Resonate Brewery and Pizzeria in Bellevue has been making beer in its own brewing system for five months.
So to win two awards at the 2016 Washington Beer Awards is high praise for what owner and head brewer Mike Ritzer is doing.
“I’m definitely on cloud nine and haven’t come down,” he said. “We’ve said from day one we want to make exceptional beer, outstanding pizza and contagious fun. I like to think we’re doing that.”
The Washington Beer Awards judges tasted 950 beers from 139 Washington breweries. Resonate, which opened in November 2015 and spent the first few months using Redmond’s PostDoc Brewing Company system, won silver in the vegetable beer category for its “Paradise” porter and bronze for the “Lithium” in the German-style altbier category.
The Paradise is a porter using 55 pounds of toasted coconut and huge quantities of vanilla bean and cacao nibs.
“A coconut is technically a vegetable,” Ritzer said. “We’ve had so many requests for that beer once we ran out. It was just going to be a seasonal beer, but I’m thinking about bringing it back year-round.”
The Lithium is an old style of beer (altbier literally means “old beer” in German) which is produced with ale yeasts yet fermented at colder temperatures like a lager. It’s not an easy style to brew and accordingly it is a hard style to find.
Resonate Brewery and Pizzeria is located at 5606 119th Ave. SE.