Unlikely though it may seem, breweries continue to open at a breakneck pace.
Updated – Thanks to my readers, I’ve added more to the list. As I explained, it is hard to keep track of this stuff. As everyone understands, keeping track of time for the past two years has been weird. My list started at 43. The number is now 48.
ORIGINAL POST – For reasons I need not explain, the past two years dealt new and existing breweries plenty of blows. The challenges persist. Still, that didn’t stop 48 breweries from opening in Washington over the course of the past 24 months. That number doesn’t even include the existing breweries that opened additional locations. (Pictured above, Iconic Brewing in Richland, Washington. Photo from Facebook.)
Lists like this are hard to compose. What should I consider a brewery? What exactly is new? Although it is licensed as such, is a nomadic brewery really a brewery? There is some subjectivity involved, I admit. It is always a nebulous number so I intentionally use vague terms like “roughly.” (Note – a nomadic brewery/brewer is one that does not have its own, permanent brewery but produces its own beer at other breweries.)
Shout out to Paul Schowalter, an intrepid beer hound who keeps his eyes peeled for this stuff. I owe that dude a beer. No doubt I missed something or misrepresented something, so I rely on my readers to share what they know. You’re welcome to leave comments below or contact me directly.
THE NEW BREWERIES ABOUT WHICH I WROTE
The Good Society Brewery and Public House
2701 California Ave SW unit a, Seattle, WA 98116
Read the story I did about The Good Society Brewing.
Mother Fern Brewing
Opened in October and shortly thereafter closed for reasons I’ve yet to discover. Reopened after some personnel changes. Read the story I did about Mother Fern Brewing when it opened.
8425 Chapel Hill Blvd Ste B 102, Pasco, WA 99301
Started brewing in Dec. 2019, but taproom officially opened a few months later.
Yoked Farmhouse and Brewery
525 SW Pine Rd SW, Port Orchard, WA 98367
Read the story I did about Yoked Farmhouse and Brewery.
ALL THE OTHER BREWERIES
The following breweries also opened in the past couple of years.
4 Stitch Brewing Company
7 192nd St SW, Bothell, WA 98012
Self-described startup nano-brewery in a residential location. Maybe you know about this brewery because you live in the neighborhood. More likely, you’ve yet to hear of 4 Stitch Brewing, which has been slowly ramping up its game over the past couple of years. Keep an eye on social media, etc., for taproom hours.
5th Line Brewing
1015 E Lincoln Ave Ste 106, Yakima, WA 98901
You are wondering about the name. It’s a hockey term. Kind of like 12th man is a football term, I suppose. The founders are actively involved with the local youth hockey program. The brewery and taproom in downtown Yakima is not too far from Single Hill Brewing.
1208 10th St Suite C, Snohomish, WA 98290
Now open in the former home of Lost Canoe Brewing. I suppose it does take some audacity to open in the midst of the chaos.
Beach Cat Brewing
7876 Birch Bay Dr #101, Blaine, WA 98230
Lovely taproom on the beach in Birch Bay. While the brewhouse and other equipment are getting set up, they’ve their beer at nearby breweries. Good stuff. Amazing beachside sunsets.
Breaking Waves Brewing
3388 NW BYRON ST, #100 Silverdale, Washington 98383
A new brewpub in old town Silverdale opened early in 2021. Looking at their social channels, food and live music are a big part of what’s happening at Breaking Waves.
Look for the beer at local bottleshops around the Seattle-Tacoma area. As far as I know, to this point, BreakThru operates as a nomadic brewer, brewing its beer at other breweries.
Camas Brewing/Camas Slices
339 NE Cedar St., Camas, WA 98607
Located at the former site of Mill City Brew Werks.
Crooked Label Brewing
773, Village Way, Monroe, WA 98272
Brewery and taproom in an old boat repair shop.
Dog and Pony Brewing
5427 Binder Rd, Cashmere, WA 98815
To call it new is a bit disingenuous. If memory serves, this brewery has popped in and out of existence for the past few years. Now it is fully open with what appears to be a cool taproom space in Cashmere.
Dunagan Irish Pub and Brewery
3222 56th St, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
A move and not a new opening, really. The brewery moved from Tacoma to its new home in Gig Harbor in August 2021. But it’s a whole new deal in Gig Harbor so I am considering it new.
E2W Brewing (Olalla)
Opened in July 2020, but is currently closed. Stay tuned. From what we’ve heard, the plan is to reopen.
Exit 16 Brewing
A new “hometown microbrewery” in La Center, Washington. That’s all I know. No taproom, from what I can tell.
This is a sort of a nomadic brewing side hustle for Masonry Pizza in Seattle, which has always exhibited an outstanding level of dedication to craft beer. Find Fast Fashion beers at the Masonry locations in Fremont and Queen Anne.
Five Dollar Ranch Brewing
1570 Beet Rd, Walla Walla, WA 99362
Brewery and taproom in a rural location on the state line, a few clicks south of Walla Walla.
1875 NW Poplar Way, Issaquah, WA 98027
Visible from Interstate 90 in Issaquah, a brewery, pizza joint, taproom, and beer garden.
Four-Eyed Guys Brewing Co.
910 W Indiana Ave, Spokane, WA 99205
A “mid-century modern themed” brewery and taproom in Spokane that opened in 2020. I have yet to try the beer, but I do love the brewery’s logo.
Funky Hop Brewing
Started brewing and moving its beers about a year ago. Look for Funky Hop’s beers at bottleshops and bars around the Vancouver area. As far as I can tell, the brewery doesn’t have its own taproom.
Garland Brew Werks
603 W Garland Ave, Spokane, WA 99205
Now open in Spokane’s historic Garland District. The owners, who previously operated Community Pint in downtown Spokane (a beer-focused bar), teamed up with a brewer who earned his chops at Iron Goat Brewing. Sounds like a great recipe for a brewery and taproom.
High Steel Beer Co.
233 S 1st St, Shelton, WA 98584
Located in downtown Shelton, this brewery calls itself “a subsidiary of Smokin Mo’s.” In other words, that’s where you can drink the beer. Smokin Mo’s — “Southern fare & oysters join craft beer & cocktails in a historic brick-walled space.”
Hops and Seed Brewery
9206 200th St SE Suite C-5, Snohomish, WA 98296
“Part of the JM Cellars family. Believed & Brewed in Maltby.” This uncommon venture is a dual winery/brewery with an accompanying tasting room.
Hop Chaos Brewing Company
10115 N Newport Hwy Suite A, Spokane, WA 99218
Formerly known as Pints Alehouse, this location now serves as the taproom for Hop Chaos Brewing. Same owners. The actual brewery is a few miles away. More a transition than an opening.
2470 Henderson Loop, Richland, WA 99354
Debbie and Matt Driscoll, longtime dairy farmers and vineyard owners, teamed up with their son Todd, a brewer and winemaker, to open this brewery and tasting room, where you can get beer as well as estate wines.
Meatheads Smokehouse and Brewery
8928 Vernon Rd, Lake Stevens, WA 98258
As the name suggests, it’s a barbecue joint and brewery. In their own words, “Smokehouse style restaurant with high quality, craft beer!”
No Drought Brewing
10604 E 16th Ave., Spokane Valley, WA 99206
Nun Chucks Brewing
18609 76th Avenue West Suite #C, Lynwood, WA
Very new brewery in Lynwood.
Old Man Brewing
215 Cypress Ave, Snohomish, WA 98290
Old Man Brewing is located in the “Sports and Entertainment Lounge” at Collectors Choice Restaurant. As of December 26, 2021, they are currently out of their own beer but expect to have more on tap in mid-January.
Perfect Circle Brewing
713 6th St Prosser, WA 99350
The street address above is actually for Brewminatti, a coffee shop that hosts live music and offers beer. That seems to be where Perfect Circle Brewing sells a lot of its beer. This may require a research expedition to Prosser to gather more intel.
10209 270th St NW, Stanwood, WA
Pronounced SAIL. Downtown Stanwood brewpub in a historic old firehouse. Been brewing their beer at nearby breweries, getting ready to brew on-site. Great beer, fantastic food.
They exist. Opened in early 2020. Other than that, not finding a lot of information for you.
2534 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98402
Located in the old brewery district of downtown Tacoma, not too far from 7 Seas Brewing, E9 Brewing, Black Fleet Brewing, and the new Camp Colvos Brewing taproom. Along with beer, Sig Brewing offers a pizza-focused food menu.
Skep Brewing Company
A Community Supported Brewery (CSB) based in Tacoma. Visit the website to learn more about the membership opportunities.
851 Rainier Ave South, Seattle, WA 98144
Closely, if not entirely, related to Standard Brewing, this is where they make saisons and spontaneously fermented beers. Lots of barrels. You can also get mainstream beers from Standard Brewing at this location.
Talking Cedars Brewing
19770 Sargent Rd SW, Rochester, WA 98579
A destination brewery, distillery, taproom, and restaurant with beers from Talking Cedar Brewery (Chehalis Indian Tribe) and spirits from Heritage Distilling. A big, ambitious endeavor that amounts to more than the sum of its parts, it’s a project of Chehalis Tribal Enterprises that supports and serves the tribal community.
Temperate Habits Brewing
500 S 1st St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Katie King and Brooke Bosserman (below) are cousins and pharmacists. The two teamed up to open this brewery in downtown Mount Vernon, naming it after an adage that suggests a pharmacist should be a person of good moral character and temperate habits.
Thirsty Crab Brewing
9158 Washington 525, Clinton, WA 98236
Not exactly a new brewery, but last July Thirsty Crab announced it was opening a new, different location. In Clinton, just half a mile up the highway from the ferry dock on the south end of Whidbey Island.
Wheelie Pop Brewing
1112 NW 50th St, Seattle, WA 98107
Grand opening on December 26, 2021. Located right in the heart of the Ballard Brewery District.
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