Grand Opening of Belltown Brewing This Week
Belltown Hospitality Group is overseen by Marcus Charles (previously: Marcus’ Martini Heaven, The Bad Juju Lounge, Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room; currently: The Crocodile, Local 360 Café & Bar, Mama’s Cantina) and is excited to bring a new chapter to 200 Bell Street on the corner of 2nd and Bell with Belltown Brewing.
BHG operated Bell + Whete at this location for 2 and half years with partial success. The bar menu and area at Bell + Whete had significant traction, but the dining room didn’t garner the same clamor. So, Belltown Hospitality Group decided to expand the bar offering by literally turning the restaurant into a Brewery.
With several months of renovations wrapping up and perfecting various flavors of our craft beer and menu items, Belltown Brewing is currently in the midst of a “soft opening” working toward its Official Grand Opening on the 17th of this month. Full scale dress rehearsals, open to the public, started over the weekend and will continue until the big day.
The most striking changes include the old dining room’s transformation into the Brewery’s cold side cellar. So far, Belltown Brewing has taken possession of 2 – 10 barrel fermenters, 1- 10 barrel brite, 3 – 1 barrel fermenters – 1 barrel brite. Still on order for delivery in April are 5 – 5 barrel fermenters and 2 – 5 barrel brites.
Leading the brewing team at Belltown Brewing is Adam Frantz (previously of American Brewing, Mac & Jack’s) to create three flagship beers – Local Lager, Speakeasy IPA, and Watermain Amber, an American-style amber. Adam will always have at least 5 different Belltown Brewing crafted beers on tap with small batches galore. “One of the reasons I took this opportunity on was the ability to do small batch runs with the 1 – barrel tanks. Marcus talked about creating these team-building experiences where groups could come into the brewery, make a beer with me one day, then come into the brewery 3 weeks later and enjoy it with the masses,” said Frantz.
Chef Aaron Barker, the Group Chef for Belltown Hospitality Group, created a menu with his team that could span both lunch and dinner as well as give everyone their favorite options. Belltown Brewing searched out a well-seasoned Gas and Brick Pizza Oven from the 1970’s and had it completely rebuilt. The oven is a classic and already turning out incredible pies – Chef Aaron mentioned, “along with the 40-year-old bricks, I have a secret ingredient for our dough. Find me at the bar late night and I may just give you my secret for this dough, but it will cost you at least a pint.” The Brewhouse also features The Burger (which is ground Brisket, Chuck & Tri Tip), a selection of sandwiches, pastas as well as sweets from Mariana Stepniewski, pastry chef at Local 360.
In addition to team building events, Belltown Brewing has a private room named the Brewer’s Table that is able to accommodate up to 40 guests. This warm & intimate space is good for all day events or after work gatherings. Liz Rich, Group Events Manager, described the space, saying “one of the special elements of the Brewer’s Table is the ability to have pre-event beers and pass hors d’oeuvres in the cellar surrounded by all the new stainless steel tanks. It’s like a house party when everyone wants to hang out in the kitchen, only this way, everyone wants to hang out with the beer.”
Belltown Brewing will be concentrating on generating beer for its own use, but do not be surprised if you start finding it at the other Belltown Hospitality Group establishments later this spring.
Belltown Brewing / The Brewhouse is a full-service neighborhood brewpub featuring its own beers, guest taps, and full cocktail menu. Hours are Noon until Late (10 PM Weekdays & Midnight + Friday & Saturday).
Featured photo source: Belltown Brewing’s Facebook Page