Hellbent Brewing Opens

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.

9yardsSpeaking 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.


Bob Shoemaker

Grew up in Renton, WA. Writer. Photographer. Homebrewer. Woodworker. Beer lover. UW grad. - 14 years in Marketing and Advertising communications - 16 years in technical product support, quality, loyalty, support analyst - 12 years as communications business owner