Location: Westport, WA
Brewery: Blackbeard Brewing
Reason: HOLY CRAP! Was that a brewery we just passed?
Once and a while you have to fight for justice. And when you encounter an evil pirate such as Blackbeard, it is going to be an epic fight. Blackbeard is a legend for the ages. A man who roamed and pillage the seas in the 17th and 18th centuries, Blackbeard was a pirate not to be messed with. But here we were, Samwise and I, taking on Blackbeard. And damnit, we were going to win. (For more information on Blackbeard, go here, he is an interesting historical character).
Fun part about Blackbeard brewing is that Sam and I were looking for a place to eat around Westport. The place we wanted to go closed early so we had to turn around and drive back into the main part of town. As we did, off to my left I glimpsed a small sign that said “Brewery”. I slam on my breaks to Sam’s bewilderment and turn into the brewery. Once we get in there, it is a cracking and hoppin’ place. We come to find out that it was Blackbeards opening weekend. They only had 1 of their beers on tap, the IPA, which was very good. They also had several guest beers on tap too, including Schooner Exact. From what I learned about Westport is that things close early there, but Blackbeards is open late and the locals seem to love it.
I’d like to try it again, once they have more beers. But if you want something to do in Westport, I suggest going to the beach during the morning, head to Westport Brewing in the evening, go get dinner and then finish the night at Blackbeard. It’ll be a fun night.
Location: Westport, WA
Brewery: Westport Brewing
Reason: We needed a good beer
After sludging through Bog Water we decided to dock at Westport Brewing Company. With my brew dog Lupa and my faithful companion Samwise, we needed a cool refreshing beer. Westport Brewing has the classic brewery look and that is exactly what we needed on our journey. Located just minutes out of “downtown” Westport, Westport brewing offers a wide variety of delicious beers. A must go if you’re in the area.
When we visited Westport Brewing they had about 9 beers on tap. Which is amazing for a microbrewery. Obviously the brewmaster has a lot of talent if he is able to pull off that many beers. What I loved most was the different types of beers. They ran the gambit of refreshing light beers to full bodied dark beers. The beer I really feel in love with was their Kings Tide IPA. Very refreshing beer. I also really enjoyed the Kolsch and Cream Ale, both very refreshing ales on a warm day.
When it comes down to it, I cannot recommend this brewery enough. It is very good, with a very cool brewery feel. When talking to the owners, they were both on the verge of retirement, so who knows how long this brewery may stay around. So visit soon!
Location: Westport, WA
Brewery: Bog Water Brewing
Reason: Visiting the coast. Drinking.
After a stop off at Fish Brewing – Lupa, Samwise and I make our way through the Bog Water to drink from its aptly named beverages.
This was the most difficult brewery to review, since I normally want to be positive. Obviously they work hard and brewers are always proud of their craft. But this brewery…..was just not good. The staff was very unwelcoming, they only had 3 below average beers on tap and well, it just didn’t give a great vibe.
It has some positives though. Looks like they had some great calzones. I didn’t have one, but they did look delicious. They also have “wine” at the brewery. It is Cranberry wine, but that is still wine, right? Also, they have some live music that sounded pretty awesome. That was actually the best part of the entire brewery, the live music.
Thankfully as I write this Bog Water isn’t on any social media, so the odds of them reading this very low. But if you are in the Westport area, I highly suggest skipping Bog Water and going to Westport Brewing or Blackbeard Brewing.
This brewery is the reason why we actually stopped grading breweries. Sorry Bog Water, maybe we’ll try again another time.
The beers they had were a Blonde, Rye IPA and Brown.
Location: Olympia, WA
Brewery: Fish Brewing Company
Reason: On our way to the coast, and Lunch.
In an attempt to get away for memorial day weekend Matt booked us a night in Westport Washington. So early(ish) Saturday morning we packed up the trusty Fiat, the trusty brewdog Lupa, and hit the road. On our way to Westport we passed through our state capitol, Olympia.
Olympia holds a pretty special place in my heart since it is the “hometown” of my best friend. Going to Olympia feels like going back to my second home. I used to know which bars to go to after a bad night of karaoke (the ribeye), and where to go to grab breakfast (the spar). The town has changed a little in the last six or seven years since she moved away, but one place is still there, the best place to grab a beer and a cup of soup.
Fish Brewing is a must stop if you find yourself heading down through Olympia. Not only is the beer solid, the food is outstanding. They also offer a pretty wide variety of organic beers (if that’s your thing). They usually have a good variety of beers on tap, and Fish is a good place to grab a sampler and an even better place to grab lunch.
