Fish is fortunate to have access to high-quality, local ingredients perfect for making our Fish craft beers. This starts with the very basics: water, malt, hops, and yeast.
The brewery started its humble beginnings across the street in what is now the Fish Tale Brewpub. We quickly outgrew the space and in 1996 moved across to our current location. We brew in a 40 barrel brewhouse with fermentation tanks that range in size from 30 barrel (bbl) to 120bbl. Our annual production capacity is approximately 38,000 barrels of beer and 7,160 barrels of cider, for a total of 45,160 barrels. The brewery is constantly growing to keep up with Washington’s hearty appetite for delicious craft beer.
How It All Works
Fish Brewing Hours
Monday - Friday: 8 am - 5pm
514 Jefferson St SE
Phone: (360) 943-3650
Fun Fish Facts
What is the size of your brew system?
40 Barrels - A barrel is a unit of measure that refers to the volume of a certain item, be it dry or liquid., that has been used since medieval times. Generally when it comes to beer and cider a barrel or bbl is equal to 31 gallons.
How many barrels do you produce each year?
Each year Fish produces approximately 38,000 barrels of beer and 7,160 barrels of cider, for a total of 45,160 barrels of tasty craft beverages. That means we can supply you with at least 1,399,960 GALLONS of craft beer and cider!
How do fermentors work?
Fermentors are insulated temperature-controlled tanks where the wort goes after it's been cooled down to interact with yeast. Once the yeast is added it immediately begins to multiply or propagate. Yeast eats the simple sugars in the wort thus producing alcohol! Once the yeast has consumed all of the sugars it either dies or becomes dormant and settles to the bottom. We then remove and separate the still good yeast to be used again! Cool fact! Once the beer enters the fermentor it won't be exposed to air again until you open the bottle, can, or have one poured.
How long does it take to brew a batch of beer?
Each batch of beer takes about four hours to brew. Depending on the style beer can take from a couple of weeks to almost a month to fully ferment and be ready to filter, bright and package.
Where do you get your grain?
We love supporting our local farmers and strive to source our grain from local suppliers in the Northwest. For some of our special releases, we source some of the specialty grains from Great Britain, France, and Germany.
Where do you get your apples and what kind of apples do you use in your cider?
Washington State is known for apples, in fact, almost 65% of the apples consumed come from Washington! We source all of our apples from Eastern Washington growers. The type of apples we use depends on the type of cider we are making. We use a combination of Red Delicious, Gala, Honey Crisp, Fuji, Braeburn, Granny Smith, and Golden Delicious apples.
What happens to your spent grain?
Farm animals love our grain, over 300,000 pounds of spent grain was used to feed hungry cattle and pigs in 2018. Even a few goats were able to enjoy the labors of our brewers.
Do you bottle your beers?
Yes, Fish does bottle our year-round and seasonal release beers, in both 12oz and 22oz bottles. Additionally, our Organic Ales and Leavenworth Bier can be found in 12oz cans. Spire Dark and Dry comes in 16oz cans as well.
Do you ever barrel age any of your beers?
With great beer comes great responsibility! We almost always have something new aging in our barrel room. We work with Silver Lake Winery and several local distillers to acquire barrels to help create unique and exciting variations on our already excellent beer.