The bucolic setting of the Skookum Brewery in Arlington, log buildings behind horse pastures, posted here in August 2010, will now be just a memory for beer tourists. That location is still the home of Ron Walcher and Jackie Jenkins, and still the site where they brew. But the tasting room has been moved several miles southeast, to a metal building by the Arlington Airport.
For now, the handsome brewing apparatus is still back at the home place, but the pub is a spacious and friendly area with plenty of seating. I confess, I always visited the old spot on sunny days and wondered how the clientele was faring on our more-than-occasional rainy times. Now the tasting room is weather-proof.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
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brewery profiles series and a lot of the story can be found there.
The news, in late November, is that Big E is ready to join the canning ranks. They have 40,000 empty 16-oz cans and a portable can filler that can be wheeled onto the brewery floor. All they need is beer enough and time. The 15-barrel brewing system and 30-barrel fermenters have been running full tilt just to keep up with demand in the pub and in the retail draft accounts.
Big E makes ten regular beers and one seasonal: this season it has been Oompah, an Octoberfest special Rick was very proud of. "We used lager yeast and lagered it for two and a half months," he said. "Supposed to come out 8.5% abv; this year it ran a little over nine." It was the popular favorite in voting at the Anacortes Beer Festival this fall. He gave me a taste and the malty richness had that tongue-coating quality you have to love.