Skagit River Brewery
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by RedDiamond:
4/5 rDev +12%
You can easily spot the Skagit River Brewery from the freeway. If you're traveling south, exit at once. If you're northbound, turn around and go back. The pub occupies a former warehouse by the railroad tracks on the outskirts of downtown Mount Vernon. In fact, it would be impossible to site a building any closer to the railroad tracks than this one is. When the freights pass, the whole place rumbles. When Amtrak rolls around, you can make expressive eye contact with the passengers.
As with Boundary Bay or North Fork, Skagit has a comfortable, western feel with worn wooden floors and tasteful antique bric-a-brac. This is a friendly, redbrick locals bar where employees stay for a pint or two after their shift. There's an upstairs dining area with window views into the brewery, and an outdoors patio suited to recreational train spotting.
The bar features eight beers, half of them at 4.5% ABV or less. There is one guest tap (Pike) and a house root beer. Skagit brews a variety of styles from imperial stouts to a 3.5% wheat beer, but they are notable for having several lagers at any time. Quality is generally good and a number of beers are available in 22-oz. bottles throughout the region and at the bar. The Sculler's IPA is an especially popular choice. Food runs the gamut from standard barfare to wood-fired pizzas and full entrees. They also serve a fair array of tempting desserts.
Definitely worth a visit. And afterwards a walk through town and a stroll by the river make for a refreshing post-session leg-stretch.
11-14-2009 02:06:18 | More by RedDiamond
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3.05/5 rDev -14.6%
Tucked away off an I-5 exit in Mount Vernon, this was a destination my company took some management to for a business luncheon. . . Finding parking was somewhat a pain in the ass, but I was immediately hopeful of the place because of the "ol-timey" vintage brewery look I usually appreciate in a brewery. The railway vibe is accentuated being actually FEET away from an active railway that rocks the place when a train blasts by on occasion.
That is about where this place peaked for me. . . Our server struggled with personality and couldn't keep up in a timely fashion with orders or requests. Being that this was mid day on a week day when it wasn't that busy, I wasn't impressed. I will give credit that he did have some passion about the beer and could hold a good conversation in regards to it when pressed.
But speaking of the beer, I was further dismayed when much of their selection was unavailable. Including one of their go-to IPA's and a Stout that many seek out when frequenting the place. I still got a flight of what I could get and only drank one of the samplers fully of an IPA they carried. I did get a glass of the nut brown that was pretty good though.
In regards to food, the selection of "pub grub" seemed legit on paper with a nice variety between apps, flat breads, burgers, and local seafood fare. . . I can only speak of the flatbread I ordered, but it was something I could have defrosted from my freezer. A nice coating of red pepper flakes bettered it. My coworker did rave about the chicken salad and I was wishing I did order some of the burgers I was watching being eaten around me. Live and learn I guess. . .
Overall, this place is too far north and out of the way for me to see much of anyway. But even it was within a reasonable distance, I have too many other places I easily rank above here that I would have rarely visited again anyway. . .
04-25-2014 04:32:12 | More by Valley_Town_Sipper
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
Sampled their Hefe yesterday at the unintentional brewfest up north, and are now doing the drop in on the way back down to Seattle en route to Portland. It’s a stand alone right off the highway, stupid easy to find. Parked street side in a sweet slander spot (applicable even if I’m not driving, as long as I’m in the car). Up the porch and pushed in, low maintenance long drive Sunday...
Through and to a small bar to the right; dark wood topped with a light trim, slat wood base, & piping foot rail, and seating for 4 just now on backed chairs. Copper box with 6 etched wood handles taps on the bar, and upright bar towers to each side with 3 handles each; capacity for 12 in all with 1 empty just now. Barback is a pieced wood unit. Shelved mostly ceramic, nicely decorative mug club mugs over glassware over wines to the right, and 22’s over logo pints shelved to the left. A house Scullers IPA print on center, with growlers shelved below to both sides, and Weisse & Pils glasses shelved below. Pint glasses & more Pils on the counter center, and coolerings down below.
Horizontal board lined with handball bulbs runs the length over my head barside with some cool chalk drawings, and a flatscreen on the end showing summer basketball, is there such a thing? Front corner kitchenings; I’m looking in on a guy cooking, flippin’ something in a pan. What is he making and for whom? Black cold box cooler doors on an olive frame on the other end of the bar, and more mug club mugs on a cross beam behind me.
3 hightops behind me at the bar, and then it opens up into the main room, the walls and double high ceiling done a stucco sort of beige, worn heavy plank floors, and large beam uprights. Through to the far side room, the walls done in brick & something reddish, and an olivey colored ceiling in my failing eyesight, anyway. Upwards of 2 dozen booths & tables out across the floor and into the side room, where you’re offered brew room views. It’s a whole lot bigger than you’d expect it’d be. I think Mike said they had a 25bbl system, cannot recall; did I mention there was a beer festival yesterday?
And there’s something of an upstairs space. I was toying with venturing up there but I’m sampling, but then Phil went up so I have to now, ’cause he’s running his Phil mouth. 3 banquet hall tables & a few shortys; a service bar to the rear and a cushy zone up front with a big TV. Also, windows looking in over the brew room from up high. And downstairs, again, displayed ‘Scullers IPA’ shirts show just the skulls (The heads. You're looking at the heads. I, uh – sometimes he goes too far, you know – he's the first one to admit it!), and a quick jaunt to the front shows an outside deck with a dozen tables.
9 house beers (Jenny’s Scottish Ale, a big sweety, okay, not so big at 5.5%, but a malt bomb; Helmut Pale Ale, 5.2%, hoppier than most, meh; 404 IPA, 6%, Zeus, Ahtanum, & Bravo, nice floral hoppiness, pleasant; Scullers IPA, 7.2%, considerably darker, citrus, pine, Northern Brewer & Chinook; Highwater Porter, 7.2%, coffee, bitter chocolate, dry, a nice porter; Hefeweizen, 4.5%, lightly banana clovey, it’s a Hefe; Skagit Brown Ale, 4.5%, slight roastiness; Farm to Market Ale (ESB), 3.2%, medium bodied, malty, biscuity, excellent for style; Del Rio Lager, 3.5%), + a house root beer, and cider (Tieton Cider Works cherry cider). I did a sampler (4 shorty glasses served on a small slat paddle), with first both IPA’s, the Brown & the Porter, and then another with the Scottish, Pale Ale, Hefe, & ESB. The Del Rio Lager was the odd man out between my 2 samplers, the only one I didn’t get to. The 404 IPA, Highwater Porter, & Farm to Market Ale ESB were the best of ‘em.
Some nice beers, sorry we missed Mike on the unannounced drop in. I’ve got to tell you, I’m pretty goddamn fun and just wasn’t feeling it. How can you not like the cool guy from out east? Grumbly server behind the bar, boooo. Decent crowd this day. Oh man, there’s a train that runs by so close that I felt its breeze as it passed. Okay, not really, but the blowing of the horn as it ripped through town did make me fall over. Worth a drop in off the Interstate.
11-08-2012 20:57:58 | More by slander
3/5 rDev -16%
I stopped here on an afternoon. It appeared to be a nice area to sit outside, but I went inside to try a sampler. The sampler only had 4 beers, maybe it was a bad time of day but I thought that was not very broad, and the choices of beers that day were nothing adventurous and pretty bland, surprising considering I was in Washington. I did not try the food, although it looked good from a distance. The service was good and if you're in the area it might be worth a stop, but I probably would not make an effort to go back as far as beer is concerned.
10-19-2011 05:57:15 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.4/5 rDev -4.8%
We stopped here on the way from the Seattle airport to Vancouver.
We ate out on the patio which would have been wonderful (perfect weather, comfortable, nice hanging baskets) but the noise was almost intollerable at times. There is a busy road on one side and train tracks on the other.
The beer list included about 6 or 7 options all brewed on site. I chose the IPA but it was out so I went with the Pale Ale. At first I was disappointed but their APA was actually quite good and very hoppy.
I ordered the BBQ beef sandwich and enjoyed it but not as much as my wife's crabcake sandwich. It was very tasty and she's still talking about it nearly a week later.
Service was average. Our server was not particularly friendly but she got us what we ordered in a timely manner.
Overall the score is not going to look very good but I think it could've been better if we ate inside.
07-27-2010 15:16:21 | More by GilGarp
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
An old building in downtown Mount Vernon, Skagit River Brewery has a good atmosphere with it's old wood floors and brick walls. It has almost an old west saloon feel. However, the one inside wall of the dining room is full of windows so you can see right into the brewing operation. Not a whole lot to look at but I'm sure a little more interesting when they're brewing.
They have a good food selection with some pub fare and some good pasta and seafood dishes. The smoked salmon chowder was quite good.
My server was very inattentive and somewhat unfriendly. If it wasn't for a new busser that was more interested in conversation it would have been a total loss. The server didn't perk up until I bought a $20 growler.
They have a good selection of interesting beers that range from some very low alcohol beers to big 9-10% beers. They charge per oz to fill growlers so it ranges from $12 for their year round fare to $20 for their seasonal or big beers.
SRB is a nice family environment (they brew their own root beer for the kids) or a great place to have lunch and a beer.
05-02-2010 01:33:51 | More by Bfarr
4.05/5 rDev +13.4%
I've been to Skagit River on a couple of occasions, both with kids in tow. The last time I stopped there was on my way home from a backpacking trip around Mount Baker with my then-10-year-old. We got absolutely drenched in a downpour on the last 4 miles down the mountain. The Skagit River Brewery was about and hour and a half drive from the trailhead and a perfect stop on the way home to Seattle. I must say, given our condition, this might have been (relatively speaking) the best BBQ and beer I've ever had. I'm exaggerating but, man, it hit the spot.
While the food is typical pub fare, it's all executed very well. And, their BBQ platter is a must. There is not much selection on tap, at least that I recall. They had their own brews and I had a Sculler's IPA both times and their stout the day we got drenched. The IPA was above average and the stout was OK.
For folks driving to Canada from Seattle and vice versa, Skagit River is a recommended stop given its location and easy on and off access to I-5.
02-03-2010 23:54:34 | More by BuckeyeOne
3.3/5 rDev -7.6%
Located close to I-5, this brewpub is easy to visit.
The rustic feel of this room is great, with worn wooden floors under your feet welcoming you in.
The service can be spotty at the bar, but every time I've had table service it has been average or better.
The quality of the beers can be hit or miss, their IPA being far and away the best beer brewed here. The stout is also very good, with the rest fluctuating greatly.
They do brew a wide variety of beers during the course of the year so there is generally a seasonal or limited release beer available.
The food is always above average, and sometimes great.
For your money Skagit is fairly priced.
This brewpub is usually overshadowed by better brewpubs in the area (Boundary Bay, Anacortes, Flyers)but is surely worth a vist, even if just a quick pitstop from the interstate.
11-05-2009 23:41:41 | More by JTrona11
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
Located in an old fruit warehouse, this room is among my favorite brewpub locations. The trains sometimes rumble just a few feet away from the wall and the deck is enjoyable. I find the Trumpeter Stout and Scullers IPA to be Skagit Rivers best beers, with an honorable mention to Skullersplitter Scotch Ale, one of my least favorite styles. The rest of their lineup is average, with occasional surprise treat available at the brewery. The food menu is slightly above pub average, however they do have a smoker and use it regularly, which is a big plus. Both the food and beer menus have a wide selection, you'll find something to fit your mood. Worth stopping in if you're in the area.
02-19-2009 14:43:02 | More by beertunes
Skagit River Brewery in Mount Vernon, WA
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.