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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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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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Unicorn (Fresh Hop)

Single Hop Easy Ale

tropical fruit
hoppy
magical

We drove to Yakima in the morning for fresh Azacca hops, and by afternoon they were in the beer. 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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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. 4.5%

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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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
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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#Hazy

Tropical Hazy NE Ale

guava
smooth
juicy

Buzzing with Azacca and Mandarina Bavaria hops, our newest IPA is tropical and trending, not trendy. 5.2%

Story Behind the Name
Hazy IPAs are all the rage these days, and it's easy to see why. With big bold fruit flavors paired with a thick, creamy body, it's no wonder they're so on trend. We think #Hazy's complex tropical fruit flavors lend it the depth to outlast the craze.
Occasion
Year round beer (but especially great for summer), a hop-lover’s beer
Official Style
New England IPA
If you like...
Tropical fruit, hoppy beers
IBUs
75
Malts
Marris Otter, Flaked Oats
Hops
Azacca, Mandarina Bavaria
Yeast
California Ale
Color
Yellow
Aromas & Flavors
Tropical fruit, hoppy, kumquat
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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
2-Row, Pale Wheat, Cara Ruby
Hops
El Dorado, Jarrylo, Ekuanot
Yeast
California Ale
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
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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Solarpunk

Barrel-Aged Blueberry Blood Orange Sour

zingy
blueberry blood orange
barrel-aged on real fruit

Named for a new, utopian genre of science fiction, our series of sour beers has been maturing in barrels for six months. 5.1%

Story Behind the Name
Solarpunk is a new genre of science fiction which centers on utopian, as opposed to dystopian, storylines. We like the name too!
Occasion
Official Style
Barrel-Aged Sour
If you like...
white wine, especially oaky chardonnay
IBUs
24
Malts
Pilsner, Pale Wheat, Aromatic
Hops
Magnum
Yeast
Color
Aromas & Flavors
raspberry, berry, berry leaves
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
This beer is not vegan. Lactobacillious harvested from cows milk yogurt was used in this beer.
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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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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. 7.3%

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. 8.6%

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. 11%

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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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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...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