Loowits Brewing Company’s taproom is great. Lovely downtown location in Vancouver, Washington, friendly atmosphere with great beer, as well as the obligatory roll-up garage door. It’s got all the things you look for in an brewery’s all-ages tap room. Well, except for food.
That is going to change in 2017. The company has secured funding to build out a kitchen and begin offering food service. What’s more, the brewery will also increase production. The existing taproom will essentially turn into a brewpub, with a kitchen, a patio with outdoor seating, more indoor seating, and an expanded lineup of beer taps.
“We are essentially doubling our retail footprint in our existing location,” said Devon Bray, co-owner of Loowit Brewing. “The addition of a pub to our space will give us a great platform to share our love of local beer and engage the community even more, all while we continue to produce the excellent beer people know and expect from the Loowit brand.”
Ryan Dekarske is joining the team at Loowit Brewing to oversee the new kitchen and help develop the menu. Dekarske brings a wealth of experience in all things culinary, having worked in some of the best and busiest kitchens in the Vancouver area. Food service is projected to begin at Loowit’s downtown Vancouver location late summer.
In addition to the new pub, Loowit’s expansion also bolstering the company’s production facilities. “Our production capacity will see a 60% increase with the addition of more fermentation and cellar space,” Bray said. “We brewed just over 2,000 barrels, equivalent to about 62,000 gallons or nearly 500,000 pints, of beer in 2016 and are projecting 2017 production to increase, approaching near the 3,000 barrel mark.”
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