A visitor to Double Bluff Brewing Company for their soft opening in early October told owner Daniel Thomis, “I don’t like beer, but I really like these.” For the initial two days that Daniel and his wife Marissa offered their beers, nearly 200 people stopped by for some tastes. A couple of weeks later, October 17 and 18, they had their grand opening, and the place was packed from opening to closing.
Daniel Thomis didn’t begin his life with a desire to be a brewmeister. He was born in Switzerland and came to the United States when he was 20 to attend college. He got a degree in Biology and Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he also met Marissa. After graduation, Daniel and Marissa headed east and settled in Boston. For many years Daniel was employed in biotech and pharmaceutical companies, while Marissa taught English as a second language.
Nearly 20 years ago, using his chemistry background and his love of good beer, Daniel began making home brews and began thinking about what else he might want to do with his life.
After living in Boston for 20 years, Daniel and Marissa decided they were ready to return to the West Coast. When they first researched Whidbey Island (which neither had ever heard of), their first responses were, “It’s too remote; it’s too rural.” But in November 2013, they paid a visit to Whidbey and fell in love with Langley. They both agreed, “Let’s do it!”
They also learned that there was no brewery in Langley. After the years of home brewing, and even taking a course in making beer, Daniel realized he could fulfill a fantasy by filling a niche and open a brewing company.
Daniel and Marissa made the move to Langley one year later in November2014. They looked at commercial property in Freeland and Langley. When they learned that new owners had taken over the property on Anthes Street and were doing significant improvements, they decided it would be the perfect space for their brew pub. Daniel says that the owners, Sara Ames and Thomas Haven, put a tremendous amount of time, energy and money into the renovation of the building.
Double Buff Brewing Company provides an intimate, warm atmosphere that promotes one of Daniel’s most important visions: “We want people to come and taste our beers and have fun.”
Finger foods include giant pretzels and bread sticks made expressly for Double Bluff Brewing by nearby Sundance Bakery, and peanuts, chips and other snack foods.
Double Bluff Brewing Company is at 112 Anthes St. in Langley, behind Fair Trade Outfitters. Fall and winter hours are Thursday and Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Check out their Facebook Page.