Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hood Canal: Celebrate the scenery

  Every state has areas of natural beauty.  I was several days in Iowa and Nebraska last month and can attest that they have pretty spots. But I don't think it is just chauvinism to assert that Washington State has an extravagance of spectacular scenery, compared to most anywhere on the planet. The combination of dramatic scenic elements, snow-capped volcanic peaks, blue mountain lakes, forested islands off a rocky coast, sometimes all visible from the same spot, is just hard to beat.
  Our micros that bottle their beers often have very original labels, sometimes the work of local artists.  One seldom sees a beer label here that celebrates our great scenery, though.  A nice exception is Hood Canal Brewing in Kingston on the Kitsap Peninsula.  While the brewery itself is in a small industrial park, they have within a ten mile radius all sorts of special scenic spots on the long fjord called the Hood Canal. Sarah, who tends the retail space (they sell pints and have pretzels) has hiked around the area with her camera and taken the shots that have ended up on the labels of their beers. Here is my picture of her work on the Dabob Bay IPA:

  Other geographic points of interest on their beers are Dosewallips  Pale Ale, Bywater Bay ESB, Agate Pass Amber, Big Beef Stout, and Breidablik Barleywine.   You can see these beers listed on their website but the wonderful photos are not there. Cheers, Hood Canal Brewing and thanks for reminding us of all the great sights around here/
(Visited 6/10/10)

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