La Conner Brewing Company
117 South 1st Street * La Conner, WA 98257
The town of La Conner is an historic centerpiece
to the area known as the Skagit Flats. With its stately old houses and
antique shops, La Conner feels like a Western town caught sometime in
the early part of the twentieth century. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival,
held annually in the spring, is a major tourist attraction to the area.
The La Conner brewpub is housed in a striking, dark wood structure at
the edge of town near the small marina on the Swinomish Channel. The brewpub's
interior is small and upscale. The magnificent light pine columns and
facades, and the open kitchen with its wood-fired oven give the brewpub
a pleasant ambiance. In nice weather, there is outdoor seating on a small
private patio. Or, if you've been out birdwatching in the chilly rain,
you can warm up by a cozy fireplace.
The menu focuses on pizzas and offers a variety of toppings, from feta
and kalamata olives to smoked salmon, roasted chicken, and spinach. You
can sit at a counter and watch the pizzas being made while enjoying a
glass of house beer and playing one of the woodcrafted board games.
The ten-barrel brewery is in the same building as the pub, but is not
visible. The beers are bottled and available in many Western Washington
retail locations. In the pub, they're all served in traditional European
glassware, including schooners, Imperial pints and many others.
Owner and brewer Scott Abrahmson's beers include a light, creamy Pilsner
with a crisp finish, a smooth and smoky stout, a brown ale that's light-bodied
and nicely balanced between sweet and dry, a refreshing wheat, and a root
beer. Seasonal brews include an IPA, a spring bock, and for the winter
holidays, Tannenbaum Ale, a spicy and nutty English-style old ale.
Directions: From 1-5 take
Exit 221 and head west. Take the first right to Conway. Go through Conway
and cross the Skagit River onto Fir Island Road. Proceed as it becomes
Best Road, then turn left onto Chilberg Road. Go to the stop sign and
turn left on La Conner/Whitney Road, which becomes Morris Avenue as it
heads into La Conner. Follow Morris to the end of town and turn left on
1st Street. The brewpub is on the left.
Hours: 11:30a.m.-10p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11:30a.m.-11p.m.
Friday and Saturday
Food: Wood-fired pizzas, pub fare
Entertainment: Television at the bar
Payment: Visa, MC
Beer to go: Yes, bottles