Today I want to tell you about three pending breweries in the Seattle area that have recently been approved by the state. We expect to see beer from them soon. I watch a lot of these kinds of approvals fail to materialize into breweries; nevertheless, I have it on good authority that these breweries will actually come to fruition.
Typically, about 70 percent of these approvals fail to spawn a brewery. State approval is the easy part. Most often, those who fall by the wayside failed to recognize how much more challenging it is to get approval from the federal TTB (the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Challenging? Wow, that’s being nice. Anyway, like I said, the breweries I mention below seem to have successfully navigated through all of the obstacles. I invite anyone involved with any of these ventures to share more information. Chime in and leave a comment below or send me an email.
Bluebird Brewing will be the beer-making arm of Bluebird Microcreamery. You might recognize Bluebird as the local purveyor of extremely delicious ice cream with a shop located right next to Elysian Brewing’s Capitol Hill brewpub. Bluebird has two other Seattle locations: one in Fremont and the other in PhinneyWood (7400 Greenwood Ave N). A little bird landed on my shoulder recently and told me that Bluebird is currently brewing test batches and otherwise putting the brewery through its paces at the PhinneyWood location. They have now been approved by the state so we hope to hear some really good news from Bluebird soon. Handcrafted ice cream and handcrafted beer. Cheers to that.
Brickyard Brewing and Dirty Bucket Brewery both stand poised to open in Woodinville: they both report being very close to selling you beer. Actually, Dirty Bucket Brewery already announced an opening date for its tasting room: April 14th.
Here’s a note from Steve Acord, one of the founders of Dirty Bucket Brewery:
Our dream was to create a place where people can come enjoy a hand crafted beer, and be able to watch the process completely as the next hand crafted creation is being brewed. We are starting small and dreaming of bigger days to come as we light the flame on our 1/2 barrel brewing system. Each batch is hands on craft at its best, we take care and pay close attention detail in every pint we sell. With a current tap list of Filthy Hoppn’ IPA, XXX-Tra Filthy IPA, Dirty Amber, Dirty Blonde, and Black Lab American Stout, we try to provide a variety for everyone’s pallet. We enjoy the small brewing system, it allows us to create more different styles frequently keeping people coming back and trying something new. My brother and I pay homage to our “Home Brewing” roots with our name. Dirty Bucket Brewery is more than a name for our company it is a piece of our history and where we came from in the brewing community. Our favorite quote from Sam Calagione, CEO and Founder of Dogfish Head Brewery is now painted on our brewery wall “Starting Small and Dreaming Big”. It reminds us daily of where we were and where we are going.
In the picture below, the Dirty Bucket crew is standing around a Sabco Brew-Magic system. This is the same kind of system that Sam Calagione used to start Dogfish Head Brewery.