Salish Sea Brewing Co: Pippin knows best

By James Spangler | Jun 02, 2017
Courtesy of: James Spangler Salish bartender Tony Ruland likens brewing beer to chemistry.
Salish Sea Brewing Co.

Rating: 4.7 out of 5
Where: 518 Dayton St., Edmonds
Entrees: $11-$15.
Information: 425-582-8474,


One of the most interesting things about working at Salish Sea Brewing Co., according to bartender Tony Ruland, is helping with the actual brewing of the beer.

"In part, it’s like basic chemistry – but the upside is that the end product is great beer.”

Salish has a lot of it. Giant stainless steel barrels festoon the place, adding to the rustic, urban industrial vibe.

Eric Moss, of Conserva Energy, was one of about a dozen folks at Salish early Tuesday evening. Eric, who's done some brewing himself, was enjoying the Citra Pale Ale, one of Salish’s lighter offerings.

Another favorite on the menu (for Eric and Edmonds) is the Drop Anchor IPA, which is practically a staple at Salish. IPAs still tend to rule for a lot of beer lovers. Once you develop a taste for hops, it can make other beers seem a bit bland at times.

The beer menu includes 10 taps and a reminder to check for rotating offerings, cider and wines. Kid-friendly, they even have a Diamond Knot root beer.

On the flipside of the menu, there are so many interesting food offerings it's hard to know where to begin. This May, Salish completed its second expansion, opening a full-service kitchen in the space formerly occupied by the Segway of Edmonds, which has moved down to the waterfront.

Based on a strong recommendation from someone online, I ordered one of "the best soft pretzels ever" and, on Tony the bartender’s advice, added the pulled pork street tacos.

I hadn't been to Salish for a while, and the place looks great. Owner and brewmaster Jeff Barnett has been busy. The sparkling new galley style kitchen, which opened May 1, is a fantastic addition to the place, providing customers with an enhanced array of menu choices.

Pippin the wonder dog and I waited outside on the pet-friendly patio as my pretzel and tacos were made to order.

The bus stops right in front of Salish. We watched a couple of commuters climb aboard the 116 to Silver Firs as the rain started to sprinkle. Fortunately, Salish has a nice awning over a portion of the patio, so Pip and I stayed dry.

The Tuesday Richmond Beach runners group converged on the place. About 10 or 15 stretched, and took off down the hill. They’ll be back after a nice run to warm down and maybe tip a beer or two.

Tony wasn't wrong about the tacos – generously filled with lots of healthy fresh veggies, sauce and pork, they were delicious. The soft pretzel was awesome, too – piping hot and sprinkled with coarse sea salt. The big discovery of the day? Beer cheese dipping sauce.

I couldn't pry the secret ingredients from Morgan in the kitchen, but smoked Gouda, cheddar, some Citra Pale Ale are part of it. In fact, it was so good that, when my back was turned, Pippin went for the beer cheese over actual pork.

Need I say more? What greater recommendation could I make? They should sell this stuff by the jar.

On future visits to Salish, I hope to try their Pastrami Panini, their burgers and their hand-tossed pizza.Their fish and chips sound pretty good, too. I've got several summer evenings planned.



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