Have to say I’m a little biased, as this has been one of my local watering holes for many years. The food is great, as pub fare goes, and if you make it in on Monday during happy hour, the prices are ridiculously cheap. Their best beers - Sculler’s IPA, Jenny’s Scotch Ale, Trumpeter Stout - definitely compete with what’s available up I-5 in Bellingham. They also brew some decent-to-OK selections, but nothing they serve won’t wet your whistle. Nice atmosphere too.
Visited December 28, 2015 Monday after Christmas
Place is full, parking available at the back
Nice food selection
Bar is full
Pricey beer for the quality
Overall: Good place, but not something to look forward to
A very cozy, warm brewpub that is somewhat reminiscent of an English pub. Beer quality is average to above average, with very affordable prices. Service is very attentive and friendly, and quite generous with the free samples. Definitely worth a stop on a Mt. Vernon pub crawl.
Right downtown with lots of parking, a wooden lodge like atmosphere. Service was great, with Brewers and staff all drinking and enjoying with me. Food menu looked good, but I didn’t eat. Beer was decent, but nothing to wow me. Cheap flights. That being said, I had fun and so close off the highway would be back. Bring the brewer a sour and he will be your best friend.
All around, this place seems solid, though nothing particularly special. ~10 taps, and while there was a diverse set of styles, there wasn’t anything particularly dark (though it was summer). Some decent options, some not, but nothing stood out as being amazing. The service was OK - while relatively attentive, my waitress seemed just a bit disinterested. Food was also decent, but nothing spectacular. Generally, I find this place to be worth a stop, but not anything that would draw be back regularly.
MurfDog (9) Waterford, Michigan | January 10, 2011| Updated January 11, 2011
Eleven active taps of solid true-to-style beers. Decent basic pub fare food at reasonable prices. Decor & atmosphere is appropriate for a comfortable neighborhood pub. My server was able to describe the differences between the "standard" IPA and the seasonal IPA. Yeah, it’s not a pretentious yuppie meat-market, but it is a good place to enjoy some good beer, fill your belly with food, and have a good time with some friends.
Monday is $3 pint night; a pretty good bargain!
Made a big mistake stopping here near the end of a long weekend daytrip. One of the hottest days of the year and a place serving a bunch of crappy lagers doesnt have the A/C turned on. The brewery is in a cool old building but they clearly have not put much effort into sprucing up the interior - its not a dive but it just seems like minimal effort was put into modernization and styling and even less is put into the day-to-day cleaning and maintenance. Our waitress did not know what beers they had on tap despite there being less than what I can count on two hands being available. There were only two beers above 5% abv, one of which was their highly over-rated, uber-unbalanced IPA. The food was very expensive for both its casual fare and the frightening view of the kitchen that you get when walking to the entrance from the street. There was very little about this place as a restaurant or a brewpub that I enjoyed and am glad that I do not live close by.
I loved the look of this location. Neat old building, family friendly. Occasionally a train will go right by the window and shake things up. The pizza I had there was pretty top notch, with a well made chewy, thin crust, nice sauces. The beers vary in quality, but everything I had on my visit was solid at the least. I really like their IPA on tap. Service was fast and friendly. It’s very easy to get to, right off the highway, which makes this place worth a stop if you’re passing through.
4th stop for the day I found Skagit River Brewing in Mt Vernon WA and this being my first time it was a pretty neat small town. Not far from I-5 and easy to find this was an old farming type ban that had been many other businesses over the years. They finally got the brewery in there and it was perfect. Lots of parking out front and you will find they have tons of room inside. The old wooden floors and great brew pub feel. I was greeted with a cavalcade of beers to choose from. I was able to order a sampler tray of some great beers. I started out with the Del Rio Lager next the English Best Bitter, Washington Wheat, the Shiver Me Liver Barley wine which had some wonderful flavors. I finished my tasting with the Sullivans Stout which was wonderful nectar for the stout gods. This was a great place to stop. They are close to the tulip festival also so there can be several things to do in the area also. I did not have any food but it was that of the pub faire.
savnac (284) Anchorage, Alaska | August 1, 2008| Updated August 2, 2008
Visited March 2006. Did not eat any food, just stopped for a beer. The beer was good but nothing really stood out in my mind. Will definitely stop by next time through the area.