I recently had the opportunity to visit Atwood Ales’ brewery in Blaine, WA, which sits on an idyllic, 5-acre farm that is less than 2 miles from the Canadian border – as the bald eagle flies. The brewery isn’t open to the public, but Atwood Ales owner/brewer Josh Smith and his wife Monica graciously offered to give me a tour.
While sipping on their newest release, Keera’s Yard Biere de Garde, which has a wonderful depth of rustic malt flavors complemented by a gentle hop bitterness and a dry finish, they tell me how excited they are to not only celebrate their brewery’s first anniversary, but also their first year of marriage, which included moving to the farm and starting the business. I don’t know how they were able to manage so many life-changing events in such a short period of time, but they tell me it all turned out pretty well.
Details on Atwood’s first-anniversary event are still being worked out, but it will be held at Overflow Taps on April 26 (during Bellingham Beer Week). That date was chosen because it’s smack dab between brewing their first beer and selling their first beer in 2016. “We’re excited to have our anniversary party at Overflow Taps because they have been so supportive and with us since the beginning,” Monica says.