Snipes Mountain

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Nessled in the eastern extreme of Washington's Yakima Valley, Snipes Mountain offers the views and brews that one would expect from this state's hops country. The massive log cabin construction features a 40 foot peaked ceiling with banquet facilities upstairs and comfortable pub style seating downstairs. The medium sized light wood bar hosts two seven-tap brass towers that pour strictly house beers. In accordance with Washington state law, no minors are allowed in the bar area. Surrounding the bar is the lounge area where light wood furnishings offer a comfortable setting to relax and enjoy the beers and food. The 15 barrel Newlands brewhouse is easily visible and the numerous outdoor windows provide plenty of light to show off the interior. The fireplace that opens into the lounge also has a matching side that faces into the dining room around the corner. Padded booths line the walls, most with views of the silent TVs and within earshot of the CD sound system that plays light music. From across the room the neon chalk board advertises the current beer selections. The ample natural light is augmented by hanging electric lights and an excellent ventilation system keeps the air breathable at all times. A walled patio offers exposure to the natural surroundings which unfortunately include the aromas from a nearby dairy farm.

The Golden Ale is a clear golden color with a nice light malt presence and floral hops character. The ESB is a clear dark amber color with a sharp, dry malty flavor with supporting hops. The Nut Brown Ale is a clear ruby color with a smooth, mellow malty flavor matched to a medium body and smooth mouthfeel. The Porter is opaque with a creamy head, smooth mouthfeel, nice light chocolate flavor, and dry finish. The Rosa Reserve Barley Wine is a clear dark amber color with a malty aroma, dry, nutty/malty flavor and smooth, alcoholic aftertaste. The Hefe-weizen is a clear gold with no aroma, a big mouthfeel, even flavor balance, and just a light hop finish.

The solid food attractions include Sandwiches from $6 to $7, Salads & Soups at $4 to $10, Appetizers around $3 to $6, Pub Plates such as Calzone, Fish & Chips, and Beer-Battered Bratwurst Plate at $7 to $8, Wood-fired Pizzas around $7.50, and main entrées of Pasta, Beef, Salmon and Prawns from $10 to $22. Desserts round out the menu at $2.95 to $3.95 accompanied by the choice of four Espressos costing $1.25 to $2.25. The beer side of the menu features a Sampler Tray for $4.75, pints at $2.75, Schooners for $2, and Pitchers at $8.50. Watch for the "featured beer" selling for $2 a pint and $7.50 a pitcher.

Open since July, 1997, Snipes Mountain is worth a visit as you navigate the length of the Yakima Valley. Look for the large log building with the green aluminum roof, with seating for over 450 you should have no problem finding space. The facility is fully wheelchair accessible. Hours are 10 AM to 11 PM from Sunday through Thursday and 10 AM to 12 midnight Friday and Saturday. An excellent selection of Washington wines are available as are one liter growlers to go for $7.50. The same cattle skull designs featured on the tap handles are available on other merchandise such as hats, shirts, and glasses. Surely a treasure among the bines and vines, make Snipes Mountain a dedicated stop on your Eastern Washington tour.

Snipes Mountain Microbrewery & Restaurant
905 Yakima Valley Highway
Sunnyside, Washington 98944

Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - May, 1998

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