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.

R&M Dessert Bar brings sweet touch to a night out on E Pike

Optimizing the fine dining experience has meant *some* restaurants — nobody on Capitol Hill, of course — would rather you and your lovely date move along to open up a table and, gasp, not have dessert. That’s ok when places like R&M Dessert Bar are coming along.

The little dessert and light bite space with a walk-up window and busy baked-good kitchen opened up quietly on E Pike in the new mixed-use The Cove building.

“Our goal is to offer good quality food, good quality drinks,” Marc Adams tells CHS. “We’re always open late, trying to make it accessible to everybody.” Continue reading

Woman stabbed with pen in E Pine Metro bus incident

Police and Seattle Fire were called to E Pine at Summit Wednesday night after a woman was reported stabbed in the leg with a pen aboard a Metro bus.

Police were looking for a suspect from the 9:30 PM incident described as a white female in her 30s, around 5’6″ with dark long hair, wearing two back packs and a burgundy coat. She was reported to have been seen with two other females at the time of the incident. They were last seen getting off the bus at it headed up Capitol Hill at 8th and Pine.

We do not yet know the condition of the victim in the incident or information on what led to the stabbing. UPDATE: Seattle Fire tells us the victim, a woman in her late 30s, was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Capitol Hill restaurant crew helps rescue woman from waters of Elliott Bay

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A Capitol Hill restaurant’s night off turned out to be a right place, right time situation along Seattle’s waterfront just after midnight Monday morning.

During an outing planned as a very Seattle morale event — a night of squid jigging on Elliott Bay — chef Shota Nakajima and employees from 15th and Pine’s Adana were fishing when they heard a splash and someone yelling for help near Seattle’s Great Wheel.

Nakajima and his crew put down their poles and found an emergency situation involving a woman in the water. They helped until police could arrive and remove her form the cold waters of Elliott Bay. Continue reading

Bok a Bok Capitol Hill now open

Pike/Pine’s nightlife scene on a weekend can be into long lines. It’s a good indicator of a hopping venue for patrons to line the sidewalk waiting to get inside. It’s even better when things sell out. Fans of Korean-style fried chicken were also lined-up and happy to wait Friday night as White Center-born Bok a Bok debuted its Capitol Hill expansion. Continue reading

New medallions mark Capitol Hill Arts District bastions of ‘art, cinema, music, books, theater’

They’re symbols, sure, but you can also think of them as good user interface design. New Capitol Hill Arts District medallions are being installed across the neighborhood to help identify the 40 or so cultural and arts spaces part of the district.

“The medallions are a low-tech complement to the Arts District website, Facebook page, and the dozens of online event calendars,” Michael Seiwerath of Capitol Hill Housing tells CHS about the new additions to the neighborhood streetscape. “On a Saturday night, Pike/Pine can attract more people than Key Arena, so it’s a good marker for the thousands of people who visit the neighborhood each week.” Continue reading

Elliott Bay protest could be a sign of things to come for Mayor Durkan

Jordan during Thursday’s protest inside Elliott Bay Book Co. (Image: CHS)

The “first protester arrested during the Durkan administration” won’t face trespassing charges after being forcibly removed from Elliott Bay Book Co. as he and two other people attempted Thursday to disrupt a speech by newly sworn-in Mayor of Seattle Jenny Durkan.

As a former federal official — Durkan served as U.S. Attorney prior to her run for the mayor’s office — who has overseen proceedings against activists and been a vocal supporter of the Seattle Police Department, you can expect similar protests to be an ongoing theme of her time as mayor.

Joseph Jordan, 35, faced a misdemeanor trespassing charge after being arrested Thursday outside the 10th Ave bookstore as Durkan continued her speech inside announcing the formation of a small business advisory council. Continue reading

CHS Video | Happy 100th birthday to Kelly Springfield (or, why they’re ‘tearing down’ the old Capitol Hill REI)

Though her construction began in 1917, she was actually born a year later so you still have time to get a gift. 11th Ave’s Kelly Springfield Motor Truck building is celebrating 100 years on the planet with a massive facelift. And, let’s be honest. Pretty much all that will be left of her is her face. Longtime CHS video contributor David Albright captured the 11th Ave changes of the former auto row facility, then REI, then Value Village in motion:

Kelly Springfield Motor Truck Building (1917-2017) from David Albright on Vimeo.

Critics call it facadism. Progressive architects — and others — point to the preservation of character and volume. While, indeed, not much is preserved when the preservation projects dig in, the neighborhood’s Conservation Overlay District’s incentive program has produced a handful of very large, more interesting than average developments across Pike/Pine.

The Kelly Springfield office + preservation project is on its way to becoming another one. But getting there looks more like a demolition than a preservation. Continue reading

On Capitol Hill, mayor greeted with applause, protesters as she announces Seattle Small Business Advisory Council

Mayor Jenny Durkan got the full Capitol Hill experience Thursday as she came to the neighborhood for a Pike/Pine walking tour and to announce the formation of Seattle’s first Small Business Advisory Council. The new mayor met a collection of Capitol Hill entrepreneurs, grabbed a latte at Vita — and got a momentary earful from protesters who briefly disrupted her announcement inside Elliott Bay Book Company before being shuffled out of the store where police awaited outside.

One was arrested, dozens of local business representatives applauded the new council, and Mayor Durkan did what she could to roll with the punches and get down to the business of small business in Seattle.

“As we grow as a city we want to make sure that we are able to preserve those parts of Seattle that we cherish the most,” Durkan said with a large collection of Capitol Hill area  And one of those things is that eclectic feel of every neighborhood. And that often hinges on the small businesses that are located there.” Continue reading

Chop Suey shooting update: No arrests as owner speaks out on gun violence

Seattle Police continue to investigate last week’s gunfire at Capitol Hill music venue Chop Suey in which two people were shot. Police tell us there have been no arrests while Chop Suey’s ownership has spoken out on Wednesday night’s gun violence.

“We are proud of our staff and security team and stand by their continued efforts to ensure the safety of patrons, artists, and concert goers that frequent Chop Suey,” Erin Carnes tells CHS. “It was indeed a rare occurrence for our location, however the unfortunate reality of senseless violence is alarmingly present in our community and can happen anywhere and at any time.” Continue reading