Taste Germany in a Glass at McMenamins Mill Creek

Taste Germany in a Glass at McMenamins Mill Creek
Posted on 03/01/2018
When you are craving a German-style beer but a trip to Germany is out of the question, where do you go? Right down the street to McMenamins Mill Creek, where they brew their own German-style pilsner.

If the name sounds familiar, McMenamins is a regional family-owned chain of brewpubs, breweries, historical hotels and music venues that was founded in Portland, and has created neighborhood gathering spots throughout Washington and Oregon. They handcraft their own beer, wine, cider, spirits and coffee, and are one of the 50 largest craft breweries in the United States. McMenamins Mill Creek is the northernmost location in the chain, opened by Mike and Brian McMenamin in 1995.

According to Market Manager Amie Budelmann, they were drawn to Mill Creek because of the growth opportunity. “At the time, there was not much in the neighborhood, but we saw Mill Creek as a new and growing community and felt that it was a perfect location because we could make the space our own,” she says.

Mill Creek is one of just three standalone locations in the McMenamins family. The onsite brewery services the pub from the fermenting tanks that are viewable from the large dining area. Their specialty is German and Czech-style pilsners, which take longer to brew and are unique in the Northwest.

Besides a beer menu that features 18 different McMenamins beers on tap, the food menu is also unique because it includes locally-sourced food from Skagit Valley suppliers and other regional favorites, such as Tillamook Cheese and Ice Cream. McMenamins Mill Creek smokes their own pork in their in-house smoker for pulled pork sandwiches and burritos, as well as using their own ale as the batter for the fish and chips.

McMenamins’ properties are known for their relaxed atmosphere, and Mill Creek is no exception. McMenamins Mill Creek is family and pet friendly, allowing your furry family member on a leash to join you for a relaxing meal outside on the patio in the summer.

McMenamins Mill Creek is located at 13300 Bothell-Everett Hwy, #304. Hours of operation are Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. to midnight, Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday, noon to midnight.