Last Saturday was the third annual Washington Beer Open House. Over 50 breweries participated but circumstances necessitated that I just visit one that day. I went down to my neighborhood pub, Lake City Elliott Bay Brewing. 

ElliottBay Imperial StoutElliott Bay Brewing has three neighborhood pubs: Burien, Lake City and West Seattle. Each pub makes beer so at each open house they were pouring two beers from each brewpub.

  • Alki Ale, a strong pale ale
  • 2012 portside barley wine
  • cask-conditioned Hop Solo Pale Ale
  • Heaven Hill bourbon barrel imperial stout
  • Funkytown, sour ale aged in wine barrel w/ gooseberries
  • Rue Pierre’ Belgian-style Golden Ale

My favorite was the Heaven Hill bourbon barrel imperial stout. It had just enough bourbon without overwhelming the beer. This stout has excellent balance. I could’ve sipped on that stout all day and be a very happy girl. In addition to the tasty beers that Elliott Bay was sampling, they also served their famous corn dogs.

Head Brew Master Bill Jenkins talking beer.

Head Brew Master Bill Jenkins talking beer.

A big part of the Washington Beer Open House is of course the beer, but it also a great opportunity to meet the brewers and learn more about the beermaking process. The Lake City Elliott Bay Brewing held their open house in the back of the building in the brewery portion of the building. It was easy to inspect the equipment  and Bill Jenkins was on hand to answer any questions.

The Washington Beer Open House is always on the last Saturday in February. Mark your calendars now.