A First Visit to Seattle’s Machine House Brewery

Today we welcome a new guest blogger. Actually, a cross-blogger: Eric from Good Beer Trips. The other day Eric (aka DraughtE) posted a story that I want to share with you. Good Beer Trips is a Seattle-based blog focusing on travel and beer, two of my favorite subjects. I encourage you to check out the Good Beer Trips blog and follow their shenanigans on Twitter (@goodbeertrips).

Saturday, Eric visited Machine House Brewery. He blogged live from the tasting room and is generously allowing us to cross-post his story here on the Washington Beer Blog. Seattle’s newest brewery and tasting room is located in the old Seattle Brewing and Malting Building at 5840 Airport Way S (map). Look for the big, brick smoke stack – approach it from the large parking lot on the south end of the building.

Live From Machine House Brewery
by DraughtE. (originally posted Saturday, Jan 12)

I’m going to try something new today, we’ll see how well it works out. Cindy and I are at the opening of Machine House Brewing in Georgetown (Seattle, Wa), and I’m going to write a live article. My goal will be to post it before I leave. I reserve the right to come back to edit it and add photos later.

And away we go.

[singlepic id=557 w=320 h=240 float=right]We were a bit challenged in finding it. It was our fault as we approached it from the Northeast of their building, back where the old Georgetown Brewing was. There were no obvious signs for the brewery, until we saw it’s number 121 on the mailbox. We found their door (actually three) and entered, through the BACK door. So we are challenged. We walked through, past the cold storage, entered the taproom, and saw the FRONT door. Lesson learned, enter from the South, diaganally from Georgetown Records.

The space is big! It looks like they have some room to grow. It’s definitely industrial, after all we are in Georgetown, and in an old brewery. It is a bit chilly too, so bring a coat and gloves. For accomodations they have a large walk up bar, a comfy sofa (which we are sitting on now), and a couple tables with keg seats.

Owners Bill, the brewer, and Alex were behind the bar meeting all the patrons at their new establishment. We had great conversations about how they met (same soccer team) and started the brewery. Bill and I talked about traditional British beers and the new movement in England where more breweries are making more American Style beers. It was really good conversation, you should have been there.

On tap today they have three beers: Mild, Gold, and a Bitter all served out of traditional British hand pump Beer Engines. The Gold is good, an English Ale with earthy malt and floral hop flavor. The Bitter, a darker amber hue, is very smooth, malty with mild hop finish. I should have started with it, with the hops from the Gold still fresh on the tongue. Moving onto the Mild, a dark roasted malt flavor bomb that is so easy to drink, is only 3.6 ABV, and tastes great. Watch out North Fork, this may be my new favorite session beer in Washington.

Okay, I’m frustrated and done, with my iPhone not Machine House Brewing. Bill and Alex are off to great start. I look forward to watching them grow.


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  1. Hmm. Interesting comment. I prefer the old Deja Vu slogan “75 beautiful women and three ugly ones.” Though, I’m not sure how it relates to a brewery I have never visited or a beer I’ve never drank.

  2. Yes, all the beer is cask, served from a beer engine. It’s possibly a little colder than most cask, but that could have been because it was so cold that day.

    Also, they mentioned plans to put in a heater with in a month to help with the coldness for the patrons.

  3. joe’s comment isn’t that interesting.

    Nice job, Eric. Welcome to the big time. Carry your WA Beer Blog credentials with you at all times. It will undoubtedly get you into a lot of back doors.

    …Wait… That didn’t come out right….

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