Anacortes Brewery Releases / Rockfish Grill Events for November 2022

New Beer Releases

ESB (6.7% ABV / 40 IBU) This throwback Extra Special Bitter features rich caramel and toasted malt notes backed by a clean Cascade and Crystal hop presence. It’s a fresh take on a classic style!

Tulip Valley Pilsner (5.4 ABV / 35 IBU) The official beer of the 2023 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, this golden pilsner is made from Northwest two row and hopped with experimental varietal HBC 472 for a coconut-woody character.

Broadsword Scottish Ale (OG 1.090 / ABV 8.3% / IBU 35)   Black Patent, Caramel, Chocolate, Munich & Peat smoked malts produce dark color, malty flavor and subtle smokiness in this robust Scottish Ale. Perle, Cascade & Mt Hood provide a balanced bitterness.

Upcoming Anacortes Brewery Events
Tulip Festival Official Beer Unveiling, 5:30PM Wed 11/9, Skagit Acres, Mount Vernon

Skagit Wine and Beer Festival 3-8:00PM Sat 11/12, Heritage Flight Museum, Burlington

Rockfish Grill Entertainment Calendar

11/2 – Whistle Lake Jazz Quartet (6PM)
11/5 – Cozmic Sauce (7:30PM)

11/9 – The Colonel (6PM)

11/12 – Chris Eger Band (7:30PM)

11/16 – Pension King and the Dependents (6PM)
11/19 – Joe Cook Band (7:30PM)
11/23 – Fidalgo Swing (6PM)

11/26 – Astley Lagen Band (7:30PM)

11/30 – Conrad Gruener (6PM)


Preview: 11/3 – Harp Attack with the Mark Dufresne Band and Special Guests (7:30PM)


Small Batch Spirits Series at Terramar

The small batch spirits are the first in a series of unique one-off spirits crafted from Skagit Valley ingredients.

Bourbon Whiskey | 375ml | $39
51% Skagit white corn, 25% Skagit white wheat, 24% Copeland malted barley, distilled and aged in new charred oak barrels. Notes: Sweet vanilla, caramel, toffee, stone fruit. Palate: Balanced flavor of vanilla, sweet corn, caramelized sugar, with a charred oak finish.

Barrel Aged Gin | 375ml | $27
Experimental Gin recipe, barrel aged in a freshly emptied Terramar Single Malt Whiskey barrel. Nose: Floral, menthol, ginger snaps, cinnamon, peppermint, butter cookie. Palate: Floral, herbal, bitter orange, vanilla, butter cookie, cinnamon, toasted coconut with a citrusy pepper finish.

Chuckanut Brewery Wins Gold at GABF

Chuckanut Brewery has won a Gold Medal from the Great American Beer Festival 2022 for its Chuck Light Lager in the Light Beer category with 143 entries. The Brewers Association announced that this year’s festival had 9,904 beers entered across 177 different beer styles. This year 235 judges judged beer from 2,154 breweries across the USA. Only 300 medals were awarded to 268 breweries and Chuckanut was among them. Chuckanut is on the third most winning streak at the GABF. The streak would have been longer if Chuckanut had gotten into the 2013 competition, but it was sold out in a couple of hours and Chuckanut was too late to enter! Every year Chuckanut Brewery has entered the Great American Beer Festival over 13 years it has one at least one medal and some years up to four!


Chuck Light isn’t new to winning medals, it won Silver at the GABF in 2020 and Silver in the Best of Craft Beer in 2021. This little lager is made in the style of a low-calorie beer. Using a combination of light-colored malts and gentle hops with a dry finish, this balanced, easy drinking beer is for those that might want to watch their calorie intake (103 calories per 12 oz pour). Always delicious whether watching your weight or not, this lager is light in style and flavor and an all-day kind of beer. Great with salads, fresh vegetable and seafood dishes Chuck Light compliments rather than overpowers whatever is on your plate. Beautifully crispy, straw colored, thirst quenching and totally sessionable, no wonder Chuck Light won Gold!


Chuckanut Brewery brews award winning Lagers and Ales and has won Large Brewery of the Year at WA Beer Awards 2017, 2019 and 2021 and Small Brewery at the GABF 2011, GABF Small Brewpub 2009 and Small Brewery 2011 of the Year. The production facility and Tap Room is in Skagit Valley at 11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington, WA. Chuckanut Brewery’s P. Nut Beer Hall is at 920 SE Caruthers St, Portland.  Both locations welcome guests of all ages and have indoor and outdoor seating! Check out additional information about Chuckanut at

Chuckanut Fall Harvest Fest October 22

Fall is in the air, and Chuckanut Brewery is celebrating with a Harvest Fest on October 22nd, from noon to close.  With cool nights and balmy days, the tapping of Chuckanut Barrel Aged Stout at the Fest is a welcome addition to the Chuckanut beer lineup and part of the big celebration. This strong stout has been aged in Chuckanut’s next-door neighbor Westland Distillery’s oak barrels!

