|A fortuitous discovery in Pullman|
Things weren't much better during my college and grad school years in Pullman, the great tundra...or Palouse Country, if you prefer. By the mid-to-late 1980s, you could find Bert Grant's beers and the occasional Hale's Ale around town. The craft beer movement was taking off in Seattle and Portland, but change was slow in the hinterlands.
|The Coug decor, such as it is|
Like taverns around the Northwest, craft beers have become a force at The Coug. They now offer more craft beers than crappy macro beers. They've got beers from Elysian, Widmer, Flying Bike and others. I was interested Swashbuckler Ale, a beer that celebrates the hopes of the current football season.
|A few of The Coug's tap handles|
Harmon Brewing in Tacoma, owned by third generation Cougar, Patrick Nagel, brews Swashbuckler Ale. Nagel apparently hoped to ride the wave of enthusiasm surrounding the hiring of Leach by brewing and marketing this beer. (He beat several other breweries to the punch, by the way.) The more complete story behind the beer is here. Interesting stuff.
|The Coug...serving WSU for 80 years|
Returning to my original thought at the top, the eastern Washington brewing scene is changing. I've visited several places on this trip and have several more to go. The area is still years behind what's happening in Portland, but what's happening here is positive. I'll discuss some of the specifics over the next few posts. Meanwhile, the research continues...