Monday, September 27, 2010

the Scuttlebutt in Everett

  Scuttlebutt is a nice mid-sized micro on the Everett waterfront (best approached from the north side of town, along Marine View Drive).  They bottle about half a dozen year round brews in both 22- and 12-oz sizes, the best sellers being Homeport Blonde and their amber ale. (The Gale Force IPA, very hoppy, seems to sell better up here in Bellingham.)  Homeport is a well-chosen name, as Everett is just that for a number of Navy ships.  The Navy is a bit to the south and Scuttlebutt's nearest neighbor is a marina full of yachts and other boats.  The brewpub walls display a combination of yachting pennants and plaques and pictures of Navy ships whose crews have evidently enjoyed shore leaves here.
This picture also shows a reflection of a freight train being assembled by BNSF just across the highway. A periodic crash as freight cars couple up can be a bit startling until you get used to it.  The waterfront building was once a fish processing plant (an old picture is on the company website).
  They bill the restaurant section as family-friendly and that seemed to be the case on a sunny Saturday as a couple of families had their toddlers in, sipping the root beer also made here. Most of the tables are indoors, although they have several outside in front--for railroad buffs, perhaps.
I ordered a honey mustard chicken salad with a pint of a seasonal, Weizenbock.This was a malty dopplebock with spicy overtones that paired well with the salad. I should add that the growlers here have a unique design, with a curved metal handle attached to the glass bottle.
(Visited 9/25/10)
UPDATE: new location--more space, less charm.
    Scuttelbutt has moved a couple of blocks north, still along the waterfront, into new quarters which are part of the Port of Everett Marina City complex. It seemed to be a smashing hit with the locals on a Wednesday afternoon around 6-ish, with a hostess taking names for tables. The plusses are a lot more space, lots of windows with views of the boatyard and, out there somewhere, the sea.

I'm a contrarian, I guess, I miss the old building, recycled from a seafood plant, with Navy pix and plaques all over the walls (there are a few up in the new building) and the periodic crash of freight train couplings.  The new spot is a couple of blocks from the tracks.
Brewing still good, though.  I tried a Commodore's Pale Ale, with a clean, tart citrus-y finish.  My server said they brew this for Anthony's Restaurants as well.
(Revisited 7/13/11)

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