Cloudburst broke the news via Instagram, and said that they weren’t specifically looking for a Ballard location, but when they came across “an old & crusty garage from the 1920s”, they couldn’t resist.
“The state of the craft brewing industry is pretty nuts right now,” they write on Instagram. “And while there are many options and possibilities for craft breweries to stay viable, we’re choosing a path that allows us to keep our footprint small and our roots deep.
“This second space will allow us to sell more beer over our own bar (which is good for the brewery) while offering a better tasting room layout, an outdoor beer garden, and eventually some type of food options (which is all good for the customer).”
The taproom will be exactly that — no brewing will happen on-site. All production is staying at their current tasting room and brewery in Belltown, where they’re only four years into their 10-year-lease.
“We love Belltown, and as long as the second option terms are favorable, we hope to remain downtown.”
Thanks Carson and Alan for the tip!