Sunday, December 14, 2008
ShotGun Lager is a light, easy drinking beer. The straw colored lager has a very consistent crisp clean taste. ShotGun has flavor, unlike many American Macrobrews, yet is still an easy drinker. The best of both worlds (great taste and crisp easy drinking) come to you in this nifty 12 oz bottle. An unusual, old world yeast strain helps keep tabs on the crystal malt and subtle hop flavors. No rice extracts are found in this all-natural brew.
ShotGun Lager is named after one of the more infamous boats native to Auke Bay harbor in Juneau, Alaska. The vessel is known for a secret bait marinating formula, which has led to a bounty of fresh salmon and halibut brought home to happy families. There have been many captains and first mates leading the ShotGun crew, but all uphold the rules and traditions of the sacrifices made for the fish gods. In order to appease the fish gods, fishermen are required to abide by the following rules:
1) If a fish is successfully caught and landed on the boat, the lucky fisherman must Shotgun a beer in order to keep the boat in favor.
2) If a fisherman has hooked a legal fish and by operator error fails to land the fish onto the boat, said fisherman must take a shot of their choice in order to apologize for failing to accept the sacrifice made by the fish.
3) A simple splash of FPB beer over the side (for the homies) may be required periodically in order to avoid slumps.
There is one story of the ShotGun that has made the boat particularly famous. It was the fall of 2003. ShotGun had a full crew of 10 individuals ready for the annual Golden North Salmon Derby. After 3 grueling days of slaying the silvers and kings the crew had a tough decision to make - either risk running out of gas to try one last fishing hole for the derby winner or throw in the towel and play it safe.
The crew was split and a whiff of mutiny passed through the air. The only way to solve this dilemma was to circle around a table and settle this the old fashioned way - a grueling game of cards (the name of the game has been withheld to protect the innocent). As it happened, the game lasted an hour and three beautiful silver salmon were landed in that time. The game was wrapping up and the crew agreed to head home when the deep trolling line took off.
The gas was low and the captain (quick goat thinking) immediately shut off the engine, knowing what kind of a fight laid ahead, to preserve what little gas was left. The crew took turns on the rod for over an hour battling the legend of the depths of Shelter Island. The boat was being towed backward by the salmon (think Jaws, only not quite that severe). Finally after wearing out all hands on deck, the salmon was gaffed and pulled on board (it was too large to net, we tried). A whopping 69 lb King Salmon!
A sadness passed over the deck of the ShotGun as the captain announced the weigh stations were closed and the derby had ended. The glory, it seemed, would remain only with the Tenacious Ten themselves. The captain started the engine and headed for home - a look of both disappointment and accomplishment swept across his weathered face. The catch from the day proved too heavy, as the boat ran out of gas quickly and left the ShotGun drifting in uncertainty.
The sister boat to the ShotGun received the distress call and was able to pull off a successful rescue effort. The Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers were called in to verify the size of the King Salmon. No one knows why, but the camera that captured the legendary King Salmon and the salmon itself was confiscated from the ShotGun and taken to Coast Guard headquarters. No one has seen evidence of either since.
Today the stories from that day are still echoed throughout the ranks of the Coasties. We know because we have sent an undercover operative into the Coast Guard to help retrieve the evidence from that flicker of glory on our favorite fishing vessel, the ShotGun. “I’ve often thought of joining the Coast Guard”, works every time.
FPB would like you to remember to boat and fish safely. Always have a sober driver, enough floatation devices (cushions don’t technically count) and remember to bring an extra camera. Happy Fishing, and Happy Drinking!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wily is the creature,
Work constantly and diligently,
To make the best beer under the sun.
Remember that BEER IS FUN!
After months of trying negotiations, the team at Forbidden Peak has recently struck a long term marketing deal with JaegerSquirrel, the great hunter of beer. Just in time for the holiday shopping season, we have made our best effort to capture JaegerSquirrel’s fearsome likeness on comfortable black T-Shirts, Long Sleeve T's, and Hooded Sweatshirts.
