A real NW style Pale Ale.
It all started with a homebrew clone and the goal to create a Washington State Pale Ale. And a dream, it probably started with a dream too.
California had a pale. Oregon had a pale. Washington needed a pale. A real, NW style pale ale.
Building the beer on paper was easy: go for a 5% ABV range, use 2 Row base malt and the iconic Cascade hop for its piney and citrusy notes. But what really brought it together might have been the tiniest player of all: the yeast.
Out of all the yeast strains Manny and Roger tried, American, English, and European, it wasn’t until the 8th generation of an English ale yeast they had been testing that it all started to come together.
A little bready and nutty, the yeast was also non-flocculant, meaning the spent yeast did not settle at the bottom of the tank, but stayed suspended in the beer. Using this characteristic to their advantage, and set their beer apart from other beers in the market, the decision was made to keep the beer unfiltered. The yeast mutation was banked as Georgetown’s proprietary yeast and the rest is history.
Manny’s continues to be Georgetown Brewing Company’s most popular beer. Around 70% of our total beer sold is Manny’s – 36,246.74 barrels in 2015 to be exact. Our taproom sells over 1500 growlers of Manny’s alone per month. It’s sold in over 900 bars and restaurants in the Seattle area alone. 17.1 pints are consumed each minute, which means every 3.5 seconds someone drinks a pint of Manny's. A properly balanced draft system should pour a pint in 8 seconds. If you started 3 handles pouring Manny's on midnight New Year's Eve, January 1, 2015, and left them pouring continuously, to pour those 8,989,191.52 pints would take until 10:39:38am on October 4.
Chances are, if you walk into a bar, and Manny’s isn’t on tap, you’ve probably crossed the state line.
We don’t know if that makes us “Washington’s pale”, but we’ll make sure if Manny’s is your go-to beer, you’ll never be disappointed.