To say that Bothell's Foggy Noggin is a homegrown operation would be a vast understatement. In 2008, homebrewer Jim Jamison and his son Matthew acquired a .5bbl pilot system and began tinkering with recipes in a shed behind their suburban home, dreaming about starting a proper brewery. Now, Foggy Noggin dishes out samples and growler fills out of the Jamisons' makeshift garage taproom. The father-son duo's award-winning fleet revolves around traditional English styles, with the year-round Christmas Duck porter leading the charge in flavor and popularity. The deep-brown ale is brewed using both Pacific Northwest and traditional British hops, Foggy Noggin's dual regional influences harmonizing to create a dry, earthy bitterness that balances the malt's chocolatey sweetness.