At South Nut, there will be a collection of over a dozen local artisans selling their wares along with the Plant Lady, Boldly Grown Farm (pumpkins and veggies), Sly & Son Sourdough Baker, the Waffle lady (waffles, nut butters and jams)! There will be a canned Food Drive for the Skagit Food Bank, bring some cans to donate and get a discount off your beer!

Anacortes Brewery Release / Rockfish Grill Events for October 2022

New Beer Releases

Fresh Hop Pale Ale (5.4% ABV / IBU 50)  This highly anticipated seasonal is made with 2 row and Vienna malts for a dark straw color and features major flavor and aroma from copious amounts of fresh Mosaic hops collected at Carpenter Ranch in Granger WA.

Deception Pass Pale Ale (ABV 5.4% / IBU 40) The Anacortes Brewery partners with Deception Pass State Park to celebrate the Park’s 100th Anniversary with this refreshing, golden ale featuring Skagit Valley Malt and earthy citrus notes from dry hopping with Simcoe.

Hazy On You (ABV 6.5% / IBU 45) Our hazy IPA delivers the grapefruit and orange character of Ekuanot and Simcoe hops with a low level of bitterness for a juicy flavor and mouthfeel. Vienna and 2 row malts create a light malt profile that lets the hop shine while wheat and flaked oats bring on the haze. Let us go hazy, hazy on you

Upcoming Anacortes Brewery Events

Bier on the Pier – 5PM Fri 10/7, 12-3PM & 4-7PM Sat 10/8, Port Event Center, Anacortes

Thriller: Anacortes Rotary Fundraiser – 5:30PM Sat 10/29, Port Event Center


Rockfish Grill Entertainment Calendar

10/1 – Queen’s Bluegrass (7:30PM)

10/5 – Janette West (6PM)

10/8 – Jim Basnight (7:30PM)

10/12 – Trish Hatley (6PM)

10/15 – Free Harmony (7:30PM)
10/19 – Aloha Danny (6PM)

10/22 – Big Dog Revue (7:30PM)

10/26 – Joan Penney (6PM)

10/29 – The Atlantics (7:30PM)

Preview: 11/5 – Cozmic Sauce (7:30PM)

Skagit River Brewery New Releases and Menu Items

Stop by Skagit River Brewery this fall and try the two new releases paired with new menu choices!  The Skagit River Brewery Octoberfest Marzen Lager is a lager that originated in Bavaria. It has a medium to full body and may vary in color from pale through amber to dark brown.  It was the beer traditionally served at the Munich. This beer is rich in malt with a balance of clean hop bitterness, similar to the Vienna lager. The Skagit River Brewery Farm House Ale Saison is a pale ale that is highly carbonated, fruity, and spicy.  It was historically brewed with low alcohol levels, but modern productions of the style have moderate to high levels of alcohol. It is generally classified as a farmhouse ale along with several other varieties.

Skagit River Brewery Introduces New Menu Choices

  • NW Fish n’ chips 22 – Fresh Local Cod dipped in our Skuller IPA beer batter served with
    French Fries, and Coleslaw house-made tartar sauce.
  • Street Tacos (3) 18 – Shrimp with spicey aioli, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and pickled red
    onions | BBQ Pulled Pork with coleslaw and pickled red onions | Veggie tacos with jackfruit with pickled peppers.
  • Pacific Salmon BLT 19 – Cajun spiced Salmon, Pesto aioli, bacon, lettuce, and tomato on whole
    wheat toast.
  • Brisket or Pork sandwich 18 – House Made BBQ Pulled Pork, onion ring, and coleslaw.
  • Fried Chicken Sandwich 19 – (Make it Mike’s Honey Hot Style) Brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, onions, mayo, and pickles. Add on: Avocado 3 Bacon 3.
  • Hawaiian Sandwich 15 – Avocado, Crispy Onions, tomato, lettuce, and Spam on a pretzel bun.
  • Pacific Salmon or Shrimp Dinner 24 – Served with SRB herb butter, mashed potatoes, and a side salad.
  • Pasta Du Jour 20 – Weekly special pasta created by our chefs

Anacortes Bier on the Pier

Come raise a glass and celebrate the 11th Anniversary! With breweries, cideries, food trucks, and live music – you’re in for a hoppin’ time!


Multi-Session Event

  • Friday, October 7th, from 5 to 8pm
  • Saturday, October 8th, from 12 to 3pm
  • Saturday, October 8th, from 4 to 7pm

Tickets: $45 (includes entrance into one event session, a commemorative 5-oz tasting glass, and eight tickets for 4-oz pours)

*Must be 21+ and ready to present ID at the door. No babies, strollers, infants, children, pets/animals will be admitted.

Come raise a glass and celebrate the 11th Anniversary of Anacortes Bier on the Pier presented by Peoples Bank! With breweries, cideries, food trucks, and live music – you’re in for a hoppin’ good time! Experience tastes ranging from spicy and peppery to the citrusy and piney hops of the Pacific Northwest, all with the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel.

After the festival closes, take a stroll through historic downtown Anacortes to find unique shops, live music at multiple venues, and beer and ciders from the festival featured in restaurants. One day in Anacortes just isn’t enough – we hope you make it a weekend! Anacortes has a wide variety of hotels, local inns, and bed and breakfast locations.

