Patrick Robinson
Co-Owner of the Feedback Lounge, Matt Johnson (who is also an expert mixologist) poured the first official draft of the new West Seattle charity beer Hi-Yu Brü on April 6. The beer, brewed by Big Al Brewing in White Center is available in bars and restaurants in West Seattle and White Center only with a portion of the proceeds going to support Holy Rosary Church. CLICK THE PHOTO TO SEE MORE

Hi-Yu Brü Debut proves to be tasty too

The first official draft of the new Hi-Yu Brü, the newest West Seattle charity beer was drawn at the Feedback Lounge by co-owner Matt Johnson, serving it to Steve Adams. "He was one of the very first customers when we opened the doors here nearly three years ago," said Feedback co-owner Jeff Gilbert. Adams on his first taste pronounced it, "outstanding!"

Gilbert was enthusiastic about the new beer and had praise for the brewmaster, Alejandro Brown at Big Al Brewing in White Center. "He's like the Harry Potter of beer making," he said laughing, "In fact I said why don't you make a Harry Porter!"

This is the third in the series of charity beers produced including Löwman Braü, Whale Tail Ale and now Hi-Yu Brü. Previously a portion of beer sales proceeds have gone to benefit charities all around the area but the beneficiary this time will be singular, Holy Rosary Parish.

The creation of the beer was entirely up to Brown with no taste testing along the way. "Al knows what he's doing and really dialed this one in," said Gilbert, "I know how to take care of the end result."

"This beer has a lot of what I call 'gulpability'," Gilbert explained, " I don't really drink beer, I gulp it. When we had Löwman Braü we sold 20 kegs of it out of the Feedback. I think ten of those went into my stomach!" It had great gulpability too and the first one tasted like the last one. This is very similar."

An early sampler of the beer Kat Fausett said," I like it a lot. It's similar to Manny's but I think the best part about it is that the finish is smooth and not tart. It goes down very well."

By the way, The Feedback Lounge is approaching their third anniversary, coming up April 25. Some special events are planned. More details will be released as the date approaches.

Hi-Yu Brü is now available in the following locations:

FEEDBACK LOUNGE • 6451 California Ave. SW • (206) 453-3259
WEST 5 • 4539 California Ave. SW • (206) 935-1966
MISSION • 2325 California Ave. SW • 206-937-8220
SHADOWLAND • 4458 California Ave. SW • (206) 420-3817
BIG AL BREWING • 9832 14th Ave. SW • (206) 453-4487
LOCÖL • 7902 35th Ave. SW • (206) 708-7725
THE BRIDGE • 4439 35th Ave. SW • (206) 402-4606
BEVERIDGE PLACE PUB • 6413 California Ave. SW • (206) 932-9906
COMPANY BAR • 9608 16th Ave SW • (206) 257-1162

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