Airways Brewing Company was the 33rd visit on my bucket list of Washington State breweries. This brewery came recommended by a co-worker who had enjoyed their “Final Departure Imperial Stout” brewed for end of days in 2012.
I was heading to Kent for a Thunderbirds game and decided to get a group together to meet at the Airways Brewing Co. Beer & Bistro location, located in historic downtown Kent. The location is just a half-mile walk from the ShoWare Center and seemed to be a perfect gathering place for some pre-game food and drinks.
The bistro is a small location. Our group of 16 arrived early to claim some tables. They had a great menu of sandwiches, salads, panini’s and flatbread pizzas. With so many people ordering, I think we tried most everything on the menu. The chicken pesto ranch pizza was memorable. When it came time to order drinks, ironically enough, Airways Brewing doesn’t serve flights (at least not at this location). They do allow 3 or so tasters per person. Again, with such a large group, I managed to try almost everything on their tap list. Besides eight of their own craft beers and four guest taps, this location also serves wine and cider. Their prices are reasonable, ranging from $4.50 to $6 for a pint. This is a typical Washington brewery with hop-forward beers.
A few favorites:
- Sky Hag IPA– This is a year-round Double IPA. An amber-orange color with a decent head. Medium bodied with sweet malts, hints of citrus and pine, bitter but not overly-complex. ABV: 7.8%, IBU: 99+
- Jet City ESB– Hoppy for an ESB. Smooth taste with caramel and nutty sweet malts. ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 31
- Seat Kicker IPA– A citrus and hop-forward IPA. Smooth and not too bitter. ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 60
- Pre-Flight Pilsner– Refreshing with a mild hop presence. A decent pilsner if you’re looking for something light, clean and crisp. ABV: 5.0%, IBU: 30
The other beers on tap that I tried included: Beverage Cart Blonde, Beer Church IPA, Pat Down Porter and Loud Lady IPA.
Don’t forget to take home a growler on select brews.