Seattle’s Daily Journal of Commerce broke the news today about yet another new brewery in the works, this time in the town of Leavenworth which seems to be long overdue for a new brewery.
Leavenworth used to have a brewery, but many moons ago it was sold to Fish Brewing and shortly thereafter the brewery operations were moved to Olympia, and the brewery space was tragically remade into a German-looking Italian-themed restaurant. We have long been curious why another brewery didn’t quickly surface in this town, what with all the skiers, hikers, fisherman, kitsch-loving shoppers and all. Actually there’s no brewery in the entire region since Cashmere Brewing closed earlier this fall. The closest fresh beer might be south over Blewett Pass at Roslyn Brewing or Iron Horse Brewing, or way up north at Alpine Brewing in Oroville. (Heck, the closest beer might actually be over Stevens Pass in Everett.) But we digress.
Because most of you probably don’t subscribe to the DJC a link won’t work ,so here are a few details summarized from their story: Oliver and Pamela Brulotte, owners of Munchen Haus in Leavenworth, are starting the Icicle Brewing Company. They’ve tapped a brewmaster, Dean Priebe, who is planning a lineup of six regular beers plus seasonals.
The brewery is being designed by Leavenworth-native Todd Smith of Seattle firm Johnson Architects – and the design features a traditional Bavarian flair, of course. They will brew onsite, with a taproom and deli-style snacks but they aren’t planning to have a full restaurant. Plans are to distribute locally at first, in Leavenworth and possibly over Stevens Pass, and then into Chelan County. The Brulottes are currently seeking a general contractor. Once they have a contractor and get construction bids, then they’ll go after their financing and start construction. If all goes according to their plans, they’ll be open in October 2010.
We enjoyed a visit to Munchen Haus when we were in Leavenworth last month, and we can vouch for the Brulottes’ sensibilities. Good beer, good brats, good atmosphere. We wish them much luck, and as always we’ll keep you posted as we get more information.