Updated February, 18th – Two bits of news to add to the story below.
First up, the beer is out there. The Beer Junction in West Seattle recently took delivery of Best of Hands invoice #1. The beer is Phantom Boots IPA: tropical and fruity, kinda hazy, and pictured above. Described by the brewery as “an American IPA with 18% white wheat in the grist and delicious Azacca, Sabro, Sorachi Ace, and El Dorado hops.”
Second: The grand opening is scheduled for Friday, March 8th from 3:00 to 10:00 PM. They will celebrate with the popular local food truck Falafel Salam, and “old school tunes” from DJ ABV.
Best of Hands Barrelhouse is putting the final touches on its soon-to-be-open brewery and taproom in West Seattle. The next major development will involve returning the life-size cow to the roof of the building.
Yes, I said cow.
The location was previously the home of John’s Corner Deli, pictured below, a neighborhood convenience store noted for the big cow that has lived on the roof of the building for many decades. In May 2018 the cow was cownapped by students at nearby Chief Sealth High School (read about it on the West Seattle Blog). The cow has a long history involving various high school pranks but has always found its way home to the corner of 35th Ave. SW and SW Webster Street. This time the kids broke one of the cow’s legs, which required repairs.
Once the cow has been returned and secured to the roof, they’ll finish up some work on the taproom and ready themselves to welcome local beer lovers on March 8th.
Beer is already in the tanks. I stopped by the other day and found them brewing an IPA. They told me a Baltic Porter was next in line. Where Best of Hands Barrelhouse plans to differentiate itself is with more eclectic beers, like mixed-fermentation, barrel-aged sours and European-inspired farmhouse ales. The goal is to have something for everyone, but something special for those of us who gravitate towards more adventurous beers.
Behind the scenes, you’ll find two guys that local beer lovers might recognize: Nick Marianetti and Gregory Marlor, who have both spent plenty of time slinging suds at The Beer Junction in West Seattle. In fact, I am quite certain Nick was the very first bartender when the business expanded and moved around the corner to its current location on California Avenue seven years ago.
Beyond tending bar, Nick and Gregory (pictured below) are experienced home brewers. Each of the two is also a Level 2 Certified Cicerone®. They will share the brewing and beertending duties at Best of Hands Barrelhouse. They are producing the beers on a six-barrel brewing system (approx). As the name suggests, barrels are part of the plan.
Along with Nick and Gregory’s beers, guests will enjoy a comfortable taproom that will offer up to 20 beers on tap, mostly house-brewed beers but guest taps are not out of the question. The room’s seating capacity is 85, with room for more on the patio. A nice long bar that looks like it will seat up to 20 people and a white tile wall behind the taps highlight the interior thus far. Furniture is on the way and I opted not to take any photos until the taproom is ready for it.
Along with Nick and Gregory, a third partner, Chris Richardson, helped bring the plan to life. It hasn’t been easy or quick. It’s been two long years of planning, permitting and construction work. Not to mention the incident involving the rooftop cow. Now you know why the company’s logo includes a cow.
Best of Hands Barrelhouse
7500 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126