A new Seattle microbrewery is brewing beers that it says pair with Asian food, thanks to some Asian ingredients in the beers. I sipped Laughing Buddha's Dragon King lager and Pandan brown ale with my sushi and teriyaki last night.
You can taste for yourselves at 99 Bottles, Federal Way's best beer boutique, where there will be a Laughing Buddha tasting from 3-6 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $1 per person, 21 and over only. Laughing Buddha's Lychee Weizen and Mango Weizen may pour.
I dropped by 99 Bottles last night for bottles of Dragon King and Pandan brown. I also got take-out from House Teriyaki Wok and Blue Island Sushi & Roll, located on either side of 99 Bottles.
The lager – featuring crystal malt, two-row pale malt, rice and Saas hops – was crisp and sweet, matching but not overwhelming tuna rolls and spider rolls.
The brown ale -- featuring crystal, chocolate and honey malts, galena hops, palm sugar and pandan, the leaf of the screwpine tree that adds exotic depth and sweetness –-- was good with or without teriyaki.
"I actually had the Dragon King with the spicy teriyaki next door," said 99 Bottles co-proprietor Craig Adamowski. "They were nice together. Dragon King had a little sweetness, which I like in a lager."
For the record: The conveyor belt sushi restaurant featured on the cover of today's GO section was Sushi Revolution. The information was omitted from the paper.
99 BOTTLES: 35002 Pacific Highway South, Suite A102; Federal Way; 253-838-2558