Old Schoolhouse Brewing spends a weekend in the big city

We visited the Old Schoolhouse Brewery a couple years ago, shortly after they opened. They had recently purchased the old Winthrop Brewery, closed down in the middle of the busiest time of year for a thorough cleaning and paint job, and reopened a month later as the Old Schoolhouse Brewery. Our conversations with Old Schoolhouse owner Casey Ruud suggested that they didn’t have much interest in conquering the world and were happy to be a quiet little brewpub in a quiet little town.

The riverside deck at Old Schoolhouse Brewing in Winthrop.

Fast-forward a couple of years and Old Schoolhouse is winning prestigious medals, like a Gold Medal at the 2010 North American Brewers Association (NABA) awards. (See the NABA results here.) This weekend Old Schoolhouse is over here on the west side of the mountains. You can sample their beers at a tasting event at the Malt and Vine tonight (Friday) from 5:30 – 7:30. They’ll also be pouring all weekend at the Seattle International Beerfest.

Do they plan to continue making their way out into the larger market. We don’t know, but we’ll find out. The Washington Beer Blog would like to welcome them to town. We look forward to seeing them this afternoon at the SIB.


  1. Fyi, the SIB list says they’ll be serving their Ruud Awakening IPA, an English style IPA clocking in at 7.2%, 50 IBU.

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