Breweries

Road trip to nearby Kingston, Washington for a weekend of nature-based excursions, great eats and a scenic ferry ride

This past Memorial Day weekend, my partner and I packed our bags for a getaway. We opted to hop the state line and head to Bend, Oregon, since it's a short drive from Seattle and on that particular weekend, was forecasted to be rain free.

By official definition, a microbrewery produces less than 465,000 gallons of beer per year. Around here, we simply think of a microbrewery as one of our local breweries producing delicious beers.

It's not easy to distinguish oneself as a brewer in this microbrew-soaked city. But Ryan Hilliard is off to a good start before his Ballard brewery, Hilliard's Beer, is even open.