Laht Neppur Brewing Co., was the 78th visit on my bucket list of Washington State breweries and the third stop on my 5-day beer-cation road trip across Washington. Laht Neppur, (pronounced – lot nep’ ŏhr) – which is Gaelic, for “Drink to Life” or is it? Despite laying claim to many award winning beers, I was unfamiliar with Laht Neppur. I happened across their venue after searching for nearby breweries using my Untappd app.
Located about 20 miles NE of Walla Walla, the brewery is situated in a rural town of Waitsburg. The town itself spans just over one square mile surrounded by sprawling wheat fields and quaint is probably the best way to describe it. Driving down highway 12, yellow and green signs let you know you’re getting close.
Laht Neppur opened for business in 2006 and recently celebrated their 10th Anniversary. In fact I just missed the big potluck party celebration, which took place a few days before my visit. Court Ruppenthal, who was a long time home brewer and wine enthusiast and his wife Katie, founded Laht Neppur. (Now read the brewery’s name backward, does it look familiar?)
The brewery and taproom is located in a large industrial shed with a metal roof and siding. Out front there is a sizable banner that reads, “Husband Day Care Center: Need time to relax? Need time to yourself? Want to go shopping? No problem! We’ve got you covered. Leave your husband with us – we’ll look after him. All you need to do is pay for his food and drinks.” A-MAZING! I knew I was going to love this place.
The brewery is very casual, (think peanut shells on the floor type of place), kid friendly and honestly I’m not sure if they allow pets. I don’t recall seeing any dogs while I was there, but there is an outdoor area as well. The menu was recently expanded to include burgers and fries in addition to their pizzas. The brewing is done using a 3.5-barrel system and 7-barrel fermenters. It is visible behind a half door separating it from the taproom.
For being located in a small farming community, the place was busy. Further proof that every town appreciates good beer. I did not try any food on this visit. They had 12 beers on tap and I didn’t want to get too full, I needed to taste them all.
- Backseat Blonde – Gold medal winner in the 2013 WA Beer Awards, this beer pours a light gold in color with a medium white head. Light sweet malt character, crisp with medium-high carbonation. Perfect go-to, easy drinking beer. ABV: 5.2%; IBU: 15
- Katie’s Kolsch – Pours a clear light gold in color with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Clean, crisp, refreshing with a grainy-sweet character. Light mouthful, and easy drinking. Can’t go wrong. ABV: 5.3% ; IBU: 20
- Flaming Peach – This was their seasonal brew. Pours a light copper in color with a medium foamy white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. I could taste the burn on this one. Smells of peppers with lots of spicy jalapeño flavors. Very slight peach finish but the spice overpowers. Unique. I like what they were going for but I couldn’t drink a whole pint. ABV: 5.5% ; IBU: 18
- Neddy’s Brown Nut Ale – Pours a clear medium ruby-brown in color with a thin off-white head. Medium roasted malt flavor with a strong nut aroma and flavor. Strong nutty finish as well. ABV: 5.3%, IBU: 20
- Black Matt Belgian Strong Ale – Pours a dark amber in color with a huge, dense tan head. Textbook Belgian quad with malt richness and caramel sweetness. However this beer was not too syrupy sweet as some and was rather smooth. I could drink more than 1 pint if it wasn’t for the high ABV. ABV: 9.9%, IBU: 30
- IPA – Pours a clear medium gold in color with a thick foamy white head. Floral on the nose and big citrus / grapefruit up front with a resinous long lasting bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. Solid PNW IPA. ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 70
- Piper Canyon Scotch Ale – Pours a clear dark amber-brown in color with a moderate creamy off white head. Typical malt forward flavor with caramel sweetness. The mouthful was thinner than expected. I was expecting a richer more medium-bodied than I got. Low carbonation and overall well done for the style. ABV: 8.4%, IBU: 20
- Oatmeal Porter – Pours a clear, very dark brown in color with a creamy tan head. Full bodied with nice robust roasty flavors and aromas with a medium-sweet finish. ABV: 6.5%, IBU: 40
- Summer Celebration Imperial Red Ale – Pours a clear amber in color with a thin off-white head. Best way to describe this is similar to a pumpkin pie or even warm holiday cider. Sweet orange peels and honey on the finish with cloves, cinnamon, All Spice on the nose. I loved this beer. It’s probably not for everyone but it was really enjoyable. Normally I prefer this style as a Winter Warmer and less as a summer beer. ABV: 8.6%, IBU: 40
- Strawberry Cream Ale – Pours a clear gold in color with a foamy off-white head. More body than a traditional American lager, this cream ale is brewed with real strawberry juice and puree. Much sweeter than I was expecting and definitely a lot of strawberry. Light, easy drinking with medium carbonation. ABV: 5.5%, IBU: 17
- Peach Hefeweizen – Pours a clear light gold in color. Can’t miss the peach on this beer. Brewed with real peach juice and puree. Lots of fruit to be enjoyed on this one. Medium to light body, and overall enjoyable summer wheat beer. ABV: 5.3%, IBU: 15
- Picnic Pale Ale – Pours a pale golden in color with a thick foamy white head. There is not much to say on this one. Not much flavor to call out. Very low ABV, very light overall. Low, grainy malt character. No hops to note. A perfect beer-pong beer. ABV: 3.8%, IBU: 16
Laht Neppur Brewing Co