Brewery: Four Generals Brewing
Location: Renton, WA
Reason: Its literally 2 blocks away
Okay, I’m not a military guy. So I have no idea what the title means. But I do know beer, and there is a new brewery opening in Renton.
First off, let me tell you a little bit about Renton. Its home. It has always been home for me (Matt) and a somewhat newer home for others (Sam), and it has been a giant open space for breweries. Sure, it has been home to Strong Arm and Herbert-B-Friendly for years, and while both are awesome stops, they are far from full time tap rooms. If you head to the downtown area of almost any town in Western WA you will find a brewery, for Renton, that is now Four Generals Brewing.
Four Generals isn’t quite open yet. The grand opening is just days away on July 22nd at noon. Their location is 3rd and Wells in DTR (Downtown Renton, for all you non-Renton folks). We’ve been eagerly awaiting the opening for months, watching their updates on Facebook, commenting and liking as we went along. Luckily for me this was how I was able to get to know the owner and brewer Russ (as in, I’ve annoyed the hell out of him). I’ll tell you right now, he is a good guy and a good brewer.
The location is right in DTR. The brewery has a brewery feel to it. And if you frequent enough breweries, you know that feeling. Roll up doors, limited but wonderful outside seating and a small but quaint taproom. Once you walk into the doors, you’ll love the place.
As of the soft opening, they had 4 beers on tap. A sour (Sam is happy), a bitter, an east coast IPA (not too hoppy) and a CDA (cascadian dark ale, love that roasted malt). When talking to Russ he told me their flagship will be their scotch ale (yay!) and they’ll have a gambit of different styles of beer. Four Generals will also be barrel aging several beers, so this brewery is up to some big things. Even though I was only able to try 4 of their beers, I really liked them. I’m not a sour guy, so I’ll leave that up to Sam (she had two). The three other beers: all different, all delicious. If you’re not a hoppy person, the east coast IPA is a damn good beer. Or if you like a little malt and low alcohol (3.5%) their bitter is the way to go. And of course, CDA is a CDA and if you like CDA, drink this CDA. CDA!!!
Come to Renton on Friday and give Four Generals a chance, you will not regret it.