Have you ever been down to Tin Dog Brewing Company in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood? Sure, they’re a bit out of the way if you don’t live in the South end, but they’ve been quietly operating out of their space on Cloverdale St. for nearly 4 years now.
Tin Dog recently released their third French Oak Wine Barrel Aged Wild Blend Bottle: Mandala Blended Wild Ale, which has been dry-hopped with Mosaic giving it tropical notes. You can find it at the brewery and at several local craft bottle shops, including Chuck’s Hop Shop locations and Full Throttle Bottles in Georgetown. Now, they’re preparing to celebrate their 4th Anniversary.
Are you ready to party? Lowercase Brewing Company certainly is. Their taproom on Airport Way South in Georgetown turned one just this past November, but the brewery itself (still in South Park) has been around for nearly four years now.
I won’t re-hash the story of how Lowercase wound up with a brewery in South Park but a taproom in Georgetown here, but if you read my previous article (at the link above), it will explain the situation. It actually wound up being a good thing for Lowercase because their Georgetown taproom is larger than their old one and in a better location to get more traffic.
In preparation for their upcoming 4th Anniversary celebration on January 20th (4 – 10 pm), Lowercase has brewed up 4 special beers (for 4 years): iRISH Stout, Strata IPA, Barrel-Aged Winter Warmer and Hop Snow Hazy IPA. There’ll also be live music and BBQ.
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.
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.
The Very Tin Dog That Tin Dog Brewing Is Named After
Nearly two years ago, I first told you aboutTin Dog Brewing in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. Founded by the husband and wife team of Lisa and Eric Rough, they have an emphasis on Belgian style beers including Wits Saisons, Belgian Pale Ales and more. It seems like just yesterday they were opening their doors to the public, but it was back on Saturday, February 5th 2014 and now, they’re preparing to celebrate their 2nd Anniversary.
With the Oscars airing the same date as Tin Dog’s Anniversary celebration, Sunday, February 28th, Tin Dog has decided to throw an Oscar-themed party – no tuxedo or red carpet gown required. Just bring yourself, your thirst for good beer and your Oscars trivia knowledge.
Back in September, I published an article that gave you lots of great reasons to visit some of the breweries in Seattle’s South end (I can’t believe I neglected to include Big Al Brewing Company in that article. I’m so sorry, Al! I’ll come by for a visit soon.) Now I’ve got another reason for you to visit the South end. Coming up on Saturday, February 20th is South Seattle Poker N Pints.
This one day, multi-brewery event lets you enjoy great craft beer from local breweries and play a little poker to win some swag, all while helping raise funds for the Washington Brewshed Alliance who has taken over the organization of this event this year from Lisa Rough of Tin Dog Brewing Company.