We stopped by the Schooner Beer Hall (the newly remodeled taproom at Schooner Exact Brewing) to see the changes for ourselves. They are quietly and softly open right now, but open for real on Monday, April 23. We share some pictures below.
Overall impression? Those familiar with the old taproom will still recognize the place, though the changes are significant. It feels more pub-like. More restaurant-like. It still has plenty of “drinking in the brewery” charm, though and it still feels like a place to hunker down and just drink beer. It does not feel like a place where you’re expected to sit down for a meal, a risk that brewery taprooms run when they become too pub-like.
The new menu, while still plenty sophisticated, is a bit lower brow than the old menu. Let’s face it, the old menu kind or outpaced the location. I always thought that was a good thing, by the way, but I can see how it might not have been financially sustainable from a business perspective. Charlie Wooden, the new General Manager, told me that the goal is to still serve dang good food, but keep it reasonable.
Any way, the pictures tell a better story than me. Photos by Kim Sharpe Jones.
As you can see in the picture above, the old dinning room on the south end has now been changed into a deli that is open until 3:00. The menu at Schooner Provisions primarily consists of sandwiches, intended to provide a quick lunch for the folks who work in SoDo.
Pictured above, a life ring from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the United States’ newest and most technologically advanced polar icebreaker. This was a gift from the crew. The Healy is stationed in Seattle.
A few months ago we told you about big changes at Schooner Exact Brewing in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. Today we share news that the revamped taproom is ready to reopen. In addition to that, they’ve opened a new business next door, Schooner Provisions.
That’s the Beer Hall’s bar and barback pictured above.
First up, the taproom, now branded the Schooner Beer Hall, opens for business on Monday, April 23rd. It is still kid-friendly and will still serve food. Next, the owners are now referring to the company as Schooner Brewing, as you’ll see in the press release below.
The new Schooner Beer Hall features “modern updates such as contemporary light fixtures, fresh artwork, a salvaged wood accent wall behind the bar, a custom-built shuffleboard, and an updated food menu serving snacks and dinner daily, with weekend brunch.”
Monday’s opening will feature a lot of the Schooner regular lineup you’re accustomed to (King Street Brown, 3 Grid IPA, etc) , but also some new creations from Head Brewer Joel Stickney. Also, they’ll be pulling out some sour beers.
The Washington Beer Blog intends to get down there soon to take some pictures and check the place out.
Next door, Schooner Provisions is already open and is set up as a deli to provide lunch to the working folks down in SoDo.
Here’s the press release:
SCHOONER BREWING OPENS NEW DELI AND RENOVATED TAPROOM IN SODO
Schooner Provisions offers new lunch counter adjacent to newly renovated Beer Hall.
SEATTLE—April 16, 2018—Schooner Brewing will re-open its doors in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood on Monday, April 23rd with a new Beer Hall and a full lineup of house-brewed beers. Additionally, Schooner Provisions, the new deli and lunch counter next to Schooner Brewing, is now open serving lunch Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Schooner Brewing’s new Beer Hall features modern updates such as contemporary light fixtures, fresh artwork, a salvaged wood accent wall behind the bar, a custom-built shuffleboard, and an updated food menu serving snacks and dinner daily, with weekend brunch.
Schooner Brewing’s re-opening beer list will feature more than 15 tap handles with old favorites such as Hopvine IPA, Evergreen IPA, King Street Brown, Profanity Hill Porter, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter and more. Additionally, head brewer Joel Stickney has created new beers for the grand re-opening along with releasing sour beers from their extensive sour program.
“We’re thrilled to be re-opening Schooner with a refreshed look, lunch counter and beer hall this spring,” said long-time Schooner Brewing owner Ray Spencer. “Our guests can once again enjoy their favorite Schooner beers with us along with more food options and fun interior updates like a huge window that looks into the brewery.”
Schooner Provisions is now serving made-to-order hot and cold sandwiches that guests can eat in the casual dining area with a Schooner beer or take to go. A sampling of Schooner Provisions’ menu includes:
- Italian Stallion – House-roasted turkey, ham, salami, provolone, pepperoncini, garlic aioli on a Macrina roll
- Illadelphia – Thin-sliced beef, cheese spread, spicy peppers, grilled onions on a Macrina roll
- Don Corleone – House-made meatballs, marinara, parmesan on a Macrina roll
- Hummus Amung Us – House-made hummus, cucumber, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onion, greens on toasted pita
The new dinner menu showcases a variety of small plates and shareable appetizers such as Chicken and Turkey Bahn Meatballs, Beer Cheese Dip, a Bavarian Meat Platter and a Build-Your-Own Dirty Fries menu.
Dinner entrée highlights include:
- Chicken & Waffle Sandwich – Beer brined and battered chicken, cornmeal waffle, maple bacon jam, apple slaw
- Beer Battered Fish & Chips – Fresh Alaskan cod, seasoned beer batter, house-made tarter, fries
- King Street Brown Ribs – Slow cooked St. Louis style ribs, signature King Street Brown-Espresso BBQ sauce, honey apple slaw
- Schooner Burger – 6oz beef patty, aged cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, garlic aioli on a Macrina bun
Happy hour is Monday-Friday 3-5 p.m. and features $3 select pints and $2.50 King Street Brown Ribs. Schooner Brewing’s weekend brunch will be served Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and offers dishes such as Biscuits and Gravy, Loaded Toast, and Eggs Benedict, Fresh Veggie Scramble and Seasonal Danish.
Schooner Brewing Beer Hall remains kid friendly with a kid’s play area complete with a brand-new train set available from 3 p.m. to close Monday-Friday and all weekend long. The brewery will continue its Evergreen Mug Club welcoming current and new members to receive special promotions, limited release beers and new merchandise. Members receive a personalized engraved mug that is prominently displayed behind the bar.
Schooner Brewing and Provisions is located at 3901 1st Avenue South in Seattle. Schooner Provisions is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Beer Hall will be open Monday-Thursday 3-9 p.m., Friday 3-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Weekend brunch is served Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Happy hour is Monday-Friday 3-5 p.m. To learn more visit www.schoonerexact.com or call 206-432-9734.