OUR BEERS ... YOUR BEERS
We at Deep Draft craft our beers with the utmost pride and the highest standards of brewing excellence. That said, we also insist on having fun with the process, from the brewing to the drinking, and we make every effort to honor our roots and our community-- the deep water port that is Bremerton, WA. Live Life. Drink Deep.
Old Salt -- Alt Bier
The eldest Sailor in the U.S. Navy is officially known as the “Old Salt.” Lesser salts are those Sailors who have spent a lot of time at sea, with the salt air in their lungs, rooster tails at their backs, and empty gun shells in their wakes. The Altbier is the “Old Salt” of beers, as “Alt” in Germany – the motherland of beer – means “old.” This nomenclature alludes to the older style of brewing, using top-fermenting yeast, which is much older than bottom fermenting lager yeast. But, “old” also accurately describes the evolution of this style over the centuries leading up to the first use of its name in 1838. Alt also — and this is merely coincidence, but still worth noting — could also describe an alternative beer to the lagers—the younger generation of beer drinkers (and Sailors). Drink to the foam and enjoy our OLD SALT ALT, one of Deep Draft’s Flagship beers!
Alc. 5.9% // IBUs 45
Weigh Anchor -- Wheat
Getting our Brewery underway, we made this lovely wheat beer, not as clear as calm water, but a little cloudy, like the sand coming off of the sea bottom. Crafted with centennial, northern brewer and laurel hops and you can expect a smooth but full flavor of pure sunshine, so heave around on a vessel of this wheaty goodness and enjoy your journey on our sea of craft beer!
Alc. 5.4% // IBUs 20
Shellback-- Pale Ale (no longer in production)
“In the vernacular of the sea, a "Shellback" is a Sailor who has crossed the equator. No longer a slimy pollywog unfit to stand upright, a Shellback passed the many trials and tests of of a sea voyage. We deemed this a fitting name for our third Pale Ale to be produced: bold, more complex, pleasing and less bitter Pale than the first-termer! Brewed with a lovely malt bill of Maris Otter, Two-Row, Rye & Dextran and hopped just right with Simcoe, Eukanot & Citra-- Davy Jones would be proud!!!
Alc. 5.0% // IBUs 60
Erik's Homeporter -- American Porter
Deep Draft’s Flagship dark beer that is our comfort beer, our homeport. It's dedicated to the Sailors, Shipyard, and town that we love, brewed in honor of our late founder, LCDR Erik M. Sweet, USN. This beer is easy to drink, easy to love, and a gateway to enjoying more complex craft beers. If you want to stick to something familiar and simple and beloved, like a HOMEPORT, who are we to judge? We invite you to raise your glass and toast to those who Serve and to the ones you love! ENJOY OUR HOMEPORTER!
Alc. 5.0% // IBUs 60
KEELHAUL -- Kolsch
The term “keelhaul” has its nautical roots in the Dutch, but the cruel practice of dragging a mutinous Sailor along the keel (underside) of the ship as a form of torture was used by the British in the 1600s. In today’s terms, the term keelhaul is synonymous with a severe scolding. Our keelhaul is honestly anything BUT a severe scolding on your palette (we just liked the imagery and alliteration). The Kolsch style (originally from Cologne, Germany) is fermented with ale yeast, but then finished in cold temperatures like a lager. The result is a style that exhibits some of the best characteristics of both categories. You’ll only be severely scolded for NOT enjoying this beer!
Alc. 4.0% // IBUs 15
PROP WASH -- Pilsner
You’ll find our Pilsner light but full of flavor, as clean and satisfying as the froth (known as the wash) coming off of a shiny bronze propeller. We have found that standing on the fantail (the back of the ship), staring down at the wake a ship leaves as she cuts through the water gives a Sailor a peaceful, contented feeling. Whether fishing from the fantail, enjoying a sunset, or standing aft lookout, watching the prop wash – small but significant in the vast ocean – steadies a Sailor’s restless soul. Enjoy this beautiful little beer!
