Seasonal and Festival Beers: Seattle Brewery Walking Tours with Randee Read of Thomas Kemper Brewery

Seasonal and Festival Beers: Seattle Brewery Walking Tours with Randee Read of Thomas Kemper Brewery


(Step, step, step……) (Gulp, gulp, gulp…..) (Boingggg!) Ahhhh…… (Burp) Whereas this festival is dedicated to
the informing and educating of the discriminating connoisseur of food
and beer on the traditions of Oktoberfest, now, therefore I, Richard Mitchusson,
Mayor of the city of Poulsbo, do hereby proclaim the official Thomas Kemper Oktoberfest weekend.
Sign Richard “Mitch” Mitchusson, Mayor. (off camera) Yea, huzzah, (applause) Narrator Mark Sparks: Seasonal and festival beers
are just what the names imply. A specialty. Brewed for a particular festival
or at the mercy of certain weather conditions. (German oom-pah music.) For example, the lagers stored and aged
in those icy caves in the Bavarian Alps, could only be brewed at one time of the year. Which means that every year there was
a special time to tap the kegs too. And, in those days you could be pretty sure
a festival would follow (more traditional German festival music) In fact, Oktoberfest is traditionally the time when the
last of the beer brewed the previous winter it’s brought out to be enjoyed. Rande Reed, Thomas Kemper Brewery:
First of all, it’s a nice copper colored beer. It utilizes a lot of malted barley grains
that are roasted to varying degrees. These grains, if you were to chew
them up, have a wonderful toffee like, almost a granola-crunching character to them. And it produces a product that is at once malty,
but has a nice hop finish to it. It’s relatively full-bodied without being overwhelming. It’s a very satisfying beer. Narrator Mark Sparks: You’ll find that most brewers
have at least one seasonal or festival beer to try. They’re brewed at different times of the year but most are available for Oktoberfest for Christmas. They are as different as the people who make them. So exploring this particular style will
introduce you to some pleasant surprises.

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