A new collaborative brewery called Sodo Brewing will launch in early 2018, courtesy of the head brewers of Schooner Exact Brewing Co. and Belltown Brewing. Sodo Brewing will combine the talents of Adam Frantz, who oversees Belltown Brewing, and Joel Stickney of Schooner Exact. The duo will brew and self-distribute beers for local bars and restaurants but no taproom is planned.
Frantz and Stickney will roll out their first beers soon after the new year, with two IPAs, a lager, and a stout to start. The pair is borrowing space from Schooner Exact to brew the beer, and they’ll give a better sense of where to find the beer as the new year rolls around.
Sodo Brewing is the third brewery recently to open without a taproom. Mirage Beer Company made its debut earlier this month, with sours and fruited beer untethered from a home base — at least for the foreseeable future. And Holy Mountain co-founder Adam Paysse has built Floodland Brewing near Art of the Table in Fremont, but the brewery isn’t accessible to the public. Paysse may offer tours and tastings in the future, but, like the beers, these will probably only be available to the few members of Floodland’s exclusive bottle club.