The Seattle area is home to many breweries and brewpubs, and the Snoqualmie Brewery and Tap Room is one of the best to visit because of its unique location just over a mile away from Snoqualmie Falls—and because of the delicious variety of year-round, seasonal, and special release beers that they make.
For people vacationing in the Seattle area as well as locals looking for a fun weekend drive, the 270-foot waterfall is one of the most popular sights in Washington state and is visited by 1.5 million people every year. Before or after your visit to Snoqualmie Falls, be sure to stop at the Tap Room to enjoy a beer and a simple yet satisfying sandwich, salad, pizza, or other classic pub grub like chips and salsa, or BBQ chicken fingers.
I’ve had a tasty oven-baked sandwich there, served with coleslaw, baked beans, and locally made kettle chips. The menu is the same for lunch or dinner, and it’s a homey, neighborhood kind of place where kids are welcome. The décor is plain and serviceable.
The best part, of course, is the beer. Snoqualmie’s year-round beers are the Black Frog Nitro Stout, Copperhead Nitro Pale Ale, Haystack Hefeweizen, PGA Amber, Kolsch, Steam Train Porter, Copperhead Pale Ale, and Wildcat IPA. Their house-made root beer is also available year-round.
My favorite is the Steam Train Porter. I love a smooth porter, and this one doesn’t disappoint. It has a rich flavor, but with a hint of sweetness to it. It’s not overly malty and goes down easy, even on a hot summer afternoon. The name has a nostalgic feeling for me, too, as it’s named after the old steam trains of Snoqualmie that I remember visiting (and riding) as a kid, and you can check out a large collection of vintage trains yourself at the Northwest Railway Museum which is located a block away from the Tap Room.
Three times a year, Snoqualmie brews a special release beer which is available for just four months. These are seasonal favorites like their summer pilsner and their Avalanche winter ale. For a special treat, you’ll also find a brewer’s choice beer that’s available exclusively at the Tap Room. These brewer’s choice beers are created in small batches and are “creative” and “fanciful” beers featuring original recipes from Snoqualmie’s brewers. You never know what unique combo of ingredients these one-of-a-kind beers might include.
I typically see two or three different Snoqualmie beers at my local grocery store in Seattle or might find one or two on draft at my local pub, but it’s nothing like the variety at the Tap Room. When you visit, you can buy a selection of their year-round and current offerings by the 22 oz bottle, and they also offer beer to go, so be sure to bring your clean 64 oz. growler to fill. They also fill clean kegs and ¼ barrels.
Snoqualmie Brewery and Tap Room is located about 30 miles east of Seattle. Learn more at http://fallsbrew.com/.
Written by Mandy from Seattle