Sunday, June 24, 2018

Beer Adventure 0618

First stop, Dystopian State Brewing Company in Tacoma where we had the Heliophant Helles Lager and their O.G. Farmhouse Barrel-Aged Saison which took a silver medal in the 2018 Washington Beer Awards. The lager was light and crisp and paired nicely with two rounds of corn hole. The saison was complex in the making but easy in the glass. The description on their website reads:
" This award winning farmhouse ale is a blend of Saison hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops and Belgian-style table beer. Both beers were aged for 8 months in sauvignon blanc wine barrels. The barrels were also inoculated with 4 strains of brettanomyces. All this creates a complex and funky farmhouse ale that has notes of fresh pineapple, lemon, white wine, oak, ripe melon, spice and citrus rind. "
Farmhouse usually connotes funky but that doesn't necessarily mean funky. In this instance, it means delicious and at 6.8% ABV it could also spell dangerous as it was highly drinkable. Enjoy with measured caution.

Our next stop was Wet Coast Brewing Company in Gig Harbor. There, they are know for their Moving Day IPA and, now, for their Wet Coast Cream Ale which took a gold medal this year. The IPA was everything an IPA should be: hoppy and flavorful. This one features Munich and Crystal hops. At 68 IBU it gets your attention but the hops don't overwhelm due to a smooth malt bill.

The description for the Cream Ale reads:
" Light, Crisp and Refreshing; Our cream ale is smooth on the palate thanks to a malt bill featuring Flaked Barley and Honey Malt. Galena hops bring a bright citrus component to this extremely quaffable beer. "
Highly drinkable it was but we needed to catch a ferry so we left it at one each. Be advised, Wet Coast has a three pint limit. While the Cream Ale was only 5% ABV, the IPA was 6.4%. I can see where a three pint limit could be a very good idea.

Our evening ended in a pentathlon competition consisting of lawn pong, ladder toss, corn hole, dining table ping pong, and indoor shuffle board.  Beer was most definitely involved.

Saturday, our local beer guides brought us to Skookum Brewery in Arlington. There, we had Amber's Hot Friend amber ale and The Manuscript IPA. Both were delicious and paired nicely with smoked ribs and pulled pork nachos from PinkyQ's and Zoup. And wouldn't you know? There was corn hole! Started in 2007, Skookum produces beers that are locally sourced with over 90% of their barley and hops grown in Washington.

Next, was North Sound Brewing Co. with all the doors rolled up. There, we had the Hopsolicious IPA, Big Wild Rye IPA and the Big Bend Blonde. We liked these beers enough for a second round while we took over the corn hole lane. The skill of our players drew a crowd and we began to hear whispers of, ESPN. We managed to get out of there before we became wildly famous.

The evening's activities included Farkel. Our hosts provided protective eyewear to ensure a safe Farkel experience. It's always Farkel until someone gets hit in the eye. Safety first!

Sunday, it was time to say goodbye to our local beer guides and head back home. Naturally, we made a couple stops on the way. The first one was at Geaux Brewing's new Auburn location. If you liked their old Bellevue location, you'll love the new Auburn facility. It's much larger, brighter, and has a full kitchen. We enjoyed the Brussels Salad with the BTR red ale and La Belle blonde ale. The BTR includes rye in their grain bill which adds a spicy character that I enjoy plus enough hops to lend it some bitterness. The Labelle includes wheat, pale, and Vienna malts that finished light and crisp. Both had gorgeous, foamy heads that laced the pint from start to finish.

Geaux took the Washington Beer Awards bronze medal in 2015 and 2018 for Wee Y'at, described on their website as:
" Crafted in the style of a Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, Wee Y’at is a complex, rich, and malty brew that unfolds with each sip. The Maris Otter malt base gives Wee Y’at nutty undertones complemented with chocolate and honey malts. If you’ve been a hop-head all your life, this is the beer to bring you over to the other side. "
Unfortunately, it was not on tap when we stopped in.

Our last stop before we made it home was at brand new Well 80 Artesian Brewing in Olympia and we were pleasantly surprised - by their facility, their story, and their beer.

