Need a beer? Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t have a plug-in for that yet but you are welcome to use my Snohomish Beer Bucket List and brewery map. Here I am tracking a bucket list of independently owned small craft brewers located in the North Sound area near Snohomish, Monroe, Woodenville, Bothell and Everett Washington… basically my stompin’ ground.
Snohomish Craft Beer Map Key
The Story Behind The Snohomish Beer Bucket List and Brewery Map
In mid March of 2018 I was at Summit Everett and ran into the friendly folks from Triplehorn brewing who were pouring complementary beers in the lobby. Beer and rock climbing… What could possibly go wrong? I should mention that they had the proper safety controls in place but I’m digressing here…
Anyhow, while I was enjoying this delightful turn of events it occurred to me that I had heard of Triplehorn and I knew that they were a local brewing company. But that was as much as I knew. I had never visited their brewery and I didn’t even know where they were located. This seemed like a problem.
As I enjoyed the free beer and chatted with the people who made it I realized that I was missing out on an opportunity to take advantage of one of the best parts of living in the Snohomish area.
A Walk Down Memory Lane – Glass Fermentors and Hops
I brewed my first batch of beer in Moscow, ID in 1995. Back then, the macro-brews ruled the game and if you liked something a little hoppy or thicker than a budweiser you needed to shop around a little or make it yourself. There were about 850 craft brewers in the US at that time compared to roughly 5000 now.
During those days of home brewing I developed an appreciation for the art, science, and skill required to make a good brew. I was using your typical 6 gallon glass carboy with a bubbling airlock on top. More than once I over-batched and blew that thing off.
My point is that brewing isn’t easy and sometimes things turn out great, sometimes not so much.
Snohomish, WA – Craft Brew Paradise
Fast forward a few decades… Our family moved to Snohomish county in 2016 and now I live in a craft brew paradise. As I started building the list I found 23 brewers within a half hour of our some near Monroe, WA. I’m sure that I missed a few and I’ll add them as I find more. I love what these small breweries are doing and want them to succeed. It’s good for our community, the local economy, and it’s just fun to watch the local scene develop (more below on that).
I haven’t made my own beer in a long time. I have however, taken up the sport of hobby blogging. My list turned into a map and viola, the Snohomish Beer Bucket list became a thing, at least a thing for me. I now have a new project to add to my ever growing list if things to do in my spare time – this one should be pretty easy.
In terms of the developing local brewing scene…
The best thing about artisan brewing is that things are constantly changing and developing. It is fun to watch what is going on, who has a new batch, which breweries are participating in festivals, tastings, races and other things. Many of them will push announcements to twitter so I mashed up (get it?) a list of all of the their streams here:
A Twitter List by mikebarlow_
So now I have a map and a little communication channel to monitor what is going on in the local beer community. I have to say, I’m pretty happy with this.
Snohomish Area Breweries I am Tracking:
The original list had 23 breweries in my local area, but I would love to keep it current. If you notice a brewery that I missed feel free to let me know by adding a comment below. I don’t mind drifting out of the immediate area but I’m trying to keep it local. Breweries in Everett, Snohomish, Monroe, Woodenville and the Bothell area are all fair game.
Another cool thing that I discovered while setting up the list is that Washington has a beer lovers association. If you join the Washington Beer Lovers (WABL) you get a shirt, newsletter, magazine, extra tokens at tasting events, and more. Membership is $30 per year and I signed up. Perhaps a future post…
Below is a running list of the Snohomish Area Breweries that I am currently tracking on the list: