Behold, another big moment for Bothell. Expanding the empire of the 60+ pubs, breweries, hotels, and eateries that McMenamins runs in Oregon and Washington, the company has released an opening date for the mammoth hotel, spa, and brewery it announced it was building last year in downtown Bothell's historic Anderson School. Scheduled to go live October 15, this new venture at 18603 Bothell Way NE is McMenamins' biggest yet at 5 acres, 90,000 square feet, and $30 million — and it's seriously creative.
Per the company's release published by Washington Beer Blog, McMenamins is converting the school's original woodworking shop into a brewery and game room bar, repurposing the old cafeteria into a "market-fresh" restaurant and lounge, and making old classrooms into hotel rooms (72 total). The former school gym will become a movie theater, and the original pool will be filled with salt water and "have a tropical feel with indoor botanicals and natural light."
Drink-wise, we can expect a 10-barrel system pouring Hammerhead, Ruby and Terminator Stoutas, and other beers, including small-batch and one-time brews. McMenamins bottled beer, spirits, and wine, along with artistic glassware, growlers, apparel, and other merchandise will be on sale at the gift shop.
Oh, and don't miss the Principal's Office wine and coffee bar and "a jungle-inspired balcony pub on the second floor overlooking the pool." There is even talk of courtyards with fire pits, live music spaces, gardens, and more.
Need to see it to believe it? Check out their progress in the video below, and here's hoping for a warm fall.