A new brewery on the block offers a beautifully renovated location with expertly brewed beer to match. 

At the start of 2020, after spending 10 years as a pharmacist, Katie King decided to leave the profession and pursue a wildly different path. Along with her cousin, who also worked as a pharmacist, she decided to start brewing and experimenting with beer. Her passion for beer was first inspired by trips to Germany for Oktoberfest.  

In March of last year, King found an open property in the heart of downtown Mount Vernon that was perfect for a brewery. Despite setbacks from COVID-19, she was able to secure the building and begin construction and renovations. Temperate Habits opened with outside seating in July of 2020.  

The brewery is located on the corner of South 1st Street and West Gates Street in downtown Mount Vernon, close to abundant parking. The spacious building makes a great setting for a microbrewery, featuring a big bar, high ceilings, and plenty of room for indoor and outdoor seating. Charcoal paintings by King herself decorate the brewery, and a large fireplace in the middle of the indoor dining area creates a warm, homey atmosphere.  

On the Temperate Habits Brewery website, King says her background in chemistry plays a big part in her brewing process, as well as the brewery’s day-to-day operations.  

“As pharmacists, we are expected to be of ‘good moral character and temperate habits’,” she says, which is where the brewery’s name comes from.  

Temperate Habits offers seasonal brews and several takes on IPAs, pale ales, and more. According to King, their most popular beer has been the Oktoberfest-style Marzen, which was on the menu during the fall. The brewery switches up their offerings every month, always keeping their lineups fresh.  

Their IPAs are a standout among new breweries. The unnamed “number 11” is hoppy with less bitterness than most IPAs. It also happens to be King’s favorite brew.  

“I like West Coast style…the number 11 is my absolute favorite of our triple IPAs,” King says.  

Temperate Habits also offers an exciting menu featuring both classic pub fare and more eclectic dishes. Options range from chicken wings (or cauliflower wings for the veggie-lovers out there) to generously portioned salads. Poutine, cheeseburgers, and a curiously good PB&J burger round out the pub offerings.  

Temperate Habits is open every day during Phase 2 of Covid-19, with comfy outdoor seating to accommodate safe dining. They offer 16 and 12oz. pours and also have growlers and crowlers available “if you prefer to drink your beer at home in your underwear,” as King puts it. 500 S.1st St., Mount Vernon, temperatehabitsbrewing.com 360.399.7740 

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