The winners of the Puget Sound Pro-Am home-brew competition flow this week.
Das Barley Wine, by Mark Emiley of Federal Way, recently went on tap at The Ram in Lakewood.
Keoki's Pale Ale 2, by George Hamasaki of Lake Stevens, gets tapped at 6 p.m. today at The Harmon in downtown Tacoma, where Hamasaki assisted Harmon brewer Mike Davis in the making of the beer.
"I am real happy with the way the beer turned out, though George has not tasted it yet," Davis said.
Come Hither Cream Ale, co-brewed by Peter and Janice Twigg of Federal Way, is still lagering at Diamond Knot in Mukilteo.
The beers will be available as seasonals at their sponsor pubs while supplies last. Ten kegs of Das Barley Wine and Come Hither Cream Ale were brewed. Twenty kegs of Keoki's Pale Ale 2 were brewed.
Bottles of each beer will be judged in the Great American Beer Festival pro-am next month in Denver.
Kegs of each beer will be tapped for attendees of the largest beer festival in the United States.
"I've got my tickets all lined up for the GABF and am eagerly awaiting hearing the winners called out," Emiley said. "It is going to be a heart-stopper waiting for the announcement. When Bill Smith invited me in to work on scaling up the recipe, I knew that the Ram was as interested as I was in going for the gold. Even on the brew day, Bill allowed me to tailor processes and make decisions to keep the beer as true as possible.
"We both poured a lot of effort and sweat into making that beer and we couldn't be happier with the results. It was the most fun I've had brewing and I'm proud of the product."
If you want to taste Das Barley Wine, Come Hither Cream Ale and Keoki's Pale Ale 2 all in one place, the American Homebrewer's Association is hosting a membership drive at Elysian Brewing in Seattle on Sept. 22.