Good news for disheartened South Park beer drinkers: You’re getting one of your brewery taprooms back, as Burdick Brewery is finishing its build-out and is eyeing an opening as soon as mid-June or early July.
Recall that last year, Burdick and neighboring Lowercase Brewing shuttered their South Park brewery-taproom combos after code inspectors determined the spaces weren’t “up to snuff and would either need to be closed or upgraded with prohibitively expensive modifications."
Both breweries opted to continue brewing on site, each moving over into a new space within the same complex they had occupied. Lowercase is still brewing in the South Park spot but is pouring its beers at a new taproom in Georgetown, at 6235 Airport Way S. as of November.
Meanwhile, Burdick fans will find this update welcome, as brewery owner Max Leinbach is putting the finishing touches on a new taproom at 8520 14th Ave S., right on South Park’s main drag.
Burdick, like Lowercase, will still brew offsite, but the taproom will offer Leinbach a chance to interact with his customers again. “We’ve been distributing all this time, and that’s fine and dandy, but it’s been kind of boring,” he says. “Now, I will get to see my customers again. It feels like we’re putting on our big boy pants.”
Leinbach says he plans to be “a really good neighborhood brewery,” with a small patio and several beers on tap, including staples like his IPA, pale, whiskey red, and whiskey stout. There may also be a food cart of some sort parked outside, as there will be no food offered inside. Details on that still to come.