Although it is precariously close to the Beer Blog World Headquarters, we’ve been in the dark as to what’s happening at West Seattle Brewing. They closed up shop and papered the windows a few months ago and have been largely silent ever since. Now we learn that they’re ready to re-open. Tonight! Friday, June 5th. Actually, this afternoon at 3:00.
What’s new? Well, a new head brewer, with oodles experience, and a new, upgraded 7-barrel system. Previously they operated on a 1.5-barrel system. Below is more info from the company’s Facebook page.
West Seattle Brewing
4415 Fauntleroy Way SW
Seattle, WA 98126
“West Seattle Brewing Co. has always been about community—we love hearing people refer to us as West Seattle’s living room—and that living room just got a whole lot nicer! Here are just a few of the improvements we’ve made:
“First—and most importantly—we’ve overhauled our entire brewing operation. Joining us from Colorado is our new head-brewer, Craig Koontz, whose previous experience includes impressive stints at Mudshark Brewing Co. and Four Peaks Brewing Company in Arizona, as well as Tamarack Brewery in Montana.
“Craig will now be working in a new 7-barrel brewing system (up from a 1.5 barrel system) along with a new refrigeration system. This has allowed us to go from 9 taps to 18! Yes!
“We are also now licensed to sell wine, cider and bottles to go. And, if you are not feeling up to a handcrafted beer, cider or local wine, we’ve also just installed a top-of-the-line Simonelli espresso machine. In our push to open, we’ve been doing a lot of “testing” of this machine. It’s kept us going during some long nights and the coffee, from 7 Roastery in Ballard is out of this world. More details in our next message!”