Sunnyside, not a big town, boasts a big craft brewery, Snipes Mountain since 1997. On a very foggy, winter night a cozy lodge sounded like a great place to have dinner and check out the brews. When we got there and discovered it is a large, open place with lodge decor but little coziness, I hoped the brews made the drive worth it.
That I am writing this should answer that; the brews were good, and there are plenty of them. The Yakima Valley, in which Sunnyside is located, has a fairly high Mexican and Latino population and two of the dozen brews were in a ‘Mexican style’ according to the brewers notes. Overall, including the ‘Mexican style’ beers, they were nicely balanced malt to hop lagers and ales. (The ‘guest tap’ was Angry Orchard Cider out of Ohio.)
The most interesting beer was the Burt’s Legend (4.9% ABV, 34 IBU). It is touted as an old NW/Yakima Valley recipe that seems to be based upon a Scottish Ale with kicker of hops that linger.
A close second in the interesting column would be the Bandolero (8.13%ABV, 25 IBU) made with different styles of rye (chocolate, caramel, roasted and flake) and 17-year-old Bourbon barrels for a fruity, rich and spiced beer that goes down way too easy.
The Winter IPA, a black IPA, called O’Hopenbaum, (6.3% ABV, 61 IBU) was exactly as the brewer described it, “…roast and smoke. Filled throughout with bright piney hops and dark earthy undertones.”
Snipes Mountain Brews are distributed throughout Washington, maybe even in Oregon, but they don’t seem to be elsewhere yet. Correct me if you find it elsewhere.