The Washington Beer Open House Is This Saturday – February 22nd

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Washington has added several new craft breweries over just the past few years.  Combined with the large number of breweries that already existed in Washington State, you certainly don’t have to go far these days to find yourself a good craft beer to drink.  Recent counts, depending on who you ask, put the current number anywhere from 217 to 245 breweries in Washington State (the higher number includes breweries that have not yet opened/may not open/have just applied for a permit).

With so many new breweries opening, it can be a real challenge to visit them all.  I don’t have a vast amount of time to travel the state to visit all the breweries out there, but I do try my best to visit those in and just around Seattle.  Even so, I still haven’t made it to all the new breweries that have popped up recently.  A recent visit to Stoup Brewing in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood (Seattle’s ‘Brewery District’), got me finally caught up with all of the breweries within Seattle (except for West Seattle Brewing – which I still have to visit), but I still have plenty of others to visit in the surrounding areas.  Here are just a few of the breweries that have opened within just this past year across Washington State:

  • Bad Jimmy’s Brewing – Seattle, WA
  • Barnstormer Brewing – Carson, WA
  • Big Block Brewing – Sammamish, WA
  • Bog Water Brewing Company – Westport, WA
  • Burdick Brewing Company – Seattle, WA
  • Burwood Brewing Company – Walla Walla, WA
  • Colockum Craft Brewing – Kittitas, WA
  • Counterbalance Brewing Company (Coming Soon) – Seattle, WA
  • Diamond Knot Brewing (New Location) – Mountlake Terrace, WA
  • Five Dons Brewing – Longview, WA
  • Haas Innovations Brewing – Yakima, WA
  • Lowercase Brewing – Seattle, WA
  • Middleton Brewing – Everett, WA
  • Mill City Brew Werks – Camas, WA
  • Mount Pilchuck Brewery – Snohomish, WA
  • New School Brewing – Richland, WA
  • North Jetty Brewing – Seaview, WA
  • Nosdunk Brewing Company – Walla Walla, WA
  • Old Rock Brewery – Duvall, WA
  • River Time Brewing – Darrington, WA
  • Salish Sea Brewing – Edmonds, WA
  • Stoup Brewing – Seattle, WA
  • Ten Pin Brewing – Moses Lake, WA
  • Waddell’s Brewpub & Grille – Spokane, WA
  • Wet Head Brewery – Auburn, WA
  • Yakima Hops & Brew Supply – Yakima, WA
  • Zythum Brewing Company – Fairfield, WA

I’m betting there are at least a few breweries out there, perhaps even right in Seattle, that you haven’t had the chance to visit yourself yet either.  Well, this coming Saturday, February 22nd is the perfect time to plan a little brewery excursion.  Why?  Because this Saturday is the Washington Beer Commission‘s 2014 Washington Beer Open House.  During this annual event, the Washington Beer Commission “invites you to visit some of our state’s many innovative, esteemed, and downright friendly craft brewers.

This is a unique / once-a-year opportunity to:

-GRAB YOUR FRIENDS and make a day of it
-HEAD OUT to a new neighborhood or town you’ve never visited
LOOK AROUND your local brew house
SNEAK a PEEK at the cellar tanks
MEET the BREWERS behind some of your favorite WA brews
SAMPLE their unique fermented creations
TAKE HOME some souvenirs
TWEET your trip > #WAbeerOH
POST PICS > Washington Beer Commission’s FACEBOOK  page”

Here is the full, official list of breweries participating in this year’s Washington Beer Open House:

