Northwest Brewing Company

brewery (Northwest)
1091 Valentine Avenue Southeast
Pacific, Washington United States 98047

(253) 987 5680
Mon - Thu: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Fri - Sat: 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM Sun: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Affiliated user(s) here Bradrcr | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 8
fka: Trade Route Brewing; fka: Laughing Buddha Brewing
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 9/20
mcberko  (572) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 10, 2015
Grungy warehouse-type place in an industrial park. Not the coziest place, but extensive seating is available. 10 beers on tap, which are available to try in a very affordable flight. Very friendly service, but not overly knowledgeable about the beer. Beer quality was passable, but not something Iíd ever drink again. Not a worthwhile stop.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
after4ever  (287) Brier, Washington | March 31, 2014
This is a small brewery with a tasting room that feels like itís still kinda in the start-up phase. These guys have been around for almost a decade, but theyíre changed their name twice--you might remember them as Laughing Buddha, or as Trade Route. Theyíve always been interesting, and I donít know the details about their latest incarnation as NW. But theyíre still keepiní on. You have a bit of a drive ahead of you, depending where youíre coming from. Theyíre in Pacific, which is about as far south as Federal Way, though itís down in the valley a couple miles from I-5. About 30 minutes from Seattle, total. You work your way into a series of low warehouses off one of the main cross-valley roads. Most of the warehouses appear to be light industrial or storage, but these kinds of buildings are great for production breweries--NW is certainly not the only one housed this way. Thereís plenty of parking, especially on weekends (they seemed to be the only place open in the business park). You canít really see the joint from the road, but thereís a huge flashing red OPEN sign in the window, which you can see from the parking lot. By this point, you probably know youíre on way here, but the giant sign is a nice confirmation. Inside, thereís a long bar with plenty of stools, and a couple dozen tables with chairs. There are coolers in back with bottles to go, and thereís a single restroom with a huge utility sink in it. Across from the bar, thereís a low partition wall topped with glass. Though this, you can see half a dozen brite tanks and the rest of the brewhouse, right there. Presumably you could come here during the week and watch them work, right from your table. Everything here is nice enough for sure, but there are plenty of reminders youíre in a working brewery. I love that, personally. You can bring anyone here, though--itís not an industrial setting, even though they make the taproom just nice enough without overly investing in it. Itís a working setting. They make their own lineup of beers, and they also tap and bottle the old Three Skulls line of beers. Baron used to make the Three Skulls stuff, but Three Skulls now seems to be a part of the NW beer family. You might have tried Hoppy Bitch on tap in Seattle from these guys, maybe seen the bottles. Joker and some of their other beers make it out of the valley sometimes too. The beers here are hit and miss, but they have some good ones--Hoppy is a solid PNW IPA, heavy on the resiny bitterness. The food is minimal. Free popcorn, and they have chips and salsa. You can bring in outside food if you like. The service is super nice, they answer questions and make sure to give you full pours. Very charming staff. They do a fair bit of growler and to-go business, and have a flat screen tuned to the game if you want to hang out and tip a glass or two. For the beer hunter, Iíd say come on in and have a sampler.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad  (464) Olympia, Washington | April 13, 2008| Updated January 15, 2012
Ok all this place has been updated. No longer Laughing Buddha and soon not to be Trade Route. Look for Northwest Brewing Co. to be coming here soon. Good beers and snacks can be found. Lots of TVís and good music.

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