The first craft brewery in Prosser, Washington, Whitstran Brewing, was a lunch stop this weekend. A flight of seven beers accompanied our shared fish & chips plate.
The three Fiesta Food Stores in the local area carry the 22 oz bottles; the brewery sells 6 packs of the 12 oz bottles and growler fills, but they don’t have much distribution range as they are still quite small. Over all, these are complex beers with very balanced malt/hop combinations – nothing over the top malty or hoppy, which was great. Each beer was distinctive and flavorful, but better cold than room temperature for the most part. With our fish we were very happy with the first few beers as accompaniments, the latter four were good, but more than the fish could compete with. The first three beers (Steamy Cream Ale, Horse Heaven Hefe, and Highlander Scottish) averaged 15 IBU and 5.5 ABV, while the latter three (11th Hour Pale Ale, Palouse Porter, D2O Heavy Water Stout) averaged 53 IBU and 5.6 ABV. The middle beer, the Imperial IPA called Friar’s Sahib had a nose full of grapefruit which translated to more pine and herbs with a bit of grapefruit on the palate totaling 84 IBU and 8.7 ABV – this would be a super summer beverage for me.
Although small, this brewery has beers to pair with food; beer that doesn’t require a Northwest palate (i.e. super bitter). We were having company that night, so we brought home a growler of the Highlander to share as we knew that would be a favorite with these friends. A fun stop, when we travel through we will stop in to try their seasonal offerings and possibly pick up something to take where we are going. For those Washington folk that will be wine tasting along Wine Country Road in Prosser, this is a quick break for lunch and a change of beverage.