Monthly Comedy Nights a Popular Draw at Hi-Fi Brewing – Next Show on February 20

February 10th, 2016 · Events, Washington Breweries

Who doesn’t like a good laugh while drinking great beer? Hi-Fi Brewing has you covered. The brewery’s monthly comedy night, Hi-Fidelity Funny, showcases talented regional and national comedians at a show hosted by Seattle comedian Chris Rodriguez. The monthly event started in December, and both shows that have taken place so far have sold out. Don’t wait on getting your tickets if you are interested in going.

Press Release:

Hi-Fi Brewing is now offering the perfect pairing for their Hi-Fidelity beers: comedy. Hi-Fidelity Funny, the brewery’s monthly show, is quickly becoming one of the hottest tickets on the Eastside. Hosted by Seattle comedian Cris Rodriguez, who is featured on Sirius/XM radio and at comedy shows across Washington, the show brings some of the nation’s funniest comedians to a fun and refreshingly cool venue in a convenient location. The show has sold out every month so far, so it’s a good idea to buy tickets early.

Tony Daniel will headline the February edition of Hi-Fidelity Funny. Growing up in rural North Carolina, Tony Daniel learned that the line between tragedy and comedy is blurred at best. As a barefoot youth, he found that the best remedy for a stubbed toe was a quick wit and a hearty laugh. A US Navy veteran, Daniel takes pride in performing for the armed forces. He has opened for The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dave Attell, Patrice O’Neal, and Alonzo Bodden. His material can regularly be heard on Sirius Radio’s The Jamie Foxx show.

February’s show also features Manny Martin. Known for his high energy, silliness and likeability, Manny Martin has opened for some of the top comedians in the country. Manny hosts the weekly Comic Search open mic at The Parlor Live comedy club in Bellevue and performs weekly all over the Seattle area.

The show is hosted by Seattle Comedian and Hi-Fi regular Cris Rodriguez. A native of Florida, Cris has been making waves since he began comedy in Seattle in 2010. Cris’ comedy can be heard on Sirius/XM and he regularly performs in clubs and at colleges all over the country. Cris is also the host and creator of The Hoppy Hour Podcast, Seattle’s best beer & comedy podcast.

Since opening in 2013, Hi-Fi Brewing has become a staple of the Redmond craft beer scene, with its Woofer Porter and Sitar IPA finding their way onto tap lists throughout the Seattle-Tacoma area. The on-site taproom is open seven days a week offers beer lovers—and now comedy fans—a cozy mid-century modern vibe.

Info:
Date: Saturday, February 20th. The show is usually the 3rd Saturday of each month, but call or check Facebook to confirm.
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Hi-Fi Brewing, 14950 NE 95th St, Redmond, WA 98052; (425) 307-1932
Tickets: $10, available online (http://bpt.me/2492439) and in the taproom.
Monthly performer and date information at facebook.com/hifibrewing or facebook.com/elcrisrod

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The Sixgill Celebrates Mardi Gras Tonight by Debuting New Gulf Coast Menu & Special Imperial IPA From Cloudburst

February 9th, 2016 · Events, Washington Breweries

The Sixgill will debut their new Gulf Coast-inspired menu for Mardi Gras this evening, and a special beer from Steve Luke at Cloudburst Brewing will be pouring to mark the occasion. He’s created an imperial IPA featuring fruit-forward flavors inspired by the famous “Hurricane” cocktail.

After establishing itself as a popular Fremont craft beer bar, The Sixgill is plying new waters as it focuses on Gulf Coast cuisine in a complete menu overhaul to put more emphasis on the food.

Husband and wife restaurateurs Rick Weersing and Ellen Kelly are focusing their water-recreation themed bar and restaurant on all of the flavors from south Texas, around the Gulf Coast, to Florida. And Chef Christopher “Fletch” Fletcher is guiding the culinary transition.

For regular Sixgill patrons, the octopus will still be a featured menu item. But it’s getting a makeover into Octopus Etoufée. The signature Ellen’s Fresh Fish Sandwich will still be a mainstay but it is getting a creole treatment. And southern favorite Frito Pie will soon be debuting to round out the Gulf Coast flavor profile.

Kelly says the new menu direction is a tribute to Weersing’s father, who passed away last year. Big Jim Weersing was a photographer and took a picture of his son looking at a map as they were trying to paddle their way out of the Everglades. That photo hangs in The Sixgill now after Big Jim gave it to Ellen while she and Rick were still dating.

