Sometimes the most nondescript buildings contain the best little surprises. Case-in-point is Dick’s Brewery located in a residential area of Centralia, WA. The brewery is in the plainest of buildings with a simple sign out front. If you blink, you may miss it.
Dick Young began brewing Dick’s Danger Ale from his deli, NW Sausage and Deli, in 1984 as a home brewing hobby. In 1990, he began selling Dick’s Danger Ale to the public and the beer took off. Sadly, Dick recently passed away but the brewery and deli are still going strong producing some pretty tasty beers and serving it alongside some of the freshest meats, cheeses, sandwiches and salads in the area. They also have the largest beer sampler tray I have ever seen so be sure and bring someone to share it with…it really is that big!
Golden Ale (5.5% ABV) – Sweet and lightly hopped, Golden Ale is straw in color and light to medium bodied. Tastes a bit like
honey candy with a nice, crisp finish. This beer would go great with summer BBQ cuisine.
IPA (5.5% ABV) – Chinook and Tomahawk hops amp up the flavor creating what Dick’s considers “one of the hoppiest IPA’s on the market.” And they aren’t kidding! Hoppy aroma and taste with a grapefruit rind and caramel finish. Medium bodied, this
is a true, butt-kicking IPA.
Best Bitter (5.5 % ABV) – Dark caramel color. Magnum hops and caramel malt create a nicely balanced, hoppy, malty brew. Best Bitter has a caramel flavor and a peppery finish.
Pale Ale – (4.0% ABV) – Extremely easy to drink, the hops are so light that if I didn’t know better I would not realize I was drinking a Pale Ale. Caramel essence and light, with a malty, crisp finish. This beer reminds me more of an English Ale than a Pale Ale.
Irish Ale (5.2 %ABV) – Beautiful red color with an essence of scotch and candy. The Irish Ale is slightly sweet with a touch of
hazelnut. The Irish Ale was one of my favorites.
Mountain Amber Ale (5.0% ABV) – My favorite beer of the day, the Mountain Amber Ale has a pretty straw, honey, floral aroma. The floral carries over into the taste and finishes crisp, sweet and clean. Mountain Amber is very easy to drink and would go great with any meal.
Danger Ale (4.5% ABV) – Dick’s flagship is also the most popular. Black malt gives the Danger Ale it’s pretty, dark cherry-brown color and smooth texture. Magnum and Mt. Hood hops creates a nice smoky, toasty taste and medium body. This is a great autumn beer.
Belgian Tripel (9.0% ABV) – Hard-alcohol aroma and medium to full-bodied, the Tripel is honey golden in color with a banana candy flavor and aroma. Be careful, this baby is very high in alcohol.
Lava Rock Porter (6.2% ABV) – Toasty and full of chocolate aroma and flavor, this porter would be perfect next to a cozy fireside.
Dick’s is brewed on-site at NW Sausage and Deli and while the deli produces its own house smoked sausage and deli products. Have a seat in the diner or out on the pretty garden patio and enjoy a sandwich, salad or a pint.