Airways Brewing spreads its wings with new downtown bistro

It hasn’t exactly been the best-kept secret, but yesterday Airways Brewing made it official and announced its pending expansion. In fact, it is more than a simple expansion, they are opening a second location in downtown Kent.  The existing brewery and tasting room will double in size. The new location in historic, downtown Kent—Airways Brewery and Bistro—will be a full-service restaurant with an extensive tap line up.

Here is the official press release:

Airways Brewing to Expand Current Location and Open Second Location in Downtown Kent Historic District

February 14, 2011

Kent, WA (02/14/11) – Airways Brewing Company, Kent’s Brewery(sm), today announced the expansion of its North Kent production facility and tap room, as well as a new location in the Downtown Kent Historic District.

The brewery’s current location, in the North Kent industrial area, will expand from 1,200 to 2,400 square feet. The larger space will feature a larger tap room and a new 10-barrel brewing system. The tap room expansion is expected to be open in early April, while the new brewing system should arrive in early summer.

Airways has also leased space in the Downtown Kent Historic District for the Airways Brewing Company Beer & Bistro. The location will feature a full food menu, as well as an extensive tap beer lineup. The new location is expected to open in early June.

“We planned this expansion from the beginning, so it’s exciting to see it become reality,” said Alex Dittmar, the company’s founder and brewer. “The larger brewing system and expanded tap room at our current location will help us more efficiently serve our customers and allow us to introduce some new special beers.”

“We are equally excited to announce our second location in the Downtown Kent Historic District. Being Kent’s Brewery, we knew we eventually wanted to end up downtown. It took us about six months to find the right place, and we think people will really enjoy the location, as well as what we’ll have to offer.”

Founded in spring of 2010, Airways Brewing Company is located in Kent, Washington. The brewery produces five standard beers, Starliner Stout, First Class IPA, Jet City ESB, Sky Hag IPATM, and T-Tail Blonde, and features casks and special-edition beers in its Kent tap room. Airways distributes its beer to fine microbrew specialty bars and taverns in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area.

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