Weersing says of his father, “He loved jazz, blues, southern literature and was a hiker and birder.” The Weersings did canoe trips in the Everglades. They played cribbage in dive bars, met interesting people from all over and ate a lot of great food along the way.

The Gulf Coast has special meaning for Kelly and Weersing too. It was on a trip – Ellen’s first kayaking adventure – that the duo decided to quit their jobs and open their first bar, The Noble Fir in Ballard. After spending three months paddling the waterways of the Gulf Coast they returned to Seattle where Ellen retired from her law firm and Rick left REI.

“We had so much good food on that trip,” Kelly recalls. Weersing remembers eating 50 fresh shrimp and drinking beer surrounded by birds and the sounds of nature in Goose Island State Park in Texas. “Rick still talks about sandwiches in Louisiana and gulf shrimp stuffed in snapper and covered in Cajun cream sauce,” Kelly adds.

It was from high atop a bird watching tower at sunset on Long Key, Florida that the two sipped rum and cokes and started talking about opening The Noble Fir.

The fond memories of that trip inspire the new menu direction of The Sixgill and chef Fletcher is the man to bring it to fruition. He grew up along the Gulf Coast and cut his culinary teeth at Brennan’s in Houston where the specialty was Gulf Coast seafood. After cooking around the south, he moved to Seattle where he has showed his skill at Earth and Ocean, Bastille and Marche. He joined The Sixgill family in April 2014.

“Chef Fletch is a fantastic bistro chef, who makes high level comfort food,” Weersing says. Kelly adds, “He lets the flavor of the food stand alone.”

The Sixgill has been testing new menu items for a couple months but the full Gulf Coast-inspired menu will be available Feb. 9 – just in time for Mardi Gras.

The Sixgill has been named as one of Draft magazine’s Top 100 Beer Bars in America (2014, 2015).

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Washington Hop Mob Kickoff and Melvin Brewing 2×4 Day Offer Up Chance to Taste Rare Imperial IPAs

February 4th, 2016 · Events, Washington Breweries

If you are a fan of imperial IPAs, it’s a good time to be in Seattle. Today (Feb 4) marks the kickoff of the 3rd Annual Washington Hop Mob Roadshow at Brouwer’s Cafe, as well as the Melvin Brewing National 2×4 Day taking place at several bars around town. Keep reading for more info on both.

Melvin Brewing National 2×4 Day – Melvin Brewing, located in Jackson, WY, took home Small Brewpub of the Year honors at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. The brewery says their 2×4 Double IPA is “the best damn DIPA in the world”, and that might not be a stretch. It is the only IPA to ever win top honors at the Great American Beer Festival, The World Beer Cup and the Alpha King Challenge. Several bars around town will be a part of the National 2×4 Day today (on Feb 4), pouring 2×4 Double IPA and multiple other beers from Melvin. Participating bars in Seattle include Brouwer’s Cafe, Toronado, Pine Box and Beveridge Place Pub. Check the links for more info about events at each individual location.

hop_mob_logo_lrg-250x300Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow Kickoff – Now in its third year, the Washington Hop Mob Roadshow is a chance for local breweries to showcase super-hoppy beers that are typically above 10% ABV. The kickoff takes place today at Brouwer’s Cafe starting at 3pm. Brouwer’s will have over 4o Washington-brewed triple IPAs on tap for the event. Then, there will be at least eight additional Hop Mob Roadshow events where you can sample at least 8 of the participating IPAs at each one. Check out the website for details on participating breweries, beers and events.

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Beer Picture: Hop Henge

January 27th, 2016 · + Russ, Beer & Food, Beer Releases, Beer Reviews, Random Beer Pics

True to name, Deschute’s Hop Henge is a mysterious beer. Sometimes this seasonally released double IPA is good, while other years it’s fantastic! Sometimes a season’s offering will taste fantastic and I’ll go out and buy more only to find that the additional bottles don’t quite taste the same. Hmmm, quite the mystery… Or maybe it’s just me. Anyway, this year’s release is tasting great.
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Boise’s Payette Brewing to Begin Distribution in Seattle

January 27th, 2016 · Beer Releases

payette-rustler-largePayette Brewing, located in Boise, ID, will soon have its beer available in the Seattle market. The brewery was started in Boise back in 2010, but founder Mike Francis began homebrewing while living in Seattle almost 10 years ago. The UW alum and former Boeing engineer is excited to bring Payette Brewing beers to Seattle.

Distribution will begin on February 15, and the brewery is planning several events for that week (Feb 15 to 19) at establishments around the city.

