If you find yourself in Poulsbo, be sure to check out Slippery Pig Brewing and Longship Marine. The Poulsbo waterfront is full of tiny little shops but if beer and boats are your thing you need to put Longship and the Pig on the list.
We Didn’t Sail to Poulsbo
What I hope to build with this blog over time is a running list of places we discover while cruising the Puget Sound. This post is a little bit of a diversion from that format because we didn’t actually sail into Poulsbo for this trip. At the time of this writing, we are currently “in between boats”, as they say….
Destiny is in escrow, that gray period where you have to call people, wait for things and sign a lot paperwork. It’s a good thing because it means that soon the sailboat adoption process will be complete. On the other hand, due to the boat kitty being tapped by things like marina deposits and insurance, sailing wasn’t really in the cards for us this weekend.
What was in the cards was a boat visit. We decided that although a Saturday sail wasn’t going to happen it was time for the kids to meet Destiny. So we packed them up, ferried over to Kingston, and drove to the little Norwegian town of Poulsbo.
If you have never been there, Poulsbo is a really cool place. And although we didn’t sail in this time, we have and you can. The marina is the perfect entry point into the waterfront shopping area and here you will find all kinds of independently owned gift shops and eateries.
On a side note, Sara and I used to own a shop in a place like this. It’s a tough gig and takes alot of creativity, commitment and discipline. I love to find small, independent operations that can identify an angle that allows them to compete with the Amazons, Applebee’s and Red Robin’s of the world. Paulsbo has a bunch of them.
So… given my admiration for the “little guy” and the fact that I have decided to build a blog about beer and boating I wanted to point out two shops that are well worth a visit: Slippery Pig Brewing and Longshore Marine.
Slippery Pig Brewing
Slippery Pig Brewing is located right on the waterfront in Little Norway. They are right across the street from the SEA discovery center and piglets are welcome during the day.
I’m a fan of Reuben and grilled cheese sandwiches. The Pig specializes in both. Their Reuben uses smoked corned beef on a marble rye… It’s delicious. If Reubens aren’t your thing there are a few varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches as a back up plan.
The beer menu has a variety of things to try. I found a Fresh Hop and it was delicious. What makes Slippery Pig really interesting is that the brewing style is driven by sustainability rather than a specific style. All of the ingredients are locally grown and many of them are grown by the brewers.
Longship Marine is the poor mans yacht supply shop. Located on front street, it’s easy to get lost here. I walked in because of the the Grunden’s sign on the front and had no idea what I was in for when I stepped inside.
They had new and used books, rope, pulleys, propellers, foul weather gear, antique lanterns, man overboard poles.. it was intense. I ended up picking up a cruising guide that I was planning to buy on Amazon. It cost a couple of dollars more but was happy to do it because I love shops like these. Long live the independent merchant!
My only regret is that I didn’t take more pictures when I was there. I literally was so immersed in the inventory, I didn’t think to take a picture but here are a few.
Below is a screen grab of their facebook page to give you an idea of what they are carrying but it doesn’t really show just how many treasures they have stocked up. If you are in to boating, antiques, or maritime collectibles don’t miss this.
Sailing to Poulsbo
Although we had to drive in this time, sailing to Poulsbo is a fun trip from Seattle. This summer we chartered Twister, a Catalina 22 from Windworks sailing and made a day of it. Time the tides right and have fun….