Out-of-State Breweries Still Setting Their Sights on Seattle

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Last week I shared the news that Russian River Brewing opted to withdraw from the Washington beer marketplace. Understandably, many people were disappointed to hear the news. Well, you win some and you lose some. In the wake of last week’s bad news, I want to share a bit of information about some  of the breweries recently added to “the list,” including one brewery that you may remember from a story that attracted a lot of attention last year.

The point? Regardless of Russian River’s business decision, other out-of-state breweries are still clamoring to sell beer in Washington. Particularly in the Seattle area where we consume a larger percentage of craft beer than any city in the country (except Portland, OR).

First, a quick reminder of the rules. In order for an out-of-state brewery to sell beer in Washington, they must hold a Beer Certificate of Approval (Beer COA), which is issued by the Washington State Liquor Control Board. You should think of it as “the list.” If a brewery is not on the list, they cannot legally sell beer in Washington. Any out-of-state brewery is welcome to apply for a Beer COA. A brewery may hold a Beer COA and still not distribute beer to Washington; it simply means that they legally can distribute beer in Washington. For some breweries, getting on the list may be a matter of course – covering all bases in case they ever decided to come to Washington. As I understand it, a brewery’s status on the list must be updated annually (pay the licensing fee).

Here are some names that recently appeared on the Liquor Control Board’s list of Beer COA holders. My only point is to make it clear that breweries are still headed to Washington to peddle their wares.

Coronado Brewing – This is what prompted me to publish this post. Coronado Brewing, which hails from the San Diego area, was in the local news last year. I won’t go into detail here, but will refer you to that story.  Brouwer’s Cafe will welcome Coronado Brewing to Seattle with an event on Wednesday, January 23rd (details). Coronado Brewing is perhaps best known for its IPAs – Idiot IPA, Islander IPA, and Frog’s Breath IPA.

Saint Arnold Brewing – This Houston brewery claims to be Texas’ oldest craft brewery. Who am I to argue? They are now on the list. I have never sampled the beers, but I’ve heard good things. Saint Arnold is the patron saint of brewers according to the Catholic Church. Read about Saint Arnold – the saint – here. I have no idea about their plans, but I have asked and will share what I learn.

Alesmith Brewing – Another brewery from the San Diego area. Alesmith has been shipping beer to Washington for a couple months now. Alesmith Speedway Stout is one of my favorite beers in the world. Yep. You heard that right. I actually gave you an opinion.

Huebert Brewing – This Oklahoma City brewery claims to be Oklahoma’s oldest craft brewery. Who am I to argue.  I don’t think any of its beer has made it across the border yet, but they are on the list.

Ballast Point Brewing – They were on the list, the beer never showed up, and now they are off the list. This is a very popular San Diego brewery and we looked forward to welcoming them to the market. Maybe someday. The Seattle beer market would completely freak out for the Sculpin IPA.

Below is the complete list of out-of-state breweries currently holding a Beer COA and therefore eligible to sell beer in Washington. The list is dynamic and changes regularly. The information below is fresh from the LCB and may be different than the list I published last week.