The brewery is named for the well upon which they sit as explained on their website:
" In 1939, a survey of artesian wells in Olympia identified and numbered ninety-six individual wells. The well in the back of our building was designated as Well #80, with an average flow rate of 35 gallons per minute and a constant temperature of 53 degrees. When we were first shown the well inside the building our mission was clear: We had to find a way to bring this amazing resource back to brewing. "
The building was purpose-built for the brewery. The facade is clean and modern while blending respectfully with it's historical neighbors. It is open and inviting with indoor and outdoor space, convertible event space, and full kitchen. They pay homage to Olympia Brewing Company in everything they do from using artesian well water, crafting a beer in the style of Olympia Beer (Original Later Year '64), to employing the granddaughter of a former brewmaster of Olympia Brewing.

We tried a flight that included Handsome Paul's Pale Ale, Original Dark '66 Lager, Porter Patois, and Jalo's 80 Day's of Haze IPA. We were blown away by them all. Not surprising as their brewer comes from nearby Fish Brewing Company bringing considerable skill to his craft. I recommend a stop here if you're in the area and don't be afraid to try anything on the menu. My bet is it'll be good.





Thursday, June 21, 2018

Beyond Epic

Congratulations to the 2018 Washington Beer Award winners! 14 of them are North Bank breweries, right here in our own backyards.

If you're curious to know who else made the list, you could embark on an epic road trip and visit them all. I used My Brewery Tour from WashingtonBeer.com which organized them in a generally north to south direction starting in Deming and ending in Washougal. It might take a while to visit all 102 of them so you might need to break this list up by region.

This list omits production only facilities, breweries with more than a few locations (Ram, McMenamins) and several that don't appear on the WashingtonBeer website. (I've listed those at the end if you want to add them in.) The North Bank breweries appear near the bottom, starting at number 88 and I recognize this list may not be the most efficient routing. Nevertheless, if you are adventurous and seeking award winning beer, let this be your guide.

An epic road trip for epic beer:


