WA Beer Open House Feb 25 2012

Washington Beer Open House – Details from Breweries

NOTE: I am updating his post as more information comes in. Also, keep an eye on the Comments as breweries chime in.

This Saturday, February 25th, the Washington Beer Commission presents Washington Beer Open House.  Knowing that people want details, I have scoured the web, searched the inbox and done my best to discover what each brewery is planning for Open House. Below I share what I learned from websites, newsletters, Facebook and Twitter.

THIS IS NOT the complete list of breweries involved. This is just a list of breweries that announced what they have planned. It is a list of what I was able to discover. For the complete list of participating breweries, see the official Open House website. For advice and suggested itineraries, see our previous post.

ATTENTION BREWERIES: Use the Comments section below to leave any information about your Open House plans.

Breweries arranged alphabetically. Again, this is not the complete list of participating breweries.

7 Seas Brewing
Brewmaster Travis will be guiding a brewery tour @ 4pm. We will sample a few stashed away aged brews. We’ll have a little fun too…

American Brewing
American Brewing Company releases Skip’s newest brew…a SCOTCH ALE! “A smooth, malty sweet treat! A beautiful, clear, coppery red color.  You will enjoy the rich mouthfeel of this ale which allows the malty flavors to linger on your tongue.  A subtle hint of the Peat Malt and Roasted Barley add some deeper complexities to its flavor.  The overall hop characters are very low, which highlights its malty sweetness.” ABV: 6.0%, IBU:32.
NEW MERCHANDISE…going on sale this Saturday!  Be the first to buy the American Brewing Company black, pullover hoodie sweatshirt  $40.00.

Big Time Brewery
Big Time Tours and Cask Conditioned Icculus IPA. 12-2pm. Remember, only until 2:00.

Birdsview Brewing
Brewmaster Bill will be on hand giving tours and answering questions. Come on by and check us out!!

Black Raven Brewing
Special beers on tap and brewery tours. Including a 2011 Old Birdbrain Barleywine Preview. Our 2009 and 2010 vintages both won first place in 2011 and 2012 at the Great Alaskan Barleywine Festival.

Boundary Bay Brewery
Our Head Brewer, Aaron Jacob Smith, will be here to provide tours and stories for guests. We will provide snacks and will have a jockey box downstairs pouring some special beers! Imperial IPA will be on tap and will be available in 22oz bottles at the brewery only until they sell out (limit per person). And we are bringing back the Imperial IPA hoodie!

Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen
We will be hosting an open house in the brewery with the brewers. Learn about Chuckanut’s hi tec computer system, our green sustainable practices, and taste some Keller Bier straight from the fermentation tanks (over 21yrs old).

Diamond Knot Brewing
We are opening up our Productions Brewery for the WA Beer Open House. Join us this Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 from 12-8pm, for tours, beer, free food (while it lasts) and a special cask beer, made specifically for the event.

Elliott Bay Brewing
Showing off their digs on Lake City Way and pouring unique beers (and more).

Epic Ales
Washington Open House: Oyster-madness! Enough said.

Hilliards Beer
Brewhouse tours on the hour and amber-boiled brats from Snout & Co.

McMenamins Six Arms
Stop in and say hello to Six Arm’s own Kyle Jungck who will pour you some fine samples and show you the innermost secrets of this small but mighty brewery. Also note that from 12 noon until 5pm at Six Arms you can purchase an empty McMenamins logo growler for $2.00. This is a one day deal, and you must fill your $2.00 growler up with any Six Arms beer that day to get the deal!

Kyle’s featured ale: Juniper Infused Firkin of Hammerhead
This rich chestnut colored gem is a model of harmony between hops and malted barley. Hammerhead’s signature Cascade hop nose and intense hopped flavor blend nicely with the caramel tones from the crystal malt. This special firkin has been cask-conditioned and dosed with Juniper Berries.
OG: 1.056
TG: 1.010
ABV: 5.93%
Malts: Great Western Two Row, Great Western C75
Hops: Cascade
Special Adjuncts: Juniper Berries

McMenamins Mill Creek
Stop in and say hello to Mill Creek’s own Tannar Brewer (yes that is his real name) who will pour you some fine samples and show you the innermost secrets of his brewery. Also note that from 12 noon until 5pm at Mill Creek you can purchase an empty McMenamins logo growler for $2.00. This is a one day deal, and you must fill your $2.00 growler up with any Mill Creek beer that day to get the deal!

