If breweries had a family tree, the roots of Jellyfish Brewery’s genealogical tree would be deep and wide. Co-owners Tom and Mark trace their brewing heritage back to the University District’s Big Time Brewery and Alehouse, one of Seattle’s first craft breweries, established in 1988. Award winning head brewer Justin started brewing in Denver, brewed at Hale’s Ales, another of Seattle’s pioneering craft breweries, and brewed beer in Austin, Texas and Tuscany, Italy. Their passion and experience certainly show in Georgetown’s newest brewery.
Before Seattle straightened the meandering Duamish River in 1913, Georgetown supported the growing Port of Seattle. Coal miners, brewers and farmers mixed with dockworkers, teamsters and sailors in Georgetown’s many saloons, brothels and gaming halls. The 15-barrel, steam powered Jellfyfish brewery recalls this nautical history with distinctive brews such as the Smack (a smack is a group of Jellyfish) IPA, Plantonic Red Ale, Cannonball Oatmeal Porter and the Sour Suzie Kettle Sour. Suzie is a particularly saucy, and sexy, mermaid. There is more to their beer than clever names. The constantly changing taps will always provide something new and distinctive, from Northwest standards like IPAs, Red Ales and Stouts to spicy Saisons, kettle Sours and Barleywines.
Nestled among the workshops, mechanical shops and warehouses on a back street, Jellyfish stays true to Georgetown’s working class roots while staying both hip and a little bit funky. Well, the funk may be from their Brett IPA, but I think you know what I mean. To find out more, visit Jellyfish Brewing online.
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