New Breweries and More

By my reckoning there are now more than 170 breweries in Washington. I just added a few new breweries to the list, removed some dead weight, and cleaned a few things up (name changes and such). Some of the breweries I mention below are not exactly brand new, but I haven’t really talked about them here on the blog so that makes them new enough. Some of the stuff I mention below is not exactly breaking news. Again, it probably will be news to most people.

You might be wondering exactly how I do my reckoning, so I will explain. The state publishes a list of licensed breweries. Unless I can prove that a brewery is NOT brewing beer, they are on my list. Admittedly, my list includes some very small breweries and some breweries that only brew on occasion. They are licensed, and as far as I can tell, they do make beer. This is far from an exact science. How ever you do your counting, the number changes on a regular basis.

Of course you may disagree with the way I count breweries. That’s fine. Like I said, it’s not an exact science. I do not claim that my number is the “official” number. Whatever that means. And I may have missed something. Feel free to leave comments and tell us what you know.

Updates to our listing include the removal of Slip Point Brewing (Clallam), Olde World Brewing (Langley) and Xela Brewing (Chehalis).

Reuben’s Brews is now on the list. I have followed the progress of Reuben’s Brews ever since brewer/owner Adam Robbings won the People’s Choice Award (as a home brewer) at the PNA Winter Beer Taste in 2010. The victory helped fuel a desire to go pro. They are putting the finishing touches on the brewery and tasting room and are now successfully brewing beer. They plan to open to the public on August 5. Given the location in Ballard, and the level of anticipation, I am guessing that the grand opening event will be very well attended.

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Bainbridge Island Brewing Company is now open for business. We missed the grand opening last month but we stopped by recently and can report that it is excellent. The brewery and the taproom are beautiful. As the pictures prove. Russell Everett (brewer/owner) is already pumping out some seriously tasty beer. As far as we can tell, his brewery has already been fully embraced by the locals.

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If you want to drink beer brewed by St Helens Brewing Company, you will probably have to visit Toledo, WA. I am sure that many of you did not even know that Washington had a Toledo. I’m guessing Harry’s Place in Toledo would be a good spot to drink St Helens’ beer. According to their blog, St Helens Brewing is selling beer at Camas Produce in Camas, WA.

The aptly named Backwoods Brewing is now on the list. The town of Carson is between White Salmon (Everybody’s Brewing) and Stevenson (Walking Man Brewing) on the Washington side of the Columbia River. I know that Carson is a very small town and I know that they have a spa with geothermal hot springs. Other than that, I don’t know much about Carson except that they now have a brewery. According to the Backwoods Brewing Facebook page, the company will soon announce its grand opening.

Duvall Springs Brewery is now on the list. Sunday, July 22, the Duvall Tap and Grill blew through five kegs of the company’s beer in just six hours. Keep an eye on the Duvall Springs Brewery Facebook page to see what this new nano-brewery is doing.

Bluebird Microcreamery is now Bluebird Microcreamery and Brewery. The company’s Greenwood Avenue location now includes a brewery. Beer and ice cream. Yum!

Washington’s City of Angels

Good things are happening in Port Angeles when it comes to beer.

Twin Peaks Brewing and Malting Company is a new brewery on the outskirts of Port Angeles. The same person who owns Peaks Pub, which is a brewpub in downtown Port Angeles, owns Twin Peaks—the likable, enigmatic, and gregarious Ed Smith. (Ed is simply awesome.) At the pub, Ed was brewing on a two-barrel system that was largely home-fashioned. He has upped the ante and now has a much larger, commercial brewery. Ed is not exactly a digital sort of fella, so don’t expect to learn too much about Twin Peaks Brewing or Peaks Pub online.

Barhop Brewing has a new tasting room in downtown Port Angeles. Well, okay, we admit that it has been open for a year, but it’s new to us. Kim (Mrs. Beerblog) was just there for the first time the other day. This brewery is joined at the hip with Port Angeles’ Harbinger Winery. The brewery is located at the winery outside of town and the tasting room is located downtown. Barhop poured at this year’s Bremerton Summer Brewfest, by the way.

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Dungeness Brewing is in the works and very near opening. This will be a production-only brewery in Port Angeles. We will keep you posted as their plan progresses.

What’s in a Name?

