Woodinville Whiskey Teams Up with Geaux Brewing to Make Beer

Woodinville Brewing Company, a brand owned by Woodinville Whiskey Company, has teamed up with Auburn-based Geaux Brewing to release its first beer.

The beer, a smoked robust porter, is brewed by Geaux and spends time aging in Woodinville Whiskey’s small rye whiskey barrels.

Jeremy Hubbell, of Geaux Brewing, said the beer is “smooth, slightly sweet,” “full-bodied,” “roasty,” and filled with “loads of whiskey overtones.”

“It can be enjoyed now, but definitely can cellar for many years to come,” Hubbell said.

Geaux also bottles and sells the final product. According to Hubbell, the first release of the beer can be found at Hollywood Tavern and Willows Lodge in Woodinville, The Hop and Hound in Bothell, Thirsty Hop in Kirkland, Malt & Vine in Redmond, Chuck’s Hop Shop in Seattle’s Central District, The Brewmaster’s Taproom in Renton, and The PUB at Haggens in Lake Tapps.

“By working with Woodinville Whiskey, we are able to sell the beer through many of their local wholesale accounts as well as Geaux’s select bottle shop partners,” Hubbell said.

The brewery plans to release about two beers annually that are aged in Woodinville Whiskey barrels.

Orlin Sorensen, co-founder of Woodinville Whiskey, said the company does not intend to enter the beer market.

“This is a fun way for us to reuse our barrels and create a unique and very limited beer or two per year, similar to our barrel aged maple syrup,” said Sorensen.

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