Another new brewery is opening in the Woodinville area – Triplehorn Brewery. Two brothers and one vision are propelling this Nordic themed brewery toward its Grand Opening on Saturday August 25. Unlike other small breweries in the area, Triplehorn will be open for tastings, pints and growler fills every day of the week. Others have more limited times you can visit them.
Rich and Ray Nesheim have made a substantial personal investment and commitment to becoming known as a unique Eastside brewery, with a very drinkable Apricot Ale, flavorfully hopped Pale Ale and IPA (Simcoe hops) at around 56 IBUs, a Blonde, an Amber and a Milk Stout for starters. They have plans for producing a variety of small batch specialty beers, like a cream ale on nitro to keep things interesting and their customers waiting to see what’s coming up next.
We talked for quite a bit about how the idea for a brewery got started. Rich had been a contractor involved in many high profile projects, some that eventually took a hit with the recession both here and in Arizona. He has leveraged those skills in designing and building the brewery, which is as well insulated as a residential structure.
Both Rich and Ray started out as home brewers, but brother Ray is the head brewer at Triplehorn. They originally thought they’d start small with a three barrel system, but after doing the math, opted for a beautiful 10bbl system.
“It’s always a battle to choose between brewing what you like to drink or what sells best,” Rich says. “We are definitely going to brew the beers we like just for the fun of it. But we do have to be profitable.” Expect a wide variety from these guys. Ray seems to like the lighter, hoppy beers, but Rich leans more toward the dark side and off-beat styles.
Triplehorn is built with an open concept in mind with a large area for tables, suitable for meeting areas, and social events and a nice view out the loading dock/view deck. The brewing area will be visible from the seating area. Rich hopes to educate customer on the brewing process as well as in cultivating his customer’s tastes.
The seating area will be kid and dog friendly (as long as they are well-behaved). No food will be served, but you can bring in your own and local vendors with mobile carts will be on hand outside from time to time. The swag includes autographed growlers, pint glasses, hats and long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts. Guests seem to like having their pictures take wearing the cool viking helmet. The brewery is located at 19510 144th Ave NE Suite E6 in Woodinville.
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