421 C St., Washougal, Wash., 360-335-9909, doomsdaybrewing.com. 4-10 pm Wednesday-Friday, noon-10 pm Saturday, 2-8 pm Sunday.
[APOCALYPSE EVENTUALLY] It's a saturated market out there,
and everybody's gotta think about differentiation. Doomsday stands out
by plastering their walls with the iconography of nuclear annihilation
and zombie uprisings. Despite the hefty dash of Armageddon and
hypermasculine beer labeling, the target market primarily seems to be
families. Headed by a slew of citrusy ales, the beer list is heavy on
fruits, vegetables and spices. The pink-tinged Beatdown Beet Wheat won a
people's choice award at last year's Spring Beer & Wine Fest, and a
satisfying swirl of cinnamon warms the Wildfire Winter Ale. The Outlaw
Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout, on the other hand, clocks in at 8 percent
and isn't recommended unless you're homecrafting spearmint NyQuil and
need a sample to contrast and compare. Despite photos and paintings of
mushroom clouds, Doomsday's space is cozy enough to post up the family
for a Saturday afternoon of board games and pints—that's ultimately what
a suburban sudslinger should be.
DRINK THIS: The Cascadia Fault CDA, which is roastier than the Ender Vanilla Porter.