New brewery opening in Kirkland on Thursday, July 13th – Maelstrom Brewing


Kirkland’s newest brewery, Maelstrom Brewing, opens to the public on Thursday July 13th at 3:00 PM. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30. Maelstrom Brewing is located in the Totem Lake / PARMAC neighborhood, one block east of the Cross Kirkland Corridor. The brewery operates a 10-barrel brewhouse and will have an all-ages tasting room onsite. They’ll also offer growlers to go and intend to sell kegs to select bars and restaurants.

The tasting room will offer eighteen taps and a traditional beer engine for cask-conditioned ales. Maelstrom will offer several year-round beer styles, but will also focus on one-off and experimental beers. The tasting room offers indoor seating for 32 as well as patio seating when the weather allows. Maelstrom Brewing company is family-friendly and will offer select non-alcoholic beverages and packaged snacks. Outside food is welcome and they plan to invite food trucks.

According to the press release, “Maelstrom Brewing Company is the culmination of years of dreaming and planning by Kirkland residents Katherine and Scott Vanderheiden. Scott, the head brewer, started brewing two decades ago as a mechanical engineering student at the University of Washington. After a constantly expanding hobby outgrew the available space in the garage, he polished his brewing skills with formal brewing education. Katherine oversees financial and brewing operations, manages the tasting room, and yet finds time to put on her pink boots to brew a batch. Scott and Katherine are parents to 9 year-old twin girls.”

Maelstrom Brewing Company
11014 120th Ave NE
Kirkland, Wa. 98033
(206) 841-6071



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  1. I am excited for this new brewing venture and wish them the best! I’m looking forward to the opening!

  2. Cheers to them!! Hope it’s a rousing success. I look forward to my first pint and learning more about the inspiration behind the name.

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