As if heading out to Port Townsend for the annual Strangebrew Festival isn’t enough of an adventure, we like to include at least one other beery stop on our way to or from the event. These are the real easy ones:
Heading across the Narrow’s Bridge? Stop by 7 Seas Brewing in Gig Harbor. The tasting room is open from 12:00-6:00 on Saturday and Sunday. To find 7 Seas, find the Inn at Gig Harbor. From Hwy. 16 take the Olympic Dr. NW exit. Turn left onto Olympic View Dr. (if you are headed towards Strangebrew. Turn right if you are coming from Strangebrew). Take the first right onto Point Fosdick Dr. Follow that road to the Inn at Gig Harbor. Drive right through the Inn’s parking lot to the big water tower and you’re there. 3207 57th ST CT NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Taking the ferry to/from Kingston? Consider planning a visit to the Hood Canal Brewery. From the Kingston ferry terminal, travel about 4 miles west on Highway 104. Where the highway bends hard to the right, stay straight onto Bond Road (Hwy 307). Coming from Strangebrew, a few miles past Port Gamble turn right onto Bond Road. You are there. 26449 Bond Rd NE, Kingston, WA 98346
Taking the ferry to/from Winslow (Bainbridge)? If you haven’t been, you’ll be surprised by the size of the operation at Silver City Brewing’s pub. The large, freestanding pub/restaurant is very easy to find. Just head for the Kitsap Mall, just off Hwy 3 north of Bremerton. Silver City is located across the parking lot from the Kitsap Mall. It is north-east of the mall, near the corner of NW Myhre Rd and Silverdale Way. Stop in, sample a beer and get some food. Saturday 11:00-11:00, Sunday 11:00-9:00. 2799 NW Myher Rd., Silverdale, WA 98383.
Are you even more adventurous? Consider taking Hwy. 101 to or from Strangebrew and include a trip through Shelton to visit Grove Street Brewing, one of Washington’s newer breweries. They are located in the heart of downtown Shelton, right along the highway, at the corner of Grove Street and First Street. 233 S. First St. Shelton, WA. Saturday open from 2:00-10:00, Sunday 2:00-8:00.
And while you’re there… No trip to Port Townsend would be complete without a visit to Port Townsend Brewing. As you come into town, and you come down the hill, you will see a bunch of boats (a shipyard) on the right. It’s across from the Safeway. Turn right at the light. You’re there. Only open Saturday, noon – 7:00. 330 10th Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368.