And by micro, we mean, like, one guy—in the beginning, anyway. Alejandro "Big Al" Brown was a homebrewing fanatic when Pacific Rim Brewery in White

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Big Al Brewing

And by micro, we mean, like, one guy—in the beginning, anyway. Alejandro "Big Al" Brown was a homebrewing fanatic when Pacific Rim Brewery in White Center went tits up at the end of 2007. Brown thought his own beer good enough to emerge from his rec room and into a legit facility, and soon Big Al Brewing was born. Brown's brews aren't just good for a homebrewer, they're good for any brewer. In fact, they're not just good, they're fantastic—Al's smoked porter is about as clean a rendering of that dark, underappreciated genre as has ever been produced. Brown could serve his beer out of a stained pup tent and we'd be happy; that he maintains a tasting room and multipurpose loft (which frequently exhibits work by local artists) is just ice around the keg. —Mike Seely 9832 14th Ave. S.W., 453-4487, bigalbrewing.com

 
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