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Discussion in 'Northwest' started by bifrost17, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    So I'm going out to Walla Walla on Wednesday, and Thursday with my girlfriend to visit her sister. I've never been there and I was wondering if there's anything beer related worth checking out, bottleshops, bars, restaurants?
  2. madtappers

    madtappers Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2007 Washington

    Red Monkey and Stone Hut, are the only places I know off
  3. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,004) May 23, 2011 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Drive to Laht Neppur's brewery out in Waitsburg. It's an absolutely beautiful drive.
  4. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,627) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Just got back from Walla Walla yesterday, so your timing with this is pretty much perfect.

    We visit WW on a fairly regular basis, and I'm happy to say that things have improved considerably from when we used to visit two or three years ago. In addition to the Red Monkey Lounge, there is also the Green Lantern and Pub 124. The GL has around 20 different craft beer selections, while the P 124 had around 10 or 12. Don't expect to find anything mind boggling on tap, but do expect to find things like Fremont Brewing IPA, Ice Habor beers, SN torpedo and the like. Also, while you can drive to Waitsburg for Laht Neppur beers, there is also a Laht Neppur alehouse in town as well now (so no need to drive out to Waitsburg, unless you really want to). The afternoon we stopped by, they had around 10 of their beers on tap, as well as several bottled selections.

    One of the evenings we had dinner at Brassiere four (sorry about the spelling), which is a french themed restaurant. In addition to a passable wine list, they also had a decent selection of imports and craft beer (bottles I believe). Frankly, I was pretty surprised how pervasive craft beer has become in Walla Walla. 5 or 6 years ago, there was next to nothing in town.

    In terms of bottle shops, I think things are still lagging behind a bit. There are a couple of safeways in town, and they will have core beers from Deschutes, NB, Widmer, Pike, SN and the like, but not much else other than that. So it might be worthwhile stocking up in Seattle before heading out of town if there's something in particular you want to drink while you're in Walla Walla. Enjoy!

    (P.S. Don't know if you're into that kind of thing, but the new Walla Walla Sweets - onions - harvest was just starting this past week. Prices are good there and the quality is amazing. IMHO). Have fun.
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  5. ajramirez1

    ajramirez1 Initiate (107) Apr 9, 2011 Washington

    Hahahaha walla walla sucks ass for brrr. Just got to grocery store and find some micros
  6. tozerm

    tozerm Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2005 Washington

    Historically the Albertsons in Walla Walla has had the largest selection of craft/import beers.
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  7. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    Thanks for all the tips! Yeah we're definitely planning on loading up on onions, can't wait!
  8. Rathakem

    Rathakem Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2012 Oregon

    You could check out Salumiere Cesario, small little gourmet grocery .. They stock some craft beers (even had some RR beers in which is unheard of in WW). Right across the street is Walla Walla Wine Woman, they have a limited craft beer selection as well. Both are on the corner of 2nd and Rose St.

    In addition to Albertsons, Super One Foods has been adding to their selection as well.

    Laht Neppur is great, and the Green Lantern is a favorite spot of mine.
  9. shnsajax

    shnsajax Disciple (361) Jul 2, 2013 Idaho
    Beer Trader

    Wanted to bump this and see how things are now in Walla Walla. Any new places to go to or check out? Might be going up there a couple of times a year now.
    #9 shnsajax, Feb 17, 2015
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  10. carrolri

    carrolri Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2011 Washington
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Things keep picking up. Laht Neppur's ale house has now become a bottle shop, nothing incredibly fancy, but decent selection and they also have a lot of guest drafts--check it out on facebook for up to date drafts, not bottles. Salumiere Cesario also has a selection of rarer imports and more specialty craft (Bruery, Logsdon). A couple new small breweries have opened as well, Burwood Brewing (http://www.burwoodbrewing.com/) and Dragon's Gate (only open on Saturdays: http://dragonsgatebrewery.com/). The Green Lantern has definitely stepped up its game and probably has the best selection of craft taps and food.
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  11. sanford_and_son

    sanford_and_son Aspirant (285) Jul 23, 2012 Washington

    I back the Green Lantern recommendations. They also have surprisingly awesome fish tacos. No idea why. I have a bunch of friends who went to Whitman College and that was their go-to bar.
  12. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,004) May 23, 2011 Washington
    Beer Trader

    I said it earlier in this thread 2 1/2 years ago now, but the drive from Walla Walla to Waitsburg is beautiful.
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  13. woemad

    woemad Poo-Bah (2,657) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Sorry about thread-jacking (but clearly not enough to stop!), but how's the quality of Laht Neppur's (I think I just gave spellcheck a stroke) bottled offerings? I've always shied away, at first because I thought chances of them being that great were low, then because they don't seem to date their bottles and I never see much of a buzz about them on here, so I've been wary of picking up, say, an IPA and it turns out to be a long-standing shelf turd. Obviously somebody buys it enough for them to be regularly on shelves in Spokane for a number of years now, so I'm curious if I'm missing out.
  14. HectorB

    HectorB Initiate (167) Sep 21, 2013 New York

    Any good new options for beer in WW?
  15. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,627) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
    Beer Trader

    Not that I'm aware of. The downtown Laht Neppur has gone belly up I'm afraid, but that's really the only change I can think of. We'll be back out there in June, so I could report back after that, but I'm assuming that probably won't help you much.
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