Located almost perfectly between Dockton Park and the ferry to West Seattle, Vashon Brewing Community Pub was the perfect post-hike beer pit stop on the way home. It’s been open for just under a year, but the beer has been made since 2011. Inside, this cozy space offers many of their IPAs and less-hoppy options, along with wines and gluten-free ciders from other Island businesses. They have games for inside, and a beautiful courtyard-type patio and outdoor bar area for warmer months.
Having hiked 4.5 miles at Dockton Forest, Mama Boots and I were eager to peruse their food menu as well. They have a regular menu but also some specials, with us both getting the special ‘bangers & mash’ of a smoked porter brat with mashed potatoes. The food arrived fast and was so delicious we wolfed it down and debated ordering more!
As I was DD, I settled for a pint instead of a taster. Their Aroma Therapy IPA is made with Mosaic hops, so it won out in my internal debate versus the Vashon Winter Ale. Not being a fan of hoppy beer, Mama Boots got the Burton Blonde. VBCP try to use local ingredients whenever possible, and even use a special enzyme to reduce gluten in their beers (their website quotes this as <10 ppm and says it’s good for ‘gluten-intolerant’ people). We both enjoyed our beers immensely, but I think outside on that patio if it were 25* warmer would have really been the cherry on top. Guess I’ll just have to return in the summer!
The Community Pub lives up to it’s name by being all-ages and hosting events year-round, like live music and trivia. There were plenty of shops nearby along the main street to explore, including a very cute plant store. For my first time on Vashon Island, I was charmed by the city–and thrilled to know there’s good beer, too.
In summary (to the best of my knowledge)…
- Full kitchen: Yes
- All-ages: Yes
- Dog friendly: Unsure
- Merch: Yes (Apparel, glassware)
- Coasters: Unsure
- Outdoor seating: Courtyard-style patio on the side and standing bar in the front