We’ve been a little quiet on our blog lately, but if you’ve been following us on our Facebook page, things have been quite busy!
Last Sunday, July 5, we canned our Grapefruit IPA. This is now the fourth Ghostfish beer available in cans or bottles, preceded by the Watchstander Stout, Vanishing Point Pale Ale, and the Shrouded Summit Witbier.
As you can see on our map, our beer is now being sold in almost 100 retail locations across the greater Puget Sound. Although we don’t currently ship our beer, one of our retailers, Marina Market, does.
To our very patient and loyal followers, we finally have the news you’ve been waiting for:
As of Thursday, February 5th, our taproom will be officially open for business! The inspections are passed, the beer is kegged and ready, the taproom is complete, all systems are go and we are cleared for take-off!
Once we’re open, our regular taproom hours will be Tuesday-Saturday, 3 PM to 9 PM, so come on in and enjoy our awesome beer and some gluten-free pizza! We’ve got our three flagships on tap, including our Watchstander Stout on NITRO and a Randall tap to add some crazy herb, fruit, spice, and hop infusions to our beers. We can’t wait to see you here!
Yo-ho, Ghostfish fans! We hope all of you had a great holiday season and are getting excited for 2015. This has been the busiest month yet here at Ghostfish—which would be expected this close to OPENING!
The biggest single piece of news is that we’ve received our TTB and Washington State licenses to brew and sell beer, and as a result WE ARE BREWING! As of this writing, we’ve got 930 gallons of two game-changing gluten-free beers fermenting happily, and are slated to brew our next batches on January 5th when we receive the malts for our Watchstander Stout. Continue reading
Wow, what a month it’s been, Ghostfish fans! Three HUGE events took place:
1. Our first public tasting at Seattle Cider Company was a roaring success! We shared four beer styles: our three flagships (pale ale, witbier, and stout) and a bonus experimental porter, and kicked all four of our kegs in the first hour! We got a lot of good feedback and positive comments, especially from non-gluten-free craft beer drinkers, and raised $5000 for our Kickstarter. Check out the photos here. We really can’t say enough nice things about the people at Seattle Cider: they let us use their tasting room on a night when they are normally closed, helped us serve the beer and manage the attendees, cleaned up at the end of the night, and did it all with beaming smiles. We can’t wait to return the favor!
2. We reached our Kickstarter goal of $30,000, and then shot past it by another $1,486! AMAZING! It was a hair-raising and nerve-wracking month of campaigning, but you all showed us that you believe in what we’re doing and want to help us achieve our vision. Words cannot express how amazing it feels to have this kind of support from the community. Now we can afford to build out a pilot system and brew lab to develop new recipes and brew a huge portfolio of taproom-exclusive beers, and sharing them with you all will be the REAL reward!
3. Our 15bbl brewhouse has ARRIVED and is being installed as I type this! This is the heart of our brewery, the equipment that allows us to actually brew the beer, and is the final piece of the puzzle. At this point it is literally just a matter of fitting everything together and putting the finishing details on our taproom…and of course, receiving our licenses. We are still optimistic that we can have our Federal license before the year’s end, and there’s a good chance that we’ll be ready to brew our first saleable batch as soon as we get our license. We are getting so close, people!
Well, the time sure has been flying by! I guess that’s what happens when you’re putting in close to 60 hours a week working on really exciting stuff!
In case you somehow missed the big “Kickstarter” banner that’s now on our homepage, we launched a Kickstarter campaign on October 13th to fund an R&D lab, so that we can get Jason out of the kitchen and into a proper pilot brewing facility. We’re trying to raise $30,000 and we only have until November 13th! We’ve got some great rewards, so check it out if you haven’t already: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/898556630/ghostfish-brewing-company-100-gluten-free-beer
As predicted, things have been extremely busy here at Ghostfish ever since we signed the lease on our space. We have wasted no time at all in getting to work on building Seattle’s first dedicated gluten-free brewery!
First, we completed our TTB application and submitted it for approval. The current forecast turn-around time for this is approximately 120 days, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that our good luck streak holds and we get a response sooner. We’re now on to state and local permits…when other brewers told us to expect a mountain of paperwork, they really weren’t kidding! Good to know our industry is thoroughly regulated.
Oh my goodness have I ever been waiting a long time to make this announcement: Ghostfish Brewing Company has signed the lease on the property that will house our brewery and taproom! That’s right, Washington State’s first dedicated gluten-free brewery finally has an address! 2942 1st Ave. South, Seattle WA, nestled between S. Hanford street to the south, and S. Forest street to the north. Right in the heart of Seattle’s SoDo district, just a few blocks from the West Seattle bridge, and conveniently accessible by two freeways (I-5 and WA-99) as well as Link Light Rail (the SoDo station is just a few blocks away) and a variety of bus lines.
…but finally we can say “It’s really happening!” That’s right, beer fans, Ghostfish Brewing Company is now fully-funded and ready to start putting our backs into it!
Things have been quiet on ghostfishbrewing.com, and perhaps some of you were wondering if we’d slipped back into murky depths from which we came. Nothing could have been further from the truth! We have been diligently fundraising all this time, and are proud to welcome the newest member of the Ghostfish team: Wayne Moore, long-time family friend of founder Brian Thiel, and an intrepid spirit who recognized the vision behind our endeavor and wanted to share and support it.
We also spent a good amount of time sharpening our business plan against the whetstones of a variety of banks large and small, seeking the elusive quarry known as the SBA loan. Like many breweries before us, we ultimately concluded that the SBA was just not the right fit for us, and decided “what the heck, we’re in this to win it, let’s just go ahead and bet the farm on it and do it with our own dollars!”
…And so it begins! The time for gathering and preparation is finished, and we now begin the arduous journey of permitting, design, construction, permitting, installation, R&D, permitting, inspections, outreach, and did I mention permitting? But rest assured, now that our funds are in place, we are all working full steam ahead to get our beer in cans and into your thirsty hands as soon as humanly (and legally) possible.
Welcome to the third in our monthly blog series introducing our founders. For this month’s blog, we’ll be interviewing our Sales Manager, Brian Thiel.
Starting a brewery is a process that involves the careful balancing of a lot of variables. Progress in any one area often seems interdependent on progress in other areas, and that is probably the main reason why the advice everyone gives to new breweries is “it’s going to take longer than you expect, no matter how long you expect it to take!” Continue reading