Breweries and Wineries in the San Juans

By | November 12, 2014

MicrobrewsThe Pacific Northwest is home to some of the best micro-brewed beer and small-batch wine in the country, and the San Juan Islands are a beautiful place to indulge. If you stop at Eastsound on Orcas Island during your charter, you can’t miss a visit to the Island Hoppin’ Brewery, located just north of town on Mt. Baker Rd. Island Hoppin’ is a new brewery, just opened in September of 2012, but it has already made a name for itself due to the brewers’ attention to quality and use of fresh ingredients. Come have a seat in the taproom and mingle with the locals while enjoying a nice cold glass of the current seasonal brew or one of the rotating handles. If this cooler fall weather has you in the mood for something a little more crisp and sweet, head over to Wescott’s Bay orchard on San Juan Island. This turn of the century orchard is now home to a distillery and also specializes in hard apple cider brewed using herbs and heirloom apples grown onsite. Tastings are available Thursday through Sunday from 1-4 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. While you’re at Friday Harbor, pay a visit to the Island Wine Company, which is home to the San Juan Cellars winery. Conveniently located next to the ferry landing, the wines produced at this winery are only available on site. They source their grapes from Eastern Washington, and the dry wines they produce are characteristic of the grapes from that region. If you would prefer to sample wines with local flair, San Juan Vineyards is just across the island in Roche Harbor, and their vines have been producing island-grown grapes since 1996. Their charming tasting room is an old converted school house where you can relax, enjoy a glass (or a tasting flight!), and soak in the beauty of the vineyard.

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