Dirty Bucket – Creating an Identity

The name, Dirty Bucket Brewing Company, might put some people off – and that is fine with me, cuz the new place that Chris and Steve Acord opened up is pretty small. As with most one barrel nanobreweries, ya gotta start somewhere. These graduated homebrewers still have their day jobs, but hope they can grow their new brewery into a full time venture within a year.

Judging from the turn out on opening day (April 14) they have a good start. They sold out of everything they had, with more than 300 visitors on their first day open. They plan on being open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for limited hours – check their web site for updates.

The first day selection of beers included five styles. There were no growler sales that day, but normally will be available. Their market is going to be in the Duvall-Woodinville area for starters with a controlled expansion plan in the works. They have a great location just south of the many wine and spirits tasting rooms on 144th Ave NE (north NE Woodinville Way).

To my chagrin, they blew through the Black Lab American Stout one person ahead of me, so that was missing from the flight I had. The Dirty Blonde Ale was a nice treat on a sunny day, and the amber and two IPAs were good for the style, but more hops than I care for. They billed the Amber at 38 IBUs, but it seemed to me to be a bit higher than that. It was nice to see the owners/brewers pouring their beers and talking about them to whomever wanted to listen. They are pretty proud of their beers – and rightfully so.

Opening day also featured some food to go with the beers, but normally this will be a bring in your own chow establishment. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter for their latest offerings. I took a look a the brew board and they have planned out some nice brews for the coming months. They are also planning on being at the Washington Brewer’s Festival on Father’s Day weekend at Marymoor Park.

They also have the popular pint glassware and T-shirts (up to XXL) for sale – and bar towels. As for the name – Dirty Bucket – if you are a home brewer, you know all about that, and it is a testimony to their roots. It will get people talking, though, and that is a good thing in this ever-growing craft beer culture we are fortunate to enjoy.

There are more breweries on the way.

Stay up to date with them as the Hoppy Trails beer hounds track them down and give them a first try.


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