Location: Anacortes, WA
Reason: Cause I needed a beer.
As we disembark from the ferry off Orcas Island, one thing remained. Anacortes Brewing. While we have been to Anacortes before, it was a different time. There was no blog, there was no podcast, there was beer though. And that is the reason we went to Anacortes. Beer.
If you like variety, Anacortes Brewing may be the place for you. Constantly keeping dozens and dozens of beer on tap, there will always be something you like. They range from the classics (IPA and Pales) to the little more unknown (CDA and cask), there will ALWAYS be something for you. Sadly, the day Sam and I went up there, I had to drive so I was limited to 1 beer. Be that as it may, I’ve had their beer plenty of times and therefore, I am a trusted expert (Sure, why not!).
The Darkside IPA which is A LOT darker than traditional IPAs has a nice malty body to it with the traditional IPA finish. The Red Ale and Lager are both super traditional (There is a theme here, everything tastes as it should, which is quite refreshing). The pale and IPA are both super drinkable and enjoyable.
I know all of this may sound lame, but Anacortes follows the book when it comes to quality beer. They know how to make a drinkable beer and they do. They experiment a bit, with a CDA and seasonal beers, but if you have a style you like and in the area, you’ll find Anacortes delicious.
Also, I need to give some serious props to their chef. The food there is amazing. They have fresh seafood, to burgers and pizza. This place is meant for everyone to go. So, if you’re in the area, stop by. You’ll like it.