Melvin Brewing Company out of Alpine and Jackson, Wyoming brews some pretty tasty beers. Since they began distribution in the Seattle area in early 2016, I’ve come to really appreciate several of their offerings. The two of their beers people around here are probably the most familiar with include their wildly popular 2×4 Imperial IPA and, of course, last year’s 3-Way IPA (brewed in conjunction with Fort George Brewing Company and Barley Brown’s).
First launched in 2009, Melvin took off quickly and gained high praise from the brewing industry, including a 2012 Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their 2×4 Imperial IPA (among other awards). Now, they’ve launched a 3rd location, and their first full-scale brewpub, right here in Washington State. Opened in Bellingham on June 3rd, Melvin’s brewpub offers 20 taps (including one rotating guest tap) and a full menu.
Pike Brewing Company has been a fixture of the Seattle craft beer scene since way back in 1989. Founders Charles and Rose Ann Finkel have also been instrumental in helping expand the craft beer scene across Seattle and indeed across the nation. Their tireless work to help promote craft beer as well as all the wonderful craft beer and food parings that are possible out there has been an inspiration to countless brewers and chefs.
Now, Charles and Rose Ann are preparing for Pike’s biggest expansion in over 21 years. Pike Brewing Company is pleased to announce Tankard & Tun. Coming this Summer, Tankard & Tun is a new restaurant, oyster bar and brew deck that will also provide Pike with an expanded brew cellar.
Back in January, I shared with you the exciting news that Naked City Brewery & Taphouse announced they would be opening a second location out on Camano Island. Now, just three short months after that announcement, they’re ready to go.
After a soft opening that will happen later this week for family and friends (invite only), they will be ready to open their doors to the public on Saturday, April 22nd at 11 am.
I’ve always been a big fan of Naked City Brewery & Taphouse. They make some of my favorite locally-brewed beers including their The Big Lebrewski Imperial Stout and Cry Me A River Triple IPA. Unfortunately, I don’t get there as often as I’d like but every time I’m in the Greenwood area, I’ll stop by. One taste of their beers is all it takes to let you know Owner and Brewmaster Don Webb really loves his work.
Now, after going strong for over 8 years (they celebrated their 8th Anniversary last October), Naked City is ready to expand. So, coming as soon as this Spring, Naked City is pleased to announced they will be opening their 2nd location out on Camano Island.
Schooner Exact Brewing Company has been busy lately. In addition to keeping the great beers and delicious food flowing at their 1st Avenue South location and their recent attendance at the 2016 American Craft Beer Experience Japan in Tokyo, they’ve also been busy with their latest expansion (including a new kitchen, restaurant, bar and, of course, more brewing space). You can see a few photos of the remodel work on their Facebook page.
You can tell Winter isn’t far off at Schooner Exact, when they release Hoppy The Woodsman, which arrived just last month. Now, with the first day of Winter just over two weeks away, Schooner Exact is ready to release their Bourbon Aged Imperial Porter this coming Thursday.
Last September, Lowercase Brewing Company was one of many breweries I mentioned in a Craft Beer Monger feature article about Great Reasons To Check Out Seattle’s South End Breweries. They’ve been operating out of a space in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood since January 2014, but in early 2016 Lowercase found out they would have to close their taproom in South Park, so they started looking for a new location, and they found one in Georgetown.
Since then, they’ve been working hard to get the new Georgetown taproom ready for business. Some initial permitting delays pushed back their original opening date but now they’re ready for their big reveal. Lowercase Brewing is pleased to announced that the grand opening for their new taproom, on Airport Way in Georgetown, will be next Friday, November 11th starting at 4 pm.
We’ve seen our share of ‘buyouts’ in the craft beer World. You know the feeling – that heartbreaking moment when you realize that one of your favorite craft breweries has ‘sold out’ to the big boys: InBev or SABMiller. This is NOT one of those moments.
Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and Seattle Cider Company, the first cidery in Seattle since the days of prohibition, are pleased to announce that they have formed a partnership with French, farmer-run cooperative Agrial. They’ve struck a great deal that allows for additional expansion of both Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider, without giving up any control. Both brands will continue to operate completely independently, right here in Seattle.
It seems like only yesterday I was telling you about the launch of Seattle Cider Company, sister company to Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and the first cidery in Seattle since prohibition. In reality, that was almost three years ago. Since then, Seattle Cider has come out with several new ciders, ramped up production multiple times and increased distribution to over 12 states (including Washington), with more states being added all the time.
Now, nearly three years later and bigger than they ever thought they’d be at this point, Seattle Cider Company is preparing to celebrate their 3rd Anniversary next Saturday, August 27th at The Woods taproom.
It’s been a few months since Lower Case Brewing Company announced the closing of their taproom in South Park. The last hurrah was on April 30th, and that was followed by a ‘kill the keg’ party on May 1st. At that time, Lowercase was optimistic that they’d be able to open their new taproom location in Georgetown by early Summer.
The bad news is that, primary due to unfortunate delays with required construction permits, an early Summer launch isn’t going to happen. The good news, however, is that they now finally have all the permits they need to proceed with construction, so their new target is to have the new taproom open before the end of this Summer.
Sometimes ‘real life’ can be a pain. I’m a writer/blogger on the side, but I still have a regular, full-time job and the same day-to-day responsibilities as everyone else. That means, just like many of you, I don’t have unlimited time (nor an unlimited budget). This means that, unfortunately, I don’t always make it to all the new Seattle area breweries I’d like to as soon as I’d like to. Of course, that’s a challenging prospect with so many new breweries opening around here all the time.
One of the new breweries that I haven’t found the time to visit yet is Sumerian Brewing Company up in Woodinville. I have enjoyed a few of their beers at some events and festivals I’ve attended, but I really need to visit the taproom and get to know more about them and their beers. With their 1st Anniversary coming up next month, I’ll have to see if I can find the time for a visit.