Water Street

Update: Closed!

The second brewery of the bike tour was pretty close to the first, as well as to the Keystone ferry. Very convenient. Anyway, Water Street Brewing has a lot going for it — relaxed hang-out vibe, cool decor, friendly and pretty waitstaff, great food. Unfortunately, beer is not on that list. Very disappointing, especially after all the good stuff down the road at Port Townsend Brewing. Oh well. They also sell hand-blown, hippy-esque glasses (for $25/glass!), but no logo pint glasses, contrary to the artwork on their web site. I only had so much room in my panniers, though, so that was okay. Did I mention they have great food? The BBQ tofu sandwich was all sorts of spicy awesomeness.

Water Street Brewing

Water Street Brewing taster tray

    Rob’s Pick

  • Queen Nina’s Imperial IPA – kind of a messy IPA, but good enough
    The Rest

  • Schwag Lite – kind of meh
  • Purdy Pale – too floral for my tastes
  • Strange Brew Single Hop – well-named. Hoppy, but taste is all over the place.
  • Panama Red – vague caramel flavor, but mostly bland
  • McPrior’s Irish Stout – slight formaldehyde aroma, watery, mostly tasteless. Pretty bad stout.

Port Townsend Brewing

A friend and I hopped on our bikes last month and went on a five day tour, from Seattle to Bainbridge to Port Townsend to Whidbey Island to Anacortes to San Juan. We pedaled along at a fairly leisurely pace but still had time to visit three breweries en route.

Conveniently located at the end of the bike trail into town, the Port Townsend Brewing Company has a tasting room but no kitchen. Which is fine because they have some great beer. There’s a Mexican place just across from them, if you’re hungry. They also sell logo pint glasses, so I got to carry one of those around in my panniers for the rest of the trip. What surprised and delighted me most about this place was that they had four different IPAs on tap. You don’t see that very often.

Port Townsend Brewing

Port Townsend Brewing taster tray – 1 — Port Townsend, WA

    Rob’s Picks

  • Chet’s Gold – slight hoppy edge, refreshing, goes down easy. Good for a hot day.
  • Bitter End IPA – good! Decent hoppiness, citrusy. My fave of the four IPAs.
  • Hop Diggidy IPA – little crisper than the Bitter End, floral
  • Strait Stout – a touch on the light side, but a good all-around stout
  • Peeping Peater Scotch Ale – smoky, really nice
  • Imperial IPA – kinda creamy, nice!
  • Barley Wine – wow. Best barley wine I’ve tried (but I usually don’t like barley wines). 10.5% – extremely dangerous. Usual strong taste reserved for the finish.
    The Rest

  • Pale Ale – ok, but nothing remarkable
  • Reel Amber – ibid
  • Brown Porter – ibid
  • Boatyard Bitter – not bad, but kind of blah
  • Single Hop IPA – spicy edge, not an intense hoppiness. My least favorite of the four IPAs.
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