Naked City Camano Island Opens This Weekend

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.

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Lagunitas Brewing Has Arrived In Seattle

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Last night, I was fortunate to attend a sneak peek preview party for media and industry friends at Lagunitas Brewing Company‘s newest location in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.  As you’ve probably heard, they took over the space formerly occupied by Hilliard’s Brewing, which was purchased last year by Odin Brewing.  Lagunitas treated us to food, live music, acrobatic and sideshow performers mingling among the crowd and, of course, great craft beer from one of my favorite California craft breweries.

Lagunitas has made some small but significant changes to the space, including a new, spacious island bar in the middle of the taproom, large, sturdy beer hall style tables with bench seating and brand new, restaurant-quality bathrooms.  They want to open to the public as soon as possible and, from what I saw last night, they’re just about ready.  You should be enjoying your favorite Lagunitas beers there before the end of this month.

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Lowercase Brewing’s Georgetown Taproom Opens Next Week

 

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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.

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Teku Tavern Set To Open On October 18th – UPDATED

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We’re blessed here in the Northwest to live in an area where there are so many great breweries.  Having easy access to so many great beers is great for craft beer fans like us, but it’s also part of what allows Seattle to have some of the best tap and bottle shops around.  Some of the most popular and well known ones include The Beer Junction, Bottleworks and Chuck’s Hop Shop.

Now, joining those establishments is Seattle’s newest tap and bottle shop: Teku Tavern.  Named for the Teku style of glassware that has been called the “World’s best beer glass”, Teku Tavern is looking to, as they put it, elevate the beer scene in Seattle.  They’ll have 50 taps, 3 cask stations and 29 refrigerators of beer and cider to go.

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Lowercase Brewery Expansion And New Taproom Update

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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.

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BrewDad’s Of Bonney Lake Opens In July

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The craft beer scene in the Puget Sound is rather large, so there are a number of different writers out there covering it.  Beyond Craft Beer Monger, of course, we have the Washington Beer Blog, Northwest Beer Guide, Northwest Brewing News, Two Brew Review, BrewDad and many more.

Each of these writers, including myself, have a passion for great craft beer.  Now, BrewDad writer Mike Besser is taking his passion for great craft beer beyond writing and opening up his own tap and bottle shop.  Next month, Northwest Caps & Taps in Bonney Lake will become BrewDad’s of Bonney Lake.

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Airways Brewing Has A New Look And A New Location – UPDATED

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Back in March of this year, I told you about some coming changes for Airways Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor).  Since opening six years ago on 196th Street in Kent (and the opening of Airways Brewing Beer & Bistro one year later), they’ve continued to grow, pushing the limits of their current brewery space.  The time had come to expand.

Well, Airways has been working on that expansion as well as re-branding themselves with a new logo which debuted earlier today, and now they’re ready to share some more details about the new space, their expanded hours and the grand opening date for the new brewery.

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Two Beers Brewing 8th Anniversary & Taproom Kitchen Opening

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It seems like only yesterday that Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) opened their latest iteration of The Woods, the shared taproom for Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company.  Now, only 5 months later, Two Beers has more exciting news.  Coming up on Saturday, November 14th, Two Beers Brewing Company will celebrate their 8th Anniversary.

Also, on that same day, Two Beers Brewing is excited to announce their partnership with Bread & Circuses is ready to commence.  The in-house kitchen that Two Beers has been working on since The Woods 3.0 launched back in June is ready to open as Bread & Circuses’ first ‘brick and mortar’ location.

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A Closer Look Inside Beardslee Public House

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When I first heard that Drew Cluley was leaving his position as Head Brewer for Big Time Brewery & Alehouse, I was a bit disappointed.  I’ve been drinking somewhat regularly at Big Time for years, which is easy since I only work a few blocks away.  I enjoy a number of their beers, but also know they have been through many great brewers in their time including Dick Cantwell (most recently with Elysian Brewing Company), Bill Jenkins (now with RAM Restaurant & Brewery in Northgate), and Kevin Forhan (now with Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery).  Drew has been through his share of breweries as well.  In addition to Beardslee and Big Time, he’s also brewed at Pyramid Brewing Company and Pike Brewing Company.

When I heard the reason Drew was leaving Big Time was to be a part of a new venture called Beardslee Public House, however, I was excited.  Drew brings over 20 years of professional brewing experience to this new venture from the John Howie Restaurant Group.  You may know a few of their other establishments, including: John Howie Steak Restaurant (Bellevue), Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar (Bellevue), Wildwood Spirits Co. (Bothell) and SPORT Restaurant and Bar (Seattle).  He even operates a restaurant on the Microsoft Campus known as In.gredients.

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Two Beers Brewing & Seattle Cider Launch The Woods 3.0

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It takes a lot of courage, dedication and countless hours of hard work to turn a dream into reality.  Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and Seattle Cider Company founder, Joel VandenBrink, found the courage to follow his dream way back in 2007 and, this week, the next part of that dream comes alive.

Two Beers’ first tiny tasting room opened in 2009 at their current location on Ohio Avenue South.  With just 6 seats at the bar and four beers on tap, it wasn’t long before it was clear that an expansion was needed.  So, in late 2011, Two Beers Brewing opened The Woods 2.0 (the first version of the taproom to officially sport ‘The Woods’ moniker).  The new, larger space featured more taps, a 45 foot reclaimed wood bar top and a ‘woodsy’ tree line painted on the walls.

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