On Friday, August 14th Logan Brewing Company celebrates the grand opening of its brewery and taproom in Burien, Washington
They’re calling it a “socially distant opening.” Logan Brewing opens to the word next Friday. Because of statewide pandemic restrictions, the taproom is currently limited to outdoor seating only, but they have quite a bit of that, with patio seating for up to 40 guests.
The brewery is located near the northwest corner of the city’s Town Square Park, on the retail level of the Maverick apartment complex. Logan Brewing will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 3:00 ’til 9:00, and Friday through Sunday from 3:00 ’til 10:00. Family-friendly and dog-friendly. Outside food welcome.
Allow me to explain for those unfamiliar with Burien, which is probably most people. The Burien Town Square project, a mixed-use development, began in earnest over a decade ago but was stalled by the economic downturn of 2008-2009. It has sprung to life since then. The patio at Logan Brewing faces the new park, which is surrounded by new retail businesses, new condos, new apartments, a new library, and the new City Hall. The new brewery’s location is roughly a block northwest of Elliott Bay Brewhouse and Pub.
For the opening, Logan Brewing will offer two beer choices. Speed Runner is a west coast IPA, featuring Amarillo and Ekuanot hops. Easy Mode is a blonde ale. A few days following the opening, they’ll tap into CDA Mind on Midnight, a cascadian dark ale infused with cold-brewed coffee. Also, a raspberry wheat ale is currently in the fermenter.
The furniture that will soon grace the patio is currently piled up in what will eventually be the taproom. Although we don’t know when the pandemic will allow us to enjoy it, the interior at Logan Brewing is lovely, with a huge bar that will seat many thirsty patrons in a post-pandemic world. I’m not sharing many pictures of the interior because during this final pre-opening push things were a bit disheveled, but also because there’s no sense showing you something that you cannot have. For now, patio seating only.
Here’s a time-lapse video from Instagram of the bar top getting some final touches back in March.
We expect to have more pictures to share prior to next week’s opening, so stay tuned. In the meantime, take a look at the patio, ready to be furnished and populated with beer drinkers.
For you brewery geeks, they’re running a 10-bbl electric brewhouse. They looked at installing a direct fire brewhouse, but running the stacks all the way up through the building (a 5-story apartment building) was cost-prohibitive.
So, Who is Logan Brewing?
Chris Palumbo and Michael Woodruff became friends while they were both studying at the University of Calfornia, Davis (UC Davis). Now partners in their own brewery, the two have been working for many months to bring Logan Brewing to life. The world’s current circumstances have certainly slowed things down and created some hiccups along the way, but their work to bring the brewery to life predates the pandemic.
Although Chris was studying business at UC Davis, he used his elective credits to study brewing and the beer industry, graduating with a degree in Managerial Economics with a focus on brewery production. Michael, on the other hand, was there exclusively for the beer and is a graduate of the UC Davis Fermentation Science program.
Beyond their formal beer education, they’ve both worked in the beer industry. Chris spent some time working for Craft Canning + Bottling, the mobile beer-packaging company that is responsible for helping so many craft breweries get beer on the shelves at grocery stores and bottleshops. Michael has worked as a brewer and head brewer at breweries in Minnesota, North Dakota, California, and Washington.
Rounding out the team, Claire Conroy will act as the GM, managing the service side of the business. Along with ensuring that the service is on point, she will focus on outreach and coordination with local charities and non-profits, bringing events into the taproom and furthering the company’s goal of being a charity-focused brewery.
One last member of the team that you should know is Logan Palumbo. The story is not complete until you know about him. The brewery is named after Chris’s brother who was lost to suicide five years ago.
“During this time of uncertainty, I continually reflect on the reasons I decided to start this brewery,” said Chris Palumbo on Facebook. “Logan Brewing Company is named for my younger brother Logan. He was a kind, loving man, a lover of video games and camping, and was studying to be a geologist. Five years ago we lost him to suicide. In the months and years afterward I searched for a way to carry on his legacy. During that time I fell in love with craft beer and its supportive community and decided to start my own brewery.”
“The main goal for our brewery is to help our community and country by supporting suicide prevention charities. We plan to make a quarterly donation to a suicide prevention and awareness charity and make our taproom available to host charitable events.”
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510 SW 151st Street
Burien, WA 98166