Our little town is home to some big-time brewers. If you want to enjoy a refreshing taste of Washougal, you need to look no further than these three award-winning breweries. There is some driving involved so before you get started, please draw straws and select a designated driver for everyone’s safety! Cheers!
Each place offers their own unique style of beers, fantastic food, family-friendly atmosphere and outdoor seating in the summer where dogs are welcome.
You will want to begin your afternoon tour at 54-40 Brewing. It is a bit off the beaten path in the Washougal Industrial Park. Just take the 32nd Street exit from Hwy 14 eastbound.
Known for creating the “Everyman’s Craft Brews,” owner Bolt Minister is a prolific and award-winning brewer. Be sure to ask about the historic reference of their unusual name. The taproom is comfortable and features a fireplace, children’s play area and large windows to look outside as well as inside to the brewing area.
The food is excellent and features great sandwiches, burgers and salads. Be sure to check out the specials and the regular favorites on the menu. Have you heard of bacon jam? Oh yes!
Next head back on Highway 14 westbound to Doomsday Brewing Company.
Don’t let the name scare you! It is not all doom and gloom at their spacious taproom with its bags of freshly popped popcorn, abundance of board games, TV monitors to watch sports and a delicious food menu that includes great pizza.
Longtime friends and partners Erik Cloe and Jake Walton founded Doomsday through their love of the Pacific Northwest and their obsession with home brewing. Knowledgeable and friendly pourers will help you find just the right beer for your tastes. They like to say, “Cheers to the little guys, the underdogs.”
A little breather
By now you may need a rest from all the fine craft beers. Might we suggest shopping in downtown Washougal or a walk through the Pedestrian Tunnel for a stroll along the Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail (known locally as the Dike Trail) with great views of the Columbia River and Mt. Hood.
Your final stop is Logsdon Farmhouse Ales and Alex Smokehouse which offers the one two punch of delicious beers and fantastic food featuring house smoked BBQ favorites such as brisket, spareribs and pulled pork.
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales brewed its first beer in 2011 in Hood River, Oregon and in 2018 expanded operations with a move to downtown Washougal. They produce contemporary and classic ales and lagers in styles from around the world, as well as farmhouse-style ales year- round.
The taproom features a large wrap around bar giving a front row seat for great service. The giant windows slide open to make inside feel like outside on warm summer evenings.
Any trip to Washougal should begin with a look at the Washougal Discover Guide. It provides a map to featured attractions, great food, beverages and coffee shops. You can find them at the Best Western Inn, City of Washougal, Two Rivers Heritage Museum or download a copy at visitwashougal.com/discoverguide.