Welcome to the other half of this blog: The Pint is Mightier!
Founding Father Benjamin Franklin once said “Beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy.” My good friend Eric and I agree. In the beginning of the summer we decided to embark on beer pilgrimage across the Pacific Northwest, visiting all the breweries we’ve been loving from afar all these years. Using only our wits (and useful website Brew-Ha!) we’re tracking down the tastiest brews in Washington and Oregon. We’ll be talking about our findings here. First up?
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Co.
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Co. is a quaint brewery in a cute town nestled in the cascade foot hills a stone’s throw away from the gorgeous Snoqualmie Falls. They have the standard selection of brews along with several rotating specials.
The first beer that Eric tried was the Steam Train Porter. This beer was dark and quite flavorful. The aroma was not incredibly strong and it did not feel a particularly heavy. The porter shone through with its complex flavors. It had the standard ‘roastiness’ one would find with any porter but the additional and subtle caramel flavors really rounded out this beer. It wasn’t the best porter he ever tasted, but it was still fantastic and anyone who is a fan of darker beers ought to try it.
His second beer was one of the rotating special they had on tap – the Powerhouse Double IPA. The beer had a cloudy look in the glass, something Eric personally always enjoys. He love myself some opacity. It had a great aroma, you could really smell the bitterness of the hops. The tease given to the nose did not let down the mouth. It was a fantastic tasting IPA, very hoppy but still well balanced and drinkable. This beer is an excellent choice for anyone who likes IPAs, you wont be disappointed.
I couldn’t resist the most interesting sounding beer they had available for my first drink – the Coconut Porter.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a sucker for adventurous brews, and this one did not disappoint. The Steam Train Porter base was just as Eric described: light, medium roastiness with light and sweet caramel notes. Perfectly balanced with the base was a bold, but not overpowering, coconut flavor. I’ve had a few coconut porters before this and I was always disappointed. Usually they were decent beers, but the coconut flavor never really emerged. This brew managed to meld the roasty porter flavor with the coconut flavor perfectly. Whether you’re a fan of beer, coconut or outlandish drinks, I highly recommend this beer.
My second beer was the Copperhead Pale Ale. I honestly don’t have too much to say on this one; it was a pretty standard Pale Ale. It was a bit less hoppy and bitter than other Pale Ales I’ve had, which I wasn’t a particular fan of but might suit others better. All in all it wasn’t bad, but nothing special either.
Overall, Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Co. is a bit of a drive from Seattle, but the beers are definitely worth the while. If you’re ever crossing I-90 and have a minute, we recommend you take the opportunity to check out this gem.