Tannar’s featured ale: Martian Pepper Ale.
In the tradition of Ancient Martian ales, relying on hot seeded green peppers instead of hops for their preservative qualities, this ale celebrates the original migration of brewers from our red neighbor in the year 85,432 b.c.e. by blending an English-style pale with the proto-alien original. Or, it’s an english style pale ‘dry-hoppped’ with de-seeded Jalapeno and Serano fillets, imparting a fresh pepper flavor with an extremely mild degree of heat and with out the sharp spiciness that one might expect. Frankly, in all the confusion, I kinda lost track.
OG: 1.056
TG: 1.010
ABV: 5.93%
Malts: Great Western Two Row, Great Western C75
Hops: Cascade
Special Adjuncts: Jalapeno, Serano peppers

Mt. Tabor Brewing
Open from 11-3 for samplings, beer geekery and good times.

Redhook Ale Brewery
Join us at the Forecasters Pub for beer sampling, brewery touring, and meet and greets with the brewers!

Schooner Exact Brewing
We have finalized our plans for the upcoming open-house… brewery tours with barrel tastings from our sour program and in the tasting room flights of ’09, ’10 and ’11 Woodsman with a Bourbon-Barrel aged Imperial Porter sidecar for $10.

Silver City Brewery
The brewery in Bremerton will host tours on the hour (1, 2, 3, and 4:00). 12 ounce pours available for purchase. Screaming deals on bottled beer.

Snipes Mountain Brewing
We will be releasing Golden Ale, a Belgian-style golden strong
Our first run of Prairie Oysters will be premiering as the appetizer feature
The brewer will be on site from 11-4 to provide tours and answer any
questions. 2006 Vintage Stout will be on tap.

Two Beers Brewing
We will have Infused Panorama Wheat, Infused Crooked Belgian Wit, a special keg of Evo IPA and the very very last cask of Jive Espresso Stout will be on the bar.

White Bluffs Brewing
Cajun food, new beers and more. We’ll be serving Cajun themed foods in celebration of Mardi Gras, so come hungry!

Yakima Craft Brewing
Offering $1 off pints and an opportunity to yap with the brewers in the brewery.


  1. Anyone have any idea if I can sneak my 5-year old into the Elliot Bay open house in Lake City?

    He and I have been watching the transformation, and he is very interested!

  2. We will have brewery tours at Maritime Pacific every hour starting at 12:15. We will also have some tasty samples from our super secret stash served in the brewery. See you Saturday.

  3. We will be open 12PM-5PM for grower fills and we just got some Wingman branded growlers in. This week we’ve got a special going for WA Beer Open House. $10 cash money gets you a growler and a fill.

    On tap we will have:
    Ace IPA
    P-51 Porter
    Stratofortress Belgian Specialty Ale*
    Wingman/Airways Collaboration Rye Stout

    *A growler and fill of Stratofortress will cost $18

  4. We will be doing brewery tours all afternoon. We also will have a limited amount of Roundabout Confusion on tap in the taproom. This was our very first brew and has a very loyal following already. We won’t brew it again till next fall. (Twelve String Brewing. Spokane Falls, WA)

  5. I asked Snoqualmie what they were doing:
    “Snoqualmie Falls Brewing: Our cellarmaster will be on hand during the specified hours to give tours and answer questions.”

  6. We’re open noon-9:00pm today and would be happy to give tours. Every beer (12 of them) is on tap including Monk’s Indiscretion, Humulo Nimbus, Tripel and Dubbel Entendre, and even the 10% Belgian Stout, Ursus Spelaeus. Homemade ginger ale, and kids are welcome.

  7. Hoppy the Woodsman has always been a favorite, but that Bourbon-Aged Porter at Schooner exact is even better – pretty fun to taste through the flight. The sours were pretty interesting as well – really looking forward to the final product of the brown based, cherry infused sour…pretty darn good already. I’m getting thirsty…

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