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La Conner Brewing Company

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La Conner Brewing CompanyLa Conner Brewing Company
BA SCORE
85
very good

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.22%
Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 136
Beer Avg: 3.57
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

117 South First St.
La Conner, Washington, 98257
United States
phone: (360) 466-1415

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Sound_Explorer, May 11, 2014
Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +10.5%

In classic Northwest informality, here is a place to hang and have a great conversation. It is located in "downtown" LaConner, which is not very well known for tourism, but that makes the area far more charming.

The food is phenomenal. Most of the beer is excellent--They'll pour you samples of each kind to try before you order. I would recommend Oktoberfest, IPA and the Porter. The pizza is on fresh dough with fresh ingredients. My friends had chowder, a panini and a salad--they were also pleased.

My wife and I stumbled upon this place two years ago and had a very similar experience. I now try to make it a side trip whenever I travel to the Seattle area.

smcolw, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of Hobbz
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

I finally had a chance to visit a few breweries/brewpubs north of Mukilteo, and LaConner was first on my list. Pretty impressed.

Found the brewpub rather quickly after entering this quaint little inlet town. Lying at the Swinomish channel south, at Skagit Bay, the La Conner village is surrounded by woodlands of cedar and fir.

Entered the building to find an cozy layout (a bit smaller than I had presumed) of pine wood and earthy interior with restaurant seating to the front and left and a cozy bar area right. Fairly busy at this sunset hour, Saturday 11/12/05, though found a spot at the bar in short order.

Good array of beers available. From my notes: German wheat, Pilsner, pale ale, esb, ipa, brown ale, stout, a seasonal, high-gravity Tannenbaum...

The beers were of fresh and good, some better. I did find that the wheat beer that I started with to me was more of the NW variety than the Bavarian style that was indicated; while I did perceive some esters I did not sense any profound fusels/phenolic levels. No matter, as I was determined to start off with this style and move on to taste them all.

I did spend some time referencing through the food menu. A lot looked good here as well. Nachos were what I finally decided on trying out. Impressive nachos! First, I noticed that the tri-colored chips were sturdy enough to support toppings (not always an easy find). Most 'radical' was their use of real, quality cheeses (imagine that: Jack/Cheddar, other? – too many places just end up using the cheap bulk stuff). Topped with a few tomatoes, black beans and jalapeños and served with sides of sour cream and house-made, unique salsa (is that a hint of smoked salmon that I sense? double-check a gulp of beer...nope, not the beer). Peppers could’ve been a bit hotter (not fresh or used pickled?); just my taste and no biggie.

Overall a good experience on my past two visits (pre- & just post-Arlen).

Hobbz, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of dnichols
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

I ended a long, cold spring day of driving by pulling up a stool to the bar at La Conner Brewing Company. I was greeted by a friendly bartender who gave me the skinny about the pub and the brewery. She gave me a food and beer menu and recommended I start with the Porter. After a few pints of the best the brewery had to offer I enjoyed a bowl of chunky, creamy chowder and a tasty veterinarian panino sandwich. As the evening progressed I enjoyed watching the ebb and flow of customers stopping in for a beer and dinner. The menu was varied and featured Northwestern cuisine. The prices were a bit on the high side but that was to be expected in a tourist destination town. The only beers sold in the brewery are made on the premises. There was a small selection of wines, a brewery made hard cider, and non-alcoholic beverages.

The day I was there there were eight beers on tap (Wheat, Pilsner, Pale, Brown, ESB, IPA, Porter, and Vienna-Style Lager). The beer menu also offered, in 12 ounce bottles only, a "Belgian-Style Sour Ale". All of the tap beers were available to be sold in growlers for off premise consumption but the Sour Ale could only be consumed at the brewery. In addition to the Porter I had pints of the Vienna-Style Lager and the Pale Ale ("The Official 2008 Tulip Festival Ale"). With dinner I had a glass of Sour Ale.

dnichols, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Atmosphere – LaConner, WA, is a small tourist city about an hour north of Seattle. The clientele reflect the mostly-local visitors. It’s warm and cozy in here. The pub is rather small and there’s a fireplace on one side and an open, wood-fired oven on the other.

Quality – I just loved the rustic theme of this pub. The wood is solid and beautiful, highlighting the rustic nature of the building. The one thing I didn’t like is the single-occupancy restroom.

Service – This place was packed when skyhand and I visited on President’s Day. We didn’t expect good service, but we got fairly poor service. The lady behind the bar didn’t know anything about beer and didn’t seem to know anything about the pub. Maybe she was new.

Selection – There are only about eight taps here and they are of course all house beers.

