Flying Lion Brewing

The latest brewery to open in Seattle’s south end is Flying Lion Brewing in the Columbia City neighborhood, not too far north of Spinnaker Bay in Hillman City. It’s great to have another place to stop when I do the south Lake Washington loop ride (and in case I haven’t gotten enough exercise when I get there, Flying Lion has a bicycle-powered grain grinder – good to have an option available for burning a couple more calories…). From recent pictures I’ve seen, it looks like they’ve added a few more taps since I took the picture below. Guess I’ll have re-visit sooner rather than later to check out the new set-up.

little cubs at Flying Lion

Sampler flight at Flying Lion — Seattle, WA

    Rob’s Picks

  • Single Hop Pale Ale – 6.2% – Citrus aroma. Citrus and earthy hop flavors with underlying biscuit maltiness. Forgot to ask which hop, but a little research points to Centennial.
  • Another IPA – 6.1% – Similar to the Single Hop but bigger hop presence. Touch of caramel malt, too. Earthy bitterness on finish that blends back in well.
  • CDA – 5.3% – Roasty malt with light chocolate/coffee. Citrus and floral hops. Some dark chocolate bitterness on the finish. Pretty good.
  • Baltic Porter – 5.6% – Dry, with roasty malt and underlying citrus.
  • Chocolate Milk Stout – 5% – Smooth and chocolatey. Good amount of sweetness with some dark chocolate bitterness and a lightly dry finish.

And I’m finally done with new 2014 brewery (and cidery) visits! Perhaps I should reward myself with a bike ride around the south end of Lake Washington. Yeah, sounds like a fine idea. [In case anyone is wondering, only 15 more posts and I’ll be up-to-date with the backlog (so far) of 2015 breweries. Sigh.]

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