E Pike’s Redhook Brewlab hosting weekend IPA fest

We can pout about big beer’s decision to play a big role in Capitol Hill’s brewing scene. Or we can enjoy some of the perks that come with major beer brands putting their assets to work creating the ultimate marketing: goodwill with good beer.

This weekend, E Pike’s Redhook Brewlab, owned and operated by global brew force Craft Beer Alliance of solar system dominating AB InBev, will host a celebration of the beer shelf dominating IPA:

Redhook Brewlab is throwing a three-day party to celebrate craft beer’s top style, the India Pale Ale, as it hosts IPA Daze from April 20 to April 22. The event will feature a total of 32 IPAs: 16 from Redhook, and 16 from a who’s who of Evergreen State brewers. Everyone will be bringing their “A” game – with a variety of takes on the IPA, from traditional and imperial IPAs to fruit IPAs and hazies. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Surfrider Foundation, Seattle Chapter.

There will be KEXP DJs and tunes. For some reason, there will also be a baby goat petting zoo on Friday, 4/20, from 5 to 7 PM. Continue reading

Metier Brewing Co., a short four-hour loop ride from E Union

Capitol Hill’s craft beer scene is growing — you just need to add a four-hour loop to your ride.

E Union’s Metier headquarters will be joined by a new venture a short, 21-mile bike ride away in Woodinville where Metier Brewing Co. is being planned to open this spring:

MBC is a bike-friendly destination in the heart of Woodinville, featuring our distinctive award-winning beers, simple eats, and locally produced wine.

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Capitol Hill beer maker Elysian’s summer plans include new Pride party, overhauled brewery

Elysian Brewing Company

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Capitol Hill’s Elysian Brewery is stepping up with a bigger party during the neighborhood’s annual Pride festivities this summer before taking a brewing break for a major overhaul of its E Pike beer making facility.

A June 23rd Pride Saturday beer garden will join the gardens around Pike/Pine include outside the Wildrose and The Cuff with a portion of proceeds benefitting Seattle Pride.

“We were so excited, we hugged and there were tears,” Elysian’s Beth Goldfinger said about the moment the sponsorship opportunity came together.

June will be a big month for the pub and brewery. On June 1st, Elysian will host a party celebrating its annual “Glitter is Pride Ale” release. Following the June events, Elysian’s E Pike brewery is getting a complete overhaul so the company can level-up production.

Elysian joined what is called the “craft” wing of Anheuser-Busch InBev when they were purchased by the beer giant in 2015. The move that galvanized their share of market in 13 national markets and expanded it to almost all 50 states but according to Elysian co-founder Joe Bisacca, the new ownership moved forward with select companies it could rely on for their expertise and to be autonomous. Last year saw an investment in upgrading the pub and restaurant experience at Elysian. In the meantime, Redhook, another AB InBev acquisition, has focused its production fully on its Capitol Hill home a few blocks away from the Elysian.

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Machine House taproom will be E Jefferson neighborhood pub with cask ales and football on the telly

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If you want to do it right — create your own cask ales, “served through beer engines and at cellar temperature” — you’re going to have to do it yourself. Georgetown-born Machine House Brewery is building a cozy tap room and soccer pub to showcase its English-style beers amid the growing food and drink scene along E Jefferson because it’s a bloody shame to waste great beer.

“Very few pubs can serve it properly,” Machine House co-founder Bill Arnott tells CHS. “We’ve found we need to control the experience. We need bartenders who can explain and present it.”

“It’s this kind of thing that doesn’t have the best reputation if you get it wrong. When it’s done right it’s completely exceptional.” Continue reading

What does a 31% rent hike mean? EuroPub loses lease on Broadway

EuroPub owner Witold Szczepaniak knows the answer.

“31? That means fuck off,” the European beer importer and operator of one of Capitol Hill’s more under the radar drink spots tells CHS.

Szczepaniak says his Broadway beer pub will be closing later this month after the management company for the Dick’s-adjacent former quick mart building his joint overhauled in 2015 responded to his attempts to negotiate a lease renewal with the huge proposed jump in rent. Continue reading

Optimism Brewery’s Anniversary Celebration

Optimism Brewing Company, Capitol Hill’s locally- and family-owned brewery, will be celebrating their 2nd Anniversary Celebration on January 20th, 2018. To help mark the occasion, Optimism will host live bands, a large charity and hourly raffles, debut limited-edition beers on Nitro and on cask, as well as on tap with 14 other beers, and partner with The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy to give back to the community with every beer enjoyed!

