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Wise Child

ESB  |  6.3% ABV  |  40 IBU

Welp, this here is a beer near and dear to our hearts, as well as to many a veteran of the Seattle beer scene. Why?! Because we FINALLY got to brew a beer with the old boss – Dick Cantwell, former Owner/Head Brewer of Elysian – who’s 5 year non-compete expired May of 2020, but a global pandemic pushed us back another year. Fittingly, we brewed a modernized version of a Cap Hill old faithful and one of the most decorated beers in their once independent portfolio – The Wise ESB. The Wise was a complex, malt forward Americanized ESB in all it’s late ‘90s – early ‘10s glory. In this iteration, we kept that integrity by layering 2 Row, Maris Otter, Munich, Crystal T-50, and Special W malts – an incredibly similar base to the original. But the twist here is a modernized “C” hop bill of Cashmere, Comet, & Citra – which replaced what was once Centennial, Chinook, & Cascade. The end result is a beer name was going to be called many better names, but Dick wanted to call it “It’s A Wise Child,” named after some literary JD Salinger deep cut that only Dick & two other older people reading this would know we condensed it, because this beer is truly a child of The Wise.