What Were Those Fantastic Beers?


If you were among the 300+ revelers who attended our Autumn Project Preview Event last night, you probably sampled some of the remarkable offerings brought to us by Hilliard's Beer. Don't remember the name of your favorite? Here's a handy little guide to our Preview Event libations, with descriptions and some backstory, courtesy of Hilliard's:

  • Amber Ale: The perfect balance of bitter and aromatic. It’s our NW take on an Amber Ale: A bit cloudy with a big, bright hop presence that even IPA drinkers can get behind.
  • Chrome Satan: The name originates from an anagram, not a pentagram, but the key element of this pre-prohibition style beer is the process of fermenting it with a lager yeast at an ale-like higher temperature. Light copper in color from the Crystal Specialty malt, it’s complemented by Golding hops and Czech Pilsner yeast.
  • The 12th Can: Before the start of the 2013 football season, Sports Radio 950 KJR asked for a local beer dedicated to the fans and we answered with a session pale ale we call The 12th Can. From the first game to the last, it was an amazing ride for Seattle fans far and wide, and The 12th Can was there for all of it. Of course, we had to bring it back this year in time for the pre-season grudge match and we’re betting Seattle’s going all the way again. We think the perfect game-day craft beer can’t be dumbed down in taste or ingredients, but it shouldn’t be so over the top you need to switch to something lighter after only one. We brew it with Cascade Hops (C Hops!) to produce a beer unmistakably NW in flavor and super drinkable from beginning to end. Pairs well with victory.

We would love to know your favorite Hilliard's beer! Just click on the poll below.

And if you're in the neighborhood, stop by the Hilliard's taproom to taste these (and many more) in person. Tell 'em Swansons sent you.

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