I always like a building with a bit of history and Seaside Brewing’s building has just that. Located in the former Seaside City Jail this historic brick building was built in 1914. It may no longer have unsavory men roaming the exercise yard but the bars from the windows are hung up on the walls inside reminding us of this building’s checkered past.
There is both inside and outside seating available at Seaside Brewing. The outside seating is dog-friendly and while I had both Boomer and Jovi with me it was less than warm that day, so I opted for inside seating. The weather may have had a hand in my seating choice, but we also know I like to sit at the bar due to it’s proximity to the tap.
I ordered lunch to go along with my flight of 7 beers. It does look like their food menu has been overhauled since I have been there. Still sticking to a pub style menu, sandwiches, burgers and seafood specialties are on the menu.
The arched flight arrived in colored coded order from light to dark. I grabbed my first taster, the Honey Badger Blonde. The name was amusing and was just the beginning of a number of funny named beers. The Honey Badger Blonde had a 5.6% Alcohol By Volume (ABV) and a 16 International Bittering Unit (IBU). This is your gateway beer for any macro beer lovers looking to give a micro beer a taste. This beer has a low hop profile and is clear and crisp.
My next taste was the Muther Hefer-Weizen with a 6% ABV and a 16 IBU. Again another funny name that makes you feel like a badass “mo-fo” when you ask for it. This wheat beer is flavorful and does not stick to tradition as it has a clear appearance, whereas most hefeweizen beers are cloudy.
The North Coast Red Ale was up next with a 6.9% ABV and a 59 IBU. For a red ale, it has a pretty bold ABV and a decent IBU that are not typical of a red style. This beer serves up a nice malty backbone with a dusting of tasty hoppiness. Chinook and Centennial hops are used giving this beer an upfront citrus flavor.
I took my next taste with The LockUp IPA. This beer has an 8.5% ABV and an 82 IBU. Flavors were good in this beer however despite the higher IBU I did not feel it was very hopped forward. Chinook, Simcoe, and Cascade hops are all used in this beer, which flavor this beer with some good citrus notes.
It was now time to move on to the dark beers. Up first was the Stormcrow Stout with a 6.6% ABV and a 38 IBU. The tasting notes for this oatmeal stout listed coffee flavors and my tongue instantly was on guard. It was all for not as the flavor was so subtle that I did not even notice it.
The Black Dynamite Imperial Stout was my next taste. A knock your socks off 11% AVB and an 80 IBU this beer represents its name well. The beer starts out with chinook and cascade hops, then adds in vanilla beans and cacao nibs, and lastly tops itself off with being aged in Bourbon barrels. The Bourbon is prevalent and adds a bit of kick ass to the already bold flavors. This beer is what it says, dynamite.
My last beer was the Hammerweizen with a 6% ABV and a 30 IBU. This dark hefeweizen is a Dunkelweizen style that I do not overly enjoy, but I always give them a try as there use to be a day I did not like IPA’s either and now I am obsessed with them. Roasted malts and the spicy Mt Hood hop give this wheat beer some boldness, but not as much as I expected with a name like “hammer”. Although the 30 IBU should have been an indication that it was more like a claw hammer as opposed to a sledgehammer.
Seaside Brewing is located at 851 Broadway Seaside Oregon.