Some of the first Fall Seasonals I started seeing this year were appearing as early as mid August. I suppose planning ahead isn’t a bad thing but, here in the Northwest where the Summers are notoriously short, we don’t need those early reminders that our sunny Summer days are numbered. Don’t get me wrong. I love many different Fall styles and welcome their return, I guess I’m just a little sad to see Summer come to a close this year.
If there’s one thing you can be sure of when Fall arrives though, it’s that along with it comes all the different Fall seasonal craft beers (even if some of them start appearing a bit early), including pumpkin and squash style beers. I haven’t found myself as excited for the plethora of pumpkin and squash ales that always make their way to craft bottle store shelves this time of year, but there are always a few new, interesting ones that catch my attention. One such beer is Wine Barrel-Aged sQUASH Ale from Lowercase Brewing Company.
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.
Lowercase Brewing Company first opened their doors back in early 2014 in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, sharing a building with another South Park newcomer, Burdick Brewing Company. If you’ve been following their stories, however, then you know that both breweries had to close their taprooms last year due to prohibitively expensive building upgrades the city demanded to keep the taprooms open in that location.
Burdick simply closed their taproom and decided to go the production brewery route. Lowercase Brewing, however, wanted to keep their taproom up and running so they started looking for a new location, which they found on Airport Way in Georgetown. After a few delays with permits and such, Lowercase was finally able to open their new taproom last November. The brewery itself stayed at their original location in South Park, allowing them to install an even lager brewing system and increase their capacity. Incidentally, I have also heard rumblings that Burdick Brewing might be looking for a new taproom location as well. I’ll keep you posted.
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.
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.
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.
Burdick Brewery is one of Seattle’s newest breweries, having opened their doors to the public just this past November. Offing small batch, hand crafted ales in a small, warehouse-type space in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, they’re starting slowly but are already building a following of loyal locals. Founder and head brewer, Max Leinbach, started brewing about 4 years ago and has worked through many starts and stops to get Burdick Brewery off the ground.