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Fremont Brewing Company open for business

By master · July 23rd, 2009 · 6 Comments

After 15 years of making beer as a hobby, Matt Lincecum has taken his passion to the professional level. The Fremont Brewing Company is officially open for business. “We delivered our first kegs last week,” Lincecum says with a proud smile. The former attorney says that it was tough making the jump from practicing law to making beer, but he says “it’s been a dream since i brewed my first keg.” And his wife has bought in on his dream, which isn’t always easy. “I don’t remember the exact wording of that first conversation,” he laughs.

The small brewery strives to reduce their carbon footprint by using local ingredients, pre-owned equipment and sending their spent grains next door to Blue Marble Energy for them to use. Coincidentally the by-product of Blue Marble’s production is electricity, which is sent back to the brewery.

The outside of their building is currently bright blue, but the walls will soon be covered by local art. One side of the door will become an artist’s canvas which will be painted every few months, and the other side will have a bulletin board for neighborhood and brewery happenings.

Once they’re fully up and running, they’ll brew two kinds of beers — the flagship Universale Pale Ale and the Interurban India Pale Ale. Right now it’s just the Universale, which is brewed 120 kegs at a time and served on tap at a dozen places around Seattle, including Fremont’s Pacific Inn Pub, Bottleworks, Sinners & Saints and The Fremont Dock… with more on the way.

The brewery, located at 3409 Woodland Park Ave. N., will have retail hours on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. where anyone can walk in and buy a growler ($15 for first fill-up), pint glasses (not filled) and t-shirts. (Check their blog for details on their retail opening date.) “We’re very excited,” Lincecum says, “We’ve done a lot of work to get the word out. It’s pretty overwhelming.”

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jon Stahl // Jul 24, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Congratulations, Matt! Can't wait to have a taste!

  • 2 Sarah // Jul 24, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I just tried the Universale Pale Ale the other day, and it's delicious! Can't wait to try the IPA.

  • 3 I live here // Jul 24, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Unfortunately, bad neighbors. The spent grains have been regularly stored outside on Albion Pl. sidewalk. The open top bin has often sat on for days blocking the sidewalk. Grain has spilled on the sidewalk and and street. Great if you are a rat, but not so good if you live here. This is a public health issue.

  • 4 Sasha // Jul 28, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I hope you told them this.

    They are responsible folks Im sure they would address it

  • 5 fremontbrewing // Oct 19, 2009 at 5:07 am

    We're sorry for the inconvenience and this issue was resolved long ago. The grain on Albion is actually our grain but used by our tenant, Blue Marble Energy, to generate electricity for our brewery. They left it outside that one time while some construction was going on inside. We are very conscientious neighbors and take care to clean up the area around our business of trash, etc left by the night's barhoppers, etc. If you or anyone else has comments or concerns, please feel free to call the brewery at 206.420.2407. Thank you and we hope to see you all in the brewery in the future. Thursday and Friday (soon to be Saturday) nights from 4-8 we hold the Urban Beer Garden. Taste special beers available at the brewery only and meet your neighbors at our 16' community table. Dogs and kids welcome (leashes for the dogs, please). Cheers, Matt Lincecum, Owner/Brewer, Fremont Brewing Company.

  • 6 Jenelle // Dec 25, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    (105) cot.inuednCan someone tell me what is the deal with houses very close to the railroad, train station, on county road?And also what kind of negotiation might have possibly been going on with our realtor cousin Siken and listing agent Tudd?

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