Most breweries start out small. Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor), for example, started in a space of just 400 square feet. Now, after a few modest expansions and the addition of their wildly successful sister company, Seattle Cider Company, two years ago, Two Beers is ready to expand once again.
Set for next Saturday, June 13th, is the grand opening of The Woods, the shared tasting room for Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider. More the doubling the size of their current tasting room, The Woods will be 2,800 square feet of awesome.
I was going to try and describe what’s in store for you, as I’ve had a bit of a sneak peek, but I don’t think I could describe it better than they’ve done themselves: “The Woods embodies its name with custom wood and ironwork throughout. Offering an expanded 24 taps and seating for 99 people, the new tasting room will also feature a range of bar games, including pool, darts, foseball and shuffleboard. Additional features include a raised dining area (available for private events), space for projection movies, a dedicated retail space and in-house kitchen coming this fall, run by the folks at Bread & Circuses. Outside, a permanent arbor will hold seating for 68 people.”
Here is the full press release from Two Beers Brewing Company and Seattle Cider Company:
SEATTLE (June 2, 2015) – Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company are thrilled to announce the grand opening their brand new tasting room, The Woods, scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at 1pm! The newest rendition of the shared tasting room – located right next door to the current one – is the result of six months of build out and anticipation, offering more than double the space, expanded draft, a myriad of games and more.
“This is the tasting room we’ve been dreaming of,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder and owner of Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company. “Our entire team has put in countless hours over the past six months making sure we created a destination, not just a tasting room. With more taps, games and soon, a full kitchen, we think we’ve created a space our fans, new and old, will love.”
More than doubling its space to 2,800 square feet, The Woods embodies its name with custom wood and ironwork throughout. Offering an expanded 24 taps and seating for 99 people, the new tasting room will also feature a range of bar games, including pool, darts, foseball and shuffleboard. Additional features include a raised dining area (available for private events), space for projection movies, a dedicated retail space and more. Outside, a permanent arbor will hold seating for 68 people, adorned with apple trees and hop vines from local farmers.
“Everything was custom built specifically for this space, right down to the shuffleboard table. The new tasting room really exemplifies our brands and our company, and we can’t wait to share it with everyone,” said VandenBrink.
Adding to an exciting list of new features, an in-house kitchen is slated for launch this fall. Occupied and run by the team from popular food truck Bread & Circuses, food will be available for purchase during normal tasting room hours, including delicious items such as War of the Pig, Circus Burger, Slammin Salmon Seattle Reuben
Attendees of The Woods grand opening party – taking place from 1-7pm on Saturday, June 13 at 4660 Ohio Ave S in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood – will enjoy $4-$6 pints of Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company’s year-round offerings, plus an amazing lineup of beers and ciders only available at the tasting room (see social media for full list). Bread & Circuses popular food truck will be on site from 3-7pm serving up delicious eats, available for purchase. Each attendee will receive a raffle ticket upon entry for a chance to win Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company swag, with winners announced on Monday, June 15. Glassware, growlers, posters and apparel will also be available for purchase. Please note this is a 21+ event.
Hours for The Woods will remain the same, open Tuesday – Thursday from 3-9pm, Friday from 3-10pm, Saturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1-6pm. Occupying the space behind the tasting room is the new home of Seattle Cider Company, including 45,000 gallons worth of tank space, a new canning line and more. Two Beers Brewing takes over the former space, expanding its production and administrative offices, bringing the total footprint of the two companies to 22,000-square-feet.
For more information about Seattle Cider Company, Two Beers Brewing and The Woods tasting room, follow the brands on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit their websites at www.twobeersbrewery.com and www.seattlecidercompany.com.
About Two Beers Brewing Co.
Two Beers Brewing Co. began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007 and today, produces twelve unique beers including five year-round, seven seasonal and a host of intricate infusions in its 4,800-square-foot SoDo brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings kegs and growler fill-ups available at their tasting room located at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday –Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays from 1 – 6 p.m. Select brews can also be found in 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.About Seattle Cider Company
Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is the city’s first cidery since prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, small-batch cider, Seattle Cider’s break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh-pressed, locally-grown apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with real ingredients and never from concentrate. Find Seattle Cider products in stores and on tap throughout Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Alaska, California, Idaho and Austin, Texas. Seattle Cider is also available on tap at The Woods tasting room, located at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday – Saturday. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on Facebook, Twitter (@seattleciderco) and Instagram (@seattleciderco).
I’ve been following their progress closely and, even though I’ve had a few sneak peeks during construction, I’m really looking forward to this ‘official’ unveiling of the new space. If you’ve been to the current version of The Woods lately, especially on a Friday or Saturday evening, you know how crowded it can sometimes get. This expansion provides some much needed breathing room, not to mention the awesome additions of the arbor, pool, darts, foseball and shuffleboard. The custom-made Suffleboard table is really impressive and plays very fast. Use a light touch on those pucks.
Here is the full tap lineup for The Woods’ grand opening:
- Day Hike Summer Session Ale
- Forester Double IPA
- Evo IPA
- IPA X
- Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale
- 7th Anniversary Stout
- Fall Line Russian Imperial Stout
- Barley Wine
- Crooked Belgian Wit
- Overhang Imperial Porter
- Pilchuck Pilsner
- Immersion Amber
- Cold Brew
- South African Dry
- Gin Barrel Aged Gin Botanical
- Red Wine Barrel Aged Berry
- Harvest Series
What a great list to show off their expanded 24 tap setup. As noted above, there will also be raffles, prizes and food from Bread & Circuses. It’s not required but, if you’re on Facebook, you can RSVP now on the event page. I would expect this to be a fairly crowded event, since I know quite a few people who have been looking forward to this grand opening. I’ll see you there.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.