October 15th marked Diamond Knot Craft Brewing's 20th anniversary! What started out as a hobby is now a popular ale house and restaurant on the Mukilteo waterfront. During the summer months, Diamond Knot opens up an ice cream window for walk up customers. Five years ago, Northwest Live created a video for Diamond Knot when they were still just an ale house. It's amazing to watch this local brewery grow. Be sure to check out their video below.
In 1994, Bob Maphet and his partner the late Brian Sollenberger decided to take their beer brewing hobby to the next level by starting the Diamond Knot Brewery in the back of a pub in Mukilteo, WA. The two Boeing employees would keg and transfer on Saturday, brew on Sunday, and deliver beer during the week after work. In 1999, they took over the rest of the pub and created what is now known as the Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse. They continued to produce some beers on location, such as stouts and porters which don't sell as much in volume, while producing their more popular brews, such as their IPA and Brown Ale, in a production facility. The previous pub did not serve food, and there was little room for cooking. They came up with the concept of the stonegrill, where your entree is cooked on a 750 degree stone, right at your table. This allowed them to serve things like steaks and seafood which would have otherwise been very challenging. Maphet believes much of their success is due to a very beer knowledgeable and beer loving northwest clientele.