The staff here at Sonics Rising recently had a discussion about the arena and what kinds of amenities it might have. This then turned into, naturally, a discussion on what kinds of beers would be offered.
It's a foregone conclusion that the usual swill that passes for beer in frat houses and keggers will be standard fare. The Budweisers, Coorses, Millers and the like will all be there, starting around $8 for an 8 oz cup. We know Chris Hansen is partial to Corona, so maybe they'll make an appearance as well, but this is a discussion about beer (see what I did there?). How about those of us with a more refined palette?
Our resident Minnesotan, Chris Meirose, has suggested a beer called Furious by MSP-area brewery Surly's for the hockey fans. Their website describes it as being "brewed with a dazzling blend of American hops and Scottish malt, this crimson-hued ale delivers waves of citrus, pine and caramel-toffee. For those who favor flavor, Furious has the hop-fire your taste buds have been screaming for."
Kevin Nesgoda, who is from that area over the mountains that we don't talk about, suggested a Leavenworth beer from Icicle Brewery, specifically their Khaos Kölsch. According to Icicle's site, the beer is "a German Style Ale that delicately balances subtle fruit flavors and aromas with a subdued maltiness, a beer that's fresh like an alpine spring and as crisp as a mountain breeze. It dreams of brewing up to be the refreshing Khaos Kolsch."
What about local brews? This area is known for having very good craft beers, and Hansen, et al, would be remiss if they didn't include some of them at the arena. Some local breweries that could be featured are, in no particular order:
- Pyramid Breweries
- Elysian Brewing
- Mac and Jack's Brewery
- Pike Brewing Co.
- Hale's Ales
- Odin Brewing Co.
- Hilliard's Beer
- Emerald City Beer Co.
- Bad Jimmy's Brewing Co.