1) North Fork Brewers
6186 Mount Baker Hwy., Deming, WA 98244
P: 360-599-2337 - http://northforkbrewery.com
2) Melvin Brewing
2412 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA 98225
P: (360) 306-3285 - http://www.melvinbrewing.com/
3) Kulshan Brewery - K2 Taproom
1538 Kentucky Street , Bellingham, WA 98229
P: (360) 389-5348 - http://www.kulshanbrewery.com/
4) Wander Brewing
1807 Dean Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225
P: 360-647-6152 - http://wanderbrewing.com
5) Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen
601 W Holly St., Bellingham, WA 98225
P: 360-752-3377 - http://chuckanutbreweryandkitchen.com
6) Aslan Brewing Co.
1330 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
P: (360) 778-2088 - http://aslanbrewing.com
7) Stones Throw Brewing
1009 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225
P: (360) 362 5058 - http://www.stonesthrowbrewco.com/#location
8) San Juan Island Brewing Company
410 A STREET, FRIDAY HARBOR, WA 98250
P: - http://www.sanjuanbrew.com/
9) Old Schoolhouse Brewery
155 Riverside Dr., Box 112, Winthrop, WA 98862
P: 509-996-3183 - http://oldschoolhousebrewery.com
10) Cardinal Craft Brewing
15579 Peterson Rd, Burlington, WA 98233
P: 360-416-7869 - http://www.skagit.edu/directory.asp?pagenumber=586
11) Farmstrong Brewing Co.
110 Stewart Rd, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
P: (360) 873-8852 - http://www.farmstrongbrewing.com/
12) Flyers Restaurant and Brewery
32295 State Route 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
P: 360-675-5858 - http://eatatflyers.com
13) Whitewall Brewing
14524 Smokey Point Blvd, Marysville, WA 98271
P: 425-308-7992 - http://facebook.com/whitewallbrewingcompany
14) Propolis Brewing
2457 Jefferson St., Port Townsend , WA 98368
P: 765-215-5850 - http://propolisbrewing.com
15) Port Townsend Brewing
330 10th St., Suite C, Port Townsend, WA 98368
P: 360-385-9967 - http://porttownsendbrewing.com
16) Haywire Brewing Co.
12125 Treosti Rd, Snohomish, WA 98290
P: (360) 568-2739 - https://www.facebook.com/haywirebrewingco/
17) Dreadnought Brewing
16726 146th ST SE Suite 153, Monroe, WA 98272
P: (360) 863-2479 - http://www.dreadnoughtbrewing.com
18) Foggy Noggin Brewing
22329 53rd Avenue SE, Bothell, WA 98021
P: 206-553-9223 - http://foggynogginbrewing.com
19) Beardslee Public House
19116 112th Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011
P: (425) 456-0010 - https://www.facebook.com/BeardsleePublicHouse/timeline
20) 20 Corners Brewing
14148 NE 190th St - Suite A , Woodinville, WA 98072
P: 425-375-5223 - http://www.20cornersbrewing.com/
21) Dirty Bucket Brewing
19151 144th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072
P: 206-819-1570 - http://dirtybucketbrewery.com
22) Cairn Brewing
7204 NE 175th St, Kenmore, WA 98028
P: (425) 949-5295 - http://cairnbrewing.com
23) Good Brewing Company
16104 125th Pl NE, Woodinville, WA 98072
P: 425-247-3245 - https://goodbrewingco.com/
24) Sound Brewery
19815 Viking Ave NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370
P: 360-930-8696 - http://soundbrewery.com
25) Sumerian Brewing
15510 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE #E110, Woodinville, WA 98072
P: (425) 486-5330 - http://sumerianbrewingco.com/
26) Rainy Daze Brewing
650 NW Bovela Ln #3, Poulsbo, WA 98370
P: 360-692-1858 - https://www.facebook.com/RainyDazeBrewing
27) Valholl Brewing
18970 3rd Ave NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370
P: 360-550-5825 - http://valhollbrewing.com
28) Hellbent Brewing Company
13035 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125
P: 206-361-3707 - http://www.hellbentbrewingcompany.com/
29) Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery
8570 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
P: (206) 428-7709 - http://www.flyingbike.coop/
30) Black Raven Brewing
14679 NE 95th St., Redmond, WA 98052
P: 425-881-3020 - http://blackravenbrewing.com
31) Chainline Brewing Company
503 6th St S, Kirkland, WA 98033
P: (425) 242-0923 - http://www.chainlinebrewing.com
32) Ravenna Brewing Company
5408 26th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
P: 323-514-6288 - https://www.facebook.com/RavennaBrewing
33) Stoup Brewing
1108 NW 52nd St, Seattle, WA 98107
P: (206) 457-5524 - http://www.stoupbrewing.com/
34) Reubens Brews
5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
P: 206-753-9538 - http://www.reubensbrews.com/#on-draft
