CHS Pics | Machine House Central District makes winning debut

That guy who is probably not really Steven Gerrard seemed to be having a grand time. His pal Zlatan Ibrahimović? Less so.

What’s it like opening Machine House Brewery’s new Central District neighborhood pub as your home nation’s team is playing its biggest World Cup game in more than a decade?

“It’s extremely stressful,” UK-born Bill Arnott tells CHS. “We had a health inspection a half an hour before the last game — and then that went to penalties.”

We think Arnott is talking about England’s Round of 16 victory over Colombia on Tuesday — but maybe the health department does things differently when it comes to tap houses serving English-style cask conditioned ale. Continue reading

Machine House Central District pub ready for Wold Cup debut on E Jefferson

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Just as the World Cup gets really serious, Machine House is ready to debut its new Central District pub:

🚨MHB Central District is opening this weekend at 1315 E. Jefferson St.🚨 Doors open 7am this Friday 7/6 for the start of the World Cup Soccer Quarter Finals! Enjoy $4 imperial pints of the Cambridge Bitter during matches on Friday and Saturday as a part of the celebration!

You might expect a bit of a crowd at the new venue from the Georgetown-born brewer of English-style cask ales Saturday morning as England takes on Sweden.

CHS first reported on the E Jefferson tap room project in January as Machine House co-founder Bill Arnott told us a big part of the drive behind creating the pub was making sure the brewery’s prized creations are receiving the pours they deserve. “Very few pubs can serve it properly,” Arnott told CHS earlier this year. “We’ve found we need to control the experience. We need bartenders who can explain and present it.”

Arnott and co-founder Alex Brenner’s new venture is tiny compared to the massive and spartan factory setting of the Machine House brewery in Georgetown — just 1,000 square feet — so expect close quarters with some good new friends down the rail and plenty of good beer.

Bill’s Brewer’s Night

Bill’s Brewer’s Night

Join us for a very special Brewer’s Night from 6-8 PM on July 4th. Stop by, drink some beer, win some prizes, and have plenty of time to make the fireworks. We will have some special Bill’s prizes this month, like hats/ t-shirts as well as swag from Mac & Jack’s Brewery.

Brewer’s Night at Bill’s is the first Wednesday of every month. We offer select craft beers from one of our local PNW breweries, along with a chance to win fabulous prizes, & talk about beer with fellow beer enthusiasts. Combined with our happy hour, it’s nothing short of a party! Come to meet the reps, grab some dinner, & enjoy some suds with us!

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.