Earlier in my trip I had visited my friend Amy, who lives north of Seattle. She knew that I was going to make a stop in Forks and at the Hoh Rain Forest so she recommended that I stop by Fish Tail Brewing in Olympia Washington on my way home. It was taking the long way home but I have said it before and I will say it again sometimes I go great distances for beer.
It was late in the afternoon when I arrived to Olympia and I still had not had lunch yet. Fortunately Fist Tail Brewing offered a food menu in addition to their beers, which came in handy as I could take out two birds with one stone. Pump myself full of both beer and food. I walked into the taproom, adorably called The Fish Bowl, and found myself a seat at the bar. I skimmed over the beer list that is comprised mostly of organic ales. Organic is not a term that one can throw around in the United States. To officially call your product organic it has to be certified organic by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). And while I do not believe organic beer is superior over other beers at least I can rest assure that the beer was made with ingredients that will not grow a foot out of my head!
I ordered up the Hodgson’s Bitter End IPA. This beer has a 6.5% Alcohol By Volume (ABV) and a 70 International Bittering Unit (IBU). This beer is true to it’s name and has a bit of a bitter aftertaste. The beer has a nice hoppy flavor with more citrus than floral notes.
Since I was in need of food I also placed an order for the Imperial Nachos. I will not stay that I am a nacho aficionado, but I have had my fair share of nachos. I rarely have a plate of nachos who can beat out my favorite from Pucci’s Pub in my hometown, but this plate came close. Fish Tale’s nachos were worthy of not only devouring but also giving Pucci’s a run for their money. The chip to topping ratio was done well, giving plenty of toppings for the chips on the plate. There is nothing worse than having more than one than the other, although I am sure we can all agree that more chips then toppings is really the short end of the stick. In addition to the nachos the pub menu also includes burgers, tacos, sandwiches and salads.
The last beer I ordered was the Organic IPA, a 6.7% ABV with a 42 IBU. This beer had less of a hop punch but finished nicely. The beer was flavorful without being overly aggressive on hoppiness.
Although not consumed at the brewery, but later at home, I have also tried the Beyond The Pale Ale. This beer has a 5.5% ABV and I have never have found an IBU, but I know it has one. Flavors of citrus run through this beer, and while not overly hop forward, this beer has enough flavor to hold it’s ground in the pale ale world. This pale ale was just awarded 2015 World’s Best Beer by the World Beer Awards. This beer went through a rigorous test gaining awards as the USA winner, Americas Winner, World’s Best Style Winner, The World’s Best Pale Ale Winner and finally the World’s Best Beer.
With a brew-house that occupies an entire city block, Fish Tale Brewing started in 1993 and has grown in not only size but also in style. With an impressive 40 barrel brew-house Fish Tale Brewing is also home to Leavenworth Biers, a German style craft brewery who originated in Leavenworth Washington and Spire Mountain Ciders, joining Fish Tale Brewing in 2001 and 2004 respectively. These additions have given Fish Tale Brewing a well-rounded platform for beer loves and cider lovers alike.
Fish Tale Brewing and The Fish Bowl are located at 515 Jefferson Street SE in Olympia Washington. The brew pub in Olympia is open 7 days a week with various hours. Happy hour specials are offered daily from 9 pm to close and Monday through Friday 3 pm to 5 pm with $1.50 USD off pints and 50% off appetizers. Fish Tale Brewing also has a tasting room in Woodenville Washington 14701 148th Ave NE.