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

From Redhook Brewlab

(Image: Redhook)

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.

The Beer

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

Free Restaurant Industry Happy Hour by Instawork

Come hangout with Instawork Seattle and enjoy drinking beer and delicious appetizers at Stout Pub in Capitol Hill on our tab!

Admission: FREE!
Date: Monday, July 10th, 2017.
Time: 6pm-8pm
Location: Stout Seattle
Ages: All ages welcome, must be 21+ to drink.

All you have to do is download the Instawork App and show your Instawork profile to us. We’ll give you a bracelet to receive a beer special. Bring your friends and have a great time talking to people in the restaurant industry. There will be free Instawork swag, and a raffle to give away a special prize! To drink you must be 21+, but if you are under 21 there will be free appetizers!

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Healing Hands and Bands

Rocking live music with lots of donuts, community, local beer, coffee, and kombucha. All for 15 bucks!! All proceeds go to Integrative Care Outreach providing free holistic health services to Seattle residents experiencing homelessness and low-income.

Integrative Care Outreach is a local 501(c)3 non-profit fighting for equal health care access for the underserved in Seattle.

How you can help Outer Planet beer brewer’s recovery from heart surgery

Capitol Hill’s tiniest brewery is calling for big support after its brewmaster underwent emergency heart surgery last week. Here is the call from 12th Ave’s Outer Planet to lend your support to James Stoccardo during his recovery: 2b9dea24-675e-45ee-b98c-60a8700cd740_update_profile

Jim has just undergone triple bi-pass open heart surgery. We are trying to raise money to help him with recovery. Below you can read more about the specifics of his health and the surgery itself. Anything will help! He received surgery on March 3rd at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Dr Glenn Barnhart performed the surgery. He is currently in recovery. Being an artist and small business owner, Jim’s resources are limited and will be strained to the breaking point by this medical emergency. He will need help during his long and painful recovery which will take over 3 months. We are setting up this fundraising campaign to help cover some of his living expenses until he can get back on his feet and start painting and brewing for us all once again.

CHS introduced you to Stoccardo and business partner Renato Martins as they opened the tiny Capitol Hill “nano” brewery in 2015. We checked in last year as Outer Planet celebrated its first year in business. “You start to get to know what you’re doing after 100 batches of beer,” Stoccardo told us back then. Here’s wishing him hundreds of batches more soon.

You can learn more and make a donation here.

Stoccardo in 2015 (Image: CHS)

Stoccardo in 2015 (Image: CHS)

Trivia Night – Sam’s Tavern

Form teams, or come alone and meet new friends. Pop culture, current events, a music round, picture round, and a matching round. along with bonus questions throughout the night. And who knows what else will be thrown at you. It’s free to play and you may win. First, second, and third places awarded with samstavern_seattle_wa

Send Love: Send a Political Valentine

Get political this Valentine’s Day and send Valentine’s to legislators, politicians, and those who need it right now. Make your voice heard. Express your values. Send love.

In our America… all people are equal. Diversity is celebrated. Immigrants and refugees are welcome. Black lives matter. Science is real. We stand by the Mission of the Women’s March:

We will provide contact information and key message ideas. Of course everyone is welcome to bring their own information and write from their heart as well.

We’ll supply 5,000+ valentine postcards and postage as well as an assortment of craft supplies but please consider bringing fun items to contribute. This includes but is not limited to: Postage stamps, scissors, glue, tape, glitter, colored paper, doilies, envelopes, markers, stickers, postcards, and any other craft supplies you’d like to share.

It’s a family affair—kids & dogs welcome! Silverspoon food truck will be here. The space can hold 500! Beer on hand! Light rail and bus access.

We are reaching out to key organizations fighting for our values on the frontlines to see if there may be opportunity to provide critical support membership, volunteer opportunities, and donations—stay tuned.

Who in our community needs our love right now? Share specifics in the comments and we’ll compile a list for the event!

#LoveTrumpsHate #ChooseOptimism #SendLove

One year, 250,000 pints of Optimism


Hakala and Gilmore, left, along with the Optimism crew (Images: CHS)

Happy birthday to brew, Optimism Brewery.

Optimism Brewery opened its doors at Broadway and Union in December 2015 and is celebrating one year of making beer on Capitol Hill this weekend.

Gay Gilmore, who founded the brewery with her husband Troy Hakala, said they always dreamed of opening the brewery in their home neighborhood on Capitol Hill, and the support they’ve received has been hugely rewarding.

“The response has been so awesome, we just want to say thank you,” Gilmore said.

In the first year, 61,000 people visited Optimism’s taproom, and the brewery has sold 1,000 barrels or 124,000 250,000 pints of beer. In addition to Capitol Hill-brewed beer, Optimism’s-16,000 square-foot brewery has become a popular space for politicians, city officials, nonprofits, and residents to hold parties and events. Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | Elysian plans ‘brewing amphitheater’ overhaul on Capitol Hill

After 20 years of making a name for itself, Elysian Brewing can now focus on other goals, like a complete overhaul of its Capitol Hill location to keep up with the neighborhood’s increasingly impressive craft manufacturing investments.

Elysian cofounder and CEO Joe Bisacca tells CHS there will be some major changes throughout the E Pike brewery, but the main objective is to make the craft the focus.

“We want to bring the brewing aspect to the forefront in that space,” Bisacca said.

Bisacca said plans include tearing down a wall, opening up and reconfiguring the brewery portion and adding five fermentors. The vision is to create a “brewing amphitheater” with stadium seating and comfortable tiers of tables so customers can enjoy the brew while they cheer on the brewmaster.

“The idea is when we’re brewing customers can sit and have a beer pretty much right in there with us,” Bisacca said. Continue reading