Lowercase Brewing Company first opened their doors back in January of 2014. Of course that was back when their taproom was in South Park, where they shared a building with Burdick Brewery. By early 2016, however, both breweries had a problem. The City of Seattle decided that the building that housed their taprooms was insufficient as it was and required both breweries to make some major and expensive upgrades to the building if they wanted to keep their taprooms there.
Unfortunately this demand was too costly for either brewery, so both taprooms were closed. The breweries themselves could still operate out of their building in South Park, but had to find new taproom locations. Lowercase wasted no time and found a new taproom location on Airport Way South in Georgetown (Burdick has also since found a new taproom space on 14th Avenue South in South Park). After a few construction and licensing delays, Lowercase Brewing’s new Georgetown taproom opened their doors in November of 2016 and now they’re ready to celebrate the taproom’s first anniversary. In addition, Lowercase has announced the launch of a new pop-up coffee shop, Side Hustle Coffee & Doughnuts, which will be operating Thursday through Sundays out of the taproom. Continue reading →
I’m guessing that most of you don’t get down to Seattle’s South Park neighborhood very often. Then again, maybe you do. After all, back in May Loretta’s Northwesterner (quite possibly the best dive bar in all of Seattle) was honored with the title of 4th Best Burger In America from Thrillist. There are only a few breweries in the South Park area: Burdick, Lowercase and Tin Dog. Back when they all first opened the South Park bridge was still closed, making launching a brewery there a somewhat risky endeavor. Despite the challenges though, all 3 South Park breweries still exist and are doing well. You’ll even find their beers on tap at Loretta’s from time to time.
Tin Dog Brewing is situated in the Cloverdale business park, between Highway 509 and Highway 99 (W Marginal Way South). They specialize in Belgian styles so you’ll often find a Saison or two on tap, along with a Belgian Dubbel or Tripel and perhaps a Wit or White IPA.
I never used to be a big fan of the can. Like most of you, I’m sure, I prefer to get my beers on tap whenever possible. When it’s not possible, the bottle was and in many cases still is my favorite choice. However, there can be no denying that cans have made a comeback in a big, big way. They’re lighter, more portable, won’t break like glass bottles and they’re easy to pack out if you want to bring some beers long for a hiking or camping trip.
Many breweries have started canning recently and now Counterbalance Brewing Company is teaming up with the new Beer Star in White Center for the official release of their first canned beers. First up for the can treatment are Counterbalance IPA and Raconteur Rye Pale Ale.
Since I live in the South end, I’ve been a bit of an advocate for Seattle’s many South end breweries. Back in 2015 I even published an article encouraging craft beer lovers to check out all of the breweries in SoDo, Georgetown, South Park and Columbia City. As I pointed out in that article, the South end rivals Ballard for the sheer number of breweries you can visit, albeit spread out a bit more than the concentration in Ballard.
In order to continue encouraging craft beer fans to visit Seattle’s South end breweries, they have come together to form the South Seattle Brewery Coalition (SSBC), which encourages you to “be disloyal” and drink someone else’s beer. According to the SSBC: “We love challenging one another to make better beer, to provide more excellent service, and to better educate the wonderful people who have chosen to support our businesses.”
How would you like to visit five of Seattle’s South end breweries, have some poker-themed fun and help out Washington Wild and Brewshed Alliance at the same time? Sound too good to be true? Well Washington Wild is making it a reality as Poker N’ Pints returns to South Seattle on February 18th.
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.
Lots of businesses hit a few bumps on the road from time to time. That’s to be expected, but what matters most is how you react to those bumps. Will you let them throw you off course, or will you grip the wheel even tighter to keep thing moving steadily forward?
Since first opening in November of 2013, Burdick Brewery has certainly hit their share of bumps on the road. Less than a year after opening they closed their doors for an expansion, but then ran into some financial trouble and had to put a few plans on hold. They came roaring back in May of 2015, however, open 7 days a week and working to get their beers on tap at a few local bars and restaurants.
Last year, Burdick Breiwng Company in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood closed the doors to their taproom. They’re still in the same location and are still brewing beer, but the city wanted them to make some upgrades to the taproom that were cost prohibitive, so Burdick decided instead to focus on bottling their beers and getting them on more taps around the city.
Now, Burdick is ready to unload some of the equipment they no longer need, since the taproom is no longer open. So, they are holding a sale this coming Saturday the 11th, where you’ll be able to pick up some great surplus items.
Lowercase Brewing Company first opened their doors back in January of 2014, just a few months after the launch of Burdick Brewing Company, who they share a building with in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. A few months back, however, the City of Seattle decided that the building that houses their taprooms was insufficient as it was and was requiring both breweries to make major and expensive upgrades to the building if they wanted to keep their taprooms there.
Unfortunately, this demand was too costly for either brewery. Burdick Brewing has since closed their taproom and, at least for now, become strictly a production brewery. They deliver kegs and bottles to local craft beer bars and bottle shops. Lowercase Brewing wanted to keep their taproom open, but couldn’t stay in the same location. As a result, the last day for Lowercase Brewing’s current taproom in South Park will be May 2nd, with a ‘Last Hurrah’ party scheduled for next Saturday, April 30th (followed by a ‘Kill the Keg’ party on May 1st). They will be moving to a new taproom on Airport Way South, set to open sometime this July.