I can remember when Urban Family Brewing Company wasn’t yet a brewing company. They were a craft beer bar on Ballard Ave NW, pretty much across the street from The Noble Fir. As a craft beer bar, I only visited them a couple of times before they closed and moved across Salmon Bay to their current location on 26th Avenue West in Magnolia.
I think Urban Family is a bit homesick for Ballard though. They’ve just announced that, later this year, they will be moving the brewery to a new location, back in Ballard. Sentiment isn’t the only reason for the move though. They’re starting to outgrow their current location, and their new spot in Ballard will give them more room to expand, including more space for barrel aging and additional outdoor seating.
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.