A belated tip o' the mug goes to Jen Gridley, brewer at Fish Brewing Company in Olympia. Gridley's 2007 Old Woody English-style Old Ale won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver earlier this month. The 2006 edition of Old Woody won Silver at the World Beer Cup in Seattle.
Old Woody carries hints of honey, vanilla, roasted nuts and sweet toasted grain. It's got a dry hop finish, with a little bit of oak.
Fish releases Old Woody in the spring. It's generally available into early winter at Fish Tale Brew Pub and 99 Bottles beer boutique in Federal Way.
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Fish Tale's Jen Gridley and her GABF gold.