With the giant exception of Redhook, Woodinville has long been a wine aficionado’s town. But a quartet of new nanobreweries are attracting local drinkers and day-tripping beer geeks from across the region.
Locating this taproom on the back end of an industrial park takes some doing. But inside, cofounder Joe Montero rewards your navigating skills with pours of Stones Throw Pale Ale and Brickyard’s eponymous IPA. If you dragged any children along, occupy them with a scoop of Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, made with Brickyard’s oatmeal stout. The space is full of comfortable, mismatched furniture; a giant projector screen showing the NFL network, plus popcorn and pretzels on offer, lets the taproom do double duty as a sports bar.
Don’t miss The toasty-sweet Masonry Oatmeal Stout—if only it were socially acceptable to drink beer for breakfast.
5817 238th St SE, Ste 3, Woodinville, 425-483-2337; brickyardbrewing.com
Dirty Bucket Brewing Co.
The roll-up garage door lets this brewery blend in amongst the brightly lit car wash and row of auto care centers a block away from Woodinville’s wine-fueled Warehouse District. Inside, brothers and longtime home brewers Chris and Steve Acord are forever releasing new seasonal brews like the Full Nelson Black Ale and Ruski Porridge oatmeal stout. Just a handful of beercentric establishments in Seattle pour Dirty Bucket’s beers, so the cheery tasting room is the place to go to sample the brewery’s broader-than-average roster.
Don’t miss The Filthy Hoppin’ IPA, a love letter to hopheads, though balanced enough for the rest of us to appreciate, too.
19151 144th Ave NE, Ste 101, Woodinville, 206-819-1570; dirtybucketbrewery.com
Triplehorn Brewing Co.
Down the street from Dirty Bucket, brawny after-workers drink brawny beers in a spacious, spare room adorned with various tributes to Norse mythology. And, quite often, a football game on TV. If you ask nicely, the staff might let you wear the Viking hat with the horns on it. Kegs of the Landwink IPA and Folkvang Red are trickling into pubs around Woodinville, Redmond, and Seattle, and brothers Rich and Ray Nesheim plan to start canning this month. Unlike most tasting rooms, Triplehorn’s is open seven days a week, from noon to 9.
Don’t miss The yet-unnamed seasonal porter, aged in used syrah barrels—conveniently plentiful in Woodinville.
19510 144th Ave NE, Ste E6, Woodinville, 425-242-7979; triplehornbrewingco.com
Twelve Bar Brews
Brewer Kirk Hilse also happens to be a bass guitarist, most recently in a quintet that plays Balkan-gypsy dance music. All his beers are dry hopped and bear musical names, from the Pentatonic Pale to the Wicked Riff IPA. During his first year in business, Hilse was too busy making enough beer to supply about 75 local watering holes to trick out his Broken String tasting room. A visit to the taproom behind McLendon Hardware used to mean standing at the walk-up counter, but a recent refresh added actual tables and seating.
Don’t miss The Turnaround Red, brightly hoppy without getting all up in your face about it.
12826 NE 178th St, Ste C, Woodinville, 425-482-1188; twelvebarbrews.com