Reason: Weekend in Bremerton, needed a beer on the way home.
After weeks apart, our brave WABL journeymen came together to brave a new terrain. Samwise and I loaded up the war wagon (Fiat) for a long mission (overnight). Upon our journey home, we had to stop for sustenance. We found ourselves peering over a vast ocean, an ocean of beer.
Wet Coast is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries in this great state of Washington. It may not get the publicity of a Fremont or Cloudburst, but the beer is equal if not better. In a strip mall off of highway 16, the brewery is has a classic feel that you come to expect. Operating on a 3.5 barrel system, Wet Coast is able to keep 8 beers plus a cider on tap at all times. When our journey took us near this brewery, I knew it was a must stop.
If you can get there now, I highly suggest their triple IPA. When you think of IPAs, especially triples, you think hoppy and boozy. But, this triple has a sweet finish that can be incredibly dangerous. If you’re looking for that stronger IPA flavor, they have an imperial IPA for you. If you are looking for something on the lighter side, the Pale, Cream, and IPA will all satisfy.
There are very few breweries I can recommend more that Wet Coast. Child friendly, cool swag and a friendly vibe should be a reason alone, but the beer is easily one of the top 10 in Washington.
Last weekend Matt and I woke up on Sunday morning with an unusual problem for us, we had absolutely no plans at all. We decided to take advantage of the opportunity and drive somewhere we had never been before, so we took a scenic (actually it was absolutely beautiful, it had snowed) drive out into logging country past Arlington. After exploring a bit up there we decided it was time to start heading back in the general direction of home; but before we went home we had a long overdue stop to make.
Back in May 2015, on one of the first official WABL Journeys, Matt and I were touring breweries out in the Granite Falls/Marysville area, on a suggestion from another brewer we visited nano brewery At Large. Running out of the owners garage, they only offered samples and growler fills, impressed with what they had to offer we left that day with two growlers filled with the Bonnie session IPA and the Clyde IPA. We shared the growlers with friends and watched owners James and Karen gain popularity over the next year at festivals.
At Large opened the doors to their own taproom in April 2016, and its a hell of a taproom. Its a nice open space with room to grow, and a great location on a nice day. Down by the water in Everett At Large is just what that area needs, mostly because of the beer list. At Large specializes in IPAs, and they specialize well.
I tried the Hitting on All 6 IPA and the At Large IPA. Hitting on All 6 is a bold and hoppy IPA that has been dry hopped with citra and mosaic hops for a fruity finish. The At Large IPA has a wonderful citrus finish that is bright and refreshing. Matt tried the Lawn Job then went to a classic, the Clyde, to finish. Matt’s not home right now, but based on his untapped, he was clearly impressed with the Lawn Job Cream Ale, and I already know he thinks highly of the Clyde.
This was a fun one for us, its exciting to watch a brewery grow from a dream to a reality. They are At Large and they are definitely wanted by this beer lover. (heyo!)