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Day Trip: Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and Taproom

February 9, 2010

Snoqualmie Falls circa 2004

Just under 30 miles east of Seattle lies the majestic 268 foot Snoqualmie Falls.  It is one of the can’t miss attractions in the region.  In the late 80’s/early 90’s it gained international attention after its appearance in the cult classic TV Show Twin Peaks.

Like the waterfall,  the Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and Taproom is a can’t miss.  What could be better than an afternoon of hiking and peering at mother natures beauty, followed by a pint or two of fantastic beer.  We make  a point to make it the brewery a few times a year, and the falls every couple of years.

The brewery is located in the small town of Snoqualmie,  a mile from the falls,  in a warehouse just off the main drag.  Don’t judge this one from a drive by or you’ll be sorry.   They have kept the ” I’m in a warehouse” feel, leaving it very open and airy. Breaking up the traditional Northwest pub theme of green and burgundy with a pleasant blue and tan.   It is nicely appointed  with local photos of the falls and Mount Si.  The concrete bar in the back has room for about  6 bar stools, and there are 8 or so tables.

We really enjoy their menu which consists of  sandwiches (oven baked, panini, or cold), salads,  and the soup of the day.    Everything is freshly made from the finest ingredients.  Since they don’t have a deep fryer you even feel like you are eating healthily.

The beer at Snoqualmie is some of the finest you will find in the Northwest.  I don’t think I’ve tried  one that I have not liked;  from the year rounders like Wildcat IPA, Copperhead Amber or  Steam Train Porter, to the seasonal offerings like the Spring Fever Belgian Style Grande Cru Ale and Avalanche Winter Ale.  You can enjoy them on tap in the pub, buy them in bottles to go, fill up your growler or Cornelius kegs, or find them in stores or pubs throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Snoqualmie has the complete package of location, cool environment, good food and great beer.  It is easily one of our favorite Brewpubs, and we’ve been to a few.

Beer Sampler

Aged Grande Cru – cloudy golden orange, clean white head. Light bodied, sweet, fruity and  tingly. Finishing with a bold flavor of hops and  Belgian yeast.  I think I’m finally getting the hang of the Belgian’s as I really enjoyed this.

Beauty ehh? by Lush C

Stream Train Porter–  Dark black with a clean tan head and an sweet aroma with coffee overtones.    Medium bodied and more carbonated than a lot of Porters, but not too carbonated.  Sweet dark malty at first it finishes  with a dry, smoky,  chocolate coffee flavor. With more smoke than chocolate.  This is one of Lush C’s all time favorites. A smokier Guinness.

Black Frog Stout (Nitro)– Dark Black, with a  nitro-infused thick creme head and a dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and cream aroma.  It is full bodied, very smooth, and easy to drink. It is a very dark and malty tasting beer;  much darker and  less sweet than Guinness.  I really enjoyed just watching this beer settle, is there anything better?  Yes, drinking it.

Lush C enjoying her Steam Train, but not the game

from the door by Lush C

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FTC Information: GoodBeerTrips is not associated with Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and Taproom. All Beer and Food was purchased by GoodBeerTrips.

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