Monday, January 21, 2013
Brewery Profile - Airways Brewing in Kent, WA
Although the Seattle area is now replete with software manufacturing companies, biotech engineering firms, and other types of high tech businesses, Boeing still rules the roost around here. They don’t call Seattle The Jet City for nothing. We’ve been building commercial airliners since they were invented in the early 20th Century. It’s kind of like beer: we’ve been brewing craft beer in Seattle since it was invented in the early 1980s.
Airways Brewing opened in a business park in Kent in the spring of 2010. The brewery features a taproom where you can sample the latest creations. Across town, in downtown Kent, the Airways Beer and Bistro opened in November of 2011 offering food to accompany a selection of Airways beers as well as a few guest taps.
Alex Dittmar, owner and brewmaster at Airways Brewing, has two passions: 60s-era airliners and craft beer. Airways Brewing is the manifestation of his love for both. What’s more, Alex recognizes that much like an airline, beer creates connections between people around the world. In opening Airways Brewing, Alex cast aside a career working for Alaska Airlines and decided to turn his home brewing hobby into a profession.
The homage that Airways Brewing pays to the airline industry is not subtle. At the brewery’s tap room you will find placards in the bathroom that are otherwise only seen in an airplane’s cramped lav. If you happen to get a peek into the brewery, you’ll notice that one wall is adorned with a nose cone from a Boeing 747 – just the very tip of the airplane. Each of the beers carries a flight inspired name: Jet City ESB, Starliner Stout, and First Class IPA, to name just a few.
Airways Brewing Company (brewery and tap room)
6644 South 196th Street
Kent, