Mill City Brew Werks
339 NE Cedar St., Camas, Wash., 360-210-4761, mcbwbeer.com. 11 am-10 pm daily.
[WATER HOG] Once you get past the pulp fart wafting in
from the mill, Camas is a quaint little burg. The town center definitely
upgraded with the addition of Mill City Brew Werks, a 10-barrel
enterprise headed by Mark Zech. The brewery's restaurant space is
expansive enough to keep the kitchen humming, and the brewery's two
primary fermenters are on display through glass walls in the dining
room. It's the subterranean section of the Werks which is most
impressive, housing an on-site bakery for burger buns and a maze of
silver tanks and pipe for the beer. Zech began making beer in the '80s
while serving in the Air Force, and will affably share his audacious
plans for alcoholic domination. The offerings on-hand are decidedly
Deustch, inspired by his lineage, which he's traced to a German brewing
family. Mill City is one of those places where everything's been thought
through, even the water. Rather than adjust the city's water to his
desired pH inside his block-wide basement brewhouse, Zeke reportedly got
a local insider to tweak the city supply to his standards.
DRINK THIS: The mildly smoky and impressively crisp Rauchbier.