Location: Kent, WA
Reason: new tap room
A few months back Matt and I decided that it was a good day for a beer. While we weren’t on the journey per se, we decided to visit one of the breweries most local to us, Airways. At this time Airways was located in an industrial park close to Ikea in the south Renton/Kent area. While we wee there we struck up a conversation with Alex, the heart and soul of Airways. Not only did we get a little insight into Alex’s passion for beer and airlines, we caught onto an inkling that maybe Airways had something big in their future.
Cut to a few weeks ago…
Matt, his good buddy Mikey, and I decided to head down to Airways new taproom and check out the new digs. Airways not only opened a huge new taproom, but unveiled a new logo with a new typeface without sacrificing the feel of Airways Brewing Company. Airways has always been a balance between the owners passion between brewing great beer and the commercial airline business. The new taproom features the nose of a 747 on the wall and soon to be spiral stairway (also vintage 747).
But lets get to the point, or the beer.
Seatkicker IPA – Northwest IPA (Yes!!)
Skyhag – Maltier IPA (Probably the flagship beer of Airways, and always, always a great choice)
Maylani Coconut Stout – Smooth dark stout with a coconut finish. (because milkshakes are boring without alcohol)
Pre-flight Pilsner – classic pilsner. refreshing (best way to spend that hour delay on the tarmac)
Summer Ale – Brewed with New Zealand hops, wonderful cool crisp beer with a hint of citrus (Its summer, you should)
All in all, you really should check this place out. Its really worth the trip in and of itself. When you go to Airways, you not only get to visit an amazing taproom with great beer, you get to visit the manifestation of someones dream coming to life.
** BONUS REVIEW**
Airways Bistro: So quick note, Airways Bistro is located near Kent Station, it serves both Airways beer, food and wine. The last time that Matt and I were there I turned to him and said, “Anytime I cant think of what I want to eat, I want to eat here.” Its got a great selection of sandwiches and flatbread pizzas, great beer and good wine. Check it out.