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April 11, 2016

Optimism Brewery

Photos by Alex Garland [enlarge]

Optimism Brewing Co. has opened a 16,000-square-foot, 20-barrel brew house at 1158 Broadway on Capitol Hill.

The building was constructed in 1920 and was a showroom for Great Western Motors Co. Half of the space today is used for brewing, and the other half is a taproom.

The redesign emphasizes the structure of the single-story building. It has large windows, original board-formed concrete walls, a Douglas fir demising wall, warehouse-style lights and huge stainless steel brewing tanks.

Tables, benches and the bar top were made from wood salvaged from the roof trusses, which were replaced with new steel posts.

There is a room for blind taste tests, as well as a children's play area and unisex bathrooms. A space for private events is planned in the mezzanine.

Owners: Gay Gilmore, Troy Hakala

Architect: Tom Kundig, Olson Kundig

General contractor: Metis Construction

Structural engineer: Lund Opsahl

Energy performance analysis: WSP Group


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