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Membership has its benefits: WABL Beer Bus Tour

The WABL Brewery Bus Tour is an opportunity for beer geeks to spend a day visiting and learning about the breweries in a specific region of Washington state. Some of the very first posts on this blog were about the 2009 WABL Brewery Bus Tour and the great experience we had learning about breweries in the South-West region of the state. In 201o, the bus tour of beer lovers will head west and explore... read more

Raise a pint to Dick Young

Beer lovers are mourning the death of Dick Young, the owner of Dick’s Brewing Company.  Dick Young passed away over the weekend, leaving not only his family and friends in mourning, but brewmasters and beer lovers who shared an appreciation of Dick contribution to the Washington Beer industry. Well known for his NW Sausage & Deli in Centralia, where he smoked his delicious meats, Dick ventured... read more

Powerhouse Brewery: Featured Brewery Sept 09

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... read more

Elliott Bay Brewing Company

The final stop on the WABL South-end brewery bus tour was Elliott Bay Brewery Company in Burien. The brew pub was bustling with Saturday night activity but made room for us illustrious travelers. We had a fantastic assortment of beers to choose from. The beer offerings ranged from Pilot Light Ale to Highline IPA to Lagers to No Doubt Stout to Pro-Am Barley Wine. Jonathan and I were loyal Washington beer... read more

Dick’s Brewery Company

Our 6th stop on the WABL Southend Beer Bus tour was dinner and beer at Dick’s Brewing Co. Famous for their meats and deli, as well as their beers, they served some fine deli sandwiches to the bus tour participants in their production facility. Dick’s Brewery had three beers tapped for us: Dick’s Danger Ale, Dick’s IPA, and Dick’s Rye Ale. In addition, Dick’s had a variety of bottled beers... read more

Hazel Dell Brewery

The Hazel Dell Brewpub in Vancouver was the fifth stop on the WABL South-end Beer Bus. This brewpub is owned by a brother and sister team with the brother in charge of the beer and sister in charge of the food. We didn’t get a chance to sample any of the food on this trip Porter Steinweizen Steinbock This was a classic porter with a roasted malt flavor and a strong hop finish. Jonathan had a... read more

Salmon Creek Brew Pub

Our fourth stop on the WABL Southend  beer bus was the Salmon Creek Brew Pub, voted the best brew pub by Northwest Beer News for 2007 and 2008. This attractive brewpub in downtown Vancouver serves an assortment of beers from IPA to ESB to Stout to Barley wine. Brother Larry’s Belgium Sweet Stout Lunker Tyee – Barley wine Brother Larry’s Belgium is a midnight black Belgium ale. It was a rich ale... read more

Powerhouse Brewery

The Powerhouse Brewery was the second stop on the WABL South end Brewery. We really pulled out all stops into getting the tastes at this brewery because they were running a $1 special just for this WABL tour. Brass Monk Scottish Ale 4 Alarm Stout Roasted Porter Dopplebock Barley Wine The beer menu calls the Brass Monkey a ‘monster of a Belgium’. Ed and I loved this Triple Belgium. It had a slight... read more

McMenamin’s Olympic Club

The third stop on the WABL Southend Brewery Tour was the  McMenamin’s Olympic Club in Centralia. We were lucky enough to enjoy our lunch in the this historic “gentleman’s club”. This building is a true treasure, full of history and beauty. Check out this gorgeous Tiffany lamps at the main bar! This is much more than just a fancy main bar and spectacular urinals (sorry folks, no pic of those!).... read more

Harmon Brewery & Restaurant

Our first stop of the South-end WABL brewery tour was Harmon Brewery and Restaurant. We tried five different beers on this stop: Puget Sound Porter Point Defiance IPA cask conditioned Scotch ale Chili-ocolate Scott’s Puget Sound Vanilla Porter I didn’t manage to get a sip of the Puget Sound Porter, but hopefully Jonathan will pipe in the comments. Ed loved the cask IPA, It had more resin than I... read more

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