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Kitsap on Tap: Sound Brewery

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Founded: 2011

Location: 650 NW Bovela Ln, Poulsbo

Online: Website, @soundbrewery, Facebook

Beer sold in: Taproom, kegs, bottles

Signature beers: Monk’s Indiscretion Belgian ale, Tripel Entendre Belgian tripel, Humulo Nimbus double IPA

What’s brewing: The Northwest craft beer scene is dominated by hoppy pale ales, which makes Sound Brewery’s offering stand out. Sound specializes put a modern touch on traditional Old World styles (it swept the “Abbey-Inspired Ales” category at the 2014 Washington Beer Awards), and produces nearly 30 varieties.

Because of its unusual selection, Sound markets farther afield. Its beers can be found across the Pacific Northwest and in several Canadian provinces. The brewery ships 45 kegs a month to Japan. Sound is expanding production to keep up with demand.

Viewpoint:

“Our motto is ‘tradition liberated.’ That means, to us, doing traditional styles really, really well, and then doing our own spins on traditional beers that are a little outside of the box.” — Mark Hood, founder/manager

blog.tinyKitsap On Tap is an exploration of West Sound’s rising craft beer industry. Find the print story, more beer features and ongoing coverage at kitsapsun.com/beer.

 Brewery Profiles: Silver City Brewery | Hood Canal Brewery | Der Blokken Brewery | Slippery Pig Brewery | Valholl Brewing | Sound Brewery | Bainbridge Island Brewing | Rainy Daze Brewing | Slaughter County Brewing | Unicycle Ale|

Kitsap On Tap: Valhöll Brewing

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Founded: 2010

Location: 18970 3rd Ave., Poulsbo

Online: Website, @valhollbrew, Facebook

Beer sold in: Taproom, kegs

Signature beers: Brew Bitch IPA, Golden Warrior Ale

What’s brewing: Valhöll grew out of Heads Up Brewing, a Silverdale hub for beer makers. Heads Up closed in 2008 and former employee Jeff Holcomb laid the groundwork for his own brewery in a Poulsbo with partner Jordan Rogers.

They opened the 3rd Avenue taproom in 2012 and brought on Pike brewer Adam Orrick oversee production. The brewery found a successful niche, offering bold beer, an inviting barroom, and popular, Viking-themed apparel (Valhöll is the original word for Valhalla).

While most growing breweries push aggressively into wholesale, Valhöll is more focused on building its taproom business. Holcomb has plans for a larger production facility on the Kitsap Peninsula, and envisions a string of Valhöll taprooms spread across several craft beer-starved states.

Viewpoint:

“My whole goal has been to create a gathering place. People forget how to talk, everyone wants to be on their phone, we want a place where beer lovers can come together and hang out.” — Jeff Holcomb

blog.tinyKitsap On Tap is an exploration of West Sound’s rising craft beer industry. Find the print story, more beer features and ongoing coverage at kitsapsun.com/beer.

 Brewery Profiles: Silver City Brewery | Hood Canal Brewery | Der Blokken Brewery | Slippery Pig Brewery | Valhöll Brewing | Sound Brewery | Bainbridge Island Brewing | Rainy Daze Brewing | Slaughter County Brewing | Unicycle Ale|

Kitsap on Tap: Slippery Pig Brewery

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Founded: 2010

Location: 18801 Front Street, Poulsbo

Online: Website, @SlipperyPigBeer, Facebook

Beer sold in: Taproom, limited kegs

Signature beers: Rhubarb IPA, Curly Tail Stinging Nettle Pale

What’s brewing: As the signature beer list suggests, Slippery Pig is no run-of-the-mill microbrewery. Dave and Shawna Lambert opened the business on their Finn Hill farm in 2010 and found inspiration close at hand, incorporating fresh-grown ingredients into their recipes.

Slippery Pig made a bold move to downtown this year, opening a new brew house, taproom and live music venue on Front Street in late June. The new location will allow the brewery to expand production and fatten up its bar business with more walk-in customers.

Viewpoint:

“The more impossible something seems, the better of an idea it is. If anyone says you can’t do that, we’re going to figure out why you can’t.” — Dave Lambert 

blog.tinyKitsap On Tap is an exploration of West Sound’s rising craft beer industry. Find the print story, more beer features and ongoing coverage at kitsapsun.com/beer.

 Brewery Profiles: Silver City Brewery | Hood Canal Brewery | Der Blokken Brewery | Slippery Pig Brewery | Valholl Brewing | Sound Brewery | Bainbridge Island Brewing | Rainy Daze Brewing | Slaughter County Brewing | Unicycle Ale|

 

Kitsap on Tap: Der Blokken Brewery

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Founded: 2010

Location: 1100 Perry Ave., Bremerton

Online: Website, @DerBlokken, Facebook

Beer sold in: Taproom/pub, kegs, some bottles

Signature beers: Praetorian pale ale, Der Blokken Double Black, Rat City Red

What’s brewing: Der Blokken Brewery has established itself as a community hub in Manette, where it occupies a sprawling corner building. It began as a brew house and pub, offering an eclectic beer selection and European-inspired food, and expanded to include a 21-and-older lounge and a game room.

The Bremerton brewery prides itself on being owned and operated by women, a rarity in the beer making world. (In fact, there’s a Pink Boots Society dedicated to advancing women in the trade.) Reina Powers became the sole owner after a recent transition. Missy Holyoak serves as manager and Amanda Brown is brewmaster.

Der Blokken is rapidly expanding its wholesale output, already producing 1,000 barrels this year. A relationship with the Rat City Rollergirls is helping grow the brewery’s presence in Seattle.

Viewpoint:

 “The pub aspect of brewing is really important. It provides people a place to come and talk… Some great ideas have started over a pint of beer.” — Reina Powers

blog.tinyKitsap On Tap is an exploration of the county’s rising craft beer industry. Find the print story, more beer features and ongoing coverage at kitsapsun.com/beer.

 Brewery Profiles: Silver City Brewery | Hood Canal Brewery | Der Blokken Brewery | Slippery Pig Brewery | Valholl Brewing | Sound Brewery | Bainbridge Island Brewing | Rainy Daze Brewing | Slaughter County Brewing | Unicycle Ale|

 

Kitsap On Tap: Hood Canal Brewery

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Founded: 1996

Location: 26499 Bond Road NE, Kingston

Online: WebsiteFacebook

Beer sold in: Taproom, kegs, bottles

Signature beers: Agate Pass Amber, Dosewallips Special Ale, Dabob Bay IPA

What’s brewing: Founder Don Wyatt, a longtime homebrewer and former school teacher, worked one summer at the Thomas Kemper Brewery before it closed in 1995.

He struck out on his own in 1996 and built a craft brew following in the north end of the county.

The casual Hood Canal taproom off Bond Road is a popular local hangout. Wyatt still handles all the brewing duties himself. His beer can be found in bottles or on draught at about 50 Northwest locales.

Viewpoint:

“How many businesses are there where people enjoy what they’re doing?… There’s nothing like selling a keg to someone. It puts a warm spot in your heart.” — Don Wyatt


blog.tinyKitsap On Tap is an exploration of West Sound’s rising craft beer industry. Find the print story, more beer features and ongoing coverage at kitsapsun.com/beer.

 Brewery Profiles: Silver City Brewery | Hood Canal Brewery | Der Blokken Brewery | Slippery Pig Brewery | Valholl Brewing | Sound Brewery | Bainbridge Island Brewing | Rainy Daze Brewing | Slaughter County Brewing | Unicycle Ale|

Kitsap on Tap: Silver City Brewery

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Founded: 1996

Location: 206 Katy Penman Ave, Bremerton

Online: Website, @SilverCityBrew, Facebook

Beer sold in: Taproom, kegs, bottles, cans. Restaurant in Silverdale.

Signature beers: Ridgetop Red, Saint Florian IPA, Ziggy Zoggy summer lager

What’s brewing: Brothers Scott and Steve Houmes joined former Thomas Kemper brewer Don Spencer to found Silver City as a restaurant and brewery in 1996.

The brewing operation moved to a larger Bremerton facility in 2010 and production steadily increased. Silver City is on pace to brew 10,000 barrels of beer this year, making it far-and-away Kitsap’s largest brewery.

While growing, Silver City remains focused on maintaining quality and serving the local market. The bulk of its sales are still made in Kitsap, though Silver City beer can be found around the I-5 corridor and across the Olympic Pensinsula. Small quantities are shipped to Japan. Continue reading