Holy Mountain Brewing was the 40th visit on my bucket list of Washington State breweries. I heard through friends that Holy Mountain was having a grand opening and made a point to check it out on Sunday afternoon of their opening weekend.
From a converted warehouse on Elliott Ave. in Interbay, comes this modern, minimalist taproom, complete with concrete tables, white subway tiles and wood chairs and booths. This is a light, industrial space and is hands down one of the best taprooms you’ll find. The location is adjacent to the Elliott Bay Bike path and they have a large roll-up-garage-style door that overlooks the railroad tracks towards Pier 90. This taproom is connected to their actual brewery with a viewing area of the brewing equipment located behind the bar. As with most taprooms, they do not serve food, but did have a food truck out back and plan on featuring food trucks on occasion. What a great atmosphere with lots of seating! This place is 21 and over and pets are not allowed.
As impressed as I was with the location, their beers didn’t disappoint. Holy Mountain had 12 beers on tap, and these guys do everything from barrel-aged beers, sours and saisons to lagers and IPAs. As usual I managed to try all 12 beers they had, which included the following:
- Kiln & Cone Pale Ale – Pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head. Aroma is a slightly sweet citrus note with a great hop presence. Medium bodied with citrus and pine flavors. Long bitter finish. Solid NW style pale ale. ABV: 5.2%, IBU: Unknown
- Nitro- Wayward Black Beer – This is the sexiest beer I’ve ever seen! Pours jet black with a nice thick tan head. Light chocolate and roasted malt flavors and aromas. Well-balanced and easy drinking. Definitely my kind of beer. ABV: 4.5%, IBU: Unknown
- King’s Head Double Oat Brown Ale – Pour a dark mahogany color with a decent tan heads that fades quickly. Big sweet aromas of chocolate, molasses and some coffee. Medium bodied with a creamy texture and a dry finish. ABV: 8%, Unknown
- The Seer Hoppy Saison – Pours a clear light golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is hops and farmhouse yeasts with citrus flavors. A little bitter and funky flavors for me, but not a bad saison. ABV: 5% , IBU: 70
- The OX Saison – Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a thin white head. Medium bodied with strong citrus aromas. Slightly sweet malt flavors with light fruit and dry spice. Smooth finish. A solid saison. ABV: 7% , IBU: Unknown
- Gose – Pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head. Slightly tart and sweet with lots of citrus flavors. Easy drinking with lots of flavor. ABV: 5%, IBU: Unknown
- Watchman’s House Oaked Lager – Pours a dark amber color with a small white head. Smooth caramel malts with rye-whiskey overtones. Well balanced with delicate flavors. ABV: 6%, IBU: Unknown
- Lager Beer – Pours a clear golden color with a decent white head. Flavors and aromas of grassy hops, citrus and faint floral notes. Dry and bitter finish. Not a bad pilsner. ABV: 5%, IBU: Unknown
- Astral Projection IIPA – Hazy amber color with a small white head. Aroma is pine and citrus. Medium bodied with lots of sweet malt flavors and bitter hops. Big flavors with a long dry finish. ABV: 9.2%, IBU: Unknown
- Spanish Cedar Astral Projection IIPA – Similar to the Astral Projection above but aged in cedar barrels. Gives it some earthy character and cedar aromas. ABV: 9.2%, IBU: Unknown
- Bonne Nuit Belgian Style Strong Ale – Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet with floral hop notes and dry Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweeter than the aroma. Booze is apparent. ABV: 10%, IBU: Unknown
- Nitro- King’s Head with Coffee – Pours dark brown with a decent head. Tastes like an iced coffee. Not bitter, tons of coffee flavor, medium body, solid beer but fairly one-dimensional. ABV: 8%, IBU: Unknown
I can’t wait to check back in and see what these guys are up to next.
Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Address: 1421 Elliott Ave W., Seattle, WA 98119