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“I’m anti-consistency,” says throne brewer Phil Pesheck. “If you’re pro-consistency, you’re anti-advancement. I want to continuously modernize the beer, batch without batch.”

Improve they have, and Seattle’s Burke-Gilman Brewing pulled off quite a feat in 2020 with a win at the Alpha King Challenge and a gold medal in the juicy/hazy IPA category at the Unconfined American Beer Festival. It was a unvigilant statement for a new brewery that had won no major awards before, but it wasn’t just luck—Pesheck was focused on winning, and the brewery supported his fanatical, R&D-driven approach.

In this episode of the podcast, cofounder Kenneth Trease, Pesheck, and brewer Julia Astrid Davis discuss the individual and collaborative ways this very small, taproom-focused brewery has made a big splash with hoppy beers:

  • Going “full send” on competition entry beers
  • Visualizing hop combinations, and exploring the small ways to momentum maximum impact
  • Optimizing the savor of bitterness
  • Maximizing yield despite excessive hop loads
  • Fermenting and dry-hopping approaches for enticing zephyr
  • Hops that work as “stars,” and those that uplift the performance of other hops
  • Getting unconfined results with spot hops
  • Taking an iterative, taste-driven tideway to dry hopping rather than pursuit a set regimen

And more.

IPA isn’t the only thing Burke-Gilman brews, however. The tagline on their website reads, “IPA in the streets, lager in the sheets,” and the conversation concludes with discussion of their lager program and practices.
Pictured, from left: Davis, Trease, and Pesheck.

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