Thursday, December 28, 2017

Happy New Beer!

[Originally published January 2, 2017, on Chocolate Chip Mint]

2016 was the year of beer for me. It all started with a taster flight at Feral Public House in Vancouver, Washington, and my world was forever changed.

I soon discovered the Brewcouver Passport which led me to nine more breweries located in Vancouver alone. I moved on to the Pour of Discovery Passport which introduced me to the North Bank breweries, so named for being located on the north shore of the Columbia River - 13 more breweries to try.

And, then, I became a member of Washington Beer Lovers (WABL) which encompasses all the aforementioned breweries plus 325 more! Just since Labor Day weekend, when I received my passport in the mail, I have visited 45 breweries:

North Jetty BrewingIslands & Peninsulas9/9/16Seaview
Aslan Brewing CoNorth Sound9/28/16Bellingham
Boundary Bay Brewery and BistroNorth Sound9/29/16Bellingham
Chuckanut Brewery & KitchenNorth Sound9/29/16Bellingham
Kulshan Brewing Co.North Sound9/28/16Bellingham
Wander BrewingNorth Sound9/28/16Bellingham
20 Corners BrewerySeattle & King Co.12/24/16Woodinville
Bellevue Brewing CoSeattle & King Co.11/11/16Seattle
Geaux BrewingSeattle & King Co.11/11/16Seattle
Machine House BrewerySeattle & King Co.10/2/16Seattle
Pike BrewingSeattle & King Co.10/1/16Seattle
Resonate BrewerySeattle & King Co.11/10/16Seattle
54-40 BrewingSouth & Central9/4/16Washougal
Amnesia BrewingSouth & Central9/4/16Washougal
Ashtown Brewing CompanySouth & Central10/2/16Longview
Backwoods BrewingSouth & Central9/17/16Carson
Barrel Mountain BrewingSouth & Central10/17/16Battleground
Dick's Northwest Sausage & DeliSouth & Central11/23/16Vancouver
Doomsday Brewing CoSouth & Central9/17/16Washougal
Everybody's BrewingSouth & Central9/17/16White Salmon
Five Dons BrewingSouth & Central10/16/16Longview
Fortside Brewing CompanySouth & Central10/7/16Vancouver
Ghost Runner BrewerySouth & Central9/14/16Vancouver
Heathen BrewingSouth & Central11/5/16Vancouver
Heathen Brewing - Feral Public HouseSouth & Central11/29/16Vancouver
Loowit BrewingSouth & Central10/16/16Vancouver
McMenamins - Columbia RiverSouth & Central11/19/16Vancouver
McMenamins - East VancouverSouth & Central12/28/16Vancouver
Mill City Brew WerksSouth & Central12/30/16Camas
Northwood Public HouseSouth & Central12/28/16Vancouver
Old Ivy Brewery and TaproomSouth & Central11/26/16Vancouver
Parkers Steakhouse & BrewerySouth & Central11/26/16Castle Rock
Railside BrewingSouth & Central11/5/16Vancouver
Trap Door BrewingSouth & Central11/5/16Vancouver
Trusty Brewing Co.South & Central12/20/16Vancouver
Victor 23 BrewingSouth & Central11/29/16Vancouver
Walking Man BrewingSouth & Central12/3/16Stevenson
7 Seas Brewery and TaproomSouth Sound11/26/16Tacoma
Engine House No. 9South Sound10/2/16Tacoma
Fish Tale Brew PubSouth Sound10/16/16Olympia
Harmon Brewery & EaterySouth Sound9/3/16Olympia
McMenamins - Olympic ClubSouth Sound12/26/16Centralia
McMenamins Spar CafeSouth Sound9/4/16Olympia
Narrows Brewing Co.South Sound12/26/16Tacoma
Northwest Brewing CompanySouth Sound10/16/16Pacific

All of those listed are also in the Brewcouver or Pour of Discovery Passports (or both). However, I need to mention River Mile 38 Brewing Company in Cathlamet WA as a brewery that I visited with the Pour of Discovery Passport but haven't been back to visit since getting my WABL Passport.  (It's worth the drive so I will definitely be back.)

This doesn't cover the beer I've tasted at the quarterly beer festivals in Vancouver WA and others such as the one hosted by Shorty's Garden & Home. I also have a Brewery app on my phone that covers all of the United States which is a handy place to keep notes about the places I've visited and the beers I've tasted. Outside the state of Washington, I've visited:
Kohola Brewery - Lahaina, HI
La Quinta Brewing Co. - La Quinta, CA
Maui Brewing Co. - Lahaina, HI
Old Town Brewing - Portland, OR
Tamarack Brewing Co. - Missoula, MT
Thunder Island - Cascade Locks, OR
I must say, that's a ridiculous amount of beer! We can just say goodbye to skinny jeans in 2017!

We'll be kicking off the New Year with more new beer at the Holiday Hangover Brew Fest on January 14 in Hood River, OR.

So much beer, so little time. But, here's to new discoveries! May your 2017 be filled with new adventures and new friends. Maybe, over a pint of beer.

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