It’s a family affair at Spada Farmhouse Brewery in Snohomish, Washington. The family has deep roots in the local community, as well as the local soil: there’s a farm bearing the Spada name. And of course, there’s the brewery founded by John Spada on the aforementioned farm.
Brewing on a farm and in a barn is romantic, yes, but nobody said it’s easy. To begin with, the location did not lend itself to an on-site taproom, which is why the brewery operated a remote taproom in downtown Snohomish. The company is now prepared to open its new location. The new brewery/bar/restaurant opens this Friday, December 4th, albeit for takeout only. (709 1st St, Snohomish, WA 98290)
The new location is not far from the previous taproom. The old brick building is the former home of Stewart’s Place Tavern, located in the heart of downtown Snohomish on 1st Street. Whereas the old taproom was just that, a taproom only, the new location houses the brewery itself, as well as the taproom and restaurant.
While the rest of us were honing our baking skills, binging on Netflix, and hoarding toilet paper, the Spada family has been busy. “We are so excited that this long haul is finally over and we can open,” says Melissa Spada. “The new space has a brewing area, and a full bar and restaurant. The bar top is made from fir tree slabs we cut on Spada Farm. The renovation work, and it’s beautiful, was done by Dan and Shea Parker, John’s Uncle and cousin.”
Yep, it’s a family affair. John Spada is the owner and head brewery. He is in cahoots with his parents, Mark and Melissa, who now own the building. As mentioned, uncles and cousins played a part too.
“We are so excited to be a part of our downtown area, owning one of the historical buildings is an honor. It was built in 1910, a brick structure, it is beautiful. Mark and I bought the building and we are leasing the space to John. He is running the bar and brewery and Mark (John’s Dad) is running the restaurant. A family affair, like most of our endeavors.”
Spada Farmhouse Brewery is most-recognized for producing sour, mixed-culture beers, as the word farmhouse might suggest. The plan moving forward is to expand the beer menu to include beers that are more accessible to a wider audience. Not abandoning the funky stuff, but broadening the range.
One thing that will be familiar to those who frequented the previous location, the deer head that holds court at the taproom and is part of the company logo. The deer was shot by great-grandpa Spada back in 1927. Yep, it’s a family affair.