In case you have not heard, Trade Route brewing has changed its name to Northwest Brewing. The brewery previously known as “the brewery formerly known as Laughing Buddha” is now the brewery formerly known as Trade Route Brewing.  Confused?  Don’t be. It is simple if you skip the details. The short version: Trade Route Brewing is now Northwest Brewing.

Not too different, Northern Lights Brewing changed its name to No-Li Brewhouse. As we reported in April, the name change comes with a new partnership and a desire to achieve wider distribution for the Spokane brewery’s beer.

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  1. Great news! Thank you for the update on small breweries. They make a community better. And nothing is more American than a local brew house.

  2. Thanks for the info., I absolutely LOVE your website! I have visited a very large majority of Washington’s microbreweries. This includes MANY that are no longer in operation.

    Throughout my recent travels, I can report with certainty, two closings that are currently on your list. They are; Olde World Brewing in Langley, and Slip Point Brewing in Clallam Bay. I visited Olde World close to a year ago. At that time, they had just very recently closed. This was also confirmed by a neighboring shop owner.

    Regarding Slip Point, I drove all the way out there to learn that they are no longer in operation. This was about 5 months ago. Slip Point was a nano in a private home. No one answered when I knocked (it was a Friday). However, the next-door neighbor said that he had moved “about a year ago,” and the brewery ceased operating at that time.

    I also have a strong suspicion that Grey Parrot in Long Beach is also closed. I drove through Long Beach a couple summers ago, looking for the brewery. I could not find it, and was in a hurry. I stopped and asked at a tourist office and was told that they were closed. I could not confirm this. Their listed phone number no longer works.


  3. I had some time on the way to Skookum so stopped by Steffan’s Aldergrove Brewing in Tulalip in the middle of May. Was quite a challenge to find but when I got there it seemed abandoned; tall grass growing in front, old kegs kind of strewn about.

    The building is in a field off a small road. I asked a local guy walking with some kids for directions; he knew the place and said the made “some great homebrew” in the past but didn’t know what was going on with them now. Hope they come back to life!

  4. While Barhop Brewing already appears in the Washington Beer mobile app for iPhone, Bainbridge is still missing, as are a couple others (Columbia Valley Brewing in Wenatchee). Who should we email when we find omissions in the mobile app?

  5. Bainbridge brewing is fantastic!! The brewmaster was super friendly and answered all the questions we had. If you get a chance to go out there there’s a great opportunity for a mini Kitsap tour. Bainbridge, Sound, Valholl and the one I couldn’t recommend more: Slippery Pig.

  6. In reply to Will, a great opportunity for a mini-Kitsap tour came this past weekend, at the Bremerton Summer Beer Festival July 21. Bainbridge was there, and they are indeed fantastic! Slippery Pig had a dandelion ale on offer. Breweries from all over came out, but I made a mini-festival out of Kitsap and Olympic Peninsula brewers.

  7. Really enjoy your blog site. Want to post an opinion. Is anyone else tired of the same old breweries in Wa State? I love that the craft beer industry is taking off here but it seems like everyone is doing the same thing. Is anyone else bored of this? Where is Washington’s Russian River, Ommegang, Avery, Allagash, Cascade, etc.? We are prime for such breweries ourselves. Thats what I am waiting for.

  8. Ian,
    While I agree with your enthusiasm for the fine beers from Russian River, Avery, etc., I have to disagree with you that “everyone is doing the same thing.” 1. Have you ever been to Belgianfest, Winterfest, Elysian, Pike, Naked City, Two Beers, Hilliards, or tried any of our barrel releases? The diversity and depth of beer from this small sample of breweries is outstanding AND all in one state 2. The breweries you reference are all 15+ years old (Ommagang is considerably older :).
    Please don’t fall into the trap that to be “good” beer has to be on someone’s ISO list or you have to wait in line to buy it. WA breweries are laid back…and diverse in their offerings.

  9. Great blog! I’ve been a fan of North West beers since the early 80’s when I discovered the wonderfully complex Grant’s Scottish Ale at the original Grant’s brew pub. I disagree with Ian, also. I’ve never tired of trying new things from a wide range of not only North West brewers, but Washington specifically. Ever tried Yakima Craft Brewing? Good Monkey, Bad Monkey, Earl, 1982? All good stuff that no one else is doing. Iron Horse in Ellensburg puts out some tasty, diverse brews as well. Cheers!

  10. Just got word Slaughter County in Port Orchard got their TTB and plan soft opening for the brewpub this weekend, grand opening 8/24

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