What’s Brewing: 3 new breweries open, more planned

Don’t blink. Don’t look away for even a second, you might miss something. Washington continues to spawn new breweries at an alarming rate. According to our list, there are currently 143 licensed craft breweries in Washington.

It’s time once again to update the list of Washington breweries. Since we last reported in early January, we have three new breweries and eight new applicants to tell you about.

Dreams Realized

Wingman Brewers: We ran into these guys quite some time ago while visiting another local brewery. They enthusiastically told us about their plans to open a brewery in Tacoma’s historic Brewery District. We hear that kind of stuff a lot here at the Washington Beer Blog. We’re very happy when people’s dreams come to life.

Self-described as a small production brewery, Tacoma’s Wingman Brewers is very close to taking flight. Located in downtown Tacoma, the brewery is not planned to be open to the public. Wingman Brewers hopes to start delivering beer sometime in March.

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Ken Thoburn, one of the owners of Wingman Brewers, told the Tacoma News Tribune, “It’s very small batch… we’re starting really small.” Read the TNT’s complete story here.

Jumping in Headfirst

Sound Brewery: Back in December we met the folks from Sound Brewery at the Hale’s Alehouse in Silverdale. They showed us pictures of how the brewery was coming along. They told us about their plans. We were impressed. These guys were not just dipping a toe into the brew kettle. These guys knew exactly what they were doing and they were going all-in.

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Poulsbo’s Sound Brewery has now delivered kegs of its Koperen Ketel Belgian Style Pale Ale to a number of bars in the Puget Sound area. We’ll list them here, but you should check with each bar before making a special trip. Next up, Sound Brewery plans to deliver Bevryder, a Belgian-stlye IPA.

Filling a Void

Soos Creek Brewing: It used to be that when you viewed our map of Washington breweries, there was a noticable lack of activity in the Covington area. Soos Creek Brewing has fixed that problem.

We don’t know a lot about Soos Creek Brewing except their location. At last report, Covington’s first brewery was awaiting final approval on some of the legalities, but they have now successfully cleared one of the most important hurdles: they are licensed by the state as a brewery. The address provided for the license appears to be residential, so we’re assuming it will be a nano-brewery. We won’t publish the actual address until they’ve told us it is okay for us to do so.

More Dreams on the Horizon

In addition to the above, there are a number of breweries currently seeking approval from the state. As we’ve said before, some of these materialize and some of them don’t.

The state is currently considering applications from:

  • Montaine Brewing Company – Sammamish, WA
  • 12 String Brewing Co – Spokane Valley.
  • Mt Tabor Brewing Company – Vancouver, WA
  • Republic Brewing Company – Republic, WA
  • West Highland Brewing – Vancouver, WA
  • Menace Industries – Ferndale, WA
  • Icicle Brewing Company – Leavenworth, WA
  • Olympia Craft Brewing Company – Olympia, WA



6 comments

  1. AWESOME!!! I got to tick 3 more breweries off the list this weekend that I’d never been to before; Epic, Two Beers, and Big Al’s. So I say Bring ‘Em On; the more the merrier!

    @reinheitsgebots

  2. “Don’t blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink. Good Luck. ”

    I knew I recognized that opening line …

  3. Where might a person find this “list” of craft breweries should they be interested in trying to visit them all?

  4. Josh, you can find the list right here on the Washington Beer Blog. Simply click on the Washington Breweries tab at the top of the page. We have a simple alphabetical list with basic contact information and we also have an interactive map which, in most cases, includes a link to each brewery’s website (assuming they have one).

  5. Hi Everyone,
    12 String String Brewing Co is happy to tell you that we are indeed for real. We are looking to be open by mid year 2011. We are currently working on the remodel of our space and various pieces of equipment are starting to arrive. We will have a 7bbl brew system and a taproom located at the brewery. Check out our website http://www.12stringbrewingco.com for more info and to sign up on our mailing list so you can receive updates on our progress.
    Terry Hackler

  6. Went to Icicle Brewing Company in Leavenworth. It was very good. I am excited to continue brewing and hopefully open up a brewery myself

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