New Métier Brewing taproom slated to open on East Cherry Street in February
Métier Brewing Company (MBC) is a purpose-driven, Black-owned craft brewery that opened its brewery and taproom in Woodinville, Washington in 2018. The company announced today that it will open a new taproom in Seattle’s Central District in February 2022, part of the company’s vision to build and foster community beyond its original location.
The new space, located at 2616 East Cherry Street will feature Métier Brewing’s award-winning beers alongside Japanese street food by Umami Kushi. This announcement comes on the heels of October’s news that MBC is part of an ambitious plan to reimagine the old Pyramid Alehouse across the street from T-Mobile Park.
“We’re excited to be expanding into one of Seattle’s historically Black neighborhoods,” said Métier Brewing CEO and co-founder Rodney Hines, speaking of today’s news. “We were incredibly intentional about selecting the right location for our new space. We’re looking forward to the opportunities that MBC at Cherry Street will provide in pursuing our mission to brew damn good beer and build stronger community to inspire bigger dreams for all.”
MBC at Cherry Street will serve as the brewery’s new flagship location, offering a community gathering space featuring rotating taps pouring the brewery’s award-winning brews. The Woodinville location will remain open.
“Many of the community-building elements we launched in Woodinville, including the MBC Founders Club, Legion of Brews beer club membership, barrel-aged subscriptions, and our popular ‘Beer it Forward’ wall will be offered at Cherry Street,” Hines added.
Umami Kushi, owned and founded by Harold Fields in 2009, will serve up Japanese street food within the new taproom, offering richly flavorful simple eats that complement MBC beers. The company offers Japanese yuzu kosho, curry bread, and yakitori. Its specialty is okazu pan, a fried bread stuffed with savory fillings. In addition to the pop-up location at MBC at Cherry Street, Umami Kushi operates a store in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood.
Métier Brewing’s newly redeveloped, 2,000-square-foot space in the Central District is owned by prolific Seattle developer Liz Dunn. Historically, the location was an auto garage and a blacksmith studio. It is situated among many of the Central District neighborhood’s locally and Black-owned businesses.
“We share a passion for urban economic development in the service of social equity, preservation, and local opportunity,” said developer Liz Dunn of the partnership with Métier Brewing. “Developing this property in partnership with MBC was squarely in my wheelhouse in the sense that the space has great bones and sits on a lovely fine-grained, nicely treed section of East Cherry Street where locally owned African-American businesses are still prevalent, but due to the building’s size might have otherwise sat neglected or been demolished to make way for a couple of pricey townhouses.”
Marc Greene, founder and contractor of Greene Home Redesign (GHR), is heading up the taproom’s buildout. GHR is a proud Veteran- and Black-owned business firmly dedicated to preparing and positioning itself in order to remove barriers faced by minority contractors. The company focuses on hiring other minority subcontractors in order to build bridges and establish partnerships, providing an excellent experience and positive outcome for its clients.
According to Hines, the brewery seeks to build its new taproom team with experienced candidates who grew up and live in the Central District. In that vein, MBC, in partnership with Reuben’s Brews, recently launched a mentorship program designed to inspire and empower underrepresented people to build careers in the beer industry. The program, called the Mosaic State Brewers Collective (MSBC), aims to develop future leaders in the brewing industry reflective of the nation’s diversity.
MBC at Cherry Street will operate Tuesday through Sunday. Those who appreciate a well-crafted brew also can find MBC beers at more than 150 premier restaurants, taprooms and bars throughout the Puget Sound region. To learn more about hours of operation, MBC’s Founders Club and Legion of Brews before they sell out, visit www.metierbrewing.com.
Today’s announcement included a final note about Métier Brewing’s new logo. With the growth and expansion underway for MBC, it was time to better reflect the company’s mission, spirit, and values in its logo. Seattle-based, Black-owned creative studio Conflare has helped elevate the brand through this logo design.