Many local Washington businesses are scrambling to stay afloat during the global coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately for those of us who need a drink to get through this, breweries are considered “essential” businesses. So while we can’t congregate at our local pub for the foreseeable future, most Washingtonians can still get their favorite beer via delivery or no-contact “curbside” pickup.
But wait, what’s curbside pickup? Generally, it works like this:
- Find a nearby brewery offering beer to-go in your city
- Call the brewery or order online
- Walk or drive to the brewery, where an employee will run your order out
- Enjoy your favorite beer at home
It’s just that simple! Here’s a list of some of our favorite breweries offering beer to-go around the state. For a more comprehensive list of Washington beer options during the statewide “stay home” order, check out Washington Beer Blog.
Numerous breweries in the greater Seattle area remain open for business. One of our favorites is Reuben’s Brews, a Ballard-based brewery offering cans, bottles, crowlers and new growler fills to-go. You can either walk up to the taproom service window or order online for curbside pickup. While we sprang for the classic Crikey IPA, you can’t go wrong with anything from Reuben’s. They’ve even created a special beer, You Are Not Alone IPA, to support food and beverage industry workers affected by the shutdown.
With so many great breweries in the Seattle area, it’s tough to recommend just a few. Use a service like Drizly to order delivery beer, or try your neighborhood taproom. Chances are, if you’re in a big beer city like Seattle, beer won’t be too hard to come by!
For those in the Bothell-Kenmore area, Cairn Brewing is a beloved local gathering place. Like Reuben’s, Cairn has transitioned to curbside orders to-go through their online store. Cairn has been busy cranking out 16 oz. cans, all freshly filled and hand-labeled for your “takehome taproom”. New growlers are available as well. With 10-12 beer styles available daily, there’s something for everyone. We usually spring for the Sunshine Saison.
Another powerhouse of the Washington beer scene, Bellingham is home to 14 breweries. Several are offering to-go options, including well-known breweries like Aslan, Boundary Bay, Chuckanut, Kulshan and Wander. Check their social media for details, or hit up Elizabeth Station for access to one-stop shopping. Offering both pickup and delivery, Elizabeth Station’s online shop features over 800 beverages to choose from.
We stopped by Structures Brewing to procure fresh cans of Fuzz. Sold in 16 oz. 4-packs and larger bottles, Structures beer is highly sought-after in Washington and we consider ourselves lucky to live in the neighborhood! Structures is offering taproom pickup (to-go) and shipping beer through their website.
Over the Cascades in Central and Eastern Washington, breweries are stepping up to keep their customers hoppy. In Yakima, Bale Breaker offers online ordering with pickup at Provisions Market. This IPA-centric brewery is based on a hop farm, allowing them to produce some of the freshest (and most popular) beer in the northwest. Top Cutter IPA is an iconic Washington beer, and their seasonal releases are well worth seeking out.
Among Spokane’s newest breweries, Brick West Brewing delivers the goods (literally). With a balanced mix of lagers, hoppy ales and German-inspired styles, Brick West offers a beer for everyone. You can order growlers, crowlers, sealed pints, wine and spirits for delivery. Check social media for the latest offerings. Brick West’s head brewer, Sam, studied in Munich and graduated from the World Brewing Academy with an International Diploma in Brewing Technology. You can’t go wrong with his German ales and lagers.
Of course, this shortlist just scratches the surface of brews available in Washington for pickup and delivery. Check with your local brewery, or consult the Washington Beer Blog for an updated list of options. Above all, stay home as much as possible and stay safe. Cheers!