Available: Great Building for a Brewery in Kirkland

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The other day, the Washington Beer Blog received an email from a commercial real estate broker who was curious to see what kind of interest a particular property might attract from the beer community. More specifically, he wondered if the building might be of interest to any would-be breweries. It’s not the first time I’ve received an email like this, but it is the first time I’ve shared the information publicly.

I looked at the information the broker provided and think the old cannery building would make a great brewery in a very desirable Eastside location. I know that most breweries open on shoestring budgets, but maybe there’s someone out there looking to do something grand. If nothing else, let’s dream.

Foggy Noggin Extends Tasting Room Hours for August

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It’s a small announcement, but it’s kind of big news for fans of Foggy Noggin Brewing, as so many of us are. For the month of August, Foggy Noggin is expanding the open hours for its tasting room in Bothell/Woodinville to include both Fridays and Saturdays. Here’s the announcement. “The dog days of summer are…

Tiptoe Through the Hop Fields with Schooner EXACT Brewing

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It’s almost time for one of the most glorious events of the year: hop harvest. And you are invited to witness it firsthand with Schooner EXACT Brewing. Right now, there is a quiet solitude about the hop fields. Rows and rows of towering hop bines insulate Darren Gamache from the outside world. He walks his…

Burdick Brewery: Bad News & Good News

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The bad news from Burdick Brewery is that it is closing its doors. The good news, it is upgrading to a 7-barrel brewhouse and installing some 15-barrel fermenters so it can finally produce enough beer to meet demand and grow. Until now, the brewery struggled to keep up, brewing on a one-barrel system. Burdick Brewery…

Vocal Minority Threatens to Shut Down Kirkland Brewery

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UPDATED 8/1/2014: Chainline Brewing is asking for your help. Please write a letter in the form of an email supporting the brewery and send it to the Liquor Control Board agent who is considering this matter. The LCB has received at least 17 letters that oppose the brewery’s opening. We need to counter that by…

Now More than 3,000 Breweries in USA. Is Continued Growth Sustainable?

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Data released yesterday by the Brewers Association shows that the USA now supports 3,040 breweries, 99 percent of which are craft breweries. That is, small and independent breweries that meet the Brewers Association definition of craft brewery. Another 1,900 breweries are currently in planning. The craft beer industry in America is now responsible for more than…

Iron Horse 10th Anniversary Celebration, August 9th

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When I first discovered Iron Horse Brewery, about 9 years ago, it was in the hands of its founder, Jim Quilter. He was a great guy and a skilled brewer, but when I visited him at the brewery he admitted that he didn’t much care for the business end of the beer business. He favored…

Breweries & Other Small Businesses, Tonight’s Event Focuses on Helping You Succeed

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Small businesses around Seattle seeking expert advice, guidance, and ideas stand to benefit from tonight’s event. Organized and hosted by Boston Beer Company, Brewing the American Dream is a program designed to help small businesses prosper. At the heart of the program is speed coaching, where businesses have the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with…

Boundary Bay Wins 2014 Award as Washington’s Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business

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Most of Washington’s local breweries do a lot to help non-profit organizations. Whether it be in the form of beer donations that help non-profit organizations raise funds, or greater involvement in events and causes, philanthropy and beer go hand in hand, which is just one more reason why a brewery is a valuable member of…

Seattle Cider is Heading to Chicago

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Carl Sandburg described Chicago as “”Hog Butcher for the World, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler; Stormy, husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders…” Frank Sinatra said it in simpler terms: “My kind of town, Chicago is…” However you choose to say it, Chicago is a damn fine…