Since the mid-'90s, Walla Walla Valley has enjoyed a renaissance period of growth associated with burgeoning vineyards and wineries. Today, the valley is home to some 140 wineries featuring everything from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot to Syrah and
Chardonnay. But what Walla Walla has continued to lack was an oasis for the non-wine consumer, specifically a range of breweries. Today, the area is home to several breweries near the airport, downtown, and even on your way out of town to the Columbia Basin or Idaho. Included in that list if one of Walla Walla's newest breweries - Crossbuck Brewery.
Located in the former Army Railroad Depot, adjacent to their sister location, Walla Walla Steak Company, Crossbuck Brewery opened its doors in 2018. The brewery and full-service taproom feature a plethora of made-in-house beers ranging from the Chocolate Pearl Brown Porter to the trendy Supreme Haze Hazy IPA. All the while, guests can indulge in hand-tossed flatbread, burgers, sandwiches, and taproom favorites like Steak Frites. All one has to do is make the journey, Southeast to Walla Walla. That is until recently.
In fact, the brewery is happy to invite anyone who makes the trip to try their:
Xbuck Hazy Schmazy IPA
Udderly Mad Milk Stout
Harum-Scarum, Scotch Ale
Walloping Wheat, Bavarian Hefeweizen
Rugged Rye, Red Rye
10 : 10 To NoWhere Triple IPA
Announced, at their sister restaurant Aerlume, Crossbuck Brewery is happy to announce two of their beers, Switcher Kölsch and NoPac IPA, will be featured at every Fire & Vine-affiliated restaurant. The list of restaurants who will be carrying Switcher and NoPac IPA include:
and of course Crossbuck Brewery in Walla Walla
Those curious about the two signature beers, here's what the brewery has to say about NoPac IPA and Switcher Kölsch.
The NoPac IPA is a hops-forward trio of citrusy, piney and floral hop flavor from Chinook, Citra, Simcoe and Cascade hops. The flavor is balanced by a delicate malty sweetness on the finish. It pairs perfectly with the caramelized flavors of grilled meat cooked over live fire.
The Switcher Kölsch is bright and clear with a soft malty sweetness, light spice and citrus notes from Mandarina Bavaria and Opal hops. Shellfish, salads and lighter fish dishes are a perfect match for the light, malty flavor of this German-style brew.
Brewed by head brewer, Steven Brack, reminds you that each beer has a story whether it's the hops from Willamette and Yakima Valleys, each beer is a reflection of Steven's desire to pay homage to the breweries roots inside the old Depot.
“I always brew what I like to drink and hope others will like it too. I’m a curious drinker and I’m always looking for my next favorite… I’m a hopeful romantic and still haven’t found it yet but that doesn’t stop me from trying everything! There is always a specific beer for every occasion but I generally drink Pilsners, IPA’s and Porters/Stouts.”
Besides the beers we've mentioned, look for new beers at Crossbuck Brewery including a Dry Stout, Helles and Pilsner. Also, the brewery has started filling wooden barrels for Fall and Winter 2019 bottle releases. For those living in Western Washington, this is a great opportunity to avoid the over four-hour drive to the Walla Walla Valley. Till then, you're encouraged to seek out the nearest Fire & Vine location, to enjoy a pint of Crossbuck Brewery's Kölsch or IPA.
About Crossbuck Brewing
As part of the renovated Walla Walla train depot, Crossbuck Brewing welcomes you to gather and experience quality old and new-world style craft beers and our full-service, family-friendly taproom menu. Enjoy a front row seat to our entire brewing process where draught beers are tapped fresh from the source. We are open for lunch and dinner.