Most of Washington's salt-water shoreline lies along the hundreds of pieces of Puget Sound; just a couple hundred miles face the open Pacific where the next landfall is Japan. Only one town in this rainy, stormy coast has its own brewery at this time: Westport. In a yellow cottage in the town, behind a yard full of flowers in the summer, lives a lady, Robin Duus, who brews beer in what was once the garage.
Westport Brewing, the guy who watches the wort, but Robin seems very much the hands-on owner. She poured me a row of tasters to show her mainstay beers. The names highlight the local geography: Shoalwater Stout, Plank Island (an old nickname for Aberdeen) Porter, Dungeness Dark (a Cascadian Dark Ale), Sailor's Dellight Amber, and Wetsuit Wheat. A wetsuit is standard garb for surfers out here--the Pacific is cold, cold water even in mid-August.
The site mentions a series of cranberry-flavored ales (Ocean Spray has a big plant just outside the town and cranberry bogs must be nearby), but none of those were on this day. I particularly liked the CDA, the Dungeness Dark, and the Sailor's Delight amber. Notes on the latter talk about a "biscuity" flavor and once pointed out, I could taste that. 5.25% abv, 30 IBUs.
The current system is rated at three barrels capacity, but Robin says a fifteen-barrel kettle is on order and will be running next spring. She is also considering opening a second taproom, perhaps in Olympia. Another craft brewery with bright prospects--good to see.