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North Fork Brewery – Deming, Wa

October 26, 2009

If you are ever in the Mt Baker foothills,  a stop at the North Fork Brewery, Pizzeria, Beer Shrine and Wedding Chapel near Deming, WA is a must.  It is a quint essential Northwest gem located  on the Mt. Baker Highway just a tad over 20 miles from Bellingham.

Eric at the Nothfork

Me at the North Fork

It has a very comfortable lodge feel, with friendly service.  We prefer to sit at the bar, especially when Vicki ,the owner, is working.  She is a hoot, and always makes the visit fun.

To say they have beer memorabilia is an understatement. As their name implies they are a “Beer Shrine”, housing about a centuries worth of beer collectibles.

The Beer is definitely the star here, however the pizza and sandwiches fall right behind, and are phenomenal.   Where else can you get great beer, pizza, and get married all in the same place?

They are a small brewery,  roughly 3.5 barrels,  so their available beers rotate.  I really enjoy their ESB and Dry Stout (both on Nitro), and always get Son of Frog when it is available.  Since we are lucky and  get to visit fairly often I’ll update the Beer Sampler after each visit.

Beer Sampler:

Son of Frog – a local favorite, that is not always in session.  It is a traditional English style ale that is a dark red,  with a full malty delivery and finish.  It has a sweet malt aroma and a has just enough hops  to not be cloying.

Dry Stout (Nitro)- dark, smooth, and creamy with a very nice roasted malt flavor.  The creamy head stays for the duration of the pint.  It is like Guiness’ older and wiser brother.  A great beer, that goes down easy.

ESB (Nitro) – nice golden color, creamy white head and a sweet malty aroma. It has a  hint of malt with a nice hop finish. Very smooth,thanks to the nitro, and goes down like water.  A session beer for the masses. 4.6 abv

Strong Scotch Ale –  Dark amber, sweet alcohol aroma. Medium bodied, malty , slight hop flavor, and not to sweet.  It is only on tap about  3 or 4 times a year, so get it while you can.

Porter (Nitro) – Being on Nitro is a a rarity for this beer, so I was told. Dark brown, with a thin creamy head and a roasted malt aroma. Rich, malty and hints of chocolate and coffe will delight you. Slightly hoppoer than the Stout. A very drinkable big dark ale (per their description).

Disclaimer:  Goodbeertrips.com is in no way affiliated with the North Fork Brewery.  All beer and food was paid for by Goodbeertrips.com.

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