Bill Jenkins, Elliott Bay’s newest brewer

I was wondering how long it would take before I would have the opportunity to use the term favre in its contemporary context. I didn’t have to wait long. Thanks, Bill.

Recently, Bill Jenkins announced that he would be leaving Big Time Brewery, intending to step away from brewing to spend some time with his family. Although he never really announced that his retirement would be permanent, it apparently won’t last long.

Pulling a Favre on Us

Elliott Bay Brewing just announced that Bill Jenkins will be the brewer at its third location. Scheduled to be open later this year, the Lake City brewery and pub will hit the ground running with one of the area’s most respected brewers: the man they call the Hop Wizard. Well, at least that’s what we call Bill.

Here’s what Elliott Bay Brewing had to say about it on their website:

Brewer Hired for Lake City Pub

Elliott Bay is proud to announce that Bill Jenkins, soon-to-be-retired brewer at Big Time Brewing in the U-District, will be the new brewer at our Lake City brewpub.Bill began home brewing in Seattle in 1990. His first brewing job was at the original Pike Place Brewing Co. in 1991. In 1995 Bill became the Assistant Brewer at Big Time and then Head Brewer in 1996. In 1997 he moved to Ireland to helped launch a brewery in Dublin.

Bill moved back to Seattle and back to Pike Brewing in 1998. He was briefly brewing at Big Time again as an Assistant Brewer before heading to Hale’s Ales, were he spent 3 years. Since January 2004 Bill has served as Head Brewer at Big Time. Obviously, this guy knows his way around breweries!

We are looking forward to Bill’s arrival at the helm in Lake City and to sharing the many fine beers he’ll be offering up to patrons of Elliott Bay’s first North End location. While the pub won’t open until later this year, during the intervening months Bill will spend time with his wife and two young sons.