  • Airways Brewing
  • American Brewing
  • Bainbridge Island Brewing
  • Bale Breaker Brewing
  • Black Raven Brewing
  • Boundary Bay Brewery
  • Brickyard Brewing
  • Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen
  • Der Blokken Brewery
  • Diamond Knot Brewery & Alehouse
  • Diamond Knot Brewpub
  • Diamond Knot Camano Lodge
  • Diamond Knot Pizza House
  • Diamond Knot Production
  • Dick’s Brewing
  • Dirty Bucket Brewing
  • Elliott Bay Public House & Brewery
  • Elysian Brewery
  • Epic Ales
  • Foggy Noggin Brewing
  • Fremont Brewing
  • Geaux Brewing
  • Hale’s Ales Pub
  • Harmon Tap Room
  • Herbert B. Friendly Brewing
  • Hi-Fi Brewing
  • Hilliard’s Beer
  • Hopped Up Brewing
  • Icicle Brewing
  • Iron Goat Brewing
  • Iron Horse Brewery
  • Issaquah Brewhouse
  • Justice Brewing
  • Kulshan Brewing Co
  • Lazy Boy Brewing
  • Loowit Brewing
  • Machine House Brewery
  • Maritime Pacific Brewing
  • McMemanins Six Arms
  • McMenamins Mill Creek
  • McMenamins on the Columbia
  • Middleton Brewing
  • Mt. Tabor Brewing
  • No-Li Brewhouse
  • Northwest Peaks Brewery
  • Northwest Sausage & Deli
  • Odin Brewing
  • Orlison Brewing
  • Pike Brewing
  • Ramblin’ Road Brewery
  • Redhook Brewery
  • Reuben’s Brews
  • River City Brewing
  • Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery
  • Rooftop Brewing
  • Rooftop Brewing
  • Scuttlebutt Brewing
  • Seapine Brewing
  • Silver City Brewery
  • Slaughter County Brewing
  • Slippery Pig Brewery
  • Spinnaker Bay Brewing
  • Stoup Brewing
  • Tacoma Brewing
  • Triplehorn Brewing
  • Twelve Bar Brews
  • Two Beers Brewing
  • White Bluffs Brewing
  • Wingman Brewers
  • Yakima Craft Brewing

Scan this QR code with your smartphone to get a map with all of the officially participating breweries, along with a brief description of what they’ll be offering during the event:

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If a Washington brewery you’d like to visit isn’t on this official list, don’t worry.  I’m sure that any Washington craft brewery would still appreciate a visit and be happy to show you around.  This state wide event is your chance to get out of the rut of visiting the same craft beer places you frequent over and over.  Take a chance.  Drive a bit.  Branch out and try someplace new.  Who knows.  You might even find a new favorite or two.  See you out there this weekend.

Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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One thought on “The Washington Beer Open House Is This Saturday – February 22nd

  1. Reblogged this on SeattleANDstuff.com and commented:
    Bad Jimmy’s Brewing – Seattle, WA
    Barnstormer Brewing – Carson, WA
    Big Block Brewing – Sammamish, WA
    Bog Water Brewing Company – Westport, WA
    Burdick Brewing Company – Seattle, WA
    Burwood Brewing Company – Walla Walla, WA
    Colockum Craft Brewing – Kittitas, WA
    Counterbalance Brewing Company (Coming Soon) – Seattle, WA
    Diamond Knot Brewing (New Location) – Mountlake Terrace, WA
    Five Dons Brewing – Longview, WA
    Haas Innovations Brewing – Yakima, WA
    Lowercase Brewing – Seattle, WA
    Middleton Brewing – Everett, WA
    Mill City Brew Werks – Camas, WA
    Mount Pilchuck Brewery – Snohomish, WA
    New School Brewing – Richland, WA
    North Jetty Brewing – Seaview, WA
    Nosdunk Brewing Company – Walla Walla, WA
    Old Rock Brewery – Duvall, WA
    River Time Brewing – Darrington, WA
    Salish Sea Brewing – Edmonds, WA
    Stoup Brewing – Seattle, WA
    Ten Pin Brewing – Moses Lake, WA
    Waddell’s Brewpub & Grille – Spokane, WA
    Wet Head Brewery – Auburn, WA
    Yakima Hops & Brew Supply – Yakima, WA
    Zythum Brewing Company – Fairfield, WA

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