This one hits particularly close to home. Literally. I live in West Seattle and today one of our local breweries announced that it is closing down. Best of Hands Barrelhouse announced via social media that it will close on November 30th.
In real estate, they say that location is everything. In beer, maybe not. Despite its prominent, highly visible location along a major arterial, and despite having an unmissable statue of a cow on the roof of the building, Best of Hands faced some challenges along its journey that it could not overcome, as the announcement below alludes to.
It is sad that BOH is closing, but I will just throw out there that it is a great location in a thirsty neighborhood full of demographically beer-friendly people. It might present a nice opportunity for the right person. Wishful thinking on my part, perhaps. Anyway, here’s the announcement from social media:
“Best of Hands Barrelhouse will be closing our doors for good on November 30th of this year.”
“As many of you know we were only open for normal operations for a year before the pandemic hit. Unfortunately, among other things, the toll of the pandemic, the slower than expected recovery, and the skyrocketing costs of everything from CO2 to raw ingredients has made it unsustainable for us to continue to operate even with our current skeleton crew. We’d like to thank everybody for their support and interest through the years.”
“If you have any questions or know of anybody looking for two talented brewers, please don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org”
“Thank you West Seattle!”