  • 10 BARREL BREWING COMPANY
  • 21ST AMENDMENT
  • ABITA BREWING COMPANY LLC
  • ALAMEDA BREWING
  • ALASKAN BREWING CO.
  • ALESMITH BREWING COMPANY
  • ALLAGASH BREWING COMPANY
  • AMERICAL BEVERAGE GROUP
  • ANCHOR BREWING COMPANY
  • ANDERSON VALLEY BREWING COMPANY
  • ANHEUSER BUSCH
  • AVERY BREWING COMPANY
  • BACARDI U.S.A.
  • BASE CAMP BREWING COMPANY
  • BAYERN BREWING
  • BAYFRONT BREWERY
  • BAYHAWK ALES
  • BEAR REPUBLIC BREWING COMPANY
  • BEER VALLEY BREWING COMPANY, LLC
  • BIG SKY BREWING COMPANY
  • BITTER ROOT BREWING
  • BLACK DIAMOND BREWING COMPANY
  • BONEYARD BEER
  • BOULDER BEER CO
  • BOULEVARD BREWING COMPANY
  • BRIDGEPORT BREWING COMPANY
  • BURNSIDE BREWING CO.
  • CALDERA BREWING COMPANY
  • CAMO BREWING CO., INC.
  • CAPTURED BY PORCHES BREWING COMPANY
  • CASCADE BREWING COMPANY LLC
  • CASCADE LAKES BREWING CO
  • CHICAGO AMERICA HOLDING
  • COALITION BREWING COMPANY
  • COLD SPRING BREWING CO.
  • CORONADO BREWING COMPANY
  • DESCHUTES BREWERY
  • DIAGEO – GUINNESS USA
  • DOGFISH HEAD CRAFT BREWERY
  • DOUBLE MOUNTAIN BREWERY & TAPROOM
  • DRAGONS GATE BREWERY
  • DUVEL MOORTGAT USA
  • E & J GALLO WINERY
  • EEL RIVER BREWING CO
  • ELYSIAN BREWING COMPANY
  • FEARLESS BREWING COMPANY
  • FIRE MOUNTAIN BREWERY
  • FIRESTONE WALKER BREWING CO.
  • FIVE STAR BREWING CO INC
  • FORT GEORGE BREWERY
  • FULL SAIL BREWING COMPANY
  • GIGANTIC BREWING COMPANY
  • GLACIER BREWHOUSE
  • GOODLIFE BREWING COMPANY
  • GOOSE ISLAND BEER COMPANY
  • GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY RESTAURANT
  • GORDON BIERSCH BREWING COMPANY
  • GRAND TETON BREWING COMPANY
  • GREAT DIVIDE BREWING CO INC
  • GREEN FLASH BREWING CO
  • HAIR OF THE DOG BREWING COMPANY
  • HARVEST MOON BREWING
  • HARVESTER BREWING
  • HIGH FALLS OPERTING CO.
  • HOOK & LADDER BREWING COMPANY
  • HOPWORKS URBAN BREWERY
  • HUEBERT BREWING CO.
  • JACK DANIELS BEVERAGE COMPANY
  • JACOB LEINENKUGEL BREWING
  • JOSEPH JAMES BREWING CO.
  • KELLS BREWPUB
  • KONA BREWERY
  • KOOTENAI RIVER BREWING COMPANY
  • LAKEFRONT BREWERY INC
  • LAUGHING DOG BREWING
  • LAURELWOOD BREWING CO.
  • LEFT COAST BREWING CO
  • LEFT HAND BREWING COMPANY
  • LOGSDON FARMHOUSE ALES
  • LOMPOC BREWING
  • LOST COAST BREWERY & CAFE
  • MAD RIVER BREWING COMPANY
  • MARK ANTHONY BRANDS
  • MAUI BREWING CO.
  • MCMENAMINS EDGEFIELD BREWERY
  • MENDOCINO BREWING COMPANY
  • MIDNIGHT SUN BREWING COMPANY
  • MILLENNIUM PRODUCTS
  • MILLERCOORS
  • MINHAS CRAFT BREWERY
  • MJ BARLEYHOPPERS BREWERY/SPORTS PUB
  • MOYLANS BREWING CO.
  • MT SHASTA BREWING COMPANY
  • NEW BELGIUM
  • NINKASI BREWING COMPANY
  • NORTH COAST BREWING CO.
  • OAKSHIRE BREWING
  • OCCIDENTAL BREWING CO
  • OSKAR BLUES BREWERY
  • PABST BREWING
  • PALE HORSE BREWING COMPANY
  • PELICAN PUB & BREWERY
  • PERNOD RICARD USA
  • PHAT MATTS BREWING CO.
  • PHUSION PROJECTS
  • PIGS EYE BREWING COMPANY
  • PITTSBURGH BREWING COMPNAY
  • PORT BREWING
  • PUGSLEY BREWING
  • PYRAMID BREWERIES INC.
  • ROGUE BREWERY & PUBLIC HOUSE
  • RUSSIAN RIVER BREWING COMPANY
  • SAINT ARNOLD BREWING COMPANY
  • SEVEN BRIDES BREWING
  • SHIPYARD BREWING COMPANY
  • SHMALTZ ENTERPRISES
  • SIERRA NEVADA BREWING COMPANY
  • SILVER MOON BREWING
  • SOUTHERN OREGON BREWING COMPANY
  • SOUTHERN TIER BREWING COMPANY
  • SPEAKEASY ALES & LAGERS
  • SPOETZL BREWERY
  • STONE BREWING CO
  • TERMINAL GRAVITY BREWING
  • THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY
  • THE BRUERY
  • THE COMMONS BREWERY
  • THE GAMBRINUS COMPANY
  • THE LAGUNITAS BREWING COMPANY
  • TRUMER BRAUEREI
  • UINTA BREWING COMPANY
  • UNCOMMON BREWERS
  • UNITED BRANDS COMPANY INC
  • UNITED STATES BEVERAGE
  • UNITY VIBRATION LIVING KOMBUCHA TEA
  • UPRIGHT BREWING COMPANY
  • VICTORY BREWING COMPANY
  • WALKABOUT BREWING COMPANY
  • WALLACE BREWING
  • WIDMER BROTHERS BREWING CO.
  • WINERY EXCHANGE

