As of about three weeks and possibly $150+ (of my money) ago Olympia was gifted with it's very own specialty beer shop, The Gravity Global Beer Market located at 1001 4th Ave E. Besides copious amounts of premium beers from near and far they also are even offering a quite few ciders I'm happy to say. Here is a Google map link for the locals.
For those who don't live here (or those who don't go out) I should explain that we are far from destitute. As small as we are here Olympia has it's share of notorious bars and world class microbreweries that serve up the best of the best. We have Fishtale and Dick's Brewing companies which are both renowned all across the Northwest for the quality of their fermentations. But until that fateful afternoon a few weeks ago, going out was the only way to get guaranteed quality and selection.
I don't recall how many pilgramages I've made so far to our new oasis appropriately named The Gravity Room. I do know I've dropped $15-30 on each visit and I know these folks are getting a good chunk of my paycheck from now on. The Gravity Room owners, a husband and wife team are really great. Not only are they very sociable, they know their stuff when it comes to the brew and during a recent conversation I found out one of them was former employee of Columbia Distributing, which is one of the bigger beer distributors in our area carrying 80 varieties of beers on a regular basis.
Gravity offers up a great selection of beers as I mentioned earlier with more on the horizon I've been told. I've expanded my horiszon and had some great beers from the Gravity Room. I'll share one of the highlights so far.
Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown Ale.
Among some of the finer beers I've picked up is Lagunita's Undercover Shutdown Ale. Lagunitas for those who haven't had the pleasure, could be Northern Cali's premier brewing company at the moment. Now that is my opinion and with out a doubt it is saying a lot. I'm a longtime fan and advocate of the beers brewed by our near neighbors to the South. Anchor Steam, Northern Cali has it's share of great Mendocino, Anderson Valley, North Coast, Lost Coast. Anyway Lagunitas Brewing Company's Undercover Shutdown Ale as advertised is a really bitter beer with tons of fruity fermented flavors. I caution you anymore than one of these bad boys and you are likely to need a cab or better yet just enjoy these at home. If you live in Oly and near the Gravity Room, or if you have a great beer store in your town or region I highly recommend you pick up this 9+% especially bitter ale.