Our limited edition “Big Two” beer will be released at the party, a bigger, bolder version of our best selling “One”, the London Standard Ale that started this optimistic journey. The celebration will have a number of free events hosted in our pet- and child-friendly brewery. An hourly raffle will be held with tickets being given out with every beer bought. With every beer bought, Optimism will donate some of the proceeds to the Fund for the Needy. In addition, a large charity raffle will run throughout the day with prizes from local businesses (winner need not be present). A small concert will be held with local bands in the brewery beginning at 4 P.M. If you were ever interested in how beer is brewed, join one of the many brewery tours conducted by our owners (or enter the charity raffle to win a “Day with the Brewers” to go through the live brewing process). Refuel with some of Seattle’s most popular food trucks and pop-ups like Hello Robin, a locally-owned bakery in Capitol Hill. With a little optimism and a lot of hard work with other local partners of the Fund for the Needy, we can help the Seattle Times raise $3,000,000 for local charities, all while sipping on the perfect beer.

As Brewlab celebrates winter, Redhook now focused fully on Capitol Hill

Redhook is now all in on Capitol Hill — with some help from Portland. The Pacific Northwest beer brand owned and operated by global brew force Craft Beer Alliance will soon have only one Seattle-area brewing operation under its banner — right here on E Pike — after agreeing to sell its Woodinville brewery site for $24.5 million.

The move follows Redhook’s announcement in spring that it would shut down beer production at the facility to focus on its eight-barrel Redhook Brewlab on E Pike squeezed into the enormous seven-story Pike Motorworks mixed-use development. Its larger production undertakings like the seasonal Winterhook originate at facilities including CBA’s Portland brewing facility.

The Redhook Brewlab debuted on Capitol Hill in August after months of delays. The original plans for a ten-barrel system were downsized to the lower production eight-barrel system with a focus on experimentation, not bottling for retail. Redhook called the project “a beer-focused working space” and “a test ground to experiment and create new small-batch beers primarily for the pub, and to develop recipes that will eventually come to life on a wider scale in Washington and beyond.”

The tightly packed brewing facility is surrounded by plenty of space for tables and a large patio formed by the building’s preservation of the old auto row facade from the showroom and garages that used to stand at the site.

Thursday night, the 714 E Pike Brewlab’s restaurant and table space will be put to use celebrating Redhook’s release of the 2017 edition of Winterhook. If you are among the first to bring a canned good to donate to a holiday food drive for Northwest Harvest, you’ll receive a Brewlab pint glass — which you can then use to try one of the Capitol Hill-created Brewlab pours if seasonal holiday beer doesn’t grab your fancy.

First look inside Redhook’s Capitol Hill Brewlab

Though his vats and filters are squished tightly into a Pike/Pine auto row-era building transformed into a 260-unit apartment building, Nick Crandall tells CHS there are no compromises when it comes to making beer in the new Redhook Brewlab.

“You can definitely smell when I’m brewing,” the project’s brewer said Thursday night as the new small-batch brewery and pub from the big beer brand held parties for media and the Puget Sound beer industry. More parties will follow over the next few days. The Redhook Brewlab opens officially to the public on August 17th. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Redhook Brewlab to Open in Capitol Hill August 17

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Redhook Brewery is opening the doors of its new brewery and pub, called Redhook Brewlab, in the Pike Motorworks Building at 714 E. Pike Street in Capitol Hill on August 17, 2017.

A Grand Opening Party with Redhook’s radio partner KEXP will take place on August 17 from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m., with live music and a one-of-a-kind taplist featuring 16 collaboration beers brewed with some of Redhook’s friends in the industry.

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Redhook Brewlab will feature 16 taps of rotating small-batch beers, brewed on site by Redhook Head Brewer Nick Crandall, an eight-year brewing veteran who has spent his time at Redhook focused on innovation and new beer development, including two pub-favorite IPAs in Redhook’s line-up, the reformulated Big Ballard Imperial IPA and the hazy Bicoastal IPA.  Continue reading