In the early 1980s, you could count the number of American microbreweries on two hands, and two of them were in Washington: Redhook Ale Brewery in Ballard (now in Woodinville) and Grant’s Brewery Pub in Yakima (now closed).
Since that time, a craft beer revolution has swept across the nation; these days, you can find craft beer in every city and backwater burg in the country. But a new generation of Northwest brewers now leads the second wave of the revolution, creating the most refreshing and satisfying beers in the world, rekindling our international reputation as craft beer pioneers. From crisp, light, delicately balanced pilsners to robust, rich, chocolaty imperial stouts, Washington’s 150-plus breweries continue to raise the bar.
This month, we celebrate some of the local breweries and brewers making noise in the craft beer world.
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