Twin Rivers Brewing is one of the small craft breweries on my Snohomish Beer Bucket List. Located off of highway 2 in Monroe, this is the perfect place to unwind after a hike, ski or other Stevens Pass or Alpine Lakes Wilderness activity. It’s also the perfect spot to hang out if you are getting work done on your truck, which was the case for me.
Twin Rivers Brewing – Food and Fly Fishing
If you are getting a new set of tires at the Monroe Les Schwab, walk the three or four blocks to Twin Rivers and wait there. Trust me, this is a significant upgrade from the free popcorn. I have lived near Monroe for three years and after this visit to Twin Rivers I can’t believe that we had not taken the time to stop in.
A couple of things that makes this little brewery stand out…..
First, Twin Rivers Brewing is attached to Adam’s Northwest Bistro. Because of this, Twin Rivers brings a little more than your standard bar food. Instead of potato wedges or buffalo wings, here you can order a rib-eye, manilla clams and bacon, game hen, salmon, calamari, brisket sliders, salads, burgers and more. During this visit, we didn’t test out any of the restaurant options, but we will definitely be going back.
In addition to the full service restaurant adjacency, the taproom artwork is pretty cool. I felt like I was having a beer in a friends study or home library. Books are everywhere and there is a lot of fly fishing paraphernalia. Decorating the wall are some beer taps that are no longer in use, one is designed like a fly reel. The strangest specimen: a stuffed deer with what I think were the teeth of a coyote. You don’t see that every day.
For our visit, I lined up a flight of four beers. The Haff-Wit is a wheat beer and a nice opener. The blond ale was next and pictured second from left. Third on the list was the nut brown ale, followed by the red ale.
All four of them were fantastic, but I have to say that the brown was my favorite of the flight.
All in all, this visit was a huge success. I got to check the first brewery off of my list (backstory below if you don’t know about the list). And the whole point of having a bucket list is to try new things, explore, and have some fun.
Success, success, success….
The Backstory of the Snohomish Beer Bucket List
So if you don’t now, here is a quick background synopsis of the Snohomish Beer Bucket List:
A few weeks ago I was in Everett and ran into the friendly folks from Triplehorn brewing pouring a complementary tasting at the Summit Everett climbing gym. They were doing some outreach and what better way to make friends than give away free beer.
I had heard of Triplehorn, never visited and was actually not quite sure where they were located. My gratitude for the free beer and ignorance of their location was the inspiration for the Snohomish Beer Bucket List. I decided to make a goal to map out all of the craft brewers within 10-20 miles of our home.
Long story short, Twin Rivers Brewing is the first brewery to be checked off of the Snohomish Beer Bucket List. More to come on this project…