For beers I would recommend the Beyond the Pale (pale ale), the Vicious Circle (amber), and especially the Wild Salmon Pale Ale. For food, I would HIGHLY recommend the wings (I think Chili lime), or the pulled pork sandwich. If they give you an option of fries or soup, its a good idea to try the soup, neither of us have been disappointed. In a nutshell, Go to Fish, order pretty much anything you want, and enjoy what you get, you won’t regret it.
I’d also like to give Fish a shout out (and some nerd points) for the awesome Hobbit themed beers.
Location: Mukilteo, WA
Brewery: Diamond Knot Brewing Company
Reason: Breakfast… and beer.
Sometimes on a Sunday morning all you want is a nice big breakfast. These breakfasts are often better if they come with the option of having a beer. Diamond Knot is one of the first craft breweries that I became framiliar with. Its a pretty popular spot in the north end and a common pick for many of my friends special occasions. I have met friends there for reunions, for good byes, and for Tuesdays (you know, the important things).
My favorite part of Diamond Knot is the food. You can order a steak there that cooks in front of you on a HOT STONE. I’ll admit, I’ve never ordered this myself but I have been there when someone did, and I think its safe to say that its second only to my Mom’s cooking when I’m sick or sad. The pizzas are worth the trip by themselves and there are tots on the menu. This was the first time I had gone for breakfast and I was not disappointed. If you find yourself there in the morning try the Smothered Carnitas Burrito.
Diamond Knot beer is Diamond Knot beer. Its a fairly distinct flavor and maybe not my first choice on tap at a bar, but kind of a staple. I can always find something that I will like. I find the blonde a very drinkable beer and there are usually a handful of seasonal beers on tap that I want to try while I’m there. This location, right next to the Whidby Island ferry terminal is a must stop on your way over to the island, and worth the trip north just for the pizza and the steak.
Location: Everett, WA
Brewery: Middleton Brewing
Reason: Close to home
After spending the better part of the day touring the north end and sampling local breweries, we decided it was time to drop off the trusty fiat and the trusty brew dog Lupa, and uber ourselves safely to the next location. In the interest of staying somewhat close to home we ended up at a fairly new brewery called Middleton.
This is not the first time that we have gone to Middleton. We’ve stopped by a handful of times in the past year that they have been open. I like it as a casual spot to stop in and grab a beer. I think the staff is friendly and there is usually something on tap for both of us. Middleton is a little more experimental with their beers, they like to blend traditional styles with some funky ingredients.
Personally, I enjoy samplers at Middleton. The beers are maybe a little too experimental to drink all night (maybe not an accident), but I generally like what they are doing well enough that I want to try out their different styles. The beer that stands out the most in my mind when I think of Middleton is the jalapeno pale ale, Mierda Fuego. This is not Matt’s favorite beer, but its always the one that reminds me most of Middleton. If you like pepper beers, you will like this one, if you don’t, maybe stick to the Monkey Butt (tangerine IPA). I personally also enjoy the peanut butter oatmeal stout and the honey blonde ale.
Middleton has several positives that really should be pointed out, they are open late, the staff is very friendly, and they have a super awesome dog that hangs out in the taproom. The taproom is cozy, with plenty of games and food. Its worth stopping in and splitting (or hoarding) a sampler if you find yourself close by.
Location: Everett, WA
Brewery: Justice Brewing
Reason: They were open
After having a wonderful breakfast at Diamond Knot, it was time to hit the trail again. In a world of chaos, death and disorder, it is nice to have a little Justice and that is indeed what we got. Justice Brewing that is.
Justice is located in a back alley of sorts. Not that type of back alley that you’ll get murdered in, but a residential one. Then again, we are in Everett, so who knows. I’m kidding. Everett is wonderful. Justice a cool little brewery with a friendly brewer. Justice isn’t big by any means. It is the definition of craft brewery. It is one guy doing something he loves, making beer.
You can’t get pints there. Although for a dollar you can get a generous taster. So, with a few bucks in hand, Samwise and I were able to taste all his beers on tap, a couple of times. While the brewery didn’t have their flagship on tap (White and Nerdy), they did have the whiter and nerdier, which is a favorite of mine. It is a White IPA that has a great Belgium feel to it and is very drinkable. I also really enjoyed the High Stupidity. It is difficult for me to describe the beer since it doesn’t really fit a style. But it has the look of an amber but a very rich and complex flavor. If you see a bottle of it somewhere, you should give it a try.
What I loved most about Justice was how friendly the brewer/owner Nate was. Since Justice is small, it is by appointment only, but I shot him an email during the week, he replied with the days he was brewing, and let us swing by to try his beers. Everett has a growing beer scene and Justice is absolutely deserving of your attention if you see it around.