I have been keeping my eye out for a brewery that is farm focused using local grain, hops, yeast, and malt. My hope from there would be its priced right and drinkable. I was chatting with a Skagit Valley Malts rep and he suggested I go to Mount Vernon to Farmstrong Brewing using 99% SVM Malt (they have a porter and black lager that require the malt be roasted). After receiving that recommendation, I have been 3 times and I have meant to write a post about my experience, but I forgot. However, I was there this last week and this time I remembered to share.
Since the last time I visited, they got a permanent food truck (burgers), but it sounds like a well liked BBQ truck in the area is potentially coming soon. The menu has changed only a little since my last visit, a welcome change to the blink and you missed it tap list of many craft breweries. The winter seasonal (black lager) was replaced by the valley gold (lager) and they changed their saison to have a gin influence due to barrel aging from a local distillery, but otherwise my favorites were still around. Skagit Cold Pilsner, La Raza (a mexican lager), a porter, and a barley wine making for an excellent low hop experience. I have it on good authority (Arlen) that the hoppy stuff is quite good as well, it is just not my taste.
After having a nice chat with one of the owners Todd, I left with a 32 oz growler of the porter to take home and a 4 pack of the valley gold to share and look forward to returning when I do a run between Seattle and Bellingham. I look forward to learning more about them in the future.
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