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Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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BEER AVG
3.73/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
23
Reviews:
429
Ratings:
766
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
87
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
18
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
7.57%
 
 
Taps:
14
Bottles/Cans:
6
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

8032 Falls Avenue SE
Snoqualmie, Washington, 98065
United States

(425) 831-2337 | map
fallsbrew.com

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3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

In 2006 Snoqualmie opened a taproom in the historic mountain community of Snoqualmie Falls, and about a year later I showed up to drink them dry. I knew I had stumbled upon a rare enclave of genius when I read on their beer menu, “We recognize that there are some beers we just can’t duplicate.” This is why they keep a tap at the bar devoted to a rotating selection of Belgian ales and don’t brew any of their own except for a seasonal Grand Cru. Most American brewers who attempt Belgian-style ales achieve no more than robotic duplication and fall far short of the artistic majesty of the Belgian tradition. Perhaps in another century or so this will change. Meanwhile, Snoqualmie at least has the sensibilities to recognize the difference, respect the originals, and bow out gracefully. Genius.

All of Snoqualmie’s regular offerings finish at 7.0% ABV or less. But their modest potency wisely translates into a high quaff quotient. Copperhead Pale Ale and Wildcat IPA are among the most inviting, easy drinking ales in the region. I’d even go so far as to say that Snoqualmie is one of the most overlooked and undervalued breweries in the state. They certainly deserve more recognition than they presently receive.

Sno’s taproom is a modest affair carved from a forward corner of their brewery. Though the place is relaxed and the service is friendly and assured, it kills me – just KILLS me – that the brewery sits on waterfront property adjacent to the Snoqualmie River and yet we in the beerish public are denied the deserved pleasure of a riverside beer garden. As the King said, “Don’t be cruel.” Give us the garden. GIVE US THE GARDEN! Please.

Meanwhile, you can get damn tasty sandwiches (hot or cold) at the Taproom or salads or pizza. Prices at first seem steep, but the sandwiches are stacked high, built on fresh bread, come with house-made slaw or baked beans (both uncommonly good) and mine came served in – I swear – no more than three minutes time. Worth the price in my view. When you’re done, Snoqualmie has bottles and growlers to go and they’ll even fill your corny keg. And they serve beers at the taproom that are unavailable elsewhere.

If you get to Snoqualmie and the place looks familiar, you might have seen parts of it on the Twin Peaks TV series or on episodes of Northern Exposure. Be sure to check out the 268-foot waterfalls about a mile down river from the brewery. Depending upon the mindset of your significant other, either the falls are a great reason to visit a town with a brewery, or the brewery is a great reason to visit the falls.

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Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom in Snoqualmie, WA
87 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.