Geaux Brewing is going south. It’s not moving all the way south to New Orleans, the city which inspired the brewery’s name and theme, but Geaux Brewing is expanding and opening a second location in South King County. The company officially announced today that it is opening its second location on Main Street in downtown Auburn. The new location will house a new primary brewhouse, an expansive New Orleans-themed taproom, and a kitchen.
The Bellevue location will stay open as a tap room, will be expanded to offer more seating, and will see the menu expanded to include food from the new kitchen in Auburn.
“As with many of our fellow breweries in the region, we’ve seen incredible growth and demand for our beers.” said Jeremy Hubbell, owner. “When we met with city leaders in Auburn, we knew immediately that this is the perfect place to not only be able to brew more beer, but also serve another community in the Puget Sound area.”
Mayor Nancy Backus, City of Auburn said, ”We are excited to welcome Geaux Brewing to Auburn and look forward to another family-friendly restaurant choice. This is adding to the many positive changes happening in our city.”
As part of the brewery expansion, Geaux will upgrade it’s brewhouse to a 20-barrel system and increase capacity to just over 1000 barrels in the ﬁrst year. The existing 4-barrel brewhouse in Bellevue will be relocated to Auburn, along with the barrel aging program. The Bellevue brewery will be converted into additional seating.
With the move and expansion, Geaux is also bringing food to both locations. Bread and Circuses, a local food truck that you might recognize as the food purveyor operating at The Woods tasting room at Two Beer Brewing in Seattle, will help develop the menu and design the kitchen. The menu will offer New Orleans classics, like jambalaya, gumbo and po boys, but will also introduce some new, creative dishes.
“New Orleans cuisine has a special place in my heart.” said Syd Suntha of Bread and Circuses. “From the ﬁrst time I tried beans and rice when I was there after Katrina to working for Where Y’at Matt and Restaurant Roux for a couple years, I’ve always loved its unique ﬂavors. There are endless possibilities of Creole and Cajun food and we are excited to put out a menu that will include all the staples, as well as some dishes that have that Bread and Circuses twist that pairs great with Geaux’s amazing craft beers.”
As part of the expansion, Geaux is releasing a new beer called “Geauxin’ South”, a rye IPA that has a deep caramel color, amazing hop aroma, and a dry spiciness reminiscent of the ﬂavors of New Orleans. Geauxin’ South is now on tap at their Bellevue location and will be available soon at the Green River Cyclerly in downtown Auburn.
Geaux will break ground on the new location in Auburn this summer with the taproom slated to open in time for its third anniversary (October).
Geaux Brewing was founded in 2012 as “The Brewery for Homebrewers”. Since its beginning, the team at Geaux has worked tirelessly to bring fun, creative beer to the Eastside while sharing the knowledge and love for the craft with home brewers and commercial brewers alike. They have produced several award-winning beers, including their Wee Y’at Scotch Ale and Vanilla Mint Chai Satchmo stout, and continue to push the boundaries of craft beer. The Bellevue taproom and brewery is located at 12031 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA.