When most people think of Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood they think, of course, of Georgetown Brewing Company on Denver Avenue South just off Lucille Street, but they also think primarily of that stretch of Airport way between Corson Avenue South and 13th Avenue South. Y’know, the stretch that contains all those well known spots like Flying Squirrel Pizza, Zippy’s Giant Burgers, Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt, Hallava Falafel, Fonda La Catrina, Full Throttle Bottles, Machine House Brewing Company, Fran’s Choclates, Jules Mae’s Saloon, Hitchcock Deli, Smarty Pants, the 9lb Hammer and more.
That’s not all there is to Georgetown though. It stretches to the West to 99/East Marginal Way South and the Duwamish waterway. You know the area. It’s where you’ll find Sound Homebrew Supply, Katsu Burger, Matt’s Famous Chili Dogs and South Seattle Community College – Georgetown. It’s also where you’ll find one of Seattle’s newest breweries, Counterbalance Brewing Company.
Founded by partners Jeff Howell and Frank Lawrence, Counterbalance Brewing has been open now since about February 4th, but they wanted to make it official for those who might not yet know.
Here is the full press release from Counterbalance Brewing Company:
Seattle, WA (February 2015)–Counterbalance Brewing Company launches wholesale distribution and opens its taproom at 503B South Michigan Street in South Seattle.
Counterbalance Brewing Company, owned and operated by Jeff Howell and Frank Lawrence, officially opened its taproom doors and launched wholesale distribution February 4, 2015. Counterbalance is selfdistributing its core lineup of ales to bars and restaurants in Seattle and Western Washington, with packaged beer to follow later in 2015. Counterbalance’s core beers are flavor-forward yet accessible and well balanced, made for a wide range of palates.
The modern industrial-styled Counterbalance taproom is an inviting addition to the Georgetown neighborhood with 14-foot ceilings, handmade tables and bar, and a full view of the 10-barrel brewery. It offers beers by the glass, growler fills and kegs-to-go of Counterbalance beers including Abigale Blonde Ale, Counterbalance IPA, Bad Wolf Dark Ale, and Kushetka Imperial Stout, along with plenty of experiments, prototypes, and specialties on the way. Outside food is encouraged and food trucks will be hosted some days. Service animals (no pets, sorry) and kids are allowed in the taproom.
Head Brewer Frank Lawrence has been brewing a variety of ales and lagers for nearly a decade and started thinking about going pro when friends’ demand for his beers outgrew his homebrewing capacity. A coworker, fellow beer nerd, and bad influence, Jeff Howell, encouraged him to do it and signed on as coowner and Operations Manager.
The Counterbalance name has many referents. It nods to the balanced formulation of the beers, the complementary professional skill sets of the two owner-operators, as well as the Queen Anne neighborhood in which they worked together previously. The one-legged duck just showed up one day and wouldn’t leave, as these things are wont to do.
I visited Counterbalance myself a few weeks ago to take a look and have a taste. The beers are solid. I tried the IPA, Kushetka Imperial Stout, Abigale Blonde Ale and Bad Wolf Dark Ale. My favorite was their Bad Wolf Dark Ale. According to Counterbalance Brewing: “This beer will be your best friend, take you out to dinner, and leave you wanting more.”
As noted above, Counterbalance doesn’t have any food to offer, but they will schedule occasional food trucks and you’re welcome to bring in any outside food. Maybe you can drop by Matt’s Famous Chili Dogs or Katsu Burger on your way.
Counterbalance Brewing Company is located at 503 South Michigan Street, Suite B. Their current hours are Wednesday to Friday from 4 – 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 6 PM. For more information, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.