Bainbridge Island Brewing was the 2nd visit on my bucket list of Washington State breweries. A co-worker who lives on the Island suggested I visit. She then handed over a brochure about the brewery and taproom. The following weekend I was on a ferry making the short 35-minute trip from Seattle.
The brewery is located just two miles from the ferry terminal. This is a traditional taproom serving beer and snacks. Just like Hood Canal, Bainbridge Island Brewery serves Crimson Cove smoked cheeses. This place is kid and pet friendly. Don’t be surprised if you see the Brewmaster’s dog, a chocolate lab named Satchmo Jones, looking for attention. The brewery also has free wi-fi, an upstairs seating area and is a great spot to catch a game. Bainbridge Island Brewing has become one of my favorites in Washington, resulting in multiple ferry trips. It has a strong local vibe, which makes me wish I lived closer. With twelve beers on tap including guest taps, you’re bound to find something to enjoy. As usual, I did a flight during my first visit.
A few favorites:
- Puget Sound Giant Hoptopus– This is an imperial double IPA now available year-round. Sweet, hints of citrus and flavor is not overly bitter for a double. Decent drinkability. ABV: 8%, IBU: 80
(Check out their chocolate truffles made with Hoptopus)
- Bainbridge Autumn Ale– A seasonal German-style amber, malt forward and well balanced, ABV: 5.2%, IBU: 25
- Battle Point Stout– A flagship beer offered year-round. Pours almost black with a tan head. Bold and dark, with hints of chocolate and caramel.Plenty of complexity with all the roasted malt flavors typical of a stout. ABV: 6.6%, IBU: 45
The other flagship beers include: Kommuter Kolsch, Eagle Harbor IPA, Bainbridge Pale Ale and Arrow Point Amber.
Don’t forget to take home a growler or squealer.