The serious dearth of dining options around Sand Point improved over the weekend with the arrival of Magnuson Cafe and Brewery, a family- and dog-friendly new brewpub from South Lake Union’s Dexter Brewhouse and Mollusk Brewing. The business resides in a former munitions building with the addition of a huge patio facing Lake Washington and the boatyard for Sail Sand Point.
The historic brick building (7801 62nd Ave NE) was once part of Sand Point Naval Air Station. The cafe has retained that character, incorporating into the decor items like a crane system for hoisting torpedoes. Inside tables offer views of the brewery equipment and open kitchen. The two-tiered deck seats 100, and the entire patio is dog friendly.
There are 16 taps, most of which flow with Mollusk Brewing’s beers, plus a guest beer tap or two and a guest cider. Appealing to the park-going crowd, there’s also coffee, espresso, and milkshakes, plus Northwest wine to round things out. Patrons can also buy bottles of Mollusk beer or fill a growler to go.
At Magnuson, assistant brewer Carey Dixon will mostly produce larger-production, consistently available beers that aren’t quite as adventurous as the free-wheeling creations that head brewer Cody Morris will brew out of the Dexter location.
The food here is similar to that of Dexter Brewhouse’s pub grub: fried cheese curds, nachos, chicken wings, burgers, and fish and chips make appearances. A few new items are unique to this location, like a kale and strawberry salad, a veggie burger, avocado toast, summer mushroom pasta, lamb bolognese, and crispy pork carnitas.
The brewpub’s hours are Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.; and Sunday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.