Alc. 4.5% // IBUs 30
LIBERTY CALL -- India Pale Ale
"Liberty Call, liberty call..." is an announcement that is music to every sea going Sailor's ears. It means that all those not on duty (or restriction) have permission to go ashore, to explore either foreign ports or, when in homeport, to enjoy some R&R with friends and families. The India Pale Ale style is our founders' favorite variety of beer, so we regard our IPA with excitement equal to that of a Sailor upon hearing "Liberty Call"!" Brewed with Simcoe, Eukanot, & Cascade hops, we invite you to enjoy this off-duty, obligation-free frothy, hoppy goodness responsibly! Woo-hoo!
Alc. 6.0 %ABV // IBUs 70
KAPOK -- Dunkelbock
Our German style dark-is bock is characterized by a malty and nutty flavor, very easy on the hops. We call it "Kapok" after the chunky orange life preservers Sailors wear while line handling, mainly because we like how it rhymes with Dunkelbock, but also because we're confident this beer will buoy your spirits with yumminess and keep you afloat all evening (or afternoon) long!
Alc. 7.25%ABV // IBUs 40
GHOST SHIP -- Harvest Lager (Seasonal- no longer in production)
Brewed with a heavy malt bill of Vienna, Crystal, Brown & Black malt sand German Perle & Tettnanger hops, it's a beautiful light amber, full of flavor and steeped in history. Bremerton is home to part of our nation's inactive (decommissioned) ship fleet, also known as Ghost Ships. Fitting for autumn and the misty days and nights to come, this sweet and malty tasting, but light drinking beer pays tribute to the souls of the crews and still haunt these ships and submarines.
Alc. 4.6%ABV // IBUs 30
DARKENSHIP-- Hoppy Dark Lager (Seasonal)
Brewed with Simcoe, CTZ and Centennial hops and balanced with a healthy malt bill the includes Two-Row, Marris Otter and Brown, this winter seasonal is crafted in the style of Sierra Nevada Celebration-- the perfect beer to toast with friends and family this season. Just prior to sunset at sea, ships are directed to "darkenship, show no white lights topside." This is primarily so interior lights don't detract from her navigation lights. In the wintertime here in the Pacnorwest, darkness comes early and stays long. We hope as the sun sets, you'll enjoy this beer early and throughout this dark but joyful season. Gute Nacht!
Alc. 5.4%ABV // IBUs 80
HUZZAH-- Maibock (Anniversary beer)
Featuring Pilsner, Vienna & wheat malts and hopped with Perle and Teenager hops we think this beer is perfect for a celebration of our First Anniversary! It's light in color, sweet and strong without being boozy. "Huzzah" was traditionally used as a cheer after a coordinated effort-- certainly fitting to celebrate all that has gone into making it through our first year! So HUZZAH & CHEERS to you with this ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL BEER!
Alc. 7.25%ABV // IBUs 40
BEER DAY-- Munich Helles (Summer seasonal)
A lager that is as beautiful as it is refreshingly delightful-- brewed with Pilsen, Two-Row and Munich malts and hopped just enough with Euknot and Crystal hops. When a Navy crew is at sea for 45+ continuous days without pulling into port, they are awarded a "BEER DAY" where each person in the crew is served one beer while underway. So, we named this beer to reward us all for being isolated for 45+ days during the COVID-19 crisis-- only you don't have to military yourself to just one!
Alc. 4.9%ABV // IBUs 16
FLEET LANDING -- Export Pale Lager
Brewed with Bavarian Pilsner, Munich, & Chrystal malts and delightfully hopped with Perle & Tettanger goodness, this delightful "foreign" beer has been considered the Cadillac of Pale Lagers. We dubbed it "Fleet Landing to honor the place where a ship's crew debarks/embarks on a foreign shore-- filled with excitement to explore foreign ports, drink beer, have a great time and spend some "bongo bucks" (general term for the local currency)!! Cheers to you!
Alc. 5.5%ABV // IBUs 22
Black Shoe -- Imperial Stout (experimental)
Brewed with Maris otter, black & roast barley malts, this is our first big beer so we named it to honor the hard work and long hours worked by the Sailors in our Surface and Submarine Fleet. It's a slow sipper, best a little warm, and may make you list a little if you have one too many.
Alc. 9.1%ABV // IBUs 76