I work on the edge of Vancouver where it meets with Camas. Some of my coworkers live in Washougal and mentioned to me some time ago that a new bottleshop had opened out there. Of course these coworkers are not quite as into craft beer as I, so the enthusiasm wasn't quite there. After all, there are bottleshops closer to me, and Washougal is just a small town. What could they possibly offer? More recently I ran into, and met @BrewDad at another local bottleshop and taproom. He had just come back from A Beer At A Time and was very enthusiastic about his visit there. He mentioned that they became a taproom more recently, and really have come a long way. So I told myself I would certainly be going to check the place out within the next week or two. I went yesterday. I planned on taking a few pics, doing a nice little writeup, having a beer, and then coming home. I ended up staying there for nearly 5 hours, and had a few beers.
I entered, sat down at the bar, and introduced myself as a local craft beer advocate and blogger, and gave them a few of my cards. I was greeted instantly by both owners, Shelby Piersol (Owner/Operating Manager), and Leigh Piersol (Owner/ Senior Buyer). Yes, a husband and wife team!
Behind the bar was a large tap menu, easy to read, and loaded with some fantastic brews. Last night as I was there, Shelby had just installed a nitro system as well, and tapped some Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing. It's not every day you get to enjoy some Old Raspy on nitro. I started with a new found favorite of mine, 10 Barrel Brewing's Oregon Brown, a nice hoppy full flavored brown ale.
Other patrons started popping in, and even a past customer of mine from work sat down right next to me and we hit off some good conversation regarding beer and all else. Met a couple new friends to my left that were great company for the remainder of the night as well. I can't tell you how cool the atmosphere was, and how the place just felt like home right out the gate. It was like I had been going there for ages. The customers were great, the staff were great, and the small town feel was truly perfect for the experience. I made more friends there that night, and had some fantastic conversation that went on for hours.
I also later had a pale ale, a couple tasters of other beers, and even a Fearless Scottish which I hadn't had in a long time. It was a nice big friendly pour as well. My past customer bought a pizza from a joint right next door, they brought it right over, and I even enjoyed dinner which had been shared with many there. That was pretty damn cool. This guy even drove home quickly to bring me a bottle of Smoked Porter from Northern Ales out of Kettle Falls, WA which I haven't had or tried before. How cool and kind is that? That is the kind of people in this place both customers and workers. I was humbled and really felt all warm and fuzzy inside, and not just from drinking the beer.
I will say, I am certainly going back again and again. It doesn't get much better than that. I really had a great time, and the place was certainly much more friendly than many other establishments of its type. I can't say enough how friendly they all were there. Shelby and Leigh have a vision, have really followed through with it, and will continue to. I know they will be very successful.
After all, it only takes A Beer At A Time to convert the masses, even in a smaller town like Washougal, WA. Get in there and make a trip of it when out hiking, boating, or just driving. You won't be disappointed!
A Beer At A Time
2926 E St.
Fri. & Sat. 10-11p