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Breezy

Belgian Table Beer

crushable
dry
lemon

Like a welcome gust on a hot summer day, this unique Belgian table beer is light and refreshing. 2.9%

Occasion
Whenever a cool breeze is welcome.
Official Style
Belgian Tafelbier
Why We Don't Call It That
Belgian Tafelbiers are a relatively unfamiliar style to even the most seasoned beer drinker. A cursory Google search doesn't reveal a great deal about what they taste like, much less enough to make you want to drink one.
If you like...
Light beers, belgian ales, lemon drops
IBUs
19
Malts
Pilsner
Hops
Hallertau, Saaz
Yeast
Imperial Gnome
Color
Pale Straw
Aromas & Flavors
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
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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. 3.9%

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. 4.9%

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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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.

5.5%

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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Indivisible

Old School Amber Lager

light caramel
classic
refreshing

Enjoy a pint of this classic balanced lager with toasty sweet notes…with liberty and justice FOR ALL. 4.4%

Story Behind the Name
Beer is a homage to Sam Adams (we had code-named it Adam Samuels), so we wanted a distinctly American and optimistic name for it. Given the political climate we wanted something that evoked the resistance.
Occasion
All day drinking beer for someone who likes it more malty.
Official Style
American Amber Lager
Why Don't Call It That
If you like...
Sam Adams, tea, pale ales
IBUs
Malts
Pale, Caramel, Honey, Chocolate
Hops
Hallertau Mittelfrüh
Yeast
German Bock
Color
Aromas & Flavors
maple syrup, golden syrup
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
Do you want a classic craft beer, say, a Pale Ale, but prefer lagers to ales? This is our Pale Lager. What’s the difference? Whereas a Pale Ale has light caramel flavor and a smooth and lingering finish, this is more crisp in the finish, thanks to the top-fermenting yeast and a long lagering period.
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Daredevil

Hoppy Red Ale

malty
hoppy
complex

Brave a hoppy backbone with a balance of sweet maltiness and chocolate finish. A brilliant color for a daring beer. 5.3%

Story Behind the Name
Daredevils take risks to accomplish great feats, and so do optimists. The deep red color of this beer evokes the crimson costume of its namesake comicbook hero. Plus, you can't spell Daredevil without R-E-D.
Occasion
When you're ready to take on the world
Official Style
Red Ale
Why We Don't Call It That
Lots of beers are red in color, but their flavors are what really distinguish one from the next, so we include discriptions of both in our name.
If you like...
Malty IPAs or Hoppy Ambers
IBUs
25
Malts
2-Row, Crystal, Chocolate
Hops
Cascade, CTZ
Yeast
California Ale
Color
Red
Aromas & Flavors
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
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Swipe Right

French Country Ale with Rye

crisp pear
effervescent
rustic rye

Crisp and easy-drinking, this saison featuring rye is sure to be a match for everyone. 6.4%

Story Behind the Name
Love was truly in the air when our brewer, Colin, first brewed this beer as a wedding gift for his sister.
Official Style
Rye Saison
IBUs
19
Malts
Pilsner, Rye Malt, CaraFoam, Pale Wheat
Hops
Saaz
Yeast
Belgian Pale Ale
Color
Straw
Aromas & Flavors
Pear, rye spice, earth, cracked pepper

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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. 6.6%

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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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. 6.4%

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
Hefeweizen
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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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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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 (Simcoe, Nelson-Sauvin, Azacca, Huell Melon, and now Summer).
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
Summer
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. 7.8%

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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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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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. 7.7%

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

Hazy Assertive Ale

double
hazy
tropical

Tropical fruit flavors are balanced by subtly sweet malts in a louder, higher alcohol and more intensely hazy 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, Crystal, Naked Oats, Flaked Oats
Hops
Huell Melon, Summer, Loral
Yeast
California Ale
Color
Deep Gold
Aromas & Flavors
Tropical fruit, hoppy, kumquat
Key Comparisons
More assertive and hoppy than our other IPAs
Other Notes
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Wee Mighty

Malty Scotch Ale

caramel
roasty
dried fruit

This big ale is malty and rich, sweet yet strong...it makes it mighty easy to have another. 6.8%

Story Behind the Name
The style is Wee Heavy. The kind of “wee” in scottish that means “a little bit”, so a bit heavy. We also like that the Wee invokes power of teamwork of “we”.
Occasion
Evening or rainy day
Official Style
Wee Heavy or Strong Scotch Ale
Why We Don't Call It That
For stylists, this is a Strong Scotch Ale, also known as a "Wee Heavy". By today's standards, a ~6% beer is not very strong, so we feel the old style name could be misleading. We don't call it "heavy" because it's not, but it is mighty.
If you like...
Stouts or Porters
IBUs
32
Malts
Maris Otter Pale, Munich, Crystal Dark, Roasted Barley, Chocolate
Hops
East Kent Goldings
Yeast
California Ale
Color
Black
Aromas & Flavors
Key Comparisons
A step up from Black but not as bold and …Before the Dawn
Other Notes
It looks a bit, some might say wee, heavy but this rich and malty ale has light body and finishes with a chocolatey dry roasty flavor.
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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. 9.3%

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