Hood Canal was the 22nd visit on my bucket list of Washington State breweries. I was driving back from a weekend of camping at Dungeness Spit on the Olympic Peninsula. I found this brewery using my Untappd phone app.
This is a traditional tasting room serving beer and snacks. I really enjoyed this brewery and I’m a sucker for cheese and crackers. Just like Bainbridge Island Brewery, Hood Canal also serves the Crimsom Cove smoked cheeses. As usual I did a flight of everything they had on tap. Six packs are $9.50. Larger format 22 oz. bottles are $4.25 each. As a result, I went home with a few of the following:
- Bywater Bay ESB – Dark cloudy amber in color with a frothy white head. Well balanced, medium bodied with a slight hop finish. Very drinkable and reminds me of a less hoppy IPA. ABV: 4.5%
- Agate Pass Amber – Pours a medium-dark copper color. Strong malt aromas. Flavors are sweet, with hints of nuts and hops. ABV: unknown
- Southpoint Porter – Deep reddish-brown color with flavors of nuts and coffee. Light to medium bodied and lacking some of the robust flavors you’d expect of a porter. Overall a drinkable beer. ABV: 6.0%
- Big Beef Oatmeal Stout – Pours a very dark brown in color. Has the aromas and flavors of roasted oats and grains, but a slightly watery texture and dry finish. Decent enough. ABV: 5.0%