Monday, August 31, 2015

Snohomish getting downright beerish: SnoTown's taproom open a month

    Believe it!  At the corner of Second and Lincoln in the town of Snohomish, Snotown Brewing has been open to the public and pouring tasty beer since August 5. Frank and Keri Sandoval, pictured here, had been
brewing kegs for sale to a few on-premise places for some months now, but permission for a taproom has come just this summer. The initial selection was two blonde ales, a citrus-basil ale, a red, a brown, and an IPA.  Nothing heavier than the brown (6.5% abv).  "We only brew what we like to drink," Frank says, and as our much-warmer-than-normal summer wears on, the Sandovals were liking to drink lighter ales.  The flagship, at least for now, is the Keri's Blonde, 5% abv and crisp.  Brews in the works include an ESB, a rye made with smoked peppers called Loose Rooster, and a session IPA.

Frank works on a 2-bbl system with fermenters the same size.  This equipment launched Whitewall Brewing in Marysville just last year.  When Whitewall was one year old, business had been good enough to warrant an upgrade and SnoTown became the beneficiary of a score in the hot market for used brewing equipment.
   The taproom has some nice decor touches, like repurposed pallets for a ceiling and a wood rendition of some classic rock albums on the wall.  No food service, but next door, mere steps away, an Ixtapa Mexican restaurant is cooking and will deliver to the taproom. Looks like a good launch.
(Visited 08/26/15)

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