Following up on the success of the release of First Ascent logo shirts, the JaegerSquirrel line promises to be an epic journey onto the backs of our faithful friends. Fall and winter are the seasons the JaegerSquirrel is most active and are also the coldest seasons here in the northern hemisphere (check a map to see which hemisphere you live in). To help stay comfortable on these darker days, grab one of the JS Hoodies, and if that doesn't do the trick try the beanie as well.
FPB is committed to putting the same meticulous care into the crafting of our JaegerSquirrel clothing line that we put into the development of the first bottle of the robust JaegerSquirrel Porter.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Lake monsters can be found throughout history in every corner of the world. There are the more famous – Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, Issie in Japan – and then countless others in almost every culture. The lake creatures can take on many forms and demeanors; however, they all have one thing in common - mischief. For centuries these creatures have toyed with residents, visitors, and researchers alike, teasing them and leading them to pursue countless misadventures trying to prove their existence.
The legend of AukNess dates back to the first settlement in the now Auke Bay area of Alaska, centered around Auke Lake. It was commonplace for these early settlers to see "monsters" or "creatures" of abnormal size and ability, but there was one water creature that captured their interest more than the others. The creature was described as gigantic, powerful, and as graceful as a bird. According to records, AukNess was so swift a swimmer that he could literally skim the surface of the water, leaving little doubt in the locals mind that this creature was at least part bird. The name AukNess originated from the creature’s similarity to the now extinct Great Auk bird, which were excellent swimmers, using their wings to propel themselves underwater. Ness is of Norse origin and means headland or cape, in this case describing the point that runs off of Auke Lake.
Today, AukNess sightings have greatly diminished. No one knows why but some suggest it is due to the large number of people in the area, or perhaps the use of motorized vehicles on the lake has kept him down and out of sight. There have been many stories of people throwing balls into the water for their dogs, with the ball mysteriously disappearing from what appears to be a webbed hand rising from below.
Monday, November 3, 2008
The Golden Weasel is a formidable quadrupel Belgian beer. This quadrupel’s full palate is mild, yet pleasantly bitter and spicy. The Golden Weasel is laced with 10% alcohol, thanks in large part to a generous contribution of Lee’s homemade Belgian candy sugar (thanks Lee!). The finish leaves you with a slightly sweet & spicy aftertaste. The dark red-brown beer displays a thick foamy head and features strong malty flavors.
The abbey quadrupel style, or quad, is a product of Belgian monastic brewing. Like other abbey ales, these beers are often produced by secular commercial breweries in today’s market. However, the “authentic” Trappist brewers, from Belgian monestary’s, continue to be the dominant force in the market.
The Golden Weasel has become one of the more formidable woodland creatures. Although small in stature, this creature is often considered to be extraordinarily brave, wily, wise, and graceful (as can be seen when he plays pong). The Golden Weasel has only one natural predator- the JaegerSquirrel. Although equally as deadly on the ground, the Golden Weasel is no match for the JaegerSquirrel if caught up in a tree.
The Golden Weasel was originally from the region that is now Belgium. He loved the rich, thick, malty beers that the local monks would make. After tiring of Belgians and the neighboring French, the Golden Weasel packed up and moved to the Klondike area just before the start of the gold rush. The Golden Weasel (then known as Sir Golden Weasel) was introduced to Squatch by Cousin Skookum in Skagway, where the Golden Weasel would often bring necessity goods (food, guns, beer, pornography) down to exchange with the hungry and needy mining folk. The Golden Weasel would tell fascinating stories of the beer in Belgium and would describe his favorite beer, the Quad, in such detail that Squatch and Skookum could practically taste it on the tip of their tongues. A project was born and the three beer fanatics set off to perfect a quad Belgium recipe that would keep them warm throughout the long Klondike winters. With collaboration from FPB, Squatch was able to replicate this once infamous brew on a much larger scale, for all the world to share.
It was during the Klondike Gold Rush that the Golden Weasel received his name. In exchange for all of the goods he provided, the Golden Weasel found himself toting one of the largest stockpiles of gold of any individual of that era. It was thought that he was evil and cunning, conning miners out of their findings. But in fact, the Golden Weasel was greatly misrepresented in the history books and thanks to Squatch’s new biography on the little woodland creature, we have a new more personable description of him. Squatch considers the Golden Weasel to be one of his dear friends and both have benefited from the relationship over time. One thing that Squatch has learned over the years, however, is never to get in the middle of a fight between the Golden Weasel and JaegerSquirrel – a death wish at best! Once the Golden Weasel gets into his Weasel War Dance, it’s best to head another direction.