Full Press Release:

Boise, ID – Payette Brewing is adding Seattle to its distribution footprint beginning mid-February with Rustler IPA, North Fork Lager, and Rodeo Rye Pale (Spring Seasonal). Payette was the first Idaho brewery to can beer and is excited to bring their products in draft and canned form to more consumers in the Northwest with The Odom Corporation.
Founder Mike Francis’s brewery dreams first started in Seattle. The UW alum and former Boeing engineer has grown his post-it note brewery into Idaho’s largest brewery after moving back to Idaho and launching distribution into Seattle is a huge milestone for Payette.
“I brewed my first batch of homebrew in my Ravenna apartment almost 10 years ago. My time living in Seattle and experiencing the amazing craft beer scene inspired me to attend brewing school and want to open a brewery. Being able to share Payette beer throughout Seattle is something I’ve been looking forward to since the day I moved back to Boise.” says Francis.
A couple months shy of their fifth anniversary, Payette Brewing is available in five northwest states and looking to expand to additional markets upon completion of its second production facility in Boise, ID. Payette’s River Street brewery is expected to be up and running early April with an initial production capacity of 40,000 barrels annually.
Founded in Boise, ID by Mike Francis in 2010, Payette Brewing Company produces four year round beers; Rustler IPA, Payette Pale, Mutton Buster Brown and North Fork Lager as well as seasonal releases and single batch specials in the “Ales of No Return” series.  Payette Brewing Co. wanted to be able to take beer wherever adventure took them so in June 2012, Payette Pale and Mutton Buster Brown were the first Idaho beers to be available in cans. Visit www.PayetteBrewing.com for more information.

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Ghostfish Brewing Celebrates 1st Anniversary on February 6

January 26th, 2016 · Washington Breweries

Cheers to Ghostfish Brewing for an amazing first year of business! The highlight of the past year for Washington’s first and only dedicated gluten-free brewery was surely taking both Gold and Bronze in the Gluten Free category at the Great American Beer Festival. It’s an amazing feat for a new brewery to bookend a category like that.

Join them on Saturday, February 6 to celebrate their 1st anniversary and taste a special Russian Imperial Stout.

Full Press Release:

Seattle, WA – Ghostfish Brewing announced today the details for their 1st anniversary celebration event scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2016 in their taproom at 2942 1st Ave. S in Seattle’s Sodo district. This special event will take place from 2-10pm and is open to the public 21 years of age and older. In addition to an amazing lineup of beers, Wood Shop BBQ and Hallava Falafel food trucks will be on site.

Leading up to this event, the brewery has been sharing memories and milestones from the past year through their social media channels, reminiscing about the hectic but exciting days prior to opening the brewery. Ghostfish Brewing is also orchestrating an interactive scavenger hunt that involves eleven retailers of Ghostfish beers and rewards the most active players with Ghostfish swag.

“Getting to this point involved a lot of blood, sweat & tears, and our dedicated fans have been with us since day one. This is a chance to celebrate with them and say thank you in a big way!” said Randy Schroeder, co-owner.

In honor of this momentous event, Ghostfish Brewing will be releasing a limited quantity of their 1st Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout in 22 oz. bottles. This beer will be available for sale in the brewery taproom and a limited number of bottle shops throughout Western Washington.

The 1st Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout is brewed with malted and roasted millet, roasted buckwheat, purple corn, cane sugar, and hopped with Chinook and Willamette hops. It has a heavy body and immense depth of flavor, with real chocolate and mocha flavors and some dark fruit notes reminiscent of red wine. “This is a real sipping beer. A big beer with big flavors and is not to be taken lightly”, said Brewmaster Jason Yerger.

To find all Ghostfish beers near you: ghostfishbrewing.com/retailers

To participate in the scavenger hunt: ghostfishbrewing.com/events/2016-scavenger-hunt

Ghostfish Brewing Company
2942 1st Ave South
Seattle, WA 98134

For more information about Ghostfish Brewing, visit ghostfishbrewing.com. You can also follow Ghostfish on Facebook at Facebook.com/ghostfishbrewingcompany and Twitter @ghostfishbrewco.

