Today I share some news about new breweries planning to open soon in Washington. Also, one that recently did open. According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, 2015 promises to be another banner year for new breweries. That is, if the number of microbrewery license applications and approvals is any indication.
Nine new breweries applied for microbrewery licenses in the past 30 days and currently await (hope for) approval. These applications are from would-be-breweries in every corner of the state: Silverdale, Blaine, Spokane, Freeland, and so on.
- In Mead, 238 Brewing is now open for business. Congrats to the first new Washington brewery of 2015.
- In Kirkland, Chainline Brewing is finishing up the build-out and is getting ever closer to opening.
- Fortside Brewing in Vancouver is also inching closer to pouring its first pints.
These numbers from the Liquor Control Board guarantee nothing. This exercise is a measurement of activity, but not a clear foretelling of things to come. Still, it certainly does seem to indicate that 2015 will bring a new brood of breweries.
Getting a microbrewery license from the state is one small part of opening a brewery. Many would-be-breweries don’t fully understand the process and the complexities until they apply for a license. They submit the application and are never heard from again. Some even earn approval from the state before disappearing forever. Others know exactly what is involved and have their ducks in a row by the time they apply with the state; those are the businesses that most often blossom into living breweries.
Feel free to use the comments section to share any additional information. Or, brewery owners, you can contact me directly via email and let me know what’s up.