I often hear the question; Has Seattle reached the saturation point for new breweries? I don’t think there’s an easy answer. Sure, Seattle is packed with over 330 breweries (many concentrated in Ballard and the South End), but is that too many? It depends on several factors: Location, size, the quality and uniqueness of the beers they produce, etc.
Seattle’s newest brewery: Fair Isle Brewing, opens their doors to the public today at 3 pm. Will they have what it takes to succeed in the saturated Seattle craft beer scene? I believe they will. Fair Isle is taking a slightly different approach with their taproom layout (details below), and will focus primarily on Saisons and other Wild Ales.
Here is some more information about today’s opening from Fair Isle Brewing:
January 22, 2020 – Seattle, WA.
Fair Isle is excited to announce the opening of our tasting room this Thursday, January 23rd, 2020. Fair Isle Brewing is a 21+ tasting room located in the growing Ballard Brewery District. Our saisons are created with ingredients farmed and foraged in the Pacific Northwest and fermented with our house blend of wild and feral yeasts and bacterias. Fair Isle opens with seven Fair Isle draft beers, and a curated list of guest beer, cider and wine. The intent of our cider and wine program isn’t just to provide an alternative to beer, but to offer an exciting assortment that shines a light on the broader wonderful world of fermented beverages.
Rather than one giant industrial Ballard warehouse, Fair Isle’s location provided a different approach; being an amalgamation of four individual buildings joined at the hips. Each space took on a different operating function; brewhouse, tasting room, private dining room and barrel room, while still creating adjacency and connectivity to the other dependable functions. The founders tag-teamed construction with Dolan Built, a local contractor who’s flexibility provided much needed horsepower and know-how at critical points in the buildout. Geoffrey and Andrew oversaw and performed the rest of the construction.
Jeunesse Architects partnered with Fair Isle Brewing early-on in the search for a location and fully endorsed the spot they choose. The architectural character of the industrial buildings would be a backdrop to add a layer of sophistication and playfulness to the already texture rich environment of wood and other natural materials.
Getting to opening has not been a solo endeavor but rather a team effort from all of the staff at Fair Isle Brewing, contractors, architects, subs and the many hours of sweat equity of the Founders.
Fair Isle Brewing
936 NW 49th St
Seattle, WA 98107
Wednesday – Friday | 3 PM – 10 PM
Saturday – Sunday | 12 PM – 10 PM
I was invited to visit Fair Isle earlier this week during their media preview event but, unfortunately, I was sadly unable to attend. However, I’ll be attending an event in Fremont later this evening, so I’ll have to make sure I drop by Fair Isle on my way to have a first look and a first taste. Watch for my posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.