Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Centralia (stop 2): Dick's Brewing

   This brewery grew out of a sausage-making business started by Dick Young, who unfortunately passed away in October 2009 (see obit ).  His nickname was Dick Danger, and it lives on in Danger Ale, the signature brew here.  This is a dark, almost porter-like ale with a generous dollop of black malt. The retail outlet, at 5945 Pranther Road, is done up like a country cafe, with knotty pine booths and red and white checked curtains and the sausage works in the back.  They were pouring from nine taps the day I stopped by.  Permanent and seasonal taps are listed on their website, as are another half-dozen brews available in bottles only.
    Brewing operations moved in 2007 to an industrial park about two miles back toward Centralia, at 3516 Galvin Road.  Tours and tastings are offered on Friday afternoons. Annual production is over 2500 bbls and they run a 12-oz bottling line and ship a fair amount of six-packs out of state.  According to a printed info sheet, brewer Dave Pendleton and crew are turning out 22 different brews, counting all the seasonals.  This is truly an exceptional array, and those I tasted (the Lava Rock Porter and the Hefeweisen) are very fine.
(Visited 06/11/10)

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