The Microbreweries of Snohomish County, WA


by Adam Sawyer | Photo © Undefined

Just north of Seattle, Snohomish County is a balanced mix of cities and charming small towns. The region draws visitors thanks in part to a list of assets like world-class outdoor recreation, stunning water and mountain scenery, and beer. Yes, beer. Washington’s legendary microbrews are no longer the exclusive claim of Seattle. If you’re a fan of hand-crafted beer, here’s some of the breweries, brewpubs and taphouses that provide one more reason to take a trip to Snohomish County. For a hoppy weekend getaway, you can even design your own Snohomish County beer tasting tour.

  • Big E Ales

When both the food and the beer are well executed, you’ve got a gem on your hands. Big E Ales is one such precious stone situated in an unassuming Lynnwood industrial park. An eclectic beer selection that ranges from Marzen to Porter is complemented with a stalwart lineup of elevated pub grub. Try the Honey Sriracha Wings and the Scotch Ale.

  • Lazy Boy Brewing Company

Brew great beer and brew a lot of it. That’s not their motto but it very well could be. And the taproom at Lazy Boy Brewing company is set up perfectly to showcase that bounty. With 10 beers on tap including their seasonal offerings, it’s a guarantee there’s something in your wheelhouse. I highly recommend the Imperial Red or the Belgian Golden.

  • Middleton Brewing

Middleton Brewing is a relaxed, dog-friendly brewpub. As a matter of fact, the owner’s dog, Kona, will more than likely greet you before anyone else. Middleton is unique. All of their beers, including a long list of seasonal brews, are flavored. Really flavored, with real ingredients ranging from peanut butter to coconut to juniper berry. What’s also unique is that they donate 25 cents from each pint sold; a different charity is associated with each beer. That’s beer drinking with a purpose. I’m a fan of the Crazy Redhead.

  • Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

Sure, they offer a full dinner menu. And sure, the beers they produce year-round are wonderful. But some of their seasonal beers are real chart-toppers. This time of year, try the 10 Degrees Below Imperial Dunkelweiss. And if you can get your hands on it, try the high octane Old No. 1 Barleywine.

  • Diamond Knot Brewing Inc & Ale House

Arguably the cornerstone of Snohomish County brewing, Diamond Knot has been making some of the best beer in Washington since 1994. The Ale House, right next to the Mukilteo Lighthouse, is a community favorite. Try the Possession Porter and any of the Hot Rock entrees; though I’m partial to the Ribeye.

  • Skookum Brewery

Sourcing ingredients almost entirely from within the state of Washington, Skookum Brewery expertly curates those local and seasonal ingredients to the pint glass. Across the street from the Arlington Municipal Airport, the brewpub might be a little off the beaten path, but worth the drive. The Jackass IPA goes exceptionally well with the B.S. Tacos. And you can enjoy them both while sitting on a stool made from a saddle.

  • Trails End Taphouse & Restaurant

With 28 taps, 22 of which are rotating, and more than 100 different bottles of beer from around the world, the Trails End Taphouse & Restaurant is a justifiable local favorite—and a beer lover’s paradise. They also happen to put out some of the best food in the county as well. Pick a pint of your favorite Washington beer and enjoy it with any of their paninis.