Fall may be right around the corner, but for the crew at Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, the leaves may as well start falling. Fog Bank Fall Ale is set to release Aug. 1 to thirsty fans throughout the area.
“There’s something about Fog Bank Fall Ale that gets us all primed for shorter days and colder temperatures,” Sherry Jennings, Diamond Knot’s Director of Marketing, said. “The beer’s color is beautiful–definitely a reflection of the warm fall colors.”
Fog Bank was first brewed by DK’s founders as a traditional Märzen style, but with ale yeast. Staying with the style, Fog Bank is brewed with Vienna and Munich malts, which impart a characteristic deep and elegant malt profile. The ale yeast gives this beer a lot more character and depth than a traditional lager.
The reddish amber color reflects the change in foliage and the bursting of maple reds. Just as crisp as those autumn mornings, Fog Bank Fall Ale has a bright, crisp flavor with a full malty finish. With a mild 5.8 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and 30 international bitterness units (IBUs), this seasonal is the perfect transition from the brewery’s Binnacle Summer Ale to its darker winter brews.
The Fog Bank is named for one fateful day off the Olympic Peninsula in 1947 and the two-month-long marine salvage that ensued shortly after. The day, Aug. 13, proved unforgiving with a thick fog that embraced the Strait of Juan de Fuca. When the MV Diamond Knot, loaded with 75 percent of Alaska’s seasonal salmon catch and 100,000 gallons of fish oil, motored toward Seattle, the fog got the best of the rudimentary navigation tools. Early that morning the Fenn Victory collided with the Diamond Knot, damaging the Diamond Knot enough to cause its sinking in 135 feet of water just off Port Angeles.
Fog Bank Fall Ale hits store shelves in 22-oz. bottles and the taps at all three Diamond Knot locations, including the one in Mountlake Terrace, as well as other watering holes throughout Washington during the first week in August.
For more information about Diamond Knot, visit diamondknot.com.