There is no doubt that the state of Washington has one of the largest craft beer scenes. With over 250 craft breweries throughout the state, plus new ones opening up frequently, beer lovers will have no problem finding flavorful and creative brews to satisfy their cravings. From Seattle and Spokane to Stevenson, we’ve put together a list of some of the great craft breweries found in Washington.
Situated in the middle of one of the oldest hop farms in Yakima, Bale Breaker Brewing Company is a family affair, serving its crafts brews Tuesday through to Sunday. Established in 2013, the friendly establishment features an interior space plus a beautiful outdoor area, complete with lush lawn, perfect for a picnic with family and friends. An assortment of tasty brews can be found on tap, including the award-winning Field 41 Pale Ale, the flagship Topcutter IPA, and the summer seasonal Raging Ditch Dry-Hopped Blonde. While they do not serve food, Bale Breaker allows guests to bring their own and hosts local food vendors during the summer.
Located in Redmond, Black Raven Brewing Co. is an award-winning establishment offering an array of mainstay and unique seasonal brews. Not afraid of experimenting, the brew team likes to use ingredients not often used in brewing to create very limited cask ales and often employs barrel aging. Beer aficionados can visit this adults-only venue to try a pint or sample tray of great brews, including the Trickster IPA with light fruit, citrus, and piney hop aromas, the Tamerlane Brown Porter with light nut flavors, and the Pour Les Oiseaux Wine Barrel Aged Saison with notes of Washington wine grapes. All of these award-winning brews, along with other varieties, can be sampled seven days a week.
Black Raven Brewing Co., 14679 NE 95th St., Redmond, WA, USA, +1 425 881 3020
Currently celebrating its first anniversary, Burwood Brewing Co. is a family-friendly craft brewery located in Walla Walla. Owned by David and Jennifer Marshall, the cozy venue serves its handcrafted brews to thirsty drinkers Thursday through Sunday within an inviting atmosphere. Some of the brews guests will find include the Black Beer, also known as Schwarzbier, with notes of chocolate and vanilla, the American Pale Ale, and the IPA, which is a West Coast American IPA. Burwood does not serve food but does allow outside edibles and even hosts food trucks during the summer months. Other events also take place throughout the year all of which can be found on their website.
Burwood Brewing Co., 602 Piper Ave., Walla Walla, WA, USA, +1 509 876 6220
Setting out to create craft brews bursting with bold flavors, Heathen Brewery was born. A small craft brewery found in Vancouver, Heathen’s brew team seeks out the freshest, high quality ingredients from local sources when available for its ‘progressive ales.’ Open Thursday through Saturday, this brewery is known for its small batch, seasonal, and experimental brews with current highlights being the Promiscuous Blonde, the Son of Malice Imperial IPA, the Transcend IPA with a light citrus flavor, and the Rip Porter. The Heathen Brewery will also be opening a brewpub in downtown Vancouver soon.
Heathen Brewery, 5612 NE 119th St., Vancouver, WA, USA, +1 360 601 7454
A family-friendly establishment until 10pm every night, Icicle Brewing Company is a spirited craft brewery serving a variety of handcrafted brews seven days a week. Found in the Bavarian-inspired town of Leavenworth, the brewery combines water from the Icicle River with the freshest ingredients available for its great beers. Guests can sit in their tasting room, which overlooks the brewery, to enjoy highlights such as the Crosscut Pilsner, the Bootjack IPA, and the Dark Persuasion with hints of chocolate and coconut. For those beer lovers who are interested in the behind-the-scenes action, the brewery offers tours on Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 1pm.
Icicle Brewing Company, 935 Front St., Leavenworth, WA, USA, +1 509 548 2739
Opened in 2012, Reuben’s Brews is a family-owned and operated microbrewery located in the beautiful city of Seattle. Open seven days a week to the delight of beer lovers, this welcoming place focuses on small batches and rotates its offerings frequently ensuring that there is always something different to try and something to suit many tastes. Within a laid-back environment, guests can sample current highlights and award-winning brews such as the Imperial Rye IPA with citrus and floral aroma, the Cream Ale, and the Robust Porter with roast and caramel aroma. While the brewery does not serve food, they often host food trucks.
Reuben’s Brews, 5010 14th Ave., NW, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 784 2859
Creating award-winning brews since 2000, Walking Man Brewing is a great craft brewery found in the Columbia River Gorge town of Stevenson. Featuring an inviting interior and lovely beer garden, Walking Man is perfect for a relaxing day or night out with friends. Open Wednesday through Sunday, guests can sit back and enjoy a pint of Saunter on Saison with notes of fruit, black pepper, and sugar candy, Barefoot Brown with flavors of caramel, hazelnut, and coffee, Black Cherry Stout with chocolate and cherry flavors, and Littlefoot ISA to name a few. Walking Man also offers an array of edibles, including artisan pizza, burgers, salads, and more.
Walking Man Brewing, 240 SW First St., Stevenson, WA, USA, +1 509 427 5520