35) Lucky Envelope Brewing
907 NW 50th Street, Seattle, WA 98107
P: (206) 659-4075 - http://www.luckyenvelopebrewing.com/
36) Populuxe Brewing
826 NW 49th St, Seattle, WA 98107
P: 206-706-3400 - http://www.populuxebrewing.com
37) Postdoc Brewing
17625 NE 65th St, #100, Redmond, WA 98052
P: (425) 658-4963 - http://postdocbrewing.com/
38) No-Li Brewhouse
1003 E Trent, Box 2, Suite 180, Spokane, WA 99202
P: 509-242-2739 - http://nolibrewhouse.com
39) Silver City Restaurant and Brewery
2799 NW Myhre Rd., Silverdale, WA 98383
P: 360-698-5879 - http://www.silvercitybrewery.com/
40) Figurehead Brewing Co
4001 21st Ave W Unit B , Seattle, WA 98199
P: 206-492-7981 - http://www.figureheadbrewingcompany.com/
41) River City Brewing
121 S. Cedar, Spokane, WA 99201
P: 509-413-2388 - http://rivercityred.blogspot.com
42) Rooftop Brewing
1220 W. Nickerson St., Seattle, WA 98109
P: 206-457-8598 - http://rooftopbrewco.com
43) Iron Goat Brewing
1302 W 2nd Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
P: 509-474-0722 - http://www.irongoatbrewing.com
44) Fremont Brewing
3409 Woodland Pk Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
P: 206-420-2407 - http://fremontbrewing.com
45) Bainbridge Brewing
9415 Coppertop Loop, Suite 103-104, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
P: 206-451-4646 - http://www.bainbridgebeer.com
46) Cash Brewing Company
3388 NW Byron Street Suite 100, Silverdale, WA 98383
P: 360-633-7852 - http://www.cashbrewing.com
47) Mollusk Restaurant & Brewery
803 DEXTER AVE N, Seattle, WA 98109
P: 206-351-3637 - http://www.molluskseattle.com
48) Redhook Brewlab
714 E Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122
P: 206-823-3026 - http://redhook.com/breweries-pubs/capitol-hill
49) Elysian Brewing - Capitol Hill
1221 E Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122
P: 206-860-1920 - http://elysianbrewing.com/elysian.html
50) Optimism Brewing Co.
1158 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
P: (206) 651-5429 - http://optimismbrewing.com/
51) Cloudburst Brewing
2116 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
P: 206-602-6061 - http://www.cloudburstbrew.com
52) Pike Brewing
1415 1st Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
P: 206-622-6044 - http://pikebrewing.com
53) Standard Brewing
2504 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
P: 206-535-1584 - http://standardbrew.com
54) Icicle Brewing
935 Front St., Leavenworth, WA 98826
P: 509-548-2739 - http://iciclebrewing.com
55) Big Block Brewing
3310 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Sammamish, WA 98075
P: 425-457-0515 - https://twitter.com/BigBlockBrewery
56) Perihelion Brewery
2800 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
P: (206) 200-3935 - http://www.perihelion.beer/
57) Elliott Bay Brewing - W. Seattle
4720 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116
P: 206-932-8695 - http://elliottbaybrewing.com/westseattle
58) Flying Lion Brewing
5041 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
P: 206-659-9912 - http://www.flyinglionbrewing.com/
59) Georgetown Brewing
5200 Denver Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98108
P: 206-766-8055 - http://georgetownbeer.com
60) Resonate Brewery & Pizzeria
5606 119th Ave. SE , Bellevue, WA 98006
P: (425) 644-3164 - https://www.facebook.com/ResonateBrewery/
61) Machine House Brewery
5840 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
P: 206-402-6025 - http://www.machinehousebrewery.com/
62) Lowercase Brewing
6235 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
P: 206-258-4987 - http://lowercasebrewing.com
63) Tin Dog Brewing
309 S. Cloverdale Street, Seattle, WA 98108
P: 206-438-4257 - http://tindogbrewing.com
64) Four Generals Brewing
229 Wells Ave S., Renton, WA
P: (425) 282-4360 - http://www.fourgenerals.com/
65) Odin Brewing
402 Baker Blvd, Tukwila, WA 98188
P: 206-762-3909 - http://odinbrewing.com
66) Bent Bine Brew Co.
23297 State Route 3, Belfair, WA 98528
P: 253-677-4474 - https://www.facebook.com/BentBineBrewCo/
67) Dru Bru
10 Pass Life Way, Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
P: 425-434-0700 - http://www.drubru.com
68) Airways Brewing
8611 S 212th St., Kent, WA 98031
P: 253-200-1707 - http://airwaysbrewing.com
69) Wet Coast Brewery
6820 Kimball Dr, Suite C, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
P: 253-432-4966 - http://www.wetcoastbrewing.com/
70) Geaux Brewing
425 E Main St. , Auburn, WA 98002
