Seattle is about to turn 60. The city’s 60th brewery opens this Friday, September 2. Figurehead Brewing is located in the Magnolia neighborhood, very near Fishermen’s Terminal.
According to the company’s website, Figurehead Brewing represents the meeting of three minds: Bob Monroe, Jesse Duncan, and Jesse Warner. Bob and Jesse Duncan who have each been homebrewers for over ten years, met each other seven years ago when they became neighbors. Bob met the second Jesse, Jesse Warner, during a leadership class in grad school and quickly became friends during trust falls and class retreats. They finally made use of those trust falls by joining up to start Figurehead Brewing.
Figurehead Brewing is powered by a 7-barrel brewhouse that feeds three 7-barrel unitanks (conical, stainless steel, mutli-duty tanks). The mash tun and the brew kettle are fashioned from repurposed dairy equipment.
As we understand it, the brewery’s taproom is child friendly, even if you child has four legs and lots of fur.
“Our beers are focused on showcasing all the ingredients that go into beer, especially malt and yeast which sometimes get overshadowed by aggressive hopping,” says the website. “Don’t get us wrong, we love hops and we always have a couple IPAs on tap, but we also have lots of English and Belgian inspired ales. All of our beers are well balanced and highly drinkable because we want to be your neighborhood brewery and we want to see you on a regular basis.”
4001 21st Ave W
Seattle, WA 98199
Grand Opening Hours:
Friday Sept 2, 3:00 – 10:00
Saturday Sept 3, 12:00 – 10:00
Anyway, back to the point; Seattle’s 60th brewery opens this Friday. It certainly is remarkable that a city the size of Seattle is home to 60 breweries within city limits, especially given the nature of the local real estate market, but it is no less remarkable that there are an additional 156 breweries in Western Washington (north of Tacoma and west of the Cascade Mountains, but not in Seattle). And then there are another 42 more that call Southwest Washington home (South of Tacoma and west of the Cascades). In Eastern Washington, another 62 breweries. In all, that equals 320 breweries across the state. Anyway, back to my point.
We have recently revamped our brewery listing and mapping system, dividing the state into the regions described above. Also, we’ve moved things over to Google Maps, which makes things a bit easier to use, especially on your mobile devices. Check it out. It’s a work in progress and we’ve like missed something here or there, but keeping track of Washington’s dynamic brewery industry is not without its challenges.
Is there another city with more breweries than Seattle? If so, it’s probably Portland, which is nice for them, though the Rose City is not so immediately surrounded by so many breweries as the Emerald City.