after4ever (215) Brier, Washington | September 29, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
There appears to be a rising tide of Nordic-themed breweries in the Puget Sound region. This is probably the fourth to open in the last couple years, and there were already a few local beers with Viking-ish names knocking around. This is neither here nor there, but just in case this trend in some ways becomes important, you may start tracking it now.
What is here is a small light industrial space high in the hills of Woodinville east of 405. Head up 522 a ways and down past the body shops. When you get to the gaggle of wineries on your left, turn right. Triplehorn is a little oasis away from the tour buses and chronically overdressed wineauxs. Thereís plenty of parking up here too.
Inside you get 6 taps, a couple costco jars of pretzels and nuts, and some tables scattered around. This is a real working brewery, producing full-size kegs in full-size brewing equipment, but as of this writing their tap handles are not often seen down in town. Thatís kinda too bad, because at least one of their beers was more than just a curiosity, it was easily worth the drive (the Fresh Hop Infused Landwink IPA).
The vibe is very local, which is really cool in this case. There are multi-generational family outings, couples of all ages, even little kids running around over in the non-bar area. Itís pretty low-tech; you get one bathroom, a view into the brewhouse, and a couple flat screens. Other than that, not much is happening here. But the staff are nice and so are the patrons, and the beer is worth a curiosity-seeking trip for the beer lover at the very least.