West Seattle Blog… | BIZNOTE: Good Society brewery and public house come to admiral “to marry good beer with good deeds”
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog Editor
As we often say, thanks for the tip!
A reader asked us what was going on with the 2701 California SW, after seeing what looked like drums. Our research led us to a brewery map and more in the city files, and we subsequently connected with Nick berger, a resident of West Seattle who, with his partner Phil Cammarano, plans to open The Good Society Brewery and Pub Later this year.
They are both longtime West Seattleers. Before getting into the basics of what they’re going to do and when, Nick explained the mission (which in turn explains the name): “We want to marry good beer with good deeds.”
Elaborating, he continues: “We are a local neighborhood brewery that strives to put the community at the center of its identity by integrating the funding of local causes, both social and environmental, into its basic operating model by serving avant-garde beer and fostering an environment where the whole community is welcome.
More explanation: “Many breweries… will brew a beer that benefits a cause or have one party a month where the money goes to causes. It is a wonderful thing to do and the money raised for the causes is absolutely admirable. But what if a brewery went further? The relationship a brewery has with its community places it in a unique position to have a real impact on that community and, in so doing, empower and inspire others to do the same. Providing high quality craft beer and a fun atmosphere for the whole family will make The Good Society a place that the West Seattle community wants to frequent. But that is not enough for us. We want to push our value to the community further. We want to drive positive change where we are at home through our very business model. The name, The Good Society, is meant to symbolize the fact that not only are we striving for a good society, but each of us can do good in our society. With every pint poured, The Good Society will generate a measurable and beneficial social or environmental impact. (“Fun for the whole family” includes a play area for the kids.)
What kind of beer will The Good Society brew and pour? “We plan to have around 20 taps, most of which will be our own, but we will also be supplementing with styles that we don’t brew (for various reasons) and beers from other breweries as and when opportunities arise ( collaborations, presentation of their work, etc.). We will also have cider and wine on tap for non-beer drinkers and a selection of non-alcoholic drinks for people who are unwilling or unable to drink alcohol, including children. Our list of faucets will sound quite familiar to you. IPA, farm ales, stouts, lagers (as far as production can allow) and kettle sours (gose, fruity sours, etc.). ”
If you’re wondering about the building – where previous tenants have included courier service, travel agency, and martial arts – Nick says, “Sea-Town Real Estate and Restored Design & Remodel will continue to occupy the Office space at the front of the building. The roll-up door on the north side will be on display and this will be our showcase. Inside there will be both the brewery and a tap room.
Yes, there will be food: “We will have a small kitchen and we will make food starting with flat breads, sandwiches and various small plates. “
They’re hoping The Good Society will open in the fall, but like all of these projects, it depends on a lot of factors. But once they’re ready to open, Nick says, they think they’ll fill a need: “Seattle has over 50 breweries within its boundaries. Many are industrial parks, many are in Ballard and Fremont. But many neighborhoods or areas end up with only one or two breweries. West Seattle is one of them. West Seattle only has three breweries. West Seattle craves breweries that produce exciting, quality beer to identify with, to call their own. West Seattle residents take great pride in their neighborhood, preferring to stay within its boundaries rather than cross a bridge. We want to give the people of West Seattle a place they want to be, a place that can give back to their neighborhood. “