Pyramid has “officially” arrived in Georgia. I use “quotation” fingers because the launch title Haywire Hefe has been on tap at Taco Mac restaurants for a few weeks. Pyramid hails from Kalama, Washington.
Here is the short short version of Pyramid’s history. Pyramid Brewing actually got it’s start under a different name – Hart Brewing Co in 1984. History was made by the brewer when it introduced the first year round wheat beer since the dark times aka Prohibition. New beers were introduced into the lineup each year, and in 1989 5 investors from Seattle jumped into the mix. In 1993 Hefeweizen debuts followed by Apricot Ale in 1994. In that same year Pyramid became the fourth largest craft brewer in the U.S. Pyramid expanded in 1997 by building an alehouse in Berkeley, CA. Eventually Sacramento, Walnut Creek, and Portland also become homes to Pyramid.
Haywire Hefe has seen a few weeks on tap handles here in Atlanta, and now the bottles are on shelves. Ingredients:
Hops: Nugget, Liberty
Malts: 39% Row Pale Barley, 60% Malted Wheat, 1% Caramel
Taste Expectations: Some spice – coriander. Lemon and citrus with some fruit. Malt sweetness makes the hefe smooth and easy drinking.
Availability: 12oz/6 pks. Draft. Year round
Fun Fact: Haywire takes a gold medal at GABF in 2009. “American Style Wheat Beer w/ Yeast
Rumor Mill: Both Pyramid and Magic Hat are purportedly about to be purchased by North American Breweries…