Introducing KEXP Transistor IPA


KEXP and Scuttlebutt Brewing Company have partnered to create Transistor IPA, a refreshing, session friendly Northwest IPA that will help fund KEXP’s New Home.

Transistor IPA is available at retail establishments throughout greater Seattle, and 100% of the net proceeds with benefit KEXP’s New Home capital campaign. The beer is on shelves of local grocery stores in 12oz bottle six packs and can be found on tap at popular restaurants, clubs, bottle shops, and in the Scuttlebutt Brewing tasting room.

“We are very excited to work with Scuttlebutt,” said KEXP Morning Show host John Richards. “They are a local, family run, family owned brewery who makes great beer, and we are a Seattle based radio station run by the community, for the community – it couldn’t be a better pair. We are grateful for this partnership and can’t wait to share this delicious beer with the city.”

Scuttlebutt is a respected pioneer of the burgeoning Northwest craft beer scene. Founded in 1996 in Everett, Scuttlebutt is a family owned and operated brewery with an ever growing product line – producing 20 styles of hand-crafted ales over the past 19 years.

“KEXP has been enriching lives in our community for a long time,” said Scuttlebutt founder Phil Bannan Sr., “and we are thrilled to be able to support their evolution into an even more public facing arts organization.”


Transistor IPA is a crisp and session-friendly brew, with floral and woody hop notes and a beautiful golden hue. It is brewed with the Northwest’s finest ingredients including: barley from Vancouver (WA); Columbus, Chinook, Glacier and Nugget hops from Yakima Valley (WA); yeast from Odell (OR); and some of the nation’s finest drinking water from the Spada Reservoir in the Cascade Mountains.


The label and packaging for Transistor IPA were designed by Dave Narcizo, co-founder of Lakuna Design and drummer for Throwing Muses. Narcizo joined Throwing Muses in 1983 and has been an active voice on the rock music scene ever since.

“KEXP has always felt like a station where real fans and musicians can truly embrace the music business, and not succumb to the quality-crushing constraints that plague their corporate-sponsored peers,” says Narcizo. “Like music, design is full of goodness, hard work, surprises, and blank-page potential. Package design is a newer piece of our services at Lakuna Design, and when we got the opportunity to work with KEXP and Scuttlebutt, it seemed like a perfect match of skills and interest,” adds Narcizo. “Plus I feel sorry for beer, and believe it is a worthwhile cause.”

About the Campaign for KEXP’s New Home:

A shared passion for “music that matters” has inspired the listeners, artists, and curators of the KEXP Community for more than 40 years. Now, in order to increase that impact, we need to grow physically, too. KEXP’s New Home is designed specifically to reach more music lovers, break down barriers between listeners and their favorite artists, and make it even easier to share new music and experiences with KEXP Community members all over the world. More info at NEWHOME.KEXP.ORG

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