At Double Bluff Brewing Company you’ll always find five beers on tap, plus one to two seasonal or experimental beers. And, warm spent beer grain pretzels with an array of dipping cheeses. In Langley, Washington―a town of a little over a thousand people on Whidbey Island―this brewery is a must-stop for craft beer lovers.
Daniel Thomis, who’s been homebrewing for about 20 years, opened Double Bluff Brewery in October 2015, and all of the beer is made on-site. “I wanted to make beers that have been around for over a 100 years,” said Thomis, “and share the history behind the beer.”
His slogan of “traditional and modern ales” has taken off with the locals and visitors. I was there on a winter Saturday afternoon and then stopped by later to purchase a growler to have it filled up with beer to take home. Both times guests were seated at the bar and tables talking and tasting.
Double Bluff Brewing Company Beer and Pretzels
My beer flight consisted of six beers and ranged from dark to light. The CC Porter, a recipe Thomis has spent the last 20 years tweaking and perfecting, had dark notes and coffee tones. My two favorites were a sweeter Kölsh and the smooth Stickle Altbier (Interesting fact: Altbier is 3,000 years old).
Another highlight was the pretzel. Sundance Bakery mills the spent beer grain into flour, makes it into pretzels, dips them in Double Bluff Brewing Company beer and cooks them. Then, at the brewery, they are served warm with a choice of cheeses. What does it taste like? A rustic, old world pretzel with bold grainy flavors―a perfect match for any beer.
Thomis is considering options for more food choices during the summer season on the outside patio, but like many small towns, local businesses often work together, and that is the case in Langley. Guests can order food at nearby restaurants like a pizza from Village Pizzeria and enjoy it at Double Bluff Brewing Company with their beer.
The brewery is tucked behind Good Cheer Thrift Store (112 Anthes Avenue, Langley, Wa. 98260) and I had a little trouble finding it from Anthes Ave. After some walking around town, I discovered the best way to find it is to walk down Frick Lane from First Street. It is a pedestrian street and Double Bluff Brewing Company, which is painted schoolhouse red, soon appears on your right.
During the summer, Double Bluff Brewery will be open 7 days a week. Right now, their spring hours are, Wednesday and Thursday from 4-8 p.m., Friday from 4-9 p.m., Saturday from 12-9 p.m., and Sunday from 12 -8 p.m. A flight costs $8, 12 oz. $4, 16 oz. $5, and a 20 oz. $6. And, if you decide to take some beer back to the boat with you small and large growlers are available for purchase.
Lara Dunning is a member of the Waggoner Cruising Guide team and has made one trip up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, AK. She is enthusiastic about small town living, and you can read more about her discoveries at Small Town Washington. She enjoys happy hours, history and locavore-inspired food.