Location: Orcas Island, WA
Brewery: Island Hoppin
Reason: Island Time
So, quick note here in the beginning. Matt and I have been trying to go in order of the breweries we’ve visited since deciding to start the blog, unfortunately we have fallen VERY far behind. Scrolling six months back in our untapped was starting to get a little cumbersome, so we have decided to make it a little easier on ourselves and just go out of order. The good news for you, dear reader, is that we can review the breweries while they are a little fresher in our minds. So this entry comes to you exactly three days after our visit to Island Hoppin Brewing.
The weather in Seattle (or Renton, whatever) has finally sprung. Trees are blooming, the sky is blue, its still a little chilly but after a very vitamin D deficient few months, we are all out and about trying to soak up as much sun as we can. In an effort to explore the state and drink good beer we decided to celebrate the changing weather with a trip to Orcas Island. So we woke up dark and early last Saturday morning and took off to catch a ferry.
After some breakfast and sightseeing it was time to get down to business, and that business would be beer. Island Hoppin Brewing is located just outside of the downtown Eastsound. They had seven of their own beers on tap, and one guest tap for cider (for that guy). Matt and I split a sampler of the lucky seven and agreed that the standouts were the Elwha Rock IPA, K Pod Kolsh, and the Doe Bay ISA. The IPA was my personal favorite. I was a tad disappointed see that they were missing the Pale and the Brown ale as these rotate periodically, but you can’t really complain about a brewery with seven unique beers on tap.
The tap room itself is on the cozy side, but the outdoor area is wonderful on a sunny day. There are the standard brewery games available (I’m still beating Matt in connect 4) and ping pong if you have that kind of hand eye coordination. We found ourselves back at Island Hoppin later on Sunday when we were needing to kill some time before our ferry home. Its a comfortable place with VERY friendly people that I look forward to coming back to the next time I’m out on the island.