At first, it was all about the beer. Trail Blazer Pale Ale is crisp and delicious, a perfect beer for a spring evening, hoppy with a light aroma of tropical fruit and citrus. Then we learned more about Métier, the brewery, and we were sold.
Located in Woodinville’s Artisan Hill District, Métier is the first Black-owned brewery in Washington state and just one of the few in the country. CEO Rodney Hines recently told King 5 Evening News, “I have friends of all hues, sexuality, everything, and there’s a diverse group of friends and people who enjoy beer, and I just thought why isn’t the industry reflective of who we are.”
So in 2018, Rodney and his business partner, Todd Herriott, Co-founder of Métier Racing & Coffee on Capitol Hill, opened their bike-friendly taproom. In addition to brewing damn good beer, their stated mission is to build stronger community to inspire bigger dreams for all.
Prior to the pandemic, their award-winning beers attracted craft beer lovers of all stripes to their kid-pet-event-friendly taproom, a lively welcoming space. Presently, they are open for take-out. But Covid-19 hasn’t stopped them from creating great new beers—or fulfilling their mission of building community. Their Trail Blazer Pale Ale features a beautiful label by Creative Lou that depicts Major Taylor, the first African American world champion cyclist. Bottle sales of the beer help support Cascade Bicycle Club’s Major Taylor Project. The project empowers youth through bicycling, helping them explore their communities, build confidence, and discover their power to effect change.
Come for the beer, stay for the community. You’ll be glad you did.
4-packs of Trial Blazer Pale Ale in tall boys will be available at Pagliacci during the month of April.