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New & Local - 11 Beers to Try this Winter

By Jimmy Orchowski of Henry's Tavern Bellevue

The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder and the final leaves are falling. Winter is coming for Western Washington, which means it's time to switch up your beer choices, if only to better insulate yourself with a nicely brewed coat.

While most breweries are putting out great fall releases, here are just a few recommendations on what to try on tap. This month we're highlighting beers from the hyper local Bellevue Brewing Company, a new partner to the Henry's brand. Their Oatmeal Stout, is perfect for the holiday season with a silky rich coffee flavor profile. If a Stout isn't your pint of choice I've included a cheat sheet of what local beers you should be drinking, or at least sampling:

What to Order:

IPA: Georgetown's Bodizafa or Black Raven's Trickster (and the new Husky IPA is fantastic even though it's not a Washington beer)

Pilsner: Bellevue's Flagship Bohemian Pilsner or the Chuckanut Pilsner

Blonde or amber: Mac & Jack's, always

Hefeweizen: Leavenworth's Whistling Pig

Lager: Old Seattle

Stout or porter: Snoqualmie Steam Porter or Bellevue's Oatmeal Stout

Cider: Mission Trail Plum Jerkum Cider

Now, let's talk beer pairings! With so many choices, it's hard to know which beer to try. I suggest starting with food. Decide what you're craving first. An app? Dessert? A full meal? Then, check with the bartender to see what they recommend from there.

Here are a few of my favorite pairings: if you're craving sushi for go for a nice clean pilsner, I like our California Roll with a Chuckanut pilsner. Leaning towards something with spice? Try an amber or blonde to cut through the heat. My favorites are the Buffalo Wings (made with our own in-house buffalo sauce) paired with Mac & Jack's Amber. If you're looking for an all-time Henry's favorite pairing, stick with the Pyramid Hefeweizen and Hand Seasoned Gorgonzola Waffle Fries, the richness of the cheese and the slight spice of the fry pair perfectly with the classic refreshing unfiltered hef.

Finally, if you're looking for a beer to bring along to a Thanksgiving feast, stick with a roasted porter (Snoqualmie Steam Porter). The bold flavors in most porters pair well with the rich comfort-food nature of any Thanksgiving meal, especially turkey and mashed potatoes with gravy.

November 2017

 About Jimmy Orchowski:

Jimmy Orchowski is the Bar Manager for the newly opened Henry's Tavern in Bellevue's Lincoln Square South. Hailing from Indiana, Jimmy and his wife spent five years in Denver managing bars for different concepts such as Buffalo Wild Wings. Jimmy moved to Seattle three years ago after making a bet with his wife on the outcome of the 2014 Denver v. Seattle Super Bowl. The Winner chose their new "home" and Seattle felt like the right destination after their team won. Visit Jimmy at Henry's for excellent beer suggestions and food pairings.

About Henry's Tavern-Bellevue:

Henry's, which opened in Bellevue in September 2017, offers over 100 taps with a special focus on regional beers, along with national favorites. They will continue to work with local breweries for special features each month and are hoping to start keg release parties every week to unveil the newest brews. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @henrysseattle to learn more about special events and the newest additions to our beer menu.


500 Bellevue Way NE, Ste 310
Bellevue, WA 98004

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