Six Degrees Of Collaboration - Seattle Beer Week IPA.
The craft brewing movement is a collaboration without historical precedent, and almost nowhere as much as in the Seattle area. On Saturday, March 6, six local brewers got together at Elysian Brewing’s Airport Way facility to brew the sixth Seattle Beer Week beer, together. Sixes were definitely wild. Six malts, six hop varieties added in artful combination at six different times, and–get this–six different house yeasts as well were added, taking the collaboration down to a whole new level–the microscopic.
In addition to the crew at Elysian, participating breweries were Georgetown, Black Raven, Naked City, Schooner Exact and Pike. The beer, called Six Degrees of Collaboration, is a session IPA that should weigh in at around 6% alcohol. The first 60-barrel brew will go entirely into 22-ounce bottles for sale in advance of Seattle Beer Week (May 8-18) at stores throughout the area. The second will go into kegs to be served throughout the week.
Sixth Sense? Six Appeal? Six to the Sixth? 666 (Mark of the Yeast)? House (Yeast) Party? These were other names considered before Six Degrees of Collaboration was settled upon, especially appropriate in that not only among this little crowd of six, everyone in the brewing industry knows each other anyway.