Wineries are licensed by Washington State as wineries. Breweries are licensed as breweries. Different rules, different tax rates, and different addresses. Until recently a winery and a brewery were not allowed to occupy the same space. One business could not be the other.
Des Voigne Cellars and B-Side Brewing describes itself as Washington’s first brewery/winery to be housed under one roof. That is, one business making both wine and beer. The winery itself is nothing new, they’ve been making wine for over a decade, but now they’ve added a brewery. To celebrate, they’re having a special event at the winery/brewery in Woodinville on Valentine’s weekend: Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13.
In what can only be described as a bizarre, unprecedented fit of common sense, the State of Washington recently changed the laws regarding the autonomous nature of breweries and wineries. A brewery can now make wine and a winery can now make beer.
But is Des Voigne Cellars/B-Side Brewing really the first? It’s likely that some of you are shouting “foul!” right now.
It’s hard to believe that Two Beers Brewing Company and Seattle Cider Company (cider is wine according to the state) are separate companies, but the two business are located at different addresses, on paper at least. Laht Neppur Brewing over in Waitsburg, WA has some funky stuff going on and has operated as both a brewery and a winery, but not at the same time. I think because of an LCB oversight, if memory serves. Vessel Wines and the now-defunct Blue Lightning Brewing also seemed to occupy the same space, but they also must have skirted the rules somehow.
All that aside, it’s now legal for a winery to make beer and a brewery to make wine. Like I said, a bizarre fit of common sense. Des Voigne Cellars and B-Side Brewing say they’re the first to do it since the law changed and I’ve heard no others make that claim.
Here is the official announcement from Des Voigne Cellars and B-Side Brewing:
Des Voigne Cellars Opens B-Side Brewing to offer Washington’s first full production winery and brewery under one roof
Join us for February 12-14 for Red Wine and Will you Beer Mine?
January 14, 2016 –Woodinville is now home to Washington’s first full production brewery and winery housed under one roof. The acclaimed Des Voigne Cellars now offers visitors the opportunity to experience their new craft beer from B-Side Brewing, along with their award winning wines.
Located in the Artisan Hills region just south of North Woodinville Way and the Warehouse Wine District, visitors of B-Side Brewing and Des Voigne Cellars will feel at home in the cozy jazz club style tasting room, larger groups can enjoy communal style tables in the cellar area.
With recent changes to state laws, owners Darren and Lissy Des Voigne can now fulfill their long-time vision. “When my wife and I opened Des Voigne Cellars over a decade ago, we had more than wine on our mind,” said Darren Des Voigne. “We wanted to create a gathering place to bring wine lovers and beer enthusiasts together, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to do so now.”
To celebrate the opening, Des Voigne Cellars and B-Side Brewing are hosting a special event during Valentine’s Day weekend, February 13 thand 14th.
The event will feature two new wine releases, a Malbec and a Sangiovese as well as a new beer, a Chocolate Stout all of which will be paired with samples of Theo’s chocolates.In addition, Glassy Baby will be there throughout the weekend with 10% of the sales going to support Strong Against Cancer. Stella and Dot jewelry will also be available for sale.
The celebration is open to the public on Saturday from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Reservations are not required.