Big Block Brewing

I’d been meaning to bike to the Sammamish plateau and visit Big Block Brewing (their Twitter account has more up-to-date info) but kept putting it off in favor of shorter or less hilly rides. So when they announced they’d be closing the taproom in the residential garage that still houses the brewhouse in advance of re-opening it in a more conventional location, it motivated me to make the trek out there and experience the original setup. I went on a really hot July day, though, and the unshaded, south-facing trail up to the highlands was pretty draining. But I made it, and spent some time re-hydrating in the warm garage with a few regulars. Nice vibe there, and I’m looking forward to checking out the new taproom, which is located along East Lake Sammamish Parkway (and is more convenient for biking).

blocklets of beer at big block

The original Big Block Brewing taproom in the owners’ garage — Sammamish, WA

    Rob’s Picks

  • Kolsch – 5.1% – Honey, light herbal hops. Not quite as light on the tongue as I expected but quite drinkable. Light bitter zing on finish.
  • Chocolate Porter – 5.8% – Good chocolate flavor. Fairly creamy. Lingering chocolate and coffee flavors with some dark chocolate and coffee bitterness.
  • IPA – 5.8% – Citrus, earthy aroma and flavors. Some herbal hop flavor, too. Solid caramel base. Light bitter finish.
  • “Big Woody” Oatmeal Stout – 8.5% – Creamy, with chocolate, toffee, coffee, and caramel flavors. Alcohol edge.
  • Mosaic Pale Ale – 6% – Fairly assertive tropical fruit, touch of sweetness. Underlying caramel malt. Citrus peel bitterness.
    The Rest

  • Raspberry Blonde – 5.2% – Raspberry flavor from start to finish. Underlying breadiness. Easy drinking.

My route back from the BBB garage took me to the newly upgraded portion of the East Lake Sammamish bike trail, and it was beautifully done. Can’t wait for the rest of the trail to get the same treatment. And having their taproom so close to the trail creates more brewery bike ride options.

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