Two very important things are happening this week in West Seattle. First of all, the life-sized statue of a Polled Hereford is returning to the top of the building at the corner of 35th Ave. SW and SW Webster Street. Second, the brewery at that location opens this Friday. The full name is Best of Hands Brewery and Barrelhouse. Below we share some information about the brewery as well as the opening day beer lineup.
Nick Marianetti is one of the masterminds behind Best of Hands (pictured above on the left, along with his biz partner Gregory Marlor). He describes the brewery like this: “We will be a 21+ establishment (though if you’re only stopping in to fill a growler, you can bring your youngsters in with you) We will offer some snacks, and hopefully some cheese and charcuterie plates will be available once we get open and gauge interest. Otherwise, we will allow outside food to be brought in, and we aim to host rotating food trucks in our front lot. Well behaved pets will be welcome on the patio, but only service animals will be allowed inside the taproom.”
“Lastly,” Nick adds, “I’d like to put any fears to rest: the cow is definitely staying!”
The cow, which adorned the building’s rooftop for decades, actually didn’t stay, as evidenced by the cowless photo above. (See our previous story to learn more about the iconic cow.) As of Tuesday, March 5th, the cow has returned to the top of the building. The photo below was borrowed from the West Seattle Blog – Click here to see their coverage.
Best of Hands Brewery and Barrelhouse promises to focus on farmhouse-style beers and sour ales, but not to an extent that “regular beer drinkers” will feel unwelcome or unsatisfied.
Last night I attended a pre-opening event and found a whopping 11 beers of their own creation waiting for me on tap. (Beer menu is shown below.) Folks, you are in for a treat. Rarely have I visited a newly opened brewery where the beers were so refined. The beers taste like Best of Hands has been open, and kicking butt, for many months.
Among my favorites, the two “regular” saisons (pictured above): Dew of the Sea Rosemary Saison and Sad Guru Returns Saison. Also, the Thunderfunk Wine Barrel Aged Brett Saison. Away from the farmhouse, the Baltic Porter (pictured below) was especially satisfying—a too-rare beer style that ranks among my favorites.
On the normal side, I guarantee they’ll sell a lot of the Terror Hawk Pale Ale because it is so very quaffable and is so very tasty. (I envision many of those involved in many a session in my not-too-distant future.) Also, last night they were pouring two different IPAs.
I drank the first of the two IPAs, Phantom Boots IPA, a couple weeks ago when it showed up on tap at the Beer Junction (read it). The second IPA has a very interesting name: Another Douchy Overpriced Crappy Beer Served at a Hipster Hangout.
When this whole plan to open a new brewery in West Seattle was reported by the West Seattle Blog many months ago, a lot of people commented on the story. Among those comments, someone said, “Oh great, another douchy overpriced crappy beer served at a hipster hangout.”
To that, Nick Marianetti replied, “Thank you for naming our first beer!”
Food trucks are part of the plan at Best of Hands. For the grand opening this weekend: Falafel Salam on Friday, Buddha Bruddah on Saturday, Plum Bistro on Sunday.
Best of Hands is 21+
3:00 to 10:00, Thursdays through Mondays.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Best of Hands Brewery and Barrelhouse
7500 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126