PNW Business Spotlight: Brickyard Brewing

A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided to drive to North Bend, WA to shop at the outlet stores.  We have lived out here for four years and haven’t explored North Bend all that much, minus hiking Mount Si (which by the way, if you haven’t done it, you need to).  After finishing up our shopping, we drove through downtown North Bend and drove past Brickyard Brewing. Not one to pass up a local brewery, we found a parking spot and walked in.

(Photo Credit: Brickyard Brewing)
(Photo Credit: Brickyard Brewing)

My first impression was how clean the bar and restaurant area looked.  There was a nice outdoor patio for seating and the restaurant was very spacious and not crowded.  There were many people inside eating and drinking and we found a couple of seats at the bar.

The bartender was very friendly and gave us menus.  Whenever I go to a local brewery, I always try to order their own brews to try them out.  Brickyard had six beers to try as well as a guest tap list.  I ordered three 4 oz samples on the menu, including the Southwestern Green Chile Blonde, Masonry Oatmeal Stout and the Baple Macon (not a typo) Wee Heavy Scotch Ale.  The brews I did not try were the Craft Lite, Concrete Blonde, and McDaniels Irish Red Ale.

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)
(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

The Green Chile Blonde smelled exactly as you think it would.  I am someone who literally eats habanero peppers by themselves, so if there was any hotness to this, I wouldn’t be the best person to ask.  You could definitely taste the chile flavor but it was mild and not bitter at all.  It added a subtle kick to the overall flavor and I really liked it (and ordered another).  Stouts and Porters are my favorite beers, so I was certainly itching to try the Masonry Oatmeal Stout.  The dark chocolate, coffee and slight oatmeal finish definitely won over my taste buds. I saved the Baple Macon for last and I was glad I did – I was in heaven.  I know these days it seems bacon is added to everything, but it really does make everything taste better (by the way, add crispy bacon to your S’mores next time – you won’t regret it).  Brewed with real maple syrup, the Baple Macon was smooth and sweet with a hint of smoked bacon.  I fell in love and almost bought a growler of Baple Macon; I regret I didn’t.

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)
(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

We also did try out some of the food menu.  I ordered a burger with avocado and my husband ordered chicken wings.  My burger was juicy and good and my husband liked that the chicken meat fell right off the bones.  I asked our bartender if I could contact one of the owners.  She gave me Joe Montero’s information and I quickly shot him an email to ask him a few questions.

Brickyard Brewing was founded by Mr. Montero in 2011 when his home brewing system got out of hand and the ultimatum was made that it had to be moved out of his house. He had recently sold a business and had warehouse space in Woodinville, WA which was a perfect incubator for a new microbrewery. The business was started with a 1 barrel brewhouse which made two kegs per batch plus and a tiny taproom. Over the intervening years, Brickyard has grown to a 15 barrel brewhouse producing as much as 90 barrels per month.

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)
(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

Brickyard’s North Bend location opened in July 2016, with their main location in Woodinville.  Joe did not consider North Bend when the initial business plan was made for expansion.  His longtime friend, co-owner and chef, Broc Thompson, made the proposal that Brickyard expand to this location when the historical McGrath Building became available.

The brewery partnered with Thomson to create a menu of Beer Inspired Gastropub. The menu includes many smaller, affordable plates and some higher-end meals which include dry aged steak and seared salmon. Many meals will have recommended beer pairings and have Brickyard beers infused into sauces and marinades. Chef Thomson has created some truly unique and exciting bar snacks such as Fries with Cascade Hop Beer Salt and a Kielbasa Corndog with Beer Mustard and Cheese Dip.

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)
(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

Brickyard Brewing has 8 full time beers and 4 rotating recipes ranging from lite beer to IPAs to dark rich stouts. Brickyard has also begun a barrel program for high gravity beers and sour beer products, which will be released next year after they have aged.

WHERE:
Brickyard Brewing – North Bend
101 W North Bend Way
North Bend, WA 98045
Ph. (425) 483-2337

Brickyard Brewing – Woodinville
5817 238th Street St SE, Suite 3
Woodinville, WA 98072
Ph. (425) 483-2337

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