Poulsbo is about to get a
we reported last week, Silverdale’s Rainy Daze Brewing will move
north late this summer to take over Sound Brewery‘s original tasting
room on Bovela Lane. (Sound is moving its tasting room to the
current Campana’s Italian Restaurant building on Viking
Rainy Daze will join Sound,
Brewery and Valholl Brewing in Little
With four breweries in a city of less than 10,000 residents,
Poulsbo will certainly have an embarrassment of malty riches.
So it’s fun to wonder where Poulsbo rates among craft
beer crazy towns.
There are all kinds of ways to
rank cities and
states based on beer. Which has the most breweries? The
most breweries relative to population? What city produces
the most barrels or consumes the most beer? And which has
the “best” breweries?
When it comes to breweries per capita at least, Poulsbo
isn’t ready to claim the title of “Brew City USA,” as it was
dubbed in the North Kitsap Herald.
There are a number of cities here in Washington with higher
ratios of breweries to people. After all, we live in a state
with more than
300 licensed breweries and a lot of very small cities.
database of licensed breweries from 2015 provided by the
Liquor and Cannabis Board, and the state’s official population
estimates, I put together a quick list of Washington cities
blessed with high brewery-to-population ratios. I ignored breweries
that didn’t report any production in 2015 and stuck with
Breweries: 4 (once Rainy Daze opens)
Ratio: 1 brewery per 2,488 residents
Ratio: 1 brewery per 703 residents
Ratio: 1 brewery per 765 residents
Ratio: 1 brewery per 890 residents
Ratio: 1 brewery per 895 residents
Ratio: 1 brewery per 2,420 residents.
Based on a quick scan, it does appear Poulsbo could become
the smallest city in the state with four or more breweries.
That by itself would be an accolade worth toasting.