P: (253) 397-3939 - http://geauxbrewing.com/
71) North 47 Brewing Co.
1000 Town Ctr NE #160, Tacoma, WA 98422
P: 253.517.9865 - http://north47brewery.com/
72) Pacific Brewing and Malting
610 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
P: (253) 591-2337 - http://pacificbrewingandmalting.com
73) Dystopian State Brewing
611 S Baker St, Tacoma, WA 98402
P: (253) 414-1993 - http://www.dystopianstate.com
74) Odd Otter Brewing
716 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
P: 253.209.7064 - http://oddotterbrewing.com
75) Engine House No. 9
611 N Pine St., Tacoma, WA 98406
P: 253-272-3435 - http://ehouse9.com
76) Harmon Brewery and Eatery
1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402
P: 253-383-2739 - http://harmonbrewingco.com
77) Lost Woods Brewery
19944 South Prairie Rd E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391
P: - https://www.facebook.com/lostwoodsbrewery/
78) Ten Pin Brewing
1165 N Stratford Rd, Moses Lake, WA 98837
P: 509-765-1248 - http://tenpinbrewing.com/
79) Top Rung Brewing
8343 Hogum Bay Ln NE, Lacey, WA 98516
P: 360-915-8766 - http://www.toprungbrewing.com
80) Fish Brewing
515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
P: 360-943-6480 - http://fishbrewing.com
81) Three Magnets Brewing
600 Franklin St SE Suite 102, Olympia, WA 98501
P: 360-972-2481 - http://www.threemagnetsbrewing.com/
82) Steam Donkey Brewing Company
101 E Wishkah St, Aberdeen, WA 98520
P: (360) 637-9431 - http://www.steamdonkeybrewing.com/
83) Triceratops Brewing Company
8036 River Dr SE #203, Tumwater, WA 98501
P: - https://www.triceratopsbrewing.com/
84) Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co
12160 US Hwy 12, Naches, WA 98937
P: (509) 653-1109 - http://bronyraurbrewing.com/
85) Dick’s Brewing
3516 Galvin Road, Centralia, WA 98531
P: (360) 736-1603 - http://dicksbeer.com/
86) Yakima Craft Brewing
2920 River Rd. #6, Yakima, WA 98902
P: 509-654-7357 - http://www.yakimacraftbrewing.com
87) Bale Breaker Brewing
1801 Birchfield Road, Yakima, WA 98901
P: (509) 424-4000 - http://balebreaker.com
88) North Jetty Brewing
4200 Pacific Way, Seaview, WA 98644
P: - https://www.facebook.com/northjettybrew
89) White Bluffs Brewing
2034 Logston Blvd, Richland, WA 99354
P: (509)578-4558 - http://www.whitebluffsbrewing.com
90) Barrel Mountain Brewing
607 E Main St, Battle Ground, WA 98604
P: 360.931.2930 - http://www.barrelmountainbrewery.com/
91) Backwoods Brewing
1162 Wind River Rd, Carson, WA 98610
P: 509-427-4250 - http://backwoodsbrewingcompany.com
92) Everybodys Brewing
151 E Jewitt Blvd., White Salmon, WA 98672
P: 509-637-2774 - http://everybodysbrewing.com
93) Heathen Brewing
5612 NE 119th St., Vancouver, WA 98686
P: 360-601-7454 - http://heathenbrewing.com
94) Brothers Cascadia Brewing
9811 NE 15th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98665
P: (360) 718-8927 - https://www.brotherscascadiabrewing.com/
95) Walking Man Brewing
240 1st Street, #3, Stevenson, WA 98648
P: 509-427-5520 - http://www.walkingmanbeer.com/
96) Trap Door Brewing
2315 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98660
P: 360.314.6966 - http://trapdoorbrewing.com/
97) Fortside Brewing Company
2200 NE ANDRESEN, #B, Vancouver, WA 98661
P: (360)524-4692 - http://www.fortsidebrewing.com/
98) Trusty Brewing
114 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98660
P: (360) 258-0413 - http://www.trustybrewing.com
99) Loowit Brewing
507 Columbia Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
P: 360-566-2323 - http://loowitbrewing.com
100) Hopworks Urban Brewery
17707 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98683
P: (360)828-5139 - http://hopworksbeer.com/eat/vancouver/
101) Grains of Wrath Brewing
425 NW Birch Street, Camas, WA 98607
P: 216-269-3010 - https://gowbeer.com/
102) 54-40 Brewing
3801 S. Truman Rd, #1 , Washougal, WA 98671
P: 360-844-5932 - http://54-40brewing.com



MORE WINNERS:

Atwood Ales (production only) - Blaine
Headless Mumby Brewing Company - 232 Division St. NW, Olympia
Manfish Brewing Company - 19611 276th Ave. SE, Issaquah
M├ętier Brewing Company - 14125 NE 189th St., Suite B, Woodinville
Mirage Beer Co. - 656 NW 85th St., Seattle
Northish Beer Company - Tacoma
Puyallup River Brewing (production only) - 120 S. Meridian, Puyallup
Ram Restaurant & Brewery (multiple locations)
Watts Brewing Company (production only) 19813 - 51st Ave SE, Bothell
Willapa Brewing Co. - 556 Mill Creek Road, Raymond