Have questions about the event? Give Anacortes Chamber of Commerce a call at (360) 293-7911.


Dust off the lederhosen and dirndls because the Chuckanut Oktoberfest celebration is happening at South Nut and P. Nut on Saturday, September 24, 2022, from 12pm to close. This family-friendly fall celebration includes lots of beer, food, games, and contests. Get your arm muscles in shape for the liter holding and hammerschlagen contests. If you aren’t familiar with hammerschlagen it’s a game of skill and strength. Make sure to dress up in your favorite Bavarian gear to enter the costume contest. Contests will happen throughout the day with no early sign-ups needed.

Traditionally Oktoberfest happens in the last couple of weeks in September to capitalize on the better September weather as opposed to October, when it historically began in Germany. Activities are planned for the beer gardens at South Nut in Burlington and P. Nut in Portland if the weather holds. Hammerschlagen and costume contests will only happen at South Nut, but there will be plenty to do at P. Nut also.

Beer Garden games like cornhole will be out and at the ready. GrisGris Kitchen will be on hand in Portland to dish up food for the hungry, while Captain’s Cod food truck will be on-site in Burlington at South Nut. Captain’s Cod has been making WAVES since bursting onto the scene with their 100% sustainably caught wild Alaskan Cod. Either way, there will be plenty to eat, and did we mention the beer?

You are guaranteed there will be plenty of Chuckanut’s Fest Bier on hand to drink in liter mugs, just like in Germany. Plus Cuckanut’s other great German beers like Kolsch, Dunkel Lager, Helles Lager, Vienna Lager and the rich Maibock. Chuckanut Oktoberfest is sure to be a very fun gathering for everyone!

Anacortes Brewery Releases / Rockfish Grill Events for Sept 2022

New Beer Releases

Highway to Helles (ABV 5.5% / IBU 18) Our Helles Lager is a tribute to the North Cascades Highway that runs through Anacortes. Highly drinkable and well-balanced, this refreshing session beer is brewed in the traditional German style, slightly malt forward with restrained bitterness from Vanguard & Perle hops, finishing soft and dry.

Pumpkin Ale (ABV 7% / IBU 30) Our 2022 Pumpkin Ale is brewed with biscuit malt along with cinnamon and allspice then local Skagit valley grown pumpkin is roasted in a wood fired oven and added to the bright tank to capture the flavors of Fall.

Oktoberfest (ABV 6.4% / IBU 30) Malty and full bodied, this savory beer celebrates the traditional Bavarian festival. Delicately hopped and lagered for 6 weeks in our authentic cold storage cellar.

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Upcoming Anacortes Brewery Events

AMPfest – 12PM Sat 9/3, Seafarers Park, Anacortes
Great Pumpkin Beer Festival – 4PM Fri 9/30, Seattle Center

Rockfish Grill Entertainment Calendar:

9/3 – Children of the Blues (7:30PM)

9/7 – Whistle Lake Jazz Quartet (6PM)
9/10 – The Naughty Blokes (7:30PM)

9/14 – Norris and Nicely (6PM)

9/17 – Stevie and the Blue Flames (7:30PM)

9/21 – Andre Feriante (6PM)

9/24 – Billy Appleton Band (7:30PM)

9/28 – Fidalgo Swing (6PM)

Preview: 10/1 – Queen’s Bluegrass (7:30PM)

Live Podcast at Chuckanut Brewery with John Holl

Well-known craft beer cookbook author and podcaster John Holl will be recording a live podcast at Chuckanut Brewery’s South Nut Tap Room on September 10, Saturday at 5 pm. The podcast will be recorded in front of a live audience in the taproom.  South Nut Tap Room is located across the road from the Port of Skagit Airport in Burlington, WA.

Mari and Will Kemper, Chuckanut owners and craft beer pioneers will be on hand along with neighboring Garden Path Fermentation owners Ron Extract and Amber Watts. The conversation will discuss John’s newest edition of his Craft Brewery Cookbook, in which Chuckanut beer and recipes are highlighted. Chuck Light, the beer featured in the book, will be on tap along with nine other Chuckanut beers. But there will also be a discussion of the state of the craft beer industry, lagers, fermentation, and wherever the conversation flows over 45 minutes. Village Books in Fairhaven will be on-site to sell John’s books and other beer-related books of interest to those in attendance.  This event is free of charge and open to the public.

John has been covering the beer industry as a reporter, writer, and editor for nearly 20 years. He is the editor of All About Beer and the on-air host for Drink Beer Think Beer podcasts.

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Chuckanut Brewery brews award-winning Lagers and Ales and has won Large Brewery of the Year at WA Beer Awards 2017, 2019, and 2021 and Small Brewery at the GABF 2011. The production facility and Tap Room is in Skagit Valley at 11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington, WA. Chuckanut Brewery’s P. Nut Beer Hall is at 920 SE Caruthers St, Portland.  Both locations welcome guests of all ages and have indoor and outdoor seating! Check out additional information about Chuckanut at