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Best of Local Beers…

September 25, 2011

Master Brewer and craft brewing pioneer, Skip Madsen

The October issue of Seattle magazine is devoted to the latest “Beer Buzz” in the Seattle craft beer community. Tagged “The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Guide” this issue is a must read for the craft beer enthusiast.

American Brewing Company had the distinct honor of being chosen as one of the new up-and-coming “buzz-worthy” craft breweries in the greater Seattle area.  The article focuses on a new generation of brewers who are rekindling the reputation of the northwest as being the cradle of craft beer.  Our heritage and pedigree were established years ago, but that doesn’t mean we can retain that distinction without a continuing effort.  Read this article to find out who the young (and not-so-young) current masters are!

We were also highlighted as one of the breweries who is being lead by a pioneer of the craft beer movement, Skip Madsen.  Skip, along with a handful of others, were touted as artisan brewers who, in the early ’90’s, experimented with new styles and ingredients that eventually produced exceptional beer for The Pike Brewing Company; a revolutionary group who changed the world of brewing.

If you are looking for suggestions on what to drink, “Best Brews” is an article that describes the different styles of beers that are most commonly found in our area.  Within each category, are three chosen recommendations.  One that is common, one that is less common, and one that is an exceptional representation of the style.  Again, American Brewing (and Skip) have made the list!  Under the IPA (India Pale Ale) category, two of the three IPA’s listed are creations made by Skip.  The “Expect to find” is Boundary Bay IPA (based on Skip’s recipe from his days as their master brewer), and the “Take it up a notch” lists American Brewing Company’s Breakaway IPA.  Again, another unmistakable beer by Skip.

Skip proudly proclaims that he is the father of over 200 beers…and that number is growing.  His reputation has cultivated a community of craft beer lovers who have become loyal fans – not only of his beer, but of the man himself; who look forward to his next creation; who travel long distances just to be able to order one of his beers.

All in all, a craft brewery is only as good as the beer it produces.  Marketing and brand recognition are certainly important.  Articles such as this help bolster business. But when it comes right down to it, if the beer doesn’t stand up to the expectations of those who know beer, it isn’t a brewery that will leave a mark.
Skip, and American Brewing Company, plan on leaving that mark.

Skip and three of the beers he has "fathered" at American Brewing Company!


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  1. Janet Fallon permalink
    September 25, 2011 11:24 pm

    Neil~~What a great read. So very proud of you and what you and your team have done. Your dad was very proud of what you were doing. He loved to call Mark and tell him all about it. So keep up the good work. Aunt Janet

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