United States > Washington > Woodinville
after4ever (229) Brier, Washington | September 29, 2012
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
This is a small and fairly new nanobrewery. Yes, that means itís smaller than a microbrewery, and thatís an important distinction.
First, the owner and head brewer holds down a full-time job. So this place is only open Fridays and Saturdays. And thatís actually pretty cool. Cool that itís gotten a little toehold and every monthís revenue isnít live or die.
Second, the operation really is tiny. Youíre up in the hills of Woodinville, and youíre in a little strip mallish/light industrial space that shares the parking lot with a "gourmet burger joint." This place doesnít have food, so maybe thereís a potential for combined errands there.
Third, the operation really is tiny. There are tidy, attractive tables and chairs, all matching, lined up neatly inside and out. Outside is just a chunk of parking lot on the other side of a roll-up garage door, but they have heaters out there and they keep an eye on you, and itís actually fairly quiet. Seats about 25-30.
Fourth--OK, Iíll quit saying it. You can clearly see the brewhouse from the taproom, and they brew in whatís essentially a very well-made standard homebrew setup. That means they can only fill corne kegs (5-gallon kegs, like youíd see under a soda fountain). Thatís good and bad. They run out of stuff a lot, but it also means they probably might have interesting replacements rolling on next on a regular basis, depending on how often they can get back and brew. There was a decent steady stream of customers rolling in on a Saturday afternoon, so whether thereís much time in the day to brew is probably an open question.
Bottom line, the beers are solid enough, some are actually pretty decent. Itís worth the drive out this way to check them out.
22415brewery (32) redmond, Washington | April 22, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
We visited during the second week of itís opening. Location is smack dab in the middle of the Woodinville warehouse district with plenty of parking and where winery tasting rooms are abundant. On the outside it is a converted manufacturing/multi-use space that on a good day will retract itís sliding main door and reveal a very small tasting room that spills out onto the front patio. Seating capacity at most one would estimate to be around 25 and that would be very very tight. Upon entering thereís a short main counter with a few stools, directly behind which are 5 taps. Pretzels are available but more filling burgers etc are found in a restaurant just across the parking lot. Theyíre brewing on a 10 gallon Sabco and have a quaint working area in the back which visitors may roam about freely as of the time of this review. The owner is cordial, genuine, and really seems to enjoy his business. Beers as of the 2nd week of being open are decent, they utilize two strains of yeast which gives a bit more flexibility in their creative department. There may be future availability limitations based on their current brewing capacity and it would be best to procure their product at the taproom. Beer selection is basic as of now, they offer the standard lineup of Pale, Amber, IPA, and a very interesting Blonde along with rotating brewer selections. iíd be interested to see how far theyíll come in the coming year.
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