The northwest corner of Washington State is a beer lover’s paradise. And in Skagit County, residents and guests alike are fortunate to have a strong selection of locally-produced beers to choose from. Below is a baker’s dozen of local breweries, and doesn’t include bars and tap houses that may also serve locally-produced beers. Looking to visit Skagit County breweries? Check out this list!
Mount Vernon and Burlington Breweries
Chuckanut Brewery’s South Nut
11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington
Chuckanut Brewery’s South Nut brewery and tap room, owned by Mari and Will Kemper of Thomas Kemper Brewery fame, offers amazing German-styled beers brewed with immense precision. They also offer growlers and to-go kegs, as well as bottles of barrel-aged barleywine. Whether it’s a cold Kölsch on a summer day or a Doppelbock on a winter’s eve, there’s no beating a Chuckanut brew.
Garden Path Fermentation
11653 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington
Garden Path Fermentation in Burlington takes “drinking local” to another level, using hyper-local ingredients to brew beer, wine, cider and mead. Draft beers include about a half-dozen in-house varieties plus guest taps, and their bottle shop has more than 400 options from around the world. They’re also dog-friendly.
Cardinal Craft Brewing
15579 Peterson Road, Burlington
As part of Skagit Valley College’s Craft Brewing Academy, the Cardinal Craft Brewingtaproom features beers brewed by students as part of their one-year professional brew science training. Their rotating tap list features a dozen options.
520 S Main Street, Mount Vernon
District Brewing in Mount Vernon provides pizza and wings to go along with nearly a dozen in-house beers, another half dozen rotating guest taps, and even more growler and crowler options. Their IPAs are especially popular.
North Sound Brewing Co.
17406 WA-536 A, Mount Vernon
North Sound Brewing Co. specializes in more than 20 kinds of unfiltered small-batch ales inspired by traditional English and Irish varieties. Their beers can pack a punch, as well as fun names like the Stouticus Maximus Imperial Stout and To Hell in a Hop Basket Imperial IPA.
Skagit River Brewery
404 S 3rd St, Mount Vernon
Skagit River Brewery offers 24 taps, including a dozen in-house styles ranging from ale to stout. There’s also a wide range of food pairings, from Bavarian pretzels and fried pickles to burgers and flatbread pizzas.
Temperate Habits Brewing Company
500 S 1st St, Mount Vernon
An all-ages, dog-friendly brewpub in downtown Mount Vernon, Temperate Habits Brewing Company is owned by two beer-passionate pharmacists who strive to for the highest quality in their brews. The brewery offers nine in-house varieties on-tap, including the refreshing Prickly Pear Kölsch and Lightly Buzzed Honey Lavender Blonde.
Farmstrong Brewing Company
110 Stewart Rd, Mount Vernon
Farmstrong Brewing Company, located right off Interstate 5 in Mount Vernon, offers a spacious tap room and beer garden, the latter of which usually has some tasty food trucks. Cool off with lighter beers like the Skagit Pilsner or the La Raza, a Mexican-style Vienna Lager. If hoppy or malty is more your thing, IPAs and dark beers are also on-hand.
Concrete and Bow Breweries
Birdsview Brewing Company
38302 SR 20, Concrete
Located off the scenic North Cascades Highway about seven miles west of Concrete, Birdsview Brewing Company offers delicious brews, pub fare and plenty of outdoor seating. Their in-house taps include the Bill’s Pils – a pilsner made with world-renowned German lager yeast – and the wonderfully-named SasScotch Scotch Ale.
5712 Gilkey Ave, Bow
Located in Edison, Terramar Brewstillery serves up award-winning beer, spirits, cider and pizza with a plentiful outdoor seating area. If you’re indecisive on which of their 11 taps you should choose, they offer a flight of 4-ounce tasters dubbed the Slaughterhouse Six.
Anacortes and La Conner Breweries
320 Commercial Ave, Anacortes
As the 10th oldest brewery in Washington State, Anacortes Brewery has been serving up dozens of beer styles for nearly 30 years, and is located next to the also-popular Rockfish Grill. From the Deception Pass Pale Ale to the Knucklehead Red, you can’t make a bad choice here.
Bastion Brewing Company
12529 Christianson Rd, Anacortes
Located near the Route 20 interchange that leads to Anacortes, Whidbey Island and the San Juans, Bastion Brewing Companyhas plenty of great beer and Texas-style barbeque. Hoppy choices include the refreshing Kraken Grapefruit Pale Ale and Boca Joe’s Blood Orange Pale Ale.
La Conner Brewing Company
117 First Street, La Conner
La Conner Brewing Company has provided small batch, hand-crafted beers and pub fare from its location in historic downtown La Conner since opening in 1995. Sixteen taps rotate throughout the year, and are sure to please all palates.