09/20/2017: "Beer & Bicycles Saturday"
From 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday (09-23-17) the major roads of San Juan Island will have a number of bicyclers on the major roads from Roche Harbor to Cape San Juan to take part in the Friday Harbor Bike-n-Brew to help support the good work of the SJI Lions club.
The brew part of the event has to do with the island’s local microbrewers, who will be pouring from 5 pm to 9 pm at the Brickworks. The microbrewers are the following:
Lopez Island Brewing Company
This microbrewery was formed in 2014 on Lopez Island. It calls itself the smallest “nano-brewery” in Washington brewing with a 1/3-barrel brew system producing sixty 22-ounce bottles per batch. Yet it is already a local favorite on Lopez Island. This company has big expansion plans and is going places.
Friday Harbor Brewing Company
Consistent with the laidback attitudes of the San Juan Islands is the Friday Harbor Brewing Company. The brewmaster of this San Juan Island microbrewery has been brewing beer for 25 years. But he and his partner just opened their tasting room in a nondescript industrial location that you cannot find unless you know where it is, and is open “depending on the mood of the owner.”
The beer is anything but laid back. The microbrewery always has a large and varied menu available at its tasting room. Sample it all while you can because this microbrewery never makes the same beer twice.
San Juan Island Brewing Company
The San Juan Island Brewing Company is the newest addition to the local microbrewry scene with a brand new restaurant and microbrewery in Friday Harbor opening this summer. The new business highlights its artistry, science and meticulous attention to detail. “Using the latest brewing technology and equipment, and the expertise of countless islanders, we go the extra mile to source the absolute highest quality of old world malts from Europe while using the freshest hops grown in Washington’s own Yakima Valley for a distinct flavor you can savor with every sip.”