Updated May 30, 2012 - 7:34 pm
A Nautical Life at Diamond Knot Brewery
Where I live and work in downtown Seattle there are so many excellent breweries, beer-centric bars and restaurants at my disposal that I tend to neglect what exists beyond city limits. With the start of a new Summer season, I resolved to branch out; to explore and experience the breweries which dot the landscape of this great state. Recently, a good friend of mine suggested we meet up in Mukilteo to have dinner at the Diamond Knot Brewery. Having visited the brewery on a handful of occasions in the past, I looked forward to indulging in a few brews while enjoying one of their signature entrees served on a hot stone.
Located just 30 minutes north of Seattle, the brewery is situated on Front Street between the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal and Lighthouse Park. It's not hard to see why Diamond Knot has such a devoted following. The brewpub's location allows one to enjoy any number of classic Pacific Northwest activities before heading into the brewery for a pint or two and a bit to eat. Spend the afternoon combing the rocky beach front of Lighthouse Park, watching the ferries come and go, marveling at the nearly century old Mukilteo Lighthouse, and if the weather is cooperating perhaps enjoying an ice cream cone from Ivars' walk-up stand.
When your done exploring the area and it's time to enter the brewpub to quench your thirst, you'll be greeted by a laid back atmosphere that is customary of our region and a distinctive nautical themed decor. Shells of their complimentary peanuts blanket the floor, while photos line the walls depicting historical events. Don't be alarmed if there is a bit of a wait, as I said before, Diamond Knot has quite a devoted following. Just put your name in with the server and grab a beer from the bartender to sip while you wait. I recommend the Industrial IPA, their most well known brew, or my personal favorite the Hefe-Weizen; a wonderful American interpretation of a German classic with distinct notes of banana and cloves.
Diamond Knot doesn't depend on their quality hand-crafted beers alone to attract patrons; they have serve an array of dishes on their menu including the unique dining experience of serving several signature dishes to dinners still in the cooking process on a hot stonegrill. I'll be the first to admit that I was a bit wary of ordering an item served raw, requiring me to finish cooking it, my first time visiting the brewery, but I quickly fell in love with the interactive process and now only order entrees served on the stonegrill. On this particular outing I enjoyed the Beerish Dip, which consists of thin sliced sirloin, plenty of swiss cheese and hearty Light House Ale Au Jus.
Whether you're looking to experience a new brewery, or planning on enjoying an afternoon at Mukilteo's Lighthouse Park, Diamond Knot's brewpub is well worth a visit as delicious beers and food awaits. If you happen to be simply passing through the area in route to Whidbey Island via the ferry don't forget to hop on in to fill a growler or pick up a 22oz bomber of your favorite ale. Whatever your reason for venturing into Diamond Knot's brewpub, you won't be disappointed.
(Post and photos by Jeff Soderquist)
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