La Conner Brewing Company

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La Conner Brewing CompanyLa Conner Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

117 South First St.
La Conner, Washington, 98257
United States

(360) 466-1415 | map

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Photo of dnichols
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of wingedeel
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

Sorry, just didn't care for La Conner Brewing.

First off, the place seems kind of sterile inside, like a chain restaurant or something.

Anyway the wife and I found a seat at the bar. After waiting some time we were served an ESB ( average ) , and a Wheat ( pretty good). After another rather long wait I asked the bartender/waitress if I could settle up. She yelled " eight dollars" over her shoulder as she was walking away. When she came back I paid with a $50 dollar bill. When she came and left my change I noticed she had left me change for a hundred.After several attempts to get her attention she finally came back over and I informed her she had given me $50 too much change. I swear she almost acted annoyed that I bothered her. Should have just kept it I guess, but thats not my style.

Didnt try the food.

Not a place I would bother returning to. Sterile atmosphere, unattentive service,and average beer, at least what we tried.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Stopped by on a beatiful summer day. Interior was lovely, with dark hued wood dominating the decor yet it was somehow not very welcoming. Or that may have been because the less than interested servers.

Beer selection was ok. I tried the IPA and thought it was passable. Tried the Barleywine and it was decent too. For food I tried the Clam chowder and liked it quite a bit.

I'd stop here again if I was nearby but wouldn't make a trip to Laconner just to go there. I really wish I had made it there while Arlen worked there.

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Photo of henrysunset
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped in for dinner after an afternoon tiptoeing through the tulips. Being in the heart of tulip country on one of the three prime tulipwatchign seasons, it is not suprising that the place was crowded, but we did get a seat right away outside, on a picnic table on the supposedly heated porch. (the heater was broken so it was chilly).

Once we did track down the wait staff, I was able to order several tasters (they encourage free tasters, but they are very small.) The IPA is a classic here,b ut we went with a pitcher fo the brown because it tasted really fresh and nice.

The menu is mostly pizzas and panini's. My pizza was the salmon pizza with veggies on top. Quite tasty, but not value at 12$.

Not great service but a cool place worth returning to out of season. We did go for the logo pint glass for 4$.

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Photo of Hobbz
3.93/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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).

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of FirstMan
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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

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La Conner Brewing Company in La Conner, WA
Brewery rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 162 ratings