Food – I am a pretty finicky pizza eater, but their pizza here was terrific. I had a pepperoni, which was very spicy and well done. The bread is obviously made in-house and the fairly complicated cheese mix worked well. I ordered one to go to take home to my wife it was so tasty.

RoyalT, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

This place was busy at lunch in April as it was in Tulip season. The atmosphere is more restaurant than pub with lots of ladies doing lunch. The service is friendly and efficient with good well presented food ranging from sandwichs to pizzas.

The beer is not consistent. The Wit was lacking in flavour and style but the IPA and Belgian Seasonal were excellent. They don't do a taster tray but will give samples if asked. Read the reviews on BA to ascertain what you may like to order ahead of time.

All in all a good place to grab a good beer and have a nice meal

canucklehead, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of FirstMan
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

LaConner is a great little town in every season EXCEPT during the Skagit Valley Tulip festival. Unfortunately that's when most people visit this sleepy little town at the mouth of an inlet on the Puget Sound. During the festival, this is probably the most popular place in town and it can be packed with people.

My suggestion is to try it at any other time.

Good Northwest atmosphere, good food, and good beer. This isn't the best brewery in the area, but it's certainly worth a stop. The menu features brick oven pizzas, high-end sandwiches, pasta dishes, etc. I've never had anything here that I didn't enjoy. Every once in a while the beer is a miss, but generally you'll be happy.

If you stop by in the wintertime, their winter ale is usually a spicy, warming treat.

FirstMan, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev +5%

The place was loud and crowded, but it seemed like mostly locals, so that just makes it feel well-loved. It's not very big. It seemed like a nice place, though.

The service was better than average, but not particularly good. It took a long time to take our order, and then we were ignored again for a long time -- luckily, we didn't need much because we were only getting beer.

Selection? It the best selection of La Conner beers you're likely to find anywhere, so I'll give it a good grade for that.

Prices seemed reasonable -- a growler of Pale cost only $13 (including the glass), which seems decent.

snaotheus, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of czechsaaz
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Based on a lot a visits over about 5 years, most recently this week.

Nice little brewpub in a tourist town in the northern farm country. Lots of wood, a good bar area and a fireplace. Comfortable and fun. Lots of locals but also a ton of tourists.

They've had ups and downs since I've been coming here. (The dry-hopped, hop cone in every bottle, IPA was stellar but they don't do that anymore.) Right now they have a pretty solid line of beers. None of them are stand out as particularly excellent, but they're all good. This last visit, the IPA and the Pale had a house character, kind of like the same grain bill with different hoping. The Hefeweizen, a german style with good phynol and spicing was the best and the brown was a good malty session.

They have five regulars and a seasonal and the seasonal appears to be only quarterly. So basically you can come here any time of year and pretty much get the same tap list.

Food is pretty good. Wood fired pizzas (good, but not really memorable), panini sandwiches (kind of skimpy on the meat) and salads. All are pretty good, but like the beer, nothing is really so good that you just have to get here, with the possible exception of the clams with spicy coconut milk sauce.

Service has always been friendly, either at the bar or at tables. I get the feeling that some of the wait staff isn't really into beer but they seem to know the basics.

Overall, if you're in LaConnor as a tourist it's worth a lunch. If you're a local, probably the best beer in town. But it isn't a standout brewpub.

czechsaaz, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of woemad
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Paid a visit to the quaint, tourist town of LaConner, and while strolling the streets I found the town brewpub.

Located about a block from the Swinomish Channel, the buiilding looks better than the picture above. Once inside, there's lots of expensive looking wood. "Upscale-cabin" seems to be the decor theme. A brisk lunch business was being done, and judging from the conversations I overheard, the place is popular with tourists and locals alike. This is more of a place to get a locally made beer with a meal than a place to kill a few pints.

I sat at the bar, and found service prompt and friendly.

Beer prices were $4.25 per pint - fairly standard for micros. Menu prices were a little high, but that was what I expected in a tourist town. I ordered a cup of the chowder, which was very tasty, with a rich buttery broth. It came with a piece of Foccacia bread that was rather chalky.

A number of years ago, LaConner beers were available in bottles at Huckleberry's and the Viking. I tried some of them and liked them, but they disappeared years ago. I now know why. The two beers I tried were from average (pilsner) to below average (doppelbock). I may have erred in not ordering the IPA, as local people were coming in to get get growler fills to go of that beer only. Perhaps that's THE Laconner beer to have.

Worth stopping in if you are coming to the town, but the beer is not worth a trip on it's own, as the Skagit Valley and Bellingham area have better brewers.

woemad, Jul 17, 2010
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La Conner Brewing Company in La Conner, WA
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.