It was a good day to go to a brewery. Every season except Winter in the PNW is SUCH a treat. I lived in a lot of nice places-- Italy and Hawaii to name a couple-- and I must say, landing in Washington for my dad's last station was a blessing. Although at the time, when I was 17, I hated everything about this place. But Spring is here, the weather is getting warmer and the sun is staying out a little longer. It's the season of brewery hopping. Proper brewery hopping.
In the winter time, when it came to going out, I cozied up in bars or even stayed home and stuck to whisk(e)y. And if beer was the craving then I'd do a porter/stout, but not often. It's something about warmer weather that really gets me into beer again. A lot of breweries in the Seattle area offer great venues that include large patios, outdoor seating, games and large openings so that even if you're sitting inside, you'll get a nice breeze. I'm really looking forward to coming back to Rooftop Brew Co. in the summer. Walking up to the spot I wasn’t sure how a rooftop had anything to do with the brewery, but upon walking inside I could see that the “patio” of the brewery was in fact on a roof. Below the tap room and seating area were the brewery and coffee brewers for Caffe Ladro and Zoka.
And with being so close, you know there had to be a coffee/beer collab. I wasn’t disappointed with the coffee-infused pale ale, the Ladro Sul Tetto. It’s bright with hints of honey and citrus but you still get strong notes of Ethiopian Hama coffee. Ethan got the Makeda Coffee Porter, which is a collaboration with Zoka Roasters using the Organic Tatoosh Blend. I had a sip of his and it was a typical porter. Not to say that it wasn’t good, but the Ladro Sul Tetto was surprising and you know I love being surprised.
Even if it's still chilly out, Rooftop Brew Co. is worth a visit. If it's not the "rooftop" aspect that gets you out then the coffee, beer collab certainly will (should).