Ready for some sweet sour beer news? After a year of anticipation and a few delays along the way, the owners of hugely popular Ballard brewery Dirty Couch Brewing — known for its mixed-fermented sours — open their brand new spot in Magnolia to the public on Friday, May 17. Look for it on W Fort Street, off Gilman Avenue W, around the corner from Urban Family Brewing. Among the beers available from the start at Dirty Couch’s first ever taproom will be fan favorites Inflection Bourbon Cherry, Donut Return, and Irregularity Blackberry Sour Blonde, along with a new concoction: Tayberry Gin Saison, a bourbon barrel-aged beer. Up until now, most of these brews were only available at select bars, bottle shops, or retail spots such as PJ’s Market. But now beer nerds can get their fill of Dirty Couch’s strong fermented flavors all in one location, while also checking out some of the brewery’s newest beers.
According to co-owner Frank Swiderski, the Magnolia space is more than five times that of the Ballard brewery, which has been solely used for production since it opened in 2016. Shortly after the Magnolia facility is open, production will immediately shift from the Ballard spot, which will now be used for specialty projects.
While food options may be limited at first (expect bar snacks such as pretzels), Swiderski hopes to reach out to food trucks or look into pre-packaged items in the near future. As for the vibe, don’t expect it to stray too far from the ethos Dirty Couch has emphasized since landing on the scene three years ago: laid-back and friendly.