About Ghostfish Brewing Company

Ghostfish Brewing is the first and only dedicated gluten-free craft brewery located in Washington state. Since opening in February 2015, Ghostfish Brewing has been exploring the uncharted waters of never before-used brewing techniques and testing the limits of what can be created without wheat, barley, rye or oats. Ghostfish brews five year-round beers; Watchstander Stout (2015 GABF® Gold Gluten Free Beer), Vanishing Point Pale Ale (2015 Gold U.S. Open Beer Championship Gluten Free Beer), Shrouded Summit Witbier, Grapefruit IPA (2015 GABF® Bronze Gluten Free Beer), and Peak Buster Double IPA. The production brewery and taproom are located at 2942 1st Ave. S., Seattle, WA.

Learn more at ghostfishbrewing.com

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Holy Mountain Brewing Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Taproom With Special Beers and Bottle Release

January 22nd, 2016 · Beer Releases, Events, Washington Breweries

It’s hard to believe that the taproom at Holy Mountain Brewing has only been open for one year. It seems like I’ve drank entirely too much great beer from there already for that to have all been within the span of a year. Cheers to the entire crew over there for a great first year. They will celebrate this weekend with a lineup of special beers they have squirreled away over the past year, as well as a bottle release.

The fun starts when they open today at noon with a bottle release for Grapefruit Table. If you are interested in buying bottles, make note that there will be a special entrance in back of the brewery where you have to purchase the bottles; they will NOT be available at the bar. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Also starting at noon today and lasting through Saturday, they will be sporadically tapping kegs of the following in no particular order:

The Hart
Bourbon Barrel Aged Bonne Nuit
Clarette
The Ox – Barrel aged with Brett
The Seer – Aged in White Wine Barrels
Gose
Bourbon Barrel Aged King’s Head with Cherries
Phosphene
The Gray Tower (Blend #2)
Brett-Conditioned Kiln & Cone
The Goat (Batch #1)
The Third Nail
2014 Watchman’s House
2014 Bonne Nuit
Coffee Vanilla Celestial Lineage

Complete event info from their Facebook page:

We’d like to invite everyone to join us in celebrating our one year anniversary at the Holy Mountain Taproom on Friday, January 22nd and Saturday, January 23rd. It’s been an exciting year and we can’t thank our friends, family, and customers enough for all of your support and encouragement over the last year.

In year one, we brewed more than 70 different beers and we’ve been cellaring some of our favorites to break out for this celebration. The Taproom will be open from 12-10pm both Friday and Saturday. Over the course of two days, we’ll be tapping kegs of (in no particular order):

The Hart
Bourbon Barrel Aged Bonne Nuit
Clarette
The Ox – Barrel aged with Brett
The Seer – Aged in White Wine Barrels
Gose
Bourbon Barrel Aged King’s Head with Cherries
Phosphene
The Gray Tower (Blend #2)
Brett-Conditioned Kiln & Cone
The Goat (Batch #1)
The Third Nail
2014 Watchman’s House
2014 Bonne Nuit
Coffee Vanilla Celestial Lineage

Three Fates Pilsner and our new Nelson Extra Pale will be on tap consistently through the weekend. Both beers will be available in pre-filled 32oz growlers. We will not offer on-demand growler fills on Friday or Saturday in order to keep service moving smoothly.

On Friday, we’ll have some special bottles for sale when we open at noon and Peasant Food Manifesto will be parked out back from 5-8pm.

On Saturday, Bread and Circuses will be parked out back from 1-9pm and will be offering a special Anniversary menu. At 5pm Saturday, our good friend DJ Donnyllama will be spinning records and we plan on tapping a very special beer that we’ve never poured before but has become an integral part of what we’re doing here at Holy Mountain. We’re extremely excited to share this one with you.

Thank you all for the support and we hope you can make it out to celebrate!

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Brewing News National IPA Championship is Approaching – Last Call for Entries

January 20th, 2016 · Uncategorized

The annual Brewing News National IPA Championship (NIPAC) is a fun “March Madness” style competition that pits IPAs from all over the country against each other in head-to-head matchups with judges deciding who moves on in a blind tasting. Once the tournament lineup is complete, IPA lovers will be able to choose their winners for each round on the website. The person with the best bracket wins a case of the championship beers! The website should be set up with the brackets in early February, so check the website then. You can also sign up for an email alert.

BREWERS: It is not too late to register for the event! You can sign up on the website, and entries must be received in the first week of February. This year, there are three categories you can submit beer to: Session IPAs (5% ABV or less), IPAs (5% – 7.5% ABV) and Imperial IPAs (7.5% ABV or greater).