 

10 Responses to Out-of-State Breweries Still Setting Their Sights on Seattle
  1. Brock Wagner
    January 9, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    Sorry to say that Saint Arnold is not coming to Washington except for Pumpkinator’s visit to the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival.

  2. Kendall Jones
    January 9, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    Thanks for chiming in, Brock. Maybe that means we should come to you sometime.

  3. Justin Hanney
    January 9, 2013 | 12:36 pm

    As a former Houston resident, I’m sad to not see St. Arnold.

    Reading this article and previous about Russian River, I’m curious to know what are the key points that a brewery desires in distribution laws? We hear that this state is worse than this state but what is the actual way to measure one state versus another. If you listed out say the top dozen requirements for a “good state”, what are they?

  4. Rob Kochman
    January 9, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    I live in Woodinville now, but have visited St. Arnold’s at least a half dozen times on trips back to Houston. It’s not to be missed if you’re in the area.

  5. Hutch
    January 9, 2013 | 2:35 pm

    Im my former life as a drunken sailor I got to visit the tasting room at the Bacardi distillery many times. I don’t remember anything that resembled a beer. What are they importing? Same with Jack Daniels.

  6. Dermaus
    January 9, 2013 | 2:55 pm

    There’s only one of these new breweries I wouldn’t welcome to WA. Coronado can kiss my ass. And Brouwer’s moves down a notch in my book for hosting them.

  7. jason weiss
    January 9, 2013 | 3:55 pm

    Hopefully this isn’t a double post. Not sure where I first one vanished too.

    I believe Dermaus is referring to the fact that Coronado Brewing with their Idiot IPA forced the Elysian to change the name of their Idiot Sauvin IPA. Something worth remembering if you go to their tasting.

  8. jason weiss
    January 9, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    Suppose I should have clicked the “that story” link first. Here I was all proud of myself for remembering the story. Oh well.

  9. Fremont Brewing
    January 11, 2013 | 11:07 am

    Although St. Arnold is selfishly keeping their fine beer from us here in the PNW, you can always ask me how good it is (very, very good) as I’ve enjoyed St. Arnold for 15 years now…and the brewery is one of Fremont’s partners in the Homefront IPA project.

  10. Aleforme
    January 11, 2013 | 2:10 pm

    Dang it! I got all excited about St. Arnold just to be let down!!!

    I moved here from Houston in June 2011 and have been sorely missing St. Arnolds. I had my 40th B-Day at the Brewery and have been many times.

    Oh well, back to packing it in my suitcase coming back from trips to Houston.