Chainline – New Kirkland Brewery

Chainline Brewing Company is the Eastside’s newest craft brewery, located alongside Kirkland’s new bicycle corridor. It reflects the active Pacific Northwest outdoor lifestyle – in particular cycling – and seeks to provide the local community with the finest locally-made Northwest style Ales and Lagers. Popular spot to watch the Sounders.

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It is a venture led by Scott and Michelle Holm and Aaron Blonden. They will be selling their beer through local restaurants and craft beer establishments around the greater Seattle area. Their dog- and kid-friendly taproom is open  Fri- Sun.  Check out current hours on their website.

Currently on Tap

Scott has made quite the leap from the Mr. Beer kits he started out on to becoming a commercial brewer. The results are really quite amazing, especially if you like a variety of different hops. Chainline sports a 10bbl brewing system. This certainly gives them the potential  to become a full-fledged microbrewery once they have created more than 6,000 barrels of commercially available beer. *

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– Big Wheel Session Brown 3.6% ABV

Sessionable, with coffee notes and dark malt flavors.

– Hardtail Pale Ale 5.1% ABV

Plenty of C-hops round out the flavor-bursted citrus and pine notes, while a strong malt backbone works to balance it all out.

– Recumbent Red 6.1% ABV

Roasted Malts entice you at the first taste with a hint of dark fruits and plum which give way to crisp citrus finish.  No heavy sweetness here.  A style judge might call it “too hoppy.”

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– Trail Gnome IPA 6.3% ABV

Ultra-late hop additions allow us to pack in tons of flavor, without adding too much bitterness.  The result is an IPA with crazy tropical flavors and interesting malt body.

– Short Game ESA 4.6% ABV

A collaboration recipe with the venerable Redhook Brewing Company.

This beer reminds us that drinkability and flavor can trump overall IBU’s any day! Brewed in the English Summer Ale style using Mosaic hops. Grapefruit and a delicate sweet finish.


* – There is no official definition of what differentiates a nano from a micro (aka craft) brewer. Some say equipment. Some say annual production. Most nanos brew on something smaller than a 7bbl system. But if you have a 3bbl system and can crank out more than 5K or 6K barrels per year, you can make the argument that you are no longer a nano. Similarly, if you have a larger system but it is not producing at least 6,000 bbls/yr, you would have a hard time claiming to be a microbrewery.