An excursion up north for a night of winter camping with friends at Deception Pass State Park this past weekend was a perfect excuse to stop by the Anacortes Brewery & Rockfish Grill. It was just a quick stop for lunch and a couple of beers, and I don’t have any mind-blowing news to share or anything. I just wanted to reiterate how much I love this brewery!
The Anacortes IPA became a favorite of mine last year, and a taste of my friend’s pint of the cask version on this trip reminded me of just why I love it so much. We also tried several seasonal/special releases: an oak aged Belgian Sour, Dark Side IPA, Imperial Stout, Noel Winter Ale, and a Klosterbier. All of these were very enjoyable, but the Klosterbier and the Dark Side IPA shined the most for me; we gladly filled a couple of growlers with those for the campsite.
That area of the state has several visit-worthy breweries (Skagit, Flyers and La Conner come to mind). If you’ve got some time off during the holidays, maybe it’s about time you set up a little day trip to visit them. If you do, make sure not to miss Anacortes. Cheers to brewer Kevin Pierce and the rest of his team. Keep the great brews coming!