Ten Pin Brewing was the 76th visit on my bucket list of Washington State breweries and the first stop on my 5-day “beer-cation” road trip across Washington.
I was familiar with Ten Pin prior to visiting. I had driven past their location on previous road trips, sampled their brews at a local Seattle beer fest and even owned a growler bearing their logo.
Located in Moses Lake, approximately 2.5 hours east of Seattle, you may happen across the brewery located off Highway 17 while you’re driving (similar to my initial sighting), but chances are this is a purposeful destination.
It’s an unexpected venue to say the least. The large, modern brewing facility which, according to their website states it holds “7,500 barrels with expansion up to 21,000 barrels” is unmistakable. The actual Ten Pin Tap House is located across the parking lot from the brewery inside Lake Bowl & Papa’s Sports Lounge and Casino.
Yep, you read that correctly. It’s a bowling alley, sports bar, casino (table games only), restaurant and brewery. The venue is HUGE!
I timed it perfectly and arrived on a Monday morning at 11am right when they opened. It was a little odd being the only two guests in such a large venue, but I can only imagine what this place is like on a Friday or Saturday evening. It seems like a one-stop-shop for entertainment in the area, as Moses Lake is a relatively small city of approx. 22,000.
The massive venue had an equally large food menu. Expect typical American food and pub fare: soups, salads, sandwiches, sliders, appetizers, etc…
I liked this place. If I happen to be in Moses Lake again, I would happily return and perhaps play some table games or add in a round of bowling to go with my beers.
I intentionally planned this visit in order to taste their beers directly from the source and managed to sample 8 beers they had on tap:
- Groove Pineapple Wheat Ale – Pours a slightly hazy gold in color. This is the body of an American wheat beer without the clove-banana flavors of its German counterparts. Expect a nice light malt backbone with tones of pineapple in both aroma and flavor. Apparently it’s brewed with ten whole pineapples in every keg. I absolutely loved this beer. It was so refreshing and a perfect summer brew. ABV: 5.8%; IBU: 25
- Shrunken Head Pin Session IPA–Pours a clear amber in color with a nice white head. This is an easy drinking session IPA with a mouthful of mild hop flavor for it’s relatively low IBU’s. Expect earthy flavors of pine and resin. ABV: 4.5% ; IBU: 31
- Solid 8 Pale Ale – Pours a light amber in color with a foamy white head. I love hoppy pale ales and this did not disappoint. Expect citrus flavors with a piney, resinous finish thanks to the generous amount of Citra, Centennial, and Simcoe hops. ABV: 5.8% ; IBU: 45
- Head Pin IPA – Pours a clear copper-orange in color with a thick foamy white head that fades. Brewed with Citra and Mosaic hops, you definitely get a little citrus with a bit piney but mostly resinous finish. The hop bitterness definitely dominates the aroma as expected. Well balanced with a strong yet pleasant hop presence. ABV: 7.1%, IBU: 62
- Angle Amber Ale – Pours a clear amber in color with a nice foamy white head. A pretty safe go-to usually, this amber was all sweet caramel malts. I did not get any hop presence to balance out this beer. It was a richer caramel flavor without the medium to high hop flavor impact than I generally prefer. If you like sweet malt forward ambers, you’ll enjoy this beer. ABV: 6.1% ; IBU: 35
- Snake Eye Stout – Pours a very deep brown in color with a medium tan. A good version of an American stout with roasty coffee flavors and aromas. The beer is smooth and well balanced with a nice medium body and mouthful. The finish is slightly sweet chocolate bitterness. ABV: 6.3% ; IBU: 33
- Barmaid Blonde Ale – Pours a clear straw yellow in color with a small white head. This beer smells like honey and pale malts. The taste is also sweet with a bigger amount of flavor than expected for a blonde ale. Overall a refreshing, easy drinking beer. ABV: 5.6% ; IBU: 19
- Waimea IPA – Pours a clear amber in color with a little white lacing left on the glass. With a name like Waimea I was expecting a tropical citrus forward IPA. That is not really the case. Waimea is a type of hop from New Zealand. And while there is a little citrus on the nose, this IPA was more earthy and piney in flavor with alcohol on the finish. If you like IPA’s, this one definitely has a strong bitter hop bite to it, which is characteristic of the hop variety. ABV: 7.4% ; IBU: 60
Ten Pin Brewing
Address: 1165 N. Stratford Rd., Moses Lake, WA 98837
Telephone: (509) 765-1248