We ask that you look past the slanderous stories of the Golden Weasel that exist out there, and know that the true story is one of bravery and honesty. Although it is pertinent to point out that if some mythical woodland creature tells you to kill someone, even if it may sound like a good idea at the time, report it to the nearest authorities immediately. Remember, things aren’t always what they seem, but BEER IS FUN!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Cheers Ben and Andy, and to the rest of you as well!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Arctic Beaver Brown claimed the Gold Medal in the American Ale category. After backing up its success from the Great Alaskan Homebrew Competition in May, the Arctic Beaver is starting to gain some notoriety up north and is now a two-time gold medal winning beer.
A fraction of a point behind the Arctic Beaver Brown was the Ring of Fire Pale Ale. Ring of Fire was one of the favorites at the taste test in Tahoe this summer and the judges at the Autumn pour agreed, giving the Ring of Fire the Silver Medal in the American Ale category.
Forbidden Peak's first venture into the IPA world came back as a smashing success. The Graduate IPA brought home a Silver Medal in the IPA category. IPA can be one of the most competitive categories out there, so this is an especially gratifying award.
Can lighter beers be flavorful and successful? At Forbidden Peak Brewery we believe they can, and we feel vindicated as Skookum's Gold brought home a Silver Medal in the Light Hybrid/ Amber Hybrid category.
Last, but not least, Fear Liath Scottish Ale received a Bronze Medal in the always competitive Belgian Strong/ Strong Ale category.
Creating a great tasting beer is one thing, trying to fit it into the proper category for competition is another. As we continue to explore and perfect recipes, we are learning about the very slight variations that can take a beer from one category to another. As we continue to find and invest in these competitions we continue to learn and grow as a brewery.
Forbidden Peak Brewery now has 6 award winning beers (all in 2008) after adding 5 medals from the Autumn Pour (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze). "We Were Here, We Drank Beer".
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Be sure to check back occasionally as we will be updating the site with fun & amazing items that have passed through Squatch's rigorous evaluations. One small step for Squatch and Forbidden Peak Brewery, one giant step for our beloved fans!
If you are new to the world of Forbidden Peak, please register on our Shop so we can add you to our email distribution list. Don't worry, you may be removed at any point if you stop being fun.
Don't have what you're looking for? Shoot us an email and let us know what you'd like to see added to the store and we'll do what we can. We are always looking to be inspired and for new amazing beer and/or fun related gadgets that we can incorporate into the FPB world.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Forbidden Peak Brewery is excited to announce a budding development on the brewing front - a new hops connection in Eastern Washington! When we aren't planning brew events or adventuring around the globe, our never ending quest continues to craft the perfect beers.
Top brew consultant Papa Rob recently struck up a wonderful friendship with Sweet Lew & Carolyn and their recent harvest of Willamette hops, located outside of the Tri Cities. The Brew Crew spent the better part of two weekends hand picking and sorting the highest quality buds, completely drying the fresh buds on the company ping pong table, and vaccuum sealing the crop for storage throughout the winter brewing months.
FPB is looking forward to continuing this partnership with Sweet Lew Farms, and we can't wait for planting and harveting seasons next year! After a few test runs with the new crop, we hope to have fresh Lew & Carolyn Brew samples available later this fall.
We also must thank our Cascade hops suppliers from the great silver state of Nevada- Mike & Marie and Ziggy & Barb! With hop shortages around the globe we know the importance of these friendships and are truly lucky to be involved with such generous people.
Forbidden Peak Brewery will set up a world map and will post the pictures we receive on the map (assuming they are appropriate). So please, get your FPB gear and get out there and experience what the world has to offer. Below are our front runners for "FPB Picture of the Year 2008" - but there is still time!
Mike and Emily showing off their FPB gear at the Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of South Africa.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Forbidden Peak Brewery partnered with Eckholm's Shuck Shack (oyster specialists) to host the first FPB Oyster & Brew Tasting. The event showcased 10 different FPB beers along with a variety of the finest oysters from Northern California. The event received rave reviews and will no doubt be one of the brewery's favorite events and FPB will continue to be involved with Eckholm's Shuck Shack for many years to come. There was no individual oyster or beer variety that was a standout favorite, but the combination of Eckholm's Secret Oysters Rockefeller and Skookum's Gold was a force to be reckoned with.
Forbidden Peak Brewery also hosted a tremendously successful bowling tournament at the South Lake Tahoe Bowling Alley. Approximately 60 people joined in to compete for the newly released First Ascent Pale Ale t-shirts and FPB koozies. Fifteen four-person teams competed for the team prizes, and individual awards were given out for outstanding performances. The three hour event turned out to be an epic battle as the scores were tantalizingly close. The Brewery staff was busy organizing the event and wasn't able to take any pictures, so we'd love for those in attendance to please send in any good pics! firstname.lastname@example.org
Forbidden Peak then hosted two weddings. The Prudic/Stekoll wedding was held on the beach in South Lake Tahoe. The brewery provided tasty refreshments for the pre-game parties and the staff was deeply involved in the ceremony.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
What else is new at the brewery? We are busy planning a few major events this summer. Our program to create a custom beer and label for events has taken off. We have two weddings this summer and have had the brewery at full capacity to ensure that beer is not the missing ingredient in the recipe for a successful wedding.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Collaboration Ale marks the beginning of another "fun" service at Forbidden Peak Brewery. FPB was asked to team up with Geoteaming (a company that builds leadership & team skills through technology and adventure using GPS) to create a label & FPB beer specific for their company adventures and excursions.
Working closely with Geoteaming President & Director of Fun Adam Hitch, the staff at FPB was able to create a label that stems from the 5 important points of a team building compass- Collaboration, Leadership, Trust, Communication, and BEER! What better way to finish a team-building exercise than to find the "treasure" chest of ice cold Collaboration Ale at the end.
This marks an exciting time at Forbidden Peak and our first official collaboration with another company. FPB has and will continue to engage with other "net positive" organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Remember that fun is our goal, and getting people organized in social and active lifestyles in the outdoors is our purpose.
Forbidden Peak Brewery is proud to introduce our latest beer to the family- The Graduate IPA. In commemoration of Dr. Sara (ie Dr. Hops) the crew at Forbidden Peak has put together a beer that competes with other world class IPA's.
The Graduate is a deep copper-gold color and has a big white head. An exciting fruity hop aroma lingers off the top of the beer. The flavor is initially dominated by hopiness, but is followed by a balanced hop and malt combination. The aftertaste is long, crisp, and leaves a dry hop flavor in your mouth. Satisfying, yet stirring demand for more.
Little Known Fact: No breweries in India currently brew India Pale Ales.
Dr. Hops is graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Washington. A long, hard fought battle through various schools & programs now comes to an epic end. This beer was made to thank Dr. Hops in advance, for taking care of all the crew at Forbidden Peak.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Mid-way through an exhaustive search for Skookum's grave, the Crew decided to kick back and take in the scenery in sunny Southeast, AK.
Last but certainly not least, a big THANK YOU from the entire Crew goes to John and Julie, for hosting an impressive turnout of the Seattle and Juneau contingent, and for sponsoring the epic Great Beer and Lawn Games Tournament. That's the Ladder!!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Forbidden Peak Brewery unveiled the Forbidden Kegerator on Saturday night, much to the pleasure of those who were able to make the event. On tap at the festival were Skookum's Gold and Hogshead Amber, and Fear Liath was available in bottles.
The master of pong.
Cousin Skookum's the one.
The Forbidden Pong Table was also introduced at the party. The combination of Skookum's Gold and pong was a force to be reckoned with. A grueling beer pong tourney ensued and few survived the harsh reality of real competition.
A new Forbidden Peak Glass Boot was introduced to the brewery- thanks Peder, Allison, & Brady! Das boot looks better in gold.