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Washington Wild Visits Big Time Brewery for Collaboration Beer Brewday

Posted on Nov 10, 2020 in Brewshed, Conservation News, WA Wild Blog

Washington Wild Board Member Ben Curran, Brewshed Manager Chris Chappell, Head Brewer Roy McLaughlin, Brewer Troy, Eric Buist (Skagit Valley Malting), Communications & Engagement Manager Tara Peters

Washington Wild recently had the pleasure of visiting Brewshed® Alliance partner Big Time Brewery for a behind-the-scenes look at our upcoming collaboration beer, Upstream IPA.

We had a great time visiting this historic spot, learning the ins-and-outs of the brewing process, and lending a hand—from mashing in to mashing out!

Photo by Chris Chappell

We’ve named our collaboration beer Upstream IPA because, simply put, great beer starts upstream. Upstream IPA highlights the interconnectedness of our waterways in Washington State. Here ​in Seattle, we depend on fresh mountain water that flows down from the waterways of the Cascades.

Bags of Skagit Valley Malt

Photo by Chris Chappell

We’re proud to brew this beer with malt that has been grown using Salmon-Safe practices from Skagit Valley Malting and hops from Yakima Chief Hops, making for a super sustainable brew. Upstream IPA features a number of hop varieties, including Citra, Magnum, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus, and Amarillo. It sits at 6.5% abv with a perfectly balanced body.

Woman with gloves holding a box of Yakima Chief Hops

Photo by Chris Chappell

Upstream IPA benefits the work of Washington Wild’s Brewshed® Alliance, a program designed to connect the brewing and conservation communities in their shared interest of protecting our water sources.

The collaboration beer will be available at Big Time’s taproom in the University District starting on November 19. Be sure to pick up a can before our virtual tasting event on November 23, hosted on the Washington Beer Blog’s Facebook page!