Whipsaw Brewing

Ellensburg, WA

Whipsaw Brewing was established in 2015 by Charlie and Debbie Tierney. Charlie and Debbie are originally from Aberdeen, WA and dreamed of owning a brewery one day. The couple has roots in Ellensburg, WA and wanted to move back to Central Washington to be closer to family and make their dream a reality.


(Owners Debbie and Charlie at the Taproom with Liquor License)

First beer: While touring a brewery one day, Debbie turned to Charlie and said, “If you can make me a beer that I’ll love, then let’s do this thing”. Charlie came up with the Buzz On Blackberry Wheat Ale and that sold Debbie. Their idea was starting to become a reality.


(Construction of the Tap Room)

Charlie and Debbie found 704 N Wenas St and started construction to build the perfect tap room. Charlie spent 20 dedicated years as a logger and they used his former career as the theme of their brewery.

When you walk into Whipsaw you immediately notice the logger theme with vintage saws, handmade wood tables and custom tap handles.  You can feel the warmth and creativity that the owners put into this brewery the moment you sit down.

Keeping with the Logger theme, Charlie and Debbie named some of their beers after logging terms. You’ll find beers like the Widowmaker IPA and the Hoot Owl Stout.


Personal Note: My name is Samantha and I am a marketer and agent at Elliott Insurance/ Mitchell, Reed and Schmitten. I went to college in Ellensburg and Whipsaw was the first brewery I had ever been too. I wasn’t really into beer yet and didn’t know what to start with. I asked the gentleman behind the counter what he would recommend and he gave me the Buzz On Blackberry Wheat Ale. This was completely different than the basic beers I had drank before. Now that I am an Alumni of CWU I make it a priority to stop into Whipsaw and have a beer every time I go through Ellensburg. Thank you Charlie and Debbie for the warmth and sense of community you have established with Whipsaw. Can’t wait to go back again.



“With dedication to the quality of our craft and commitment to our community, we strive to produce extraordinary beer with an old-school mentality”

-Charlie Tierney



Not FDIC Insured | No Bank Guarantee | May Lose Value | Not Insured by any Federal Government Agency | Not a Bank Deposit