Celebrating the Scuttlebutt world

Published on July 8th, 2021

Scuttlebutt Sailing News was first launched in 1997 as a bare-bones email newsletter, originally focused on Southern California, but as interest in the publication grew both nationally and internationally, so did the content.

When the Scuttlebutt website came along at the end of 2002, we realized how many ‘scuttlebutts’ there were on the internet, but at the top of the search rankings was Scuttlebutt Brewing in Everett, Washington.

The early days were humbling in the search term world, but the climb was on and as we now sit atop searches for ‘scuttlebutt’, next on the list remains Scuttlebutt Brewery. As Scuttlebutt Sailing News approaches our 25th anniversary in 2022, we celebrate our beloved adversary in this report from the Daily Herald:


As the grandad of local craft brewing, Scuttlebutt has seen it all. Big moves. New beers. A city transformed. An industry revolutionized. Since opening its doors along the Everett waterfront 25 years ago, Scuttlebutt has seen nearly everything change.

They no longer brew beer in their original location, having built a restaurant and taproom as part of the waterfront’s revitalization and a giant brewhouse in a warehouse on Cedar Street near downtown Everett.

They’ve changed beer recipes, rebranded, won awards, opened a boutique taproom, partnered with indie-rock magnets like KEXP and the Everett Music Initiative, and, on top of it all, survived in a beer industry that has undergone titanic shifts since they brewed their first beer.

“We are still making beer and food, and get to be a part of this local community,” said Phil Bannan Jr., Scuttlebutt’s general manager. “I can say that we are making the best beer and food we’ve ever made — and we are excited for the future.”

Bannan Jr.’s dad, Phil Bannan Sr., and his wife, Cynthia, pioneered craft beer in Snohomish County, opening Scuttlebutt in a small rickety building on the Everett waterfront in 1996. The Bannans still own and operate the brewery — and this month they celebrate 25 years with a month’s worth of beers, parties and music. – Full report

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