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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. 4.3%

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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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. 4.3%

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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Wash Away the Rain

Strong Wheat Beer

honeycomb
springtime
spirited

A dry-hopped, strong wheat beer, this loud one is a style-crossover, meant to be sipped in the (black hole) sun. 9.8%

Story Behind the Name
Occasion
Official Style
Wheat Wine
If you like...
Hefeweizens with a bit of a punch.
IBUs
60
Malts
Wheat, Pale, Munich, Vienna
Hops
Magnum, Cascade
Yeast
Wheat
Color
Golden, Yellow
Aromas & Flavors
Key Comparisons
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. 6.4%

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

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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I Do

Celebratory Brut Ale

white apricot
light lemon
dry brut wine

Made for weddings, this seasonal refresher has a lot in common with dry white wine and will be there for every important toast you make. 7.3%

Story Behind the Name
Since before Optimism had a name, Gay has wanted to create a beer specifically for weddings — universally optimistic celebrations — and call that beer “I Do”. When we were test batching this beer with Hallertau Blanc, a hop that gives of aromas characteristic of white wines, and in the Brut IPA style, which creates a very dry finish like Brut wine, it seemed like the perfect match! Like most of our beer names this one has a double meaning. It is the well-known refrain uttered by both partners in their wedding vows, but also an independent commitment to take action. Ordering an “I Do” is celebration of the possible, and we think it is the perfect beer for every celebration.
Official Style
Brut IPA
If you like...
Dry white wines, bright hops
Malts
Pilsner, Flaked Rice, Flaked Corn
Hops
Huell Melon, Hallertau Blanc
Yeast
California Ale
Color
Yellow
Aromas & Flavors
Pineapple, peach, white wine
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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.

This batch was brewed by the talented women of Optimism on International Womxn's Day, using the YCH Pink Boots hop blend of Loral, Mosaic, Simcoe, Sabro, and Glacier hops!

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, and now Huell Melon).
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
Huell Melon
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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#Hazy

Tropical Hazy NE Ale

guava
smooth
juicy

Buzzing with Azacca and Mandarina Bavaria hops, our newest IPA is tropical and trending, not trendy. 5.4%

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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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. 7.4%

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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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. 5.3%

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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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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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