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July 13, 2017

‘Beer-focused working space' is opening in August on Capitol Hill

Photo by Stu Mullenberg for Redhook [enlarge]
Head Brewer Nick Crandall at work in Redhook Brewlab on Capitol Hill.

Redhook Brewery will hold a grand opening party from 3 to 10 p.m. Aug. 17 at Redhook Brewlab, a brewery and pub in the Pike Motorworks Building at 714 E. Pike St. on Capitol Hill.

There will be live music and 16 beers on tap that were brewed with Redhook's “industry friends.”

Redhook said in a press release that the Brewlab will be “a beer-focused working space” to create new small-batch beers primarily for the pub, and to develop recipes “that will eventually come to life” in Washington and beyond.

The pub will have 16 taps of rotating small-batch beers brewed on-site by Head Brewer Nick Crandall through a eight-barrel brewhouse. Redhook said the high efficiency brewing system has a mash filter instead of a lauter tun, and will use less water and grain, speed up brewing times, and make batch-to-batch turnover easier. Crandall will be able to brew over 100 different small-batch beers every year.

The head brewer can also play music from his collection of vinyl records, and there are plans to hold live music shows at Brewlab.

Crandall said Redhook was built on experimentation and taking risks since the early 1980s.

“Redhook Brewlab will allow us to experiment and test brewing boundaries, as well as get feedback directly from our guests,” he said. “We'll see what works and what might not. Ultimately, the next generation of Redhook's core and seasonal beers will be born at Brewlab.”

Redhook called Brewlab a place for mixing art, science, brewing, food and music.

The space was designed by Graham Baba Architects and Arup Engineering, and built by R|Miller Inc. Construction.

It is open and modern with lots of natural light. Skylight windows are set above the front entrance on Pike street, and floor-to-ceiling windows are located between the pub and brewery so patrons can see beer being brewed.

The space and menu were created with input from Seattle restaurateurs James Weimann and Deming Maclise.

The design emphasizes Pike Motorworks' industrial features, and incorporates vintage lighting fixtures and a 1930s bar salvaged from a Greyhound Bus Station in Soap Lake.

A mural by Sub Pop Records Art Director Sasha Barr near the front bar celebrates Seattle and its people, beer, architecture and the neighborhood.

Brewlab can seat up to 258 people, with patios in front and back. One patio will have firepits.

The kitchen will have a stone-hearth oven from WoodStone in Bellingham. Adam Stevens is the executive chef.

Redhook is introducing Washington Native, a rotating line-up of IPAs with ingredients from Washington. Crandall will brew the first release with hops from Roy Farms in Moxee and malts from Skagit Valley Malting in Burlington.

The Seattle Times reported in May that Craft Brew Alliance, which owns Redhook, planned to close the 22-year-old Redhook brewery in Woodinville and focus on the Capitol Hill brewpub.

Redhook said the Woodinville brewing facility closed at the end of June, but the restaurant and pub out there will remain open for the foreseeable future.

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