2014 is the year for beer for Kirkland. The city is rapidly becoming the newest hot spot for breweries looking to locate in Washington state. Two new breweries are scheduled to open in the next few months and two more established breweries are coming soon, but are not yet ready to announce their plans. Owners of a third brewery with whom we have spoken are seeking a Kirkland location as well.
What makes Kirkland a burgeoning bastion for breweries? A combination of factors play in Kirkland's favor:
- a welcoming attitude toward breweries at City Hall;
- convertible warehouse space along the new Cross Kirkland Corridor trail; and
- a thirsty and desirable demographic.
Flycaster Brewing (www.flycasterbrewing.com/)
The first out of the gates will be Flycaster Brewing Co., a nano brewery located in Totem Lake at 12815 NE 124th Street, #I. Brewmaster Jeremy Eubanks plans to open his taproom in April or May. Combining his passion for fly fishing and his skills at home brewing, Eubanks will bring the two together in his taproom a block off the Cross Kirkland Corridor. Food trucks parked outside will compliment the beers being poured inside the taproom. We'll keep you notified of grand opening news.
Chainline Brewing (www.chainlinebrewing.com)
Avid bicyclist and home brewer Scott Holm plans to open Chainline Brewing Company this summer in Totem Lake. Negotiations are yet to be finalized so the location cannot yet be shared but it's a good bet it will be near the Cross Kirkland Corridor. Following five years of home brewing, this Kirklander enrolled in the American Brewers Guild and is now ready to open a neighborhood taproom. Holm wishes to create a neighborhood hub serving pints and growlers of his lagers and ales.
Like Flycaster, Chainline plans to tap into the region's wealth of food trucks rather than open a kitchen.
Both Eubanks and Holm praised the City of Kirkland for their assistance and relative ease it has been to open breweries in town. "The City [has been] wonderful. They've been extremely helpful," says Holm. Eubanks described his move to Kirkland very favorably after Bothell showed disinterest in his opening a new brewery.
Bravo to Kirkland! We look forward to seeing more breweries open soon. Stay tuned for more news on Kirkland's new breweries.