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Urban Family Brewing announces plans to move to Ballard

 

According to the City of Seattle’s boundaries, there are currently 13 breweries in the Ballard neighborhood, plus one brewery’s satellite tasting room (see our map). On top of that, another brewery and tasting room (the new Reuben’s Brews Brewtap) opens in March.

Above, the boundaries of Ballard according to the city.
Above, the boundaries of Ballard according to the city.

From Hale’s Ale Brewery and Bad Jimmy’s Brewing on the eastern border, to Peddler Brewing and Lagunitas Brewing near the heart of downtown Ballard, the neighborhood that is so lousy with breweries is about to get at least one more. Urban Family Brewing just announced its plan to move it’s brewery from Magnolia across the Ballard Bridge to the cozy confines of Ballard’s booming brewery district.

Above, the Ballard Brewery District. Blue markers are current breweries.
Above, the Ballard Brewery District. Blue markers are current breweries.

The plan will see Urban Family Brewing’s beer production begin in Ballard this summer, with the new taproom’s opening slated for later in the year. Among other things, the move allows the brewery to expand production with the installation of a new 20-barrel brewhouse. It will also provide guests with a more spacious taproom featuring a large outdoor seating area. The brewery will continue to focus on the production of the sour beers and IPAs for which it is renowned, but the new space also allows for the expansion of Urban Family Brewing’s barrel program.

Here’s the press release about the pending relocation.

Urban Family to Join Ballard Beer Community: Brewery to Relocate in 2019

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SEATTLE, 2/5/19 – After four years of running their brewery and tasting room in Magnolia, Urban Family Brewing Co. is moving to a new location in the heart of Ballard’s “brewery district.” Andy Gundel, owner of Urban Family, says the move will occur in phases: production will relocate this summer, with the tasting room to follow by the end of 2019.

“We think we’re going to be the first brewery in Ballard,” jokes Gundel. The new building will serve as the brewery’s home for the foreseeable future, he adds, since “the 23-foot ceilings and the ability to spread out to neighboring spaces mean we can grow as fast or as slowly as we need to.”

The team at Urban Family is grateful to the Magnolia community for their support, says Gundel, and will miss being in the neighborhood — but the new facility provides unparalleled opportunities. While they weren’t actively looking to move, it was inevitable in order to expand on the barrel program, as well as to keep the taproom feeling less crowded and more comfortable.

The new location will provide room for a bigger, 20-barrel brewhouse that some will recognize from another iconic Seattle brewery; a large walk-in space; an expanded taproom; and a larger outdoor area. While current space limitations prevent Urban Family from fulfilling many requests for private parties and events, the new facility will be able to accommodate these in addition to regular traffic. It will also allow for designated family-friendly, 21-plus and dog-friendly areas, along with greater access and exposure for new customers.

After the move, Urban Family will continue to focus primarily on fruited sours and IPAs; however, the expanded production facility will allow them to add more variety to their lineup, including more wood-aged offerings, as well as room for storage.

This will allow them to build up their barrel program and “focus on making more complex, wood-aged beer,” Gundel says. “We want to bring something special into the Ballard area. We know we’re not the first game in town, by any means, but we hope that we are viewed as a positive addition.”

Gundel and the rest of the team welcome questions and feedback, and encourage those who want to learn more about the move to come in, have a beer and chat with their staff.

Follow Urban Family Brewing at http://www.urbanfamilybrewing.com or find them on social media.

 



5 comments

    1. Yeah, there used to be an Urban Family Public House on Ballard Ave:

      https://seattle.eater.com/2012/1/17/6621805/urban-family-public-house-now-open
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Urban-Family-Public-House/194756217266972

      That spot was opened by a couple of guys from DC. There’s some interesting history on how Andy Gundel came to be the owner:

      http://www.washingtonbeerblog.com/meet-the-new-urban-family-brewing-bottle-releases-this-saturday/

      I haven’t been since the move to Magnolia, but I’m excited they’re heading back to Ballard!

      1. Back when they were a nano brewery. As much a public house as a brewery. I think Urban Family Public House opened back in ’10 or ’11, with a nano system in the back corner of the pub. They built the bigger brewery in Magnolia in ’14 and eventually shut down the pub. Then an ownership change along the way, in ’16-’17.

  1. It’s clear why this is a great move for Urban Family. You don’t want to starve an expanding business just to keep it in your own neighborhood. That said, Urban Family, I can’t NOT be disappointed that you’re leaving us. You’ve been great, and I’m really going to miss trips to 26th.

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