Yes, folks… there truly is a brewery in Monroe, WA – The brewery only serves at the Sailfish Bar & Grill in downtown, but they do serve. The selection is pretty solid with a Russian Imperial Stout, an I.P.A., a Vienna Lager, a Pale Ale, and a Golden Wheat. Root Beer, Ginger Beer, and Cream Soda all brewed here, as well… 20oz for $4.00 is a steal for some American Craft beer.
The first beer tasted there was the Russian Imperial Stout. It is smooth and creamy, similar to a Guinness. Thick milky brown head that stays up and follows the outside edge of the glass as I drink. Slight dark ruby cast. Interesting that I can taste the yeast on this dark stout… not used to that in this type. Also has a hoppy edge to it. Overall not a bad brew, but the yeast and the hops don’t compliment the creamy dark malt and barley and take this down a notch to Middle of the Road…
As noted in their menu, “The big big black brew with roast, smoke, and coffee flavors on nitrogen for a rich creamy texture.” 6.0% ABV 85 IBU’s 107 HCU’s
To go with this, I had the soup and asked for some bread to go with it:
Soup – Sweet Potato, Corn, & Jalapeno – $4.00 – Outstanding! Creamy yellow with chunks of corn and a mild-medium spice that warms the mouth and belly and asks you to keep eating more.
Bread – complimentary and tasty, as well.
All in all, not a bad place to hang out for an afternoon, have some lite fair, and tip back a few pints. The beer isn’t outstanding but it isn’t bad, either.
JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road