The Backstory -
My taste for flavorful beers started in Denver in college when about the only way to find flavorful beers was to try various imported styles. Luckily there was a liquor store near campus that had a large selection of unique beers and I tried sampling them all! My wife Lori and I moved to Seattle, for jobs, in 1988 when the craft beer scene was emerging and I started home brewing a couple of years later.
I was soon hooked on my new hobby and brewed just about every weekend. My day job at the time was working in insurance. I travelled around the country for my job and one of the things I liked doing was finding local breweries and brewpubs to taste their beers and check out the operations. I found it was a great way to taste great beers, great food and meet great people.
Lori and I also were able to travel to the U.K and Ireland for vacation where we enjoyed golfing, sight seeing, and of course beer tasting. We developed a love of the many ales available including cask or “real ale”.
We moved from Seattle to Mount Vernon in 1997 and I continued my hobby in the basement of our new house. I was finally ready for a change from the insurance business and in 2009 we bought a commercial building in west Mount Vernon. We found some used brewing equipment in Anaconda, Montana from the Rocky Mountain Brewing Co. that sadly suffered from some unscrupulous business partners and didn’t survive. The brewing equipment was packed-up and shipped to Mount Vernon. A crew was hired, installation and construction work continued and in the Summer of 2010 we finally got our license! The first batch we brewed was our Big Bend Blonde Ale. ( Named after the big bend in the Skagit River adjacent to the brewery location).
On August 27, 2010 North Sound Brewing Co. sold our first kegs of beer to 3 local pubs in downtown Mount Vernon, The Porterhouse, Trumpeter Public House, and Empire Ale, and the following Friday September 3, 2010 the tasting room at the brewery opened. I had realized my dream! We continue to brew a variety of ales and we have a lot of fun doing it. Cheers!
Meet The Northsound Team!
Rob Kent – Brewer/Brewery Manager
Rob is a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer and passionate lover of great beer. He started here at North Sound in July 2011 as the Assistant Brewer and became the Head Brewer in November of 2013. He continues the tradition of brewing our classic line-up of beers as well as creating some new ones. He uses many classic brewing techniques as well as a few un-conventional ones in order to bring to you the fine North sound brews you have come to expect. His favorite North Sound beers are the Hopsolute IPA, Goosetown Brown, and Slainte Stout. Rob brings a motivating, positive attitude and a warm, friendly vibe to NSB, helping to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and hospitable. He is always ready and willing to chat and answer your questions.
Alexandria Cain – Assistant Brewer
Alexandria is a beer enthusiast turned brewer. She has been working in the beer industry for 4 years, but hadn’t brewed until she arrived here in December 2013 as the Assistant Brewer. Her favorite North Sound beers are Hopsolute IPA, 101 Imperial IPA and Bitter Rain ESB. Because of her love for these beers she is dedicated to bringing a consistant product to your glass everytime.
Cara Rasmus- Head of Marketing and Tap Room
Cara started here in December 2013. She works in the tasting room 3 days a week and works upstairs helping Kurt with the day to day paper work. She always has a positive attitude and she loves her regulars! Since working here, she has grown to love IPA’s. Her favorite beers are the 101 Imperial IPA, Hopsaw and Hopsolute.