Populuxe Brewing just announced its plan to move into a new space and expand both the brewery and the taproom. Don’t despair; they are not moving far. In fact, they’re moving into the space right next door to the current locations, taking over the building that once served as the home of Ballard’s infamous Oddvars Automotive.
The new space is about 4,000 square feet, which will seem expansive to anyone familiar with the Populuxe Brewing’s current home. It will house a seven-barrel brewhouse, 15-barrel fermenters, a larger taproom with 20 beers on tap, a spacious beer garden with food trucks and cornhole, more seating, and large TV screens for watching the important games.
With the move, Populuxe will now provide tasty beer seven days a week. The new taproom will be open Monday – Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
According to the press release announcing the expansion, when co-owners Peter Charbonnier and his wife Amy Besunder opened the doors in March of 2013, they had just three beers on tap. They quickly became a neighborhood favorite, winning awards for their beers and praise for their relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. The tap list now boasts upwards of ten different brews at any time and the brewery hosts a bevy of free community events like Family Happy Hour with children’s entertainers and Record Store Day, with DJ’s spinning live music.
“We are excited for the next chapter,” said Charbonnier. “Our goal is to open the new space this spring, likely in March or April”.
Populuxe is currently working with architects and the city to design the space, but here’s what they can tell you so far:
According to the press release, “The new space will have more room, so we’ll be able to brew more beer! We’ll retain the same feel of our current space by keeping the brewery operations connected to the taproom.”
“The new space will enable us to expand our barrel-aging program, increase our bottling capacity, develop our sour beer program, create more experimental beers and include a lab for advanced quality assurance.”
The news space also includes a separate room to accommodate private parties.
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