Western Standard(TM) Saloon Lager – A High West Endeavor – Launches in Seattle

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  • Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA (1888PressRelease) May 09, 2019 - SEATTLE - Inspired by beer that was served in pre-prohibition saloons, Western Standard, a High West endeavor, is launching in Seattle. Western Standard is a sessionable barrel-aged lager blended with beer aged in High West bourbon barrels.

    To celebrate Western Standard’s Seattle launch, the Washington Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) will host a concert featuring local Emmy-nominated American indie folk singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen, recognized for his title track featured in Sons of Anarchy and The Vampire Diaries. The concert will take place on May 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. Western Standard will be served during the event, and proceeds will benefit the Washington Chapter of USBG, a nonprofit that aims to elevate and educate the community to embrace the culture of hospitality. RSVP to attend the private event here.

    Western Standard is a saloon-style lager that reflects Western Standard’s passion for the brewing history of the west. With each sip of Western Standard, beer drinkers trace the brewing history of the West and are rewarded with a complex fusion of flavors and aromas. Aging the beer in High West bourbon barrels brings forth vanilla, caramel and oak flavors, which are complemented by modern notes of centennial hops. The lager features corn, rye and barley – a riff on a whiskey mashbill – which influences the aroma, flavor and body. The result is a full-bodied, well-balanced and exceptionally smooth flavor profile that appeals to both casual and discerning beer drinkers. With an approachable 5.2% ABV, it’s the perfect everyday lager for those seeking a premium, complex and more interesting beer.

    “I had a thirst for a beer that didn’t exist,” said High West Whiskey Founder David Perkins. “I have a deep appreciation for barrel-aged beers - I just wished there was a more balanced, lower-alcohol version of this style. Pre-prohibition saloons used to serve lighters German-style lagers that were often delivered in oak barrels which meant practically everyone in the Old West used to drink slightly barrel-aged beers at saloons. But until Western Standard, no one was making this type of beer. Born out of western ingenuity and boldness, a lager aged in bourbon barrels that is also easy-drinking is anything but ordinary.”

    Western Standard is a complex beer that takes seven weeks to brew from aging in cellars to blending with beer aged in bourbon barrels. Although inspired by historical beer, Western Standard is modernized with centennial hops that bring light citrus and floral notes. It’s then blended with beer that has been aged in High West bourbon barrels to add notes of vanilla, caramel and oak. Western Standard is brewed with a German lager yeast that’s clean fermenting and neutral so beer drinkers can taste all the ingredients in the recipe.

    In addition to Seattle, Western Standard can be found in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Minnesota and Utah. For more information, follow Western Standard on Instagram or visit https://westernstandardbeer.com/.

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