Historic schooner 'Zodiac' is latest beer at Snoqualmie Falls Brewery
July 9, 2012 · 3:37 PM
The Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company is pleased to announce the next beer, part of a series of new briefs honoring items of significant local historical interest.
Last year's release was Plant 1 Powerhouse IPA.
This year's project, Schooner Zodiac Kolsch, named in honor of the sailing vessel, The Schooner Zodiac.
Built for the heirs to the Johnson & Johnson family; the Zodiac was designed by William H. Hand, Jr., to epitomize the best features of the American fishing schooner. In 1928, she competed in the Transatlantic Race for the Kings Cup where she finished in fourth place. Renamed California, she worked the rugged waters outside the Golden Gate for forty years, retiring in 1972, as the last working pilot schooner in the United States. In 1982, she earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. She continues to work the waters of Puget Sound, San Juan and Gulf Islands to this day.
Every year, the Zodiac hosts their Northwest Brewery Cruise. Join fellow micro-brewery lovers and home-brew fans from around the world on the Schooner Zodiac as she sets sail for famous San Juan Island brew-pubs. Northwest ales are world renown and the San Juan Islands are home to several spectacular breweries. Enjoy four days of sailing onboard the Zodiac in the beautiful Puget Sound waters while celebrating the Pacific Northwest's array of fine ales. Your onboard hosts for this trip will be brewer Dave Eiffert from Snoqualmie Brewery, food pairing expert AnnaLou Vincen and guest chef Travis Surmi for the Brewmasters Dinner.