Here are the past winners:
IPA Winners:
2008: WEST COAST IPA, Green Flash
2009: WORKHORSE IPA, Laurelwood
2010: HEAD HUNTER IPA, Fat Heads
2011: TRIPLE PLAY IPA,Lawson’s Finest Liquids
2012: HEAD HUNTER IPA, Fat Heads
2013: PALLET JACK IPA, Barley Brown’s
2014: PROJECT DANK, La Cumbre
2015: SCALE TIPPER, Bosque

Imperial IPA Winners:
2013: MEGAFAUNA, Laurelwood
2014: EL LUPULO LIBRE, Brew Kettle Production Works
2015: HEADWALL DOUBLE IPA, Tamarack

 

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Reuben’s Brews Daily Pale Session IPA Will Be Offical Beer of 2016 Seattle Beer Week

January 15th, 2016 · Beer Releases, Washington Breweries

Reuben’s Brews owner Adam Robbings with the Seattle Beer Week crew. Image from Reuben’s Facebook page.

Reuben’s Brews has been selected to brew this year’s official beer for Seattle Beer Week, and they have decided on a session IPA named Daily Pale. Complete info in the press release below.

Press Release:

January 15, 2016 – Seattle, Washington – Reuben’s Brews announced that it has been selected to brew the official beer of Seattle Beer Week. In honor of the city they love, and their mutual love of hops, the brewery created Daily Pale, a sessionable India Pale Ale. The beer will be available in 12-ounce cans starting mid-April 2016 and on draft around the city as part of the May 12-22 Seattle Beer Week festivities. The official tapping ceremony of Daily Pale which kicks off Seattle Beer Week will be on May 12 at the brewery’s tasting room.

“To brew the official beer of the ultimate beer celebration in the city that is central to everything about us is an especially humbling experience,” said Adam Robbings, founder of Reuben’s Brews. “From opening our eyes to what great beer could be, to being the place where we’ve lived for the past ten years to the amazing support we’ve felt from the community since we opened – Seattle is at our core. To say that we feel a lot of responsibility to make the official beer for Seattle Beer Week a success is an understatement.”

When the Reuben’s Brews team approach the new project, the big questions were what beer to brew and how to make it unique and memorable. Over the course of many days and, of course, many beers, they landed on the idea of a session beer. After all, Seattle Beer Week lasts a good few days! And the brewery’s love of hops is only equaled by that of the Emerald City and the Pacific Northwest as a whole.  So lower ABV, and hop-forward it had to be… something that you could have one or two of, and be able to enjoy every day.

Daily Pale is a hop-forward ‘session’ IPA with an aroma and flavor profile driven by citrus and passionfruit, with kiwi and honeydew undertones. At 4.9% ABV and 55 IBU, it’s light in the body, but balanced and focused on hop flavor and aroma, with a crisp, clean finish.

The name ‘Daily Pale’ provides a connection with the daily newspaper, and goes back to the idea that you can enjoy this beer everyday. It’s also a pun on pail, and can take you back to yester-year when people would get their daily beer in metal open pails (or “growlers”) from their local tavern. Luckily, this beer will be in more sanitary pails – 12oz cans – and kegs.

And as a thank you to Seattle, Reuben’s Brews is donating 1% of the proceeds from Daily Pale to the Seattle Parks Foundation.

About Reuben’s Brews
Reuben’s Brews is a small, family-owned brewery located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Since opening in 2012, the brewery has been awarded several local, regional, national and international awards. They won a gold and a bronze medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival awards, have been awarded 30 World Beer Championships medals, and were named “Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year” at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards. Their expanded taproom and production brewery opened in May 2015. For more information, visit www.reubensbrews.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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Brewmaster Kevin Davey to Guide Wayfinder Beer in Portland

January 14th, 2016 · Openings, Oregon Breweries

Kevin Davey at the downtown Seattle Gordon Biersch.

Kevin Davey at the downtown Seattle Gordon Biersch.

If you have been a longtime reader of this website, it is likely that you have previously seen me mention Kevin Davey and his immense skill at crafting lagers. Davey started out in the industry spending 3 years as Lead Brewer at Chuckanut Brewing, which is regarded as one of the best lager producers in the country. He then spent a year working for the esteemed Firestone Walker Brewing Company in California before returning to Seattle for a short stint at Georgetown Brewing and then moving into the role of Brewmaster at Gordon Biersch in Pacific Place.

For Davey’s next act, he has signed on as the brewmaster for one of the most exciting brewery openings in the Northwest in recent years, Wayfinder Beer. This is the new Portland brewery and restaurant from one of the original co-founders of the very popular Double Maintain Brewery, Charlie Devereux, as well as Portland restaurant veterans Matthew Jacobson (Sizzle Pie, Quality Bar, Relapse Records), and Rodney Muirhead (Podnah’s Pit, La Taq). Davey’s experience with brewing lagers will certainly be useful as they look to balance their offerings about 50/50 between ales and lagers.

The team is currently in full build-out mode on the brewery and restaurant space and they are planning to be open sometime this spring, if all goes according to plan. The brewery will be located in the popular Central Eastside neighborhood, just around the corner from Produce Row. It will fit in nicely for a brewery crawl in combination with Hair of the Dog, The Commons and others in the area.

Cheers to Kevin for a great step in his career. Seattle lager drinkers are sad to see him move down south, but a trip to Portland to drink beer should be on your annual to-do list, anyways.

Full Press Release with more info:

PORTLAND, Ore. (January 11, 2016) — A team featuring some of Portland’s favorite entrepreneurs is pleased to announce its plans for WAYFINDER BEER, a new brewery/restaurant coming to Portland’s hot Central Eastside neighborhood. Founders Charlie Devereux (Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom), Matthew Jacobson (Sizzle Pie, Quality Bar, Relapse Records), and Rodney Muirhead (Podnah’s Pit, La Taq) are busy converting a 100-year-old brick warehouse into a classic craft brewery, with a 100+ seat beer hall and an equally large outdoor seating area. Current plans call for opening in Spring 2016.
A 10-barrel capacity, four-vessel lager brewhouse built by local fabricator JV Northwest will sit adjacent to the main dining area, giving patrons an up-close look at the brewing process. A custom-built wood-fired grill will anchor the open kitchen at the other end of the space. In the center of everything is a 2,200 square-foot wood-planked deck with fire pit, providing an elevated sanctuary from the neighborhood’s industrial bustle.
The three founders envision a space that’s warm, comfortable and characterful, with a touch of a modern edge. Design work by Portland-based Works Partnership Architecture injects energy into the brick-walled edifice, with new skylights and a steel-paneled back bar and glassware-filled bar overhang. “We told WPA that we wanted our bar to be a ‘temple to glassware’ and they came back with some very cool ideas,” says Devereux.
The project began as a collaboration between Devereux and Jacobson, who bonded over shared experiences as entrepreneurs and beer lovers. “Matt was a big Double Mountain fan,” says Devereux, who left the company in 2013 with an idea for a new Portland venture. “And I was really impressed with Sizzle Pie’s terrific branding and marketing. But we really didn’t know each other. A mutual friend made the connection for us and we were off to the races . . . I was having lunch with Rodney about six months later and he expressed interest in joining the team as a partner,” Devereux continues. “It took me about two seconds to say, ‘Yes, absolutely!’ I think Matt’s reaction was even quicker.”
Muirhead, who won Willamette Week’s Restaurant of the Year in 2011 for Podnah’s Pit, is designing a beer-friendly menu with his signature style: inventive yet gimmick-free, and executed to the highest standards. Sandwiches (think smoked prime rib cheesesteak, duck confit bahn mi), house-made sausages, pretzels and snacks will dominate the all-day menu. The grill will take precedence in the evening, delivering steaks, chops, coal-roasted vegetables, and much more. The menu boasts vegan and vegetarian options as well.
Muirhead’s management team from Podnah’s and La Taq will run daily operations. Wayfinder will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
In its quest for world-class lagers, Wayfinder has hired award-winning brewmaster Kevin Davey, recently of Gordon Biersch in Seattle, to lead the brewing effort. Davey has won gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival for his lagers, after getting his start in brewing at German-inspired Chuckanut Brewing Company in Bellingham and a pit stop at Firestone Walker Brewery in California.
Pilsners and other lagers will star, but they won’t be alone: Wayfinder plans to brew a wide variety of beers, including American and Belgian-inspired ales. “I think we’ll be about 50/50 lager vs. ales,” Devereux notes. “We’ll see what our customers are digging, and brew accordingly. But we all love how perfectly a great lager can complement great food.” A full bar is planned as well, with custom drinks designed by local mixologist Jacob Grier, author of “Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer.” Long-time Portland craft beer icon Jonathan Carmean will serve as bar manager.
The brewery will be located at 304 SE 2nd Avenue in the City Sign Building, just around the corner from Produce Row Cafe. With a footprint of approximately 8,900 square feet, Wayfinder has expansion room to meet wholesale demand. Devereux estimates the facility can ultimately support up to 7,500 barrels per year of production.

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