Dirty Bucket Brewing Company (DBB) was the 69th visit on my bucket list of Washington State breweries. Just a few months earlier, I had enjoyed a taste of Dirty Bucket’s, “Dirty Confessions Belgian Quad” at the Washington Cask Festival.
Dirty Bucket is located in a strip mall in the Woodinville industrial warehouse district. There is plenty of parking which is always worth noting. The entrance is through a single blue door and puts you inside the small front taproom. The taproom is charming. It has rustic wood decor with wood floors and accents. There is a 3-4 seater bar-top and a few pub tables. On nice days, the roll-up garage door is open, providing additional patio seating. The room divider between the taproom and back room is lined with vintage beer cans and a large “DBB” sign. The backroom (which used to be their main brewing facility) contains additional seating. It’s long communal tables and chairs gives the room a beer-hall type of vibe. Pets and kids are welcome and while they don’t serve food, there was a food truck in the parking lot taking orders.
Their tap list offered pints, flights, crowlers and growlers, plus 10 beers on tap and bottles for sale as well. It’s a fun place, and the brewer is the bartender, server, and owner. He’s a one-man show and I recognized him since he was even the same person pouring at the Washington Cask Beer Festival. Really nice guy and a pleasure to talk to. Overall it was a very welcoming space. As usual, I tried all 10 beers they had on tap and would definitely go back for more.
- Full Nelson Black IPA – Pours a dark cola in color, almost black, with a thin tan head that fades. Resinous hops, roasty malts, coffee, earthy and overall complex. Medium body with a bitter hop finish. ABV: 7%, IBU: 100
- Nutty Brother – Pours a copper amber in color with a thin white head. Malty brown ale that tastes like a nutter-butter cookie. If you mix this beer with their Irish Apricot Ale it’s like a liquid PB&J sandwich. I loved this nut forward brown ale. Malty and smooth and not overly sweet. ABV: 7%, IBU:30
- Beach Bucket Pale Ale – Pours a clear golden honey color with thin white head. Light malt and honey with a crisp, modestly hoppy flavor. An easy drinking pale ale. ABV 5.5%, IBU: 40
- Bedraggled – Irish Red Ale – Pours a dark clear mahogany in color with little lacing left on the glass. Smells sweet and even reminds me of caramel apple and dark fruit. I liked it. Pleasant surprise, not what I was expecting. ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 24
- Naughty Auntie ESB – Pours a clear amber in color. Caramel malts are balanced with the earthy hops to create a pretty nice ESB. I got a slightly smoky finish on this which was unexpected. ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 38
- Bilge Rat – Oak Aged Porter on Nitro. Pours black with a classic creamy tan nitro head. Smells sweet almost like bourbon barrels but with a roasty medium-thick body. Nice smooth finish. This was almost everything I want in a porter with a lot more oak. ABV: 5.5%, IBU:38
- Dirty Confessions – This is their 4 Year Anniversary Belgian Quad. Hands down my favorite beer in their lineup. Pours a deep mahogany in color with a thin off-white head. It’s everything you’d expect from a quad. Rich caramel malts, dried fruit, virtually no bitterness with a smooth dry finish. Love it. ABV: 10%, IBU: N/A
- Sicyne – Pours a clear copper in color with an off-white head that fades. Aroma is grassy hops with flavors that are more complex including spicy, floral and grassy notes. This balances with the caramel malts to make a pretty nice IPA with a bitter hop finish. ABV: 6.5%. IBU: 72
- Irish Apricot Ale – Pours a dark amber in color with a thin white head. I loved this beer. The apricot adds a jam like flavor with some sweet toffee undertones. Definitely not subtle in apricot flavor or aroma with a lingering apricot finish. Pretty unique beer and one that I would recommend. ABV 5%, IBU: 23
- XXX-Tra Filthy IPA– Pours a slightly cloudy amber in color. This beer has a sweet malt and hop aroma. The flavor is caramel sweet and combined with the hops and alcohol, it’s pretty intense. I couldn’t drink a lot but it was a nice example of an imperial IPA. ABV: 10%, IBU: 100
Dirty Bucket Brewing Co.