Populuxe Brewing is waiting on a final green light from the liquor board before it can open its expanded space, already built out next door to the current brewery with more indoor seating plus a small pinball arcade with a handful of games on loan from the Seattle Pinball Museum. Owners Amy Besunder and Peter Charbonnier say they are hoping to open next weekend.
The brewery sports an expansive patio, but its current 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, in the works for the past year, occupies 4,000 square feet, enough to increase production alongside the taproom upgrade. 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. And that roomy outdoor beer garden, which hosts food trucks and cornhole games when the weather is nice, will stick around, too.
Fans can keep an eye on the pending opening via Populuxe’s Facebook page.