If one were to choose to play hooky to hike and get a beer (or if one works an alternative schedule), many breweries might not be open weekdays, especially weekday afternoons. But if hiking up north, Sound to Summit in Snohomish has got your back!
Seven days a week, this brewery opens at 11 am, perfect for those with the odd schedule (or the Ferris Bueller’s out there!). While Sound to Summit isn’t the closest brewery by mileage to hikes along Hwy 2 like Heybrook Ridge, it might still be your best bet on weekdays to get tasty post-hike brew and grub to replenish your calories. Established in 2014, this brewery in an industrial space just off of Hwy 9 in Snohomish. Unfortunately due to time constraints, I had to have a quick pint and bite instead of a leisurely sample. I tried to take in my surroundings as best I could, noting the strong community connection (they host trivia nights and many other events) as well as the massive amount of barrels aging beer nearby.
Given that I was taking an, ahem, mental health day (I desperately needed it!), I had to go with the Rest Day Session IPA. I love a good session IPA for instances like this where it’s early in the day. Sessions are also far lower in calories compared to many other styles of beer, for those counting calories. While it was tasty and hit the spot, my favorite Sound to Summit beer remains the Big Wall Belgian IPA I’ve had previously. I’m kicking myself for not trying their Mosaic-hopped Parasail Pale Ale, but I guess that just means I’ll have to swing by the next time I’m in town! I paired my pint with a flatbread pizza that hit the spot perfectly. The menu at the brewery is constantly changing, evidenced by their social media, and should please even the pickiest of eaters.
Sound to Summit is a great stop at any time in Snohomish for a beer, food, and fun–but I’d especially recommend it when you have a nice weekday to explore trails and ales.
In summary (to the best of my knowledge)…
- Full kitchen: Yes, with rotating specials
- All-ages: Yes
- Dog friendly: Yes
- Merch: Yes (Apparel, glassware)
- Coasters: Unsure
- Outdoor seating: Roped-off area of the parking lot, includes umbrellas for shade and a firepit