saaz
Yeast
Trappist High Gravity
Color
Medium Brown
Aromas & Flavors
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
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Try

Belgian Champagne Beer

nectar
champagne
spices

If a beer & champagne had a baby… it’s a bit sweet and strong. Perfect for celebrations. 8.2%

Story Behind the Name
It is a Belgian Trippel, so we use the word "Try" to evoke what optimists do in the face of failure and the tri-/triple part of the style.
Occasion
Year round strong light beer; especially good for celebrations. We pour this beer into champagne flutes every New Year's Eve and for wedding receptions.
Official Style
Belgian Trippel
Why We Don't Call It That
If you like...
Sweeter beers, champagne, white wine, mead, sweet ciders
IBUs
29
Malts
Pilsner, Chateau Pale Ale, Chateau Monasttique
Hops
Magnum, Saaz
Yeast
Belgian Pale Ale
Color
Burnt Caramel
Aromas & Flavors
Balance of spicy and fruity, a bit grainy, malty, fizzy, banana, fruity esters, honey
Key Comparisons
More fruity and sweet than Dubbel Dutch, higher alcohol/more body
Other Notes
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Forward

Belgian Strong Ale

winter spice
cognac
dried fruit

The fourth beer in our series of Belgians, this one is the boldest of them all with the rich, malty flavor of raisins and molasses. 10.8%

Story Behind the Name
Forward has the word four in it, and this beer is a Belgian Quadruppel. We also like the optimistic movement forward.
Occasion
Malty beer lover, night time, cozy
Official Style
Belgian Quadruppel
Why We Don't Call It That
Most people do not know the difference between the Dubbel, Trippel and the Quadruppel. The foreign words can be intimidating to pronounce and can make guests feel stupid to order.
If you like...
Dried fruit, malty, rich beers, a subtle sweetness, fall spices, maple syrup, boozy, brandy/sherry
IBUs
37
Malts
Pilsner, Munich, Chateau Monastique, CaraForm, Chateau Special B, Crystal
Hops
Magnum
Yeast
Trappist High Gravity
Color
Almost black with hints of ruby
Aromas & Flavors
Dried fruit, spiciness, dates, molasses, caramelized sugar, brown sugar
Key Comparisons
Bolder and richer than the Dubbel
Other Notes
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Unicorn

Single Hop Easy Ale

tropical fruit
hoppy
magical

This enchanting IPA is ‐packed with tropical fruit, yet low ABV so you can enjoy a few. It’s awesome, just like unicorns.

5.1%

Story Behind the Name
This name was originally used for a Kolsch, created for Gay's mom, and named by her daughter, Havana, but it wasn't a favorite. When we set out to brew a single-hop sessionable beer, we decided it was time to resurrect the name. This beer is as elusive as its namesake, changing with each consecutive brew, as we try out new hops (Galaxy, Simcoe, Nelson-Sauvin, Azacca).
Occasion
Every day, but especially when you need a little magic in your day.
Official Style
Session IPA
Why We Don't Call It That
Most people don't know what a session beer is, i.e. a beer you drink several of in one sitting. Besides, Unicorns are just as magical on their own as in a herd.
If you like...
IPAs or don't like IPAs
IBUs
22
Malts
Rahr 2-row, Briess
Hops
Fresh Azacca
Yeast
California Ale
Color
Straw
Aromas & Flavors
Pineapple, tropical fruit, juicy
Key Comparisons
Ligher lower alcohol and sweeter than Zest
Other Notes
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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. 7.0%

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
2-Row, Flaked Oats, Naked Oats
Hops
Galaxy, Citra
Yeast
California Ale
Color
Hazy yellow
Aromas & Flavors
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
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Sweater Weather

Hoppy Brown IPA

woodsy
hoppy
cozy

A dark brown ale perfect for the Seattle pluviophile who loves a rainy day even in the summer. Hop fans appreciate this one for its bitter bite and woody, chocolate flavors. 5.9%

Story Behind the Name
Originally called Timber, and named for the old growth trees that were felled to make our building, we wanted to evoke the idea of a campfire beer. However this beer has been illusive for us. Every member of the team has loved it, but it hasn't sold well. In addition to tweaking the recipe we decided to rename it because we didn't want any confusion that we support a certain neighboring MLS team.
Occasion
Official Style
India Brown Ale doesn't really exist as a style, but some have used that name before. We think it kind of fits.
Why Don't Call It That
If you like...
IBUs
34
Malts
2-Row, Crystal, Wheat, Honey, Coffee, Black
Hops
Chinook, Cascade
Yeast
California Ale
Color
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. 6.0%

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
30
Malts
2-Row, Munich
Hops
Amarillo, Citra, Cascade
Yeast
California Ale
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. 7.6%

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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Cheer

Winter Warming Ale

spices
dried cherries
wintertime

Our holiday ale is red and tastes of winter spices. It is deserving of all the “cheers” you will make with friends and family this season. 6.2%

Story Behind the Name
Holiday ale that is great for “cheers” and to spread the cheer
Occasion
A winter seasonal beer. What you want to drink at the holidays and for cold weather
Official Style
Winter Warmer
Why We Don't Call It That
We do!
If you like...
Brandy, Port, Sherry
IBUs
47
Malts
Maris Otter, Caramel, Munich, Crystal, Rye, Roasted Barley
Hops
Hallertau
Yeast
English Ale
Color
Dark Red
Aromas & Flavors
Dried cherries, fruit cake, fruit peels, winter spices
Key Comparisons
Cheer is a winter ale, less malty than Elevator (which is a lager)
Other Notes
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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
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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Bourbon Barrel-Aged ...Before the Dawn

Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

bourbon
dark chocolate
well-kept secrets

We took our big complex imperial stout and gave it a soak in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels from Buffalo Trace, then created a just right blend. The wee hours are richer than ever. 10.0%

Story Behind the Name
It is always darkest before the dawn.
Occasion
Late night sipper. Your last beer before bed.
Official Style
Barrel-Aged Beer
Why We Don't Call It That
If you like...
Stouts, bourbon, rye, dark liquor, chocolate cake, espresso
IBUs
96
Malts
Maris Otter, Crystal, Munic, Roast, Special B
Hops
Northern Brewer
Yeast
English Ale
Color
Black
Aromas & Flavors
Raisins, dried plums, intense coffee
Key Comparisons
It’s higher in alcohol, bigger and more full bodied than Black; makes all of the chocolate and vanilla present in ...Before the Dawn even more prominent
Other Notes
Made without coffee or chocolate, this big, rich and complex beer that you can still have several of. The kind to be enjoyed in the wee hours, when it’s always darkest, but gets you thinking about what’s ahead. This big, rich and complex beer tastes of espresso, dried figs, and dark chocolate. The kind to be enjoyed in the wee hours, when it’s always darkest, but gets you thinking about what’s ahead.
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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