Pike Brewing Rises to the Top: Golden Anniversary IPA Chosen for Space Needle’s 50th

It was a gorgeous night as just over a hundred VIPs filed in to the observation deck to participated in a unique event to choose the Space Needle’s 50th Anniversary beer. Special guests, including professionals within the beer community, were invited to taste ten different beers from some of Washington’s most celebrated craft breweries. The beers embodied and highlighted what those ten breweries felt would best present to visitors and Seattle natives alike the quintessential qualities of this important milestone in Seattle’s history.

Guests were tasked with taking part in a one-hour beer tasting, accompanied by a variety of delicious food to intermingle and compliment the beers presented. The beers were then rated and scored based on appearance, innovation, body, aroma, and flavor, with an overall score combining all of these aspects together at the top. Once each participant was able to fill out their score card, votes were tallied and a winner was announced. For most unexpected, Fish Brewing came out on top with their Hibiscus Hefeweizen, Best Body was taken by Boundary Bay’s Pale Ale, Most Innovative was Anacorte’s Brewery‘s Peppercorn Sasion, and Elysian was ranked highest for Best Aroma/Flavor with their Pale Ale. While each of these beers certainly shined in those particular areas, the best overall beer and the beer officially named for the Seattle Space Needle’s 50th Anniversary was Pike Brewing‘s Golden Anniversary Pale Ale.

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