Conspicuous Variety – West Sound Nanos

Port Townsend Brewery

The trip to Port Townsend, WA is always a scenic overkill, making you want to get out the tent, backpacks, and sleeping bags and live the wilderness life for a few days. Still relatively rural or deeply forested, the peninsula is a collection of farms, waterways and very cute, very small towns.

The Port Townsend Brewery is a destination all its own with great beers in every style and a great location.

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Poulsbo – Heart of the West Sound

Poulsbo has long been the Nordic capital of the West Sound and boasts three great breweries that are radically different and uniquely supportive of one another. Slippery Pig, Valholl and Sound Brewing are enough to complete a full day of tasting great beers. Add stops at the Hare & Hounds Public House and the Europa Bottle Shop and you will go home very happy.

Slippery Pig Brewing

Slippery Pig has been around since 2011 originally located on, yes, a pig farm. Owner Dave Lambert creates specialty beers based on traditional styles, with a local ingredients thrown in;  thistles, rhubarb and nettles. It also has some spot on evening entertainment featuring local bands of a variety of musical styles.

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 Valholl Brewing

For my money Souty Stouterson is a go-to stout in all of the different variations the fine folk at Valholl brew up. Seriously – they make many, many fine beers to suit the traditionalist and the adventurous.

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There are many other exceptional breweries not too far away:

  • Port Orchard – Slaughter County
  • Shelton – Grove Street
  • Bremerton- Der Blokken, Wobbly Hops, Hales Ales
  • Silverdale – Silver City, Rainy Daze
  • Gig Harbor – 7 Seas
  • Hood Canal – Hood Canal Brewery,
  • Kingston – Downpour Brewing
  • Bainbridge Island – Bainbridge Brewing