On Saturday, July 21st Burke-Gilman Brewing opened to the public. Located in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood, the brewery is situated along the Burke-Gilman Trail, very near Children’s Hospital, at that point where NE 45th Street turns into Sand Point Way.
The partners behind the brewery are a gang of old friends: Kenneth Trease, Eric Lundquist, Corey Ovendale, and Ty Ovendale. Though some of them are homebrewers, they sought out a professional brewer to make the beer at Burke-Gilman Brewing. They found Phil Pesheck, who has experience brewing for Georgetown Brewing as well as Mac and Jack’s Brewing.
Phil is excited to spread his wings at Burke-Gilman Brewing and says that, along with sours and barrel-aged beers, he intends to explore beer history and re-interpret some old, nearly forgotten styles, adding his own modern twist to traditional recipes. He mentioned English Mild, which historically was not mild at all, at least not in terms of alcohol strength. His vision involves recreating historic recipes with modern ingredients.
For the opening, expect to find a beer lineup that includes an excellent, semi-hazy IPA and an especially bitter Pale Ale. Also a Porter, a Saison, a Brown Ale, and a Stout. Also, a few guest taps. All of the house-brewed beers are solid. To my taste, the Pale Ale, the IPA and the Stout really stood out. Also, the Saison is very quaffable for a beer of its style; an exceptionally approachable Saison.
Talking with two of the business partners last night we learned that Burke-Gilman does not plan to pursue a distribution model and will instead focus on selling beer to their neighborhood at the brewery’s taproom. They seem to have no interest in fighting for space on grocery store shelves or jockeying for position on other bars’ tap lists.
The brewery’s taproom is dog- and kid-friendly. They do not serve food, but you’re welcome to bring it in with you. There are plenty of options nearby, including Varlamos Pizzeria right across the street and an El Camion taco truck right next door.
Founders Club: Although the official opening day is Saturday, July 21st, Burke-Gilman Brewing host a party for its Founders Club on Friday, July 20th. There are still spots available in the Founders Club. If you want to learn more about that, go check them out on Facebook.
Pro Tip: There is a large parking lot behind and east of the building, along the Burke-Gilman Trail.
On the web: http://www.burkegilmanbrewing.com/
On Twitter: @BurkeBrewing
On the Street: 3626 NE 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98105