Bellevue pizzeria wins two awards at 2016 Washington Beer Awards

Resonate Brewery and Pizzeria in Bellevue has been making beer in its own brewing system for five months.

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.

Other Eastside breweries to win included Redmond’s Bushnell winning silver for its Dunkadelic Milk Stout, Redmond’s Black Raven winning bronzes for Grandfather Raven imperial stout and La Mort Bourbon barrel-aged strong beer, Redmond’s Hi-Fi Brewing winning silver for Pump Up The Volume 2015 spiced beer, Woodinville’s Red Hook winning bronze for its European style lager, Woodinville’s Sumerian winning silvers for its Sargon IPA and Eruption Double IPA, Woodinville’s Triplehorn Brewing winning silvers for its Mystic Belgian strong ale and Blood Orange Symbel fruit wheat beer and bronze for its BYGG VIN 2015 barleywine, Bothell’s Beardslee Public House’s Sidewinder Stout winning a silver medal, Kirkland’s Chainline winning silver for Recumbent Red Ale and Sammamish’s Big Block Brewing winning silver for its Raspberry Blonde fruit beer.

Resonate Brewery and Pizzeria is located at 5606 119th Ave. SE.

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