We first discovered the Powerhouse Restaurant and Brewery, of Puyallup, while on the WABL Southend Brewery Bus Tour. We were impressed by the quality of the beers that ranged across an impressive variety of styles. Somehow we made it through the Brewery Bus Tour with only one growler and that growler was a delicious Doublebock from Powerhouse Brewery. Our favorite beer from Powerhouse that day, in fact our favorite beer of the entire day, was the Powerhouse Barley wine.
When we were planning our vacation for southern locales, we made sure to include a stop at the Powerhouse Brewery and Restaurant in our itinerary. We were headed to Portland our first night out and the brewery was not too far off of Highway 5 but a million miles away from Friday rush hour. Upon our arrival at the Powerhouse Brewery in Puyallup Washington, we ordered dinner, a Double Bock and a sampler.
That night, the sampler included:
- 4-Alarm Stout
- Powerhouse Pale Ale
- Amperage Amber
- Bitter Blonde
Before we delve into the details about these Washington beers, we need to say that the brewmasters at Powerhouse Brewery and Restaurant are NOT about wimpy beers! Even the light beers had some body and complexity.
The 4 Alarm Stout smells like chocolate. It tastes a bit like chocolate too, but coffee is more evident. Ed felt that it was an acquired taste, just like coffee is. He liked it more and more as he drank it. We both really liked the creamy mouth feel of this inky black brew. It is nitro conditioned and has lots of oatmeal to make the stout both smooth and full bodied. Ed thought the perfect pairing here would have been a Krispy Kreme donut! The more he thinks about these beers, he thinks he would have appreciated this stout more if he had just the stout instead of the stout as part of the sampler. The hoppiness of the other beers definitely impacted his palate.
This Hefeweisen is a “quintessal ” Bavarian Style wheat beer. If you like Hefeweisen, this a beautiful one. Ed thinks it would pair great with curries and fish and chips.
The Powerhouse Pale Ale was a lot heavier in terms of body than we anticipated. We appreciated that full body. Ed said it was “loverly”. If the Amperage Amber and the Bitter Blonde had a baby, it would be this Powerhouse Pale Ale.
The Amperage Amber was our least favorite in the sampler. It wasn’t a bad beer but it wasn’t distinctive amongst the other strong and complex beers we sampled.
Ed called the Bitter Blonde “liquid hops in a glass”. He loved the gorgeous floral hoppy aromas of this beer.
But, our favorite beer again was the Double bock. This is a “malty giant” but it never forgets the importance of the hops. This is a big bold dark beer that shows its smooth velvety underside. This is not a session beer but a beer to savor.
Ed started the meal with crab artichoke dip. It was standard pub fare but we were blown away by our entrees. The hefty portions were packed with delicious goodness. I had the Powerhouse Curry with prawns while Ed had the Chicken Basil Pesto. It was enough for our dinner AND our lunch on the beach the next day.
We really appreciate the decor. It is spacious with a lovely atrium feel full of plants.The best part was all of the electrical decor. The space was decorated with glass transformers etc. When the trains go by the nearby track, the electrical surges and pulses light up the equipment in a cross between a powerhouse and a mad scientist lab. It was very fun! Seating choices ranged from the mezzanine upstairs to hanging with the crowd at the bar or dining in booths in the main restaurant area. Our only disappointment was that the brewmasters were not available during out visit.
This is a cool destination brewery with excellent brews on tap. Be sure to check out the Barley Wine when it comes on tap!