It’s no secret that the craft beer scene is hopping throughout Washington. To date, the state accounts for over 77 percent of the total United States hop crop, and over 400 craft breweries are already operating throughout the state. Those facts are definitely worth raising a glass to, especially when many of those very breweries can be found here in Edmonds!
Salish Sea Brewing Company
518 Dayton Street, #104, Edmonds
Operating at not one but two locations in Edmonds is Salish Sea Brewing Company. Currently, their Brewpub Downtown on 5th & Dayton features their full food menu and tap list, while The Boathouse in Harbor Square offers a limited menu and 17 rotating taps. The Boathouse will look familiar to patrons, having previously been the home of American Brewing Company, which closed permanently during the pandemic. Both locations are dog-friendly outside on the patio areas, and children and minors are also welcome as long as they are directly accompanied by an adult over 21 at all times.
The family-friendly brewery focuses on providing the best the region offers in fine hand-crafted ales and lager, most notably known for their signature IPAs. They brew these tasty concoctions twice a week, resulting in their beers rotating out frequently. The brewery keeps a core line-up of favorites on tap and introduces seasonal and rotating options throughout the year. This results in a delicious line-up of hazy and bright ales, malty beers, and even the occasional pilsner. Most of these beers are made only using four ingredients — water, grain, hops, and yeast.
A fun-filled tasting room with ample seating, games, and a full-service kitchen with a delicious menu has become the perfect gathering spot to try these rich brews. In addition, the brewery frequently enjoys hosting exciting events for the community. The beer garden has become a favorite spot to enjoy live music from local bands and artists, and on Wednesday nights, they love to welcome “geeks who drink” for some exciting trivia!
Gallaghers Where U Brew
180 W Dayton Street, Suite 105, Edmonds
Since 1995, Gallaghers Where U Brew has been serving up some sudsy sips for Edmonds, where the brewpub encourages community and creativity. The best part? It really is where you brew!
The unique brewery and tap room is Puget Sound’s largest DIY Public Brewery. They supply everything you need to create your own craft beer, and they’ll be with you every step of the way. Those interested in trying their hand at the craft will be greeted by an experienced brewer who will help you choose a brew from their selection of over 50 different recipes. Once you’ve “picked your poison,” you’ll be assigned your own copper-clad steam-fired, professional brewing kettle and given some easy-to-follow instructions to start crafting the beer of your dreams!
Once the brewing process is complete, your brew will be transferred into one of your own personalized fermenters, and a date will be set to bottle your beer. The standard fermenting time is two and a half to three weeks, after which your hand-made craft beer will be ready for drinking and for you to enjoy! Gallaghers is a fun twist on the craft beer experience you won’t want to miss.
Maize & Barley
525 Main Street, Edmonds
You’ll be transported across the seven seas at Maize & Barley, where their all-scratch kitchen offers Caribbean-inspired craft beer and grub. And though craft beer may be their passion, they also keep several delicious wines and seasonal house-made sodas.
The cozy, cashless ale house/restaurant features 13 rotating taps with a well-curated list of local beers and ciders from Ballard, White Center, and Gig Harbor, to name a few. Experts who provide these specialty ales can sometimes be found at the restaurant on their Brewer’s Night. This event, which takes place on the second Thursday of every month, features local brew masters invited to come and discuss their craft with patrons.
Though these are just three specific breweries serving Edmonds, many more fantastic breweries exist throughout Snohomish County! In fact, there are over 30 breweries in total, so whether you’re looking for a brewery that crafts a wide variety or one that carries specialty beers, you’re sure to find one that’ll make you say, “Cheers!”