After being tipped off about the existence of a new addition to the Ballard neighborhood’s burgeoning list of breweries in a comment on the Stoup Brewery review we posted about a month ago, Janette and I finally had opportunity to check out Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. last night. We don’t get over to this part of Seattle nearly often enough, so it was quite fortunate that we had a housewarming party to attend earlier in the evening that brought us within a couple miles of their location. There weren’t any official Seattle Beer Week events in the area, either, so it was definitely the right time to visit.
We headed out to Buckley to the Elk Head Brewing Company last weekend, as one our friends recommended the Elk Head Brewery as a must-visit. As I understand it, they’ve been brewing since the early ’90’s, and have been in their location for 10 years.
The brewery is located in an industrial park off of Highway 410. The Yelp directions told us to turn off the highway, but you should stay on the highway until you come to the address. It’s a little hard to find, but worth the search.
As you walk inside, you’re greeted by an amazing collection of growlers suspended from the ceiling, and of course, the beer taps (cue a light shining down and an angel chorus singing “Ahhhhhhh!”).
Tucked into a neighborhood in Ballard is Stoup Brewing, a small brewery and tasting room. We visited it on a recent sunny weekend.
In the 6 months or so it’s been open, it looks to have turned into a neighborhood hangout. The tasting room was packed with young people, old people, dogs, kids; there was even a child’s birthday party going on. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves (with the exception of a small disagreement between two dogs with very apologetic owners).
The sun was out, and the doors were opened up to take advantage of the warm weather. They have a rotating food truck out on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
One of the breweries we visited on our January trip to California was completely unknown and new to us. We only knew of The Bruery as the place we might be able to try a brew named “Chocolate Rain”, an 18+% ABV beast of an Imperial/Double Stout that I spotted on Untappd a couple days earlier. Despite our ignorance of it, The Bruery is apparently a Really Big Deal in some beer circles.
We had spent the whole day driving south from Weed, OR, when we pulled up to their location in Placentia, CA. I’m not sure if it was some kind of omen, or if all of Southern California looks like this at dusk, but pulling up to The Bruery felt like we would soon be livin’ it up at the Hotel California.
Machine House Brewery is located in historic Georgetown, right off of Airport Way, in Seattle. They’re located in the former home of the Seattle Brewing & Malting Company. The brick building, a Seattle landmark, was built in 1901 and formerly housed Rainier in the first part of the 20th century.
There’s a bit of construction in the neighborhood at the moment, but the signs out front should show you the way. They’re currently open Wednesday – Sunday. Kids are welcome.
Inside, it’s a large open space with a plenty of seating. There’s a couch and some small tables on one side, and a few big tables and a giant chalkboard (great for proclaiming your love for beer!) on the other. Art decorates all of the walls. It’s a cool place to hang out and drink beer and visit with friends and strangers (and maybe even a puppy!)
On our recent trip to Portland, Oregon, we looked up local breweries and picked a few to visit. Luckily, Base Camp Brewing Company was one of them.
We took a cab to southeast Portland and pulled up to the tap room. We stepped inside and felt like we were transported to a base camp up on a mountain (albeit one with lots of delicious beers!) It was evening, and the ceiling was lit up with stars in constellations – very cool. Hanging lanterns added to the base camp feel. Rustic tables filled the room. Behind the bar was a wall full of outdoor action shot photos framed in squares. The tap handles were the aluminum cans they bottle their beers in for sale. Sweet!
“Remember that one time, when we drove up to that man’s garage, and there was beer?”
“Yeah, that was awesome.”
One of the smallest breweries that we’ve visited is Heathen Brewing in Vancouver, Washington. We were on our trip back from California in January and stopped there based on a recommendation from another brewer we visited.