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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. 4.6%

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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Automatic

Light British Ale

easy-drinking
English
classic

This balanced, easy-drinker has a surprising amount of flavor for its low alcohol content. You’ll automatically want another. 4.6

Story Behind the Name
With Automatic, we pay homage to our brewery's Capitol Hill location, a monument of Seattle's historic auto row. Plus, this light-bodied, satisfyingly refreshing ale is such an easy drinker, reaching for one quickly becomes Automatic.
Occasion
Any time, any day, a perfect introduction for new beer drinkers
Official Style
Ordinary Bitter
Why We Don't Call It That
In the 1800s, when English brewers first coined the name, "Ordinary Bitter", no one had ever tasted the intense bite of a hop-heavy IPA. But in today's beer world, where the bar for bitterness is constantly being raised, last century's bitter beers, are this century's mildest offerings. Needless to say, this style name is in desperate need of an update. Plus, to most people, "ordinary bitter" sounds at best, boring, and at worst, unpleasant.
If you like...
Macro Beer, light, refreshing, easy-drinker, English beers, English tea, light amber ales
IBUs
21
Malts
Maris Otter Pale, Crystal
Hops
Magnum, East Kent Goldings, Challenger
Yeast
English Ale
Color
Copper
Aromas & Flavors
A tad bready, malty, slightly bitter, graham cracker, herbal
Key Comparisons
A lighter version of One
Other Notes
This beer combines just 2 malts and 3 hops to create a surprisingly complex beer. This is the little sibling to Optimism One. It’s a balanced, all-day ale, with a low ABV of 3.7% and classic English malt character.
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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. 5.4%

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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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. 6.5%

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. 7.0%

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. 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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Solarpunk

Raspberry Real Fruit Sour

zingy
raspberry
real fruit

Named for a new, utopian genre of science fiction, our series of sour beers super-tangy, and conditioned with real fruit. 6.8%

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
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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Check

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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#Hazy

Tropical Hazy NE Ale

guava
smooth
juicy

Buzzing with Azacca and Mandarina Bavaria hops, our newest IPA is tropical and trending, not trendy. 5.7%

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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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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Revelrye

Hoppy Rye Ale

rye spice
hoppy
fresh fir
This breezy-drinker gets its interest from the addition of rye grain. Let it shape your next life-changing decision. 6.5%
Story Behind the Name
Occasion
Official Style
IPA
Why We Don't Call It That
If you like...
Hoppy, Spice
IBUs
Malts
2-row, Maris Otter Pale, Rye, Crystal
Hops
Magnum, Simcoe, Chinook, Cascade
Yeast
California Ale
Color
Aromas & Flavors
Key Comparisons
Other Notes
A malt-forward beer made with rye malt and small amount of Maris Otter malt and caramel malt give this beer a firm base and an amber color Simcoe, Chinook and Cascade hops make this beer smell wonderful and fresh and the rye gives the beer a subtle spiciness that cuts through the malt.
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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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Good Things Come in Threes

Our 3rd Anniversary Beer

triple
hazy
IPA

For our third cycle around the sun, we made a beer that is triple the fun... 9.6%

Story Behind the Name
To celebrate three years of Optimism, we wanted to create something special, that would reflect our gratitude for having been able to make beer for our community for three years running. This beer is both a testament to the three years of hard work that have made Optimism what it is today, and a promise of many great things to come. Cheers to three years!
Occasion
Celebration!
Official Style
Triple Hazy IPA
If you like...
strong IPAs, tropical fruits
IBUs
85
Malts
2-row, Golden Naked Oats, Flaked Oats, Crystal Malt
Hops
Huell Melon, Summer, Loral
Yeast
California Ale
Color
Light Copper, Hazy
Aromas & Flavors
Tropical fruit, Melon, Floral

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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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...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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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