They say you eat with your eyes first, but as you approach Meatheads Smokehouse and Beer Works in Lake Stevens, your nose jumps to the front of the line. The intoxicating meaty cloud billows from huge smokers in the back of the patio, where you can enjoy sunshine or shade from a tent at one of the many picnic tables. Head inside and find more seating, plus an incredible menu of meat platters, appetizers, pub food, salads, and sides. All the beers on tap are brewed onsite, or you can get wine, cider, and seltzer.
Kory Dyer and his parents Kent and Tania moved over from Whidbey Island in 2020 to open their smokehouse and brewery, and they bring years of restaurant experience with them. Their original plans to take over a brewery in Mt. Vernon fell through, but luckily they met the owners of Roofworks Northwest, who happened to own this incredible building that had been empty for several years.
Meatheads is a wonderful gathering space, not just for private parties in their fantastic loft space, but for everyone in the community. Their events calendar is packed with celebrity beer-tender fundraisers, game nights, and ladies' nights with vendors, which turn the smokehouse into a market with a delicious twist. They've also got a beer trailer and food truck so they can bring the party anywhere in the county.
It wasn't easy to choose what to eat for lunch when I stopped by, but I finally picked the brisket dip and was so happy I did. That lovingly-smoked beef is deliciously secured inside a chewy baguette with melty, tangy swiss cheese. A few seconds in the jus and you have an absolutely perfect bite, again and again. The pile of seasoned fries it comes with is perfect for sharing, so bring a friend and sample multiple sides.
Grab a single can, 4-pack, or growler of any of their beers on the way out to enjoy while daydreaming about your next visit. You can also find their signature sauces freshly bottled in the cooler to give your own meats back home a tasty upgrade.