A Weekend in Woodinville, WA - First Stop... Bosk Brew Works
Updated: Nov 20, 2019
A perfect start to a much anticipated weekend, my wife Reth and I left our island home on the 1030 ferry, with a few errands to run before we could officially consider ourselves on our way. A weekend of "adult time" was finally here. Woodenville, WA would be the personally unexplored territory of our final full weekend away, before Full Sails Bartending's busiest part of the year gets under way. It'll be weddings and private parties from here on out.
Once we had dropped our daughter (Zana Kanyaa) and our Dog-ter (Nutty Roo) off at the oldest daughter's house, we bee-lined it for Bosk Brew Works, in Woodenville. This would be our first stop of the weekend, and was only a little over an hour away. If you don't know about Woodenville, then sit back, relax (preferably with a glass of your favorite wine or beer), and let's begin this journey :)
To get you geographically familiar with where Woodenville lies,...
After an hour or so on the road, we arrived in Woodenville. It's said that, "This is the home of more boutique wineries per square foot than any wine region in the world—right in Seattle’s backyard." And, within this town lies the "warehouse district", where you will find many of these wineries, and also a brewery, or two. Bosk Brew Works calls this place home.
Bosk Brew Works is the brainchild of former Boeing Executive Cliff Hall. The ideals, and philosophies that Cliff has brought to life at Bosk were discovered, appreciated, and absorbed while spending time in Germany, and most importantly in their beer halls. Within these beer halls, Cliff was introduced to what is commonly referred to as Gemütlichkeit. Wikipedia defines Gemütlichkeit as, "a word used to convey the idea of a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer. Other qualities encompassed by the term include coziness, peace of mind, and a sense of belonging and well-being springing from social acceptance."
That said, when Cliff retired from Boeing, and was determining how the next chapter would be written, he thought of how he could bring Gemütlichkeit closer to home. The result is Bosk Brew Works. Having been a home brewer for many years, and understanding what it would take to make outstanding beers on a much larger scale, he knew that he would have to bring on a Brewer with a high level of experience and expertise to make that happen. That's where Head Brewer Will Lefevre comes into the picture.
You could say that Bosk Brew Works is a direct benefactor of the wave of conglomerate beer makers, such as Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors swooping in and buying up our favorite independent breweries. In this case, it was Heineken that took over full control of Lagunitas Brewing, based out of California, in May of 2017. The Dutch brewer had actually owned 50% of Lagunitas since 2015. Now having full ownership, Heineken also took over full control of the beer recipes, and most importantly the creative side that goes into making unique brews.
Will Lefevre was a brewer at Lagunitas at the time, and being a true craftsman, wished to retain the ability to remain a "creative" beer maker. According to my source, Will has a "deep passion for creating traditional beer styles that adhere to the styles guidelines". At Bosk, Will has the freedom to continue making beers creatively, which is obviously of great importance to him. Partnering that passion with Cliff Hall's drive to create a local sense of Gemütlichkeit, is what sets Bosk Brew Works apart from any other brewery, and on the path to great success. Bosk creates beers with a definite Northwest twist. All ingredients are sourced from the Pacific Northwest, and in some instances, from Germany.
Now, Reth and I happened into the brewery on a day where there was not much a buzz. Much like the picture above. Most of the team was down in Seattle spreading the Gemütlichkeit elsewhere. However, we did feel very welcomed from the moment we walked through the door, and into the brewery & taproom. We were greeted by the smiling Beertender, Karen, and immediately pulled ourselves up to the bar. With so many choices, we opted for a flight of four to experience as much as possible without getting trashed at our first stop.
"Common Denominator" is a true Pilsner, created with German Pilsner and Vienna malts. These particular malts create the nutty and cracker like malt profile, while the classic hop flavor and aroma of Saaz balances it all together. Crisp, clean, and bitter, this pilsner is perfect for any occasion. ABV: 4.4% IBU: 35
"Festbier" is a Marzen or "Oktoberfest" style beer. Perfect for a beautiful fall day, or in our case, a spring afternoon, this beer is a true refresher. Bosk suggests enjoying this beer by the liter! ABV: 5.4% IBU: 23
"Braindead Warrior", my personal favorite, is a "supremely unbalanced West Coast IPA loaded with 4.20 pounds per barrel of Mosaic and Idaho #7 hops. Pungent dankness, tangerine, citrus, and pine." Before letting this one cross your lips, I highly suggest sticking your nose to the rim of the glass and taking a good deep inhale. Your senses will thank you. ABV: 6% IBU: 65
Our stay at Bosk Brew Works had to come to an end, this time around, but rest assured, we will be back. They will be celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary on July 27th 2019, so if you are able to make it, that would be a great time for you to experience some true Gemütlichkeit, and some seriously good beers!
Bosk Brew Works is located at 14350 NE 193rd Place - Woodinville, Washington
HOURS: Thursday: 3pm – 9pm Friday: 3pm – 9pm Saturday: Noon – 9pm Sunday: Noon – 6pm