Similar to Food Network’s Iron Chef, the year-long competition pits professional brewmasters against each other in a blind brew-off. Entrants must incorporate three unique ingredients into their final recipe. Each contestant has roughly eight weeks to prepare their entry.
“Over the year the Harmon Brewery has competed against some of Washington’s best breweries and has come out on top,” said co-owner Pat Nagle. “We are very proud of our team; this is a prestigious win for us.”
The competition is a bracketed system pitting two breweries against each other in a blind sampling using sometimes off-the-wall ingredients. This year the ingredients matched the season ¾ yams and rosemary. The championship round featured Seattle’s Odin Brewery against Tacoma’s Harmon Brewing Company. Using a blend of candied yam and rosemary tea and Steep and Deep Winter Warmer, the Harmon swept up the title.
Steep and Deep is one of the Harmon’s house favorites with notes of burnt chocolate, toffee and a hoppy bite. The rosemary and yam tea complemented well with the original recipe and was chosen by the public as the Iron Brewer champion.