San Juan Island Brewing Company

San Juan Brewing Company
San Juan Brewing
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Built, Brewed & Poured by Locals

Bringing back craft since 2017, San Juan Island Brewing Company is an award-winning brewery set in the beautiful and awe-inspiring San Juan Islands. Based in Friday Harbor, the brewery is known for highly sessionable, true-to-style beers, specializing in old-world ales and lagers that are all unified in being flavor balanced and pairing well with food.

Sean and Tim Aylward, two brothers who grew up on San Juan Island and later moved away, started visiting craft breweries on the mainland over a decade ago. Jesse Visciglia, a long-time science teacher at the high school, aspired to put his home brewing talents toward establishing a brewery in the community. Today, he is the head brewer. Common interests would ultimately bring the brothers and Jesse together to start a brewery on the Island. 

On July 27, 2017, San Juan Island Brewing Company opened its doors to an anxious crowd and sold its first pint. 

Beer at San Juan Brewing
San Juan Beer Flight. Photo by at San Juan Brewing Company.
Pizza at San Juan Brewing
Wood-Fired Pizza. Photo by San Juan Brewing Company.

The team used local contractors throughout its construction and relied on supplies and labor from the Island. Many involved are now regulars, proud to drink a fresh beer in the place they helped build with their own hands. The space they created provides a relaxed atmosphere, complete with a green space for children to play and a patio with communal tables to bring people together.

The owners, Sean, Tim, and Jesse, set out to establish a place for islanders to enjoy family dinners, meet up with loved ones, gather the team after practice, and connect with the community, all while enjoying beer brewed on the island. San Juan Island Brewing Company is that place.

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