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CAN’t stop this: Fremont Brewing’s expansions

September 25th, 2014 by master

When the sun comes out, and often even when it doesn’t, it is no surprise to find Fremont Brewing‘s Urban Beer Garden packed to the brim. The local brewery, located on N 34th Street between Albion Place N and Woodland Park Ave N, has been brewing and growing in the neighborhood for the past five years.

The Urban Beer Garden first set up shop in the loading area of the brewery facing Woodland Park Ave. There was a long communal table built up on kegs, several round booths that also incorporated keg furniture, and a rocking horse for the little ones. The tap system came directly from the brewery behind it and the whole thing got packed away during the week to resume normal business.

In October 2012, the Urban Beer Garden (UBG) found a more permanent home in the opposite corner of the building along N 34th Street and Albion Place, where it remains today. This addition allowed the UBG to offer Fremont’s beers 7 days a week, a cold case with pre-filled growlers, six packs of cans, as well as indoor and outdoor seating.

From Fremont Brewing’s website

As word got out the new layout couldn’t contain the thirsty and devoted patrons, this past summer Fremont Brewing increased the outdoor seating available by taking over a section of the adjacent parking lot. As the barrels rolled in and new benches were built Fremont Brewing’s neighbor Bikram Yoga also made a big move to a new location farther west on N 34th Street.

With the yoga studio’s departure Fremont Brewing is now the sole tenant in the building. With cooler weather imminent construction has been focused on expanding the interior of the UBG as well as creating additional workspaces for employees.

The newest part of the Urban Beer Garden is connected to the main entrance through a rolling garage door that replace the adjacent wall and with a separate entrance to the garden. The new space mirrors the current UBG that customers know and love. Warm wood, bold Fremont colors, and a 20 taps stand at the ready.

In addition to more seating and restrooms the new space includes an indoor fire pit that is sure to be popular this winter. At the east end of the building there are now several offices, a kitchen, and locker room for employees.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Fremont Brewing has also announced it will be moving the majority of it’s production to a new space in Frellard at 47th Ave NW and 9th Ave NW. The change will take the brewery from an 8,000 square foot facility to an 80,000 square foot facility.

The building is currently home to McCallum Envelope & Printing. Fremont Brewing will begin renovations on the building in May 2015 to create a new brewhouse, as well as new canning and bottling lines. The original brewing location will be maintained with a lab as an experimental brewery.

As with all of Fremont Brewing’s expansions thus far the renovations will take sustainability into consideration including energy and water conservation. The new production facility will also increase Fremont Brewing’s team, 35-40 full time employees are expected to be hired in 2015.

Matt Lincecum, Founder/Owner of Fremont Brewing explains the company’s choice in choosing the location of the new production facility in a recent press release:

“We chose Ballard because of its strong manufacturing base and besides, the new brewery is only one block outside of Fremont. Even though it’s very expensive, we’re committed to remaining in the City and we simply refuse to accept that blue-collar manufacturing jobs can’t coexist in the new Seattle.”

To top it off Fremont Brewing fans had the opportunity to share where they take their Fremont beer with the popular Fremont Brewing CANpaign. Check out all the winners from the on Fremont Brewing’s Instagram or Facebook.

Join in the festivities, tonight! 
Tonight is the Bonfire Ale Release Party from 5-9pm, introducing Fremont’s winter favorite. Five Bonfire Ale infusions will be on tap:
  1. Campfire Coffee
  2. Peach Cobbler
  3. Mexican Hot Chocolate
  4. S’mores
  5. Vanilla Chai

Guests will also have the opportunity to discuss Bonfire Ale with a Fremont brewer at 7pm.

Cheers Fremont!

 

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The Way Station Wanders Next Door

May 9th, 2014 by master

On the western edge of Fremont, in what some would call Frellard, after 35th Street turns into 36th Street and turns once more in Leary Way there is a coffee shop with a subtle presence but a strong following.

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Which way to the Way Station?

The Way Station (formerly Short Stop Coffee) serves clients as diverse as the mixed residential, commercial, and industrial areas surrounding it. Fabricators, engineers, business owners, passerby on the Burke-Gilman, artists, and the local firemen all frequent the Way Station for what brings so many Seattleites together: Delicious coffee.

The Way Station is currently located just past the Brown Bear Car Wash with only a parking lot separating the building and the Burke-Gilman Trail. This month the Way Station will be making the leap next door to the former home of Emerald City Gardens, a garden shop that closed its doors to downsize in 2013 with more of a focus on online sales and a pop-up shop. This will place the Way Station right along Leary with increased visibility. Hopefully the regulars won’t have too hard of time finding it!

The Way Station's Future Home

The Way Station’s Future Home

The new location will offer all the same services as the current one. Known for extremely friendly and always cheery baristas, The Way Station serves up a full selection of café beverages, including Dillanos on drip and a Drive-thru window. Breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and lunch sandwiches are available to fill customers up and combat the jitters. Local muralist Ryan Henry Ward sells his signature Henry canvases here as well. One of his murals featuring a flock of birds is on an exterior wall alongside the current drive through which is in fact the rear of the Way Station’s new building.

Next time you pass by on Leary slow down and see if they’ve made the leap! Either way stop by the Way Station for a great beverage and grab the latest copy of the Stranger all while in a cheery atmosphere surrounded by the curious creatures of Henry’s imagination.

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