Yesterday Alex and I took a trip out to Bainbridge Island to visit a few vendors who have become friends. One of our stops was to the newly opened Bainbridge Island Brewing. We’d met the father and son team, Chuck and Russell, several months ago at our own brewery when they stopped by to do some research.
Head brewer Russell Everett has brewed at home and professionally for the past ten years, developing a passion for well made beers. During that time, he also passed the Bar and became an alcoholic beverage lawyer. Bainbridge Island Brewing is a combination of his skills, old and new.
Bainbridge opened with a 10BBL brewing system, which I have a feeling will quickly require additional fermenters. Their beautiful tasting room was busy, including the upstairs area which has a larger table and couches.
This is definitely a family run operation—while sitting at the bar, we met Russell’s mom and sister who were helping to bartend that day. His mom also owns a glass studio, and made the iconic stained glass sign over their bar as well as the growler pendant lamps.
We brought back a keg of their Blakely Brown Ale, which will go on at the Bistro today (July 2). Since we’re the first place on the East side of the peninsula to get a keg (and the second place to get a keg at all), we don’t expect it to last long. Come in and give it a try, and be sure to stop by and check out the rest of their beers next time you’re on Bainbridge Island.