Hellbent Brewery opened to the public on Saturday (May 30). What makes this a special event is one of the co-owners and Head Brewer is Brian Young previously a brewmaster at Gordon Biersh, Redhook and Rock Bottom Bellevue – and famed creator of the Hop Bomb IPA, which arguably launched the passion around PNW super-hopped IPAs.
Located up the street from Elliot Bay Brewing and down the street from 192 Brewing, across form the Fred Meyer on Lake City Way NE, it features a generous parking lot by Seattle brewery standards and an absolutely huge (and gorgeous) taproom.
Four beers are on tap now; a wheat, summer pale, red and IPA. I found both the wheat and red to be exceptional beers. IPA lovers will want the First Born IPA – 69 IBU – 6.5% ABV. The taproom is a two level sports mecca with lots of comfy seating and many big screen TVs to watch a variety of sporting events.
The company has 4 principals on record. The principals are Brian Glenn Young from Seattle WA, Chris Giles from Seattle WA, John A Guinn from Seattle WA, and Randy Susumu Embernate from Seattle WA.
Hellbent opted to get a Tavern License, which means it will be for grownups only (21+). That license type allows them to pour a larger selection of beers from other breweries, which was part of the plan. It is dog friendly – and there were a mess o’ well-behaved pooches there on this day.
Speaking of new breweries near Lake City – there is a rumor of another new brewery that will hit the Lake City/Kenmore corridor soon. I do not know too much about it. It is just a block away from 192 Brewing. Nine Yards Brewing has three principals on record; Andrew Rogers from Woodinville WA, Ethan Savaglio from Seattle WA, and Paul Holzknecht from Bothell WA. No information on anticipated opening date.