There’s an exciting development underway in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood. A locally-owned family-friendly brewpub will soon be offering an alternative to the big boys at Pyramid and Elysian…
We stopped by the Schooner Exact taproom last weekend to get a sneak peak at their upcoming transition to a full-blown brewpub. It looks great: construction of the restaurant and kitchen in the adjacent space is nearing completion, staff are being hired, and training will be starting shortly.
The chef has been recruited from Tom Douglas Restaurants to head the Schooner Exact food operation. Perhaps it is no coincidence that one of Tom Douglas’ properties is the Brave Horse Tavern whose Brave Horse Ale is contract brewed by Schooner Exact.
Incidentally Schooner Exact has recently been promoting their barrel aging and sour programs, some of which is just now coming to fruition. Our tasting sample for this visit reflected this.
Out of the eight total taps six were pouring familiar brews: IPA, Porter, Golden, Pale, Brown, Hef, so we took only four. The two rotating taps were pouring a barrel aged sour – a dark Kriek aged in red wine barrels for two years. Very refined and very tasty. And this being the 2012 fresh hop season, the other rotating tap offered 100% Amarillo fresh hop IPA. We doubled up on the rotating selections so everyone could have a taste. Schooner Exact is always accommodating with their tasting samplers and, as usual, everything we tasted at Schooner Exact was excellent. 🙂
Update: November 5th… Restaurant & Taproom is now open: 11am-9pm 7 days a week. Check the website for menus, etc.
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