Location: Arlington, WA
Brewery: Skookum Brewing
Reason: We needed more beer
After finishing off pints at Whiskey Ridge, we descended down the mountain and worked our way to Skookum. Skookum is a common Chinook Jargon word around Washington. You’ll see rivers, lakes, flats and more importantly breweries with the name Skookum. Skookum has a plethora of meanings, but all of them have a positive meaning. So ladies, if you think a guy is looking strong, work the word ‘skookum’ into it. Fellas, if your buddy just totally hooked up with that girl you can say ‘skookum!’. It’s a truly versatile word. Also, it is a name of a Sasquatch-type monster. Skookum!
As for the brewery. It is one of my favorites. Their Jackass IPA is one of the best IPAs you’ll ever drink. In fact, they have amazing IPAs in general since the Olde Tom is also fantastic. I also suggest the amber, the pale, hell, just go already. You don’t need me to tell you how great it is, just experience it for yourself. They have food too. I didn’t get to try it, but it smelled good.
Although, I do have 2 drawbacks. They are cash only. They do have an ATM but it charges a fee. Lame. Also, absolutely terrible website. Just don’t visit.
Skookum has grown a lot over the years. The first time I went there it was down a gravel road into someones house. Now they are all grown up. Skookum! Oh yeah, 9/10 – a must!