Skagit River Brewery closes in Mount Vernon

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On the company’s Facebook page, the latest post from Skagit River Brewery says, “We are closed due to indoor dining restrictions placed upon us for COVID-19.” That post is dated December 3, 2020.

The statement is not surprising. Every restaurant and brewery in Washington is facing the same situation. They are closed for indoor dining because of the pandemic. Thousands upon thousands of restaurants across the nation are closed, too. What is surprising, according to the James G. Murphy Company, Skagit River Brewery is closed in the larger sense. As in, all of the brewing equipment and restaurant equipment is up for auction. The brewhouse, the fermenters, the ovens, the fryers, everything.

You can view the online auction page here.


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Judging from recent posts on Facebook, as of a few weeks ago everything appeared fine. That is, as fine as things can be right now given the pandemic’s enormous impact on damned-near all businesses and individuals.

Whatever the case, Skagit River Brewery opened back in 1995, making it one of the oldest breweries in the state.

As far as I know, and without going into the details, the brewery stopped regular beer production a few years ago, focusing mainly on guest taps. I never saw an official announcement, but people close to the situation shared that information with me and that’s what I saw firsthand. Then, not too long ago, they did start brewing some beer. Now this.


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Personally, I haven’t been to Skagit River Brewery is several years. I have not heard anything about the brewery either. No emails to inform me of the latest happenings, beer releases, personnel changes, and so on. I haven’t seen them at a beer festival in years.

I could say those same things about many, many of Washington’s 400-plus breweries. That kind of silence is not typically an indication of anything. Some breweries make more noise than others. Whatever the case, it is sad to see Skagit River Brewery show up on the auction block. It was a go-to brewery for a long time. A lot of fond memories for a lot of people.

If I discover more news about this situation, I will update this post or create a new one.



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4 thoughts on “Skagit River Brewery closes in Mount Vernon

  1. Spent a pleasant afternoon there some years ago. Good food, good beer. Sorry to hear they are shutting down. Best of luck to all concerned.

  2. Sorry to hear that. Friends and I stopped in not long ago for a brew and lunch. Really enjoyed it and was looking for a return visit.

  3. Had a great experience there years ago, and absolutely loved their Gospel IPA. The next time I visited, I had been told by our server that the head brewer had left to open up Farmstrong, and all their old recipes went with him. They only had a couple of their own new beers on tap, and the food and service were subpar. It really wasn’t the same after that and I haven’t been back. Sad to see them change like that, and then now close.

  4. SRB opened when I was 15. They supported many community programs ideas invoked in. Including the skagit highland games. When I was 21 this is were I got into craft beer. In my mind -late 20s I worked there on and off when my construction job was slow . in my 30s it has been a favorite place to take my family and an important part of our community.
    Moral of the story…. Appreciate and support your local brew pub because they need us and they are so much more than just a watering hole.

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