Washington brewing takes a backseat to regional powerhouses like Oregon, Colorado, and California. Flagship local craft breweries like Widmer and Redhook have gone the merger/corporate route, leaving much of the state's exported product distinctless, especially when compared to other West Coast offerings. That tale is similar for Seattle's Pyramid Brewing, who have been absorbed by the group which owns Genesee Brewing (Mike's Hard Lemonade, among others) and Magic Hat. Corporatized as they may be, their collection isn't entirely without note, however.
Founded nearly 30 years ago, and originally known as Hart Brewing, Pyramid Breweries gained quick notoriety for jump-starting the fruit beer craze. They won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 1994 for brewing a habit-forming unfiltered wheat ale, tweaked with plenty of an often forgotten Southern European fruit. That beer, Pyramid's Apricot Ale, is my gameday beer-o-the-week.
Honestly, I'd rather have this, or something of its ilk, then a tired wheat like
The beer is available in just about every liquor store, so you should have no trouble finding some before the game. It's a nice change-of-pace, something both my palate and the football team could use.
Happy Friday! Go Buffs, beat the Cougars!