As you may know I wrote about the Washington Brewers Festival at Saint Edwards Park earlier this year and one of my top IPA picks was the Hop Diggity from Port Townsend Brewery so I had to stop in for a pint.
Don’t be turned off by the outside appearance of this industrial looking metal building, because once you step inside you’ll be in a cozy pub.
They do have a beer garden with a stage that looks inviting but they didn’t have service outside the day I stopped in. Most folks seemed to be the locals, but those of us who were visiting were greeted with a friendly smile and prompt service.
Our server was knowledgeable about all the beers and professed to having been a customer before becoming an employee. Good hire Port Townsend, I wish I could remember her name but she was a tall, pretty, dark haired woman with a great personality…in case you were passing out raises, you might know who I’m talking about.
Once again, I do have to give them props for the great Hop Diggity IPA which has that extra crisp hop experience in every sip. If you’d like a more toned down version of that beauty they also have their Bitter End IPA.
Don’t get me wrong, you will still have plenty of hoppy goodness but it’s a little smoother for the masses.
Now, I don’t just talk about IPA’s!
While I was there I tried their Boatyard Bitter. This is the 2004 Silver Medal Winner at the North American Brewers Award winning in the category, English Special Bitter.
It is a well rounded beer with just enough hops followed by a smooth malty finish.
There is a reason it won an award, because it’s good y’all!
All these beers were excellent and I would recommend that you pick up a bottle or six.
Better yet, jump on a ferry boat to Port Townsend, spend the day in this historic town and stop by the brewery. Tell them Toren sent you.
Oh, by the way, the brewery doesn’t have food so after your visit try out Siren’s Pub on Water Street for the crab cakes. Awesome!