Active Beers: 22
Beer Ratings: 110
Beer Avg: 3.88
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by RedDiamond:
3.76/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Craft breweries assume a wide variety of forms. But I've never seen one quite like Skookum. The brewery is a cottage industry in the brewer's detached garage. Yet it's a fully viable commercial enterprise open to the public two days each week. And it's not a Joe's Garage-type of business model. It's more like Ron and Jackie's laid back beer ranch.
Your first task is to find the place, and your best bet for that is to follow the directions outlined on Skookum's website. The brewery is at the end of a dead end gravel road in a rural area a mile off the freeway. You'll see the brewery to the right and a refurbished, century-old barn to the left. The barn itself is split down the middle with horses living in stables on one side, Ron and Jackie on the other.
The brew house has a copper and oak-slatted 10-bbl brewery with a tiny seating area and shows refined, homespun craftsmanship throughout. There's no physical bar to speak of making for the strange circumstance of people gathering in an impromptu semi-circle around the service counter where a bar might otherwise be. Outside is a covered patio and tables facing the horse pastures and barn. In winter, canvass awnings are erected and warmed by space heaters. A portable fire pit adds ambiance.
Skookum is only open on Friday and Saturday for three hours each day. But the place draws a steady stream of locals and can be busy. They pour about 10 house beers with no guests, cask, or wine. Beer styles adhere to customary American models with recent inroads into Belgian territory. Though beers are served in plastic cups, their quality is deserving and it's a pleasure to sip a Skookum beer in this relaxed wooded environment while watching horses graze nearby. Food is not served but you may bring your own. Leashed dogs are welcome and encouraged.
06-16-2010 00:58:46 | More by RedDiamond
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
They have just moved into their new taproom (and soon to be brewing) location. Lots of space and nice look to the natural wood bar around the room. Kitchen is seperate from the bar which is nice. Is a cash only place though and they are doing construction on the other half of the building to put in their bigger brewing system (or so I was told). Have a projector for tv and a couple nice garage doors that, in the summer, should open up and be really nice to relax.
02-28-2014 19:17:16 | More by Sound_Explorer
3.79/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $
Not the little garbage pictured on the profile, but rather a massive warehouse near the arlington airport. Really a huge space - bring 200 of your closest friends if you wish.
10-12 taps, including a nice DIPA. Free pretzels. Arlington isn't the greatest, but it's pretty near I-5, and they pour a cheap pint.
03-10-2013 01:24:59 | More by dirtylou
4.51/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I have visited this brewery many times. Mid last year they moved from there backwoods setting to an old warehouse near the Arlington airport.
The setting and atmosphere are relaxed. There is some heat in the building so they are open all winter long. There are alot of tables and chairs to sit at so finding a place to sit down and enjoy your brew is not a problem.
The beer selection usualy rotates throughout the season so it keeps things interesting, I know people have there own opinions but Jack Ass and Mule are my personal favorites. There are usualy 8 taps running beer, I know they have one to the side with a soda in it for the non beer drinkers. The staff are usualy very nice and helpful and they keep the beer flowing. So far there is no food so bring your own snacks, although they do usualy have pretzels on hand. I would definately reccomend the sampler they have some great beers to try.
In all I think the Skookum Brewery is a definat MUST, if your in the area, It is a little treasure of a brewery in Arlington.
03-09-2013 05:07:51 | More by Flight0011
4.01/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
A: Well, dont be afraid when driving out here. It takes you on a long unpaved private road. Once you get there you walk past the cow field and you will see the picnic tables and plenty of outdoor seating. The brewery is a small barn type place(not dirty but the picture I put on beerfly does the trick)The people are mainly locals and very nice. I had a great discussion with the brewer and another patron who was from Marin, so we talked North Bay beer. Pet friendly too!!!
S: Service was exceptional, very nice and outgoing. I never waited for a beer
S: About ten beers on tap ranging from IPA, RIS and Belgians
F: No food here
While off the beaten I5 path it is a good stop and my favorite stop so far between Seattle and Bellingham(besides Anacortes/Rockfish)
06-13-2010 19:37:40 | More by barleywinefiend
Skookum Brewery in Arlington, WA
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.