Though construction and permitting delays have pushed back its original spring timeline, Ballard’s Populuxe Brewing is hoping to move into a larger space next door sometime in August.
The brewery’s current home sports an expansive patio, but its indoor space is tiny, with seats barely numbering in the double digits; on bad weather days, Populuxe can be a tough place to squeeze into. The new location, announced last August, comprises 4,000 square feet, enough to give both the production area and front of house more breathing room.
A member of Eater's list of essential Seattle breweries, Populuxe opened in 2013 with just three beers on tap. Husband-and-wife owners Peter Charbonnier and Amy Besunder currently offer ten beers at a time.
The move will allow the business to open a taproom with 20 draft lines and large screen televisions for broadcasting events like Sounders and Seahawks games. Don’t fret: The company will retain that roomy outdoor beer garden for food trucks and cornhole games when the sun is shining.
As for brewing upgrades, a new seven-barrel brewhouse with 15-barrel fermenters will support an expanded barrel-aging effort, increased bottling capacity, and the ability to delve into more experimental brews and sour beers. Fans will also be able to book a dedicated room for private parties. Populuxe will even increase its hours to seven days a week once the new space is open.