DBTB Episode 81: Geoffrey Barker & Andrew Pogue of Fair Isle Brewing

Show notes from host John Holl:

“There are some remarkable beers coming out of Fair Isle in Seattle, delightful farmhouse inspired ales that play heavy into culinary inspiration, time in wood or stainless, and a house culture that brings some wonderful characteristics to each beer. 

Andrew Pogue and Geoffrey Barker co-founded the brewery a few years ago and have worked to bring some of the niche beers that speak to them as drinkers,  creators, and artists, to the local beer scene. Judging by the following they’ve amassed, I’d say it’s working. 
In many of their creations there is a deft use of local fruits or foraged ingredients.  They rely on specialty malts from artisanal farms, and an in-house and creative streak to bring familiar yet distinct flavors to each bottle. 
Because there are three of us we recorded over zoom, so there’s the usual technology bothers that come up now and again. Apologies. 

Bonus: be listening for a smoky beer shower.” 


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