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Classic 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. 4.9%

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 Beer

banana
wheat-y
touch of lemon

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

4.9%

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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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. 3.8%

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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Solarpunk

Blackberry Real Fruit Sour

zingy
blackberry
real fruit

Named for a new, utopian genre of science fiction, our series of sour beers super-tangy, and conditioned with real fruit. 5.2%

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
Sour
If you like...
white wine, especially oaky chardonnay
IBUs
24
Malts
Pilsner, Pale Wheat, Aromatic
Hops
Magnum
Yeast
Color
Aromas & Flavors
blackberry, 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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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. 6.5%

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

Strong Belgian Beer

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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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. 6.1%

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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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. 6.1%

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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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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Shift

Post-Work Ale

vanilla bean
coffee
light for a dark beer

Created as a beer for the working class, you deserve one after a day of hard work. 4.8%

Story Behind the Name
The beer style Porter was originally made for the porters that loaded and unloaded the ships at the dock. In other words, they were made for the hard laborers. Like most other jobs, we have "shifts" in the brewing industry, but we also have "shift beers," the one you are given at the end of your shift. Our name tries to highlight the history behind the style, the unique terminology of our industry, as well as touching upon the additional meaning of "shifting" your perspective to change things.
Occasion
After work, but really anytime
Official Style
Porter
Why We Don't Call It That
If you like...
dark beers, coffee, malty beers
IBUs
42
Malts
Maris Otter Pale, Coffee, Crystal, Chocolate
Hops
Chinook, Cascade
Yeast
English Ale
Color
Almost black
Aromas & Flavors
Roasty, honey, creamy coffee drink
Key Comparisons
It’s lighter and drier than Black
Other Notes
Deschutes Black Butte Porter was Gay's gateway beer to craft, and we wanted to make one in this style.
Too many people think that dark beers are heavy bodied or high in alcohol when they are not. We try to use our description of the beer to get people interested in taking a risk on a dark beer.
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Cheer

Winter Warming Ale

spices
dried cherries
wintertime

This seasonal 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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Ale X

Strong Sipping Ale

caramel
tawny port
long lasting

A strong, sipping beer with heavy notes of dark caramel and toffee. Balanced, with a long-lasting finish. 9.0%

Story Behind the Name
It is named for several reasons... it is an ale, not a lager. The letter X has traditionally been used in beer to denote a strong beer -- brewers would put one or more Xs on barrels to signify their strength, i.e., X, XX, XXX, etc. It is an homage to the tradition of adding an X to the end of the name of UNIX-based operating systems, i.e., Ultrix, AIX, Xenix, Linux, MacOS X, etc. (I'm a proud computer nerd). But the real reason for its name is to memorialize my nephew, Alex.

In 2012, at the beginning of work on this brewery, Alex chose to end his life at the age of 20. I made this beer to remember him, as a beer that can both be enjoyed now but, like we wish Alex could, to get even better with age. We cellar a portion of each annual batch of this beer to enjoy over the years. We look forward to tasting it for many years to come and to see how it changes.

We are not a close family and I lived on the other side of the country during most of his life so, admittedly, I hardly knew Alex. I held him as a baby, saw him at family occasions and a couple times during his last years. Despite our distance, his death greatly affected me. I still think about him almost every day trying to understand how pessimistic he must've felt about life. I can't begin to imagine how his parents, sister and friends feel.

Depression and suicide has affected Gay's family as well. Her aunt ended her life, leaving her son and siblings behind to live with the pain that suicide causes.

One reason this brewery is named Optimism is because of Alex and one of our missions is to confront and battle pessimism, especially this ultimate act of pessimism. 100% of the profits for Ale X are donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. If you have suggestions for other ways the profits can help prevent suicide, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you have suicidal thoughts, it is Depression, your brain is telling you things that are not true. It can be cured. Choosing suicide only passes your suffering to those who love you. As bad as things seem right now, realize that this means the future can only be brighter. You deserve to be happy and to be optimistic about the future and that is very possible. Please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

If you know of anyone who is struggling with Depression please make them know how important they are to you and help them get the help they need. Suicide is very preventable.

All of this may not be something you want to think or talk about, but we believe that keeping Depression and mental health issues a secret is part of the problem. Treating and accepting mental health issues as seriously as physical health issues and talking openly about them is the first step in the solution. If you are not struggling with Depression and do not know of anyone who is, you are lucky; be thankful and please enjoy this beer with the hope and optimism that we put into making it.

Occasion
A strong sipping beer. Your last beer of the night. A beer to drink with desserts or have with strong cheeses
Official Style
Barleywine
If you like...
High alcohol red wines, sweet vermouth,
IBUs
92
Malts
Maris Otter Pale, Crystal Medium, Crystal Dark, Special B
Hops
Amarillo, Chinook
Yeast
English Ale
Color
Almost Black with hints of ruby
Aromas & Flavors
Tobacco, woodsy, decandant, pipe tabacco
Key Comparisons
Stronger version of Cheer and Elevator
Other Notes
The hops balance the residual sweetness and create a long-lasting flavor on the palate. It’s made with a combination of American and European malt and hops and an English yeast to give it a slight fruit flavor to balance the caramel flavor, think candied apple.
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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. 8.8%

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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Bourbon Barrel-Aged ...Before the Dawn

Barrel-Aged Imperial Ale

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