One of the best things about the hard-charging artisan beer renaissance is that scads of small towns across the nation have breweries to recommend them. The Pacific Northwest gives heavy evidence of this phenomenon, and Leavenworth, Washington, is home to a fine example. The Icicle Brewing Company Raspberry Wheat is one of an ample handful of handcrafted styles and its tart fruitiness makes an apt companion to whatever you order in a bun at the nearby München Haus Bavarian Grill & Beer Garden.
München isn’t the only Bavarian game in town–Leavenworth is at the base of some very steep mountains along the Cascade range and the “village” has taken full advantage of its Swiss Alpine environs by way of a longstanding city ordinance requiring every business in town to hew to traditional Bavarian building designs (even the Starbucks logo is customized). It is a seriously strange and magical hamlet that teems with tourists most days of the year. Icicle Brewing has a bit of a lock on the beverage game in town, with their brews pouring out of most the restaurant taps around and locals heading in on the regular to refill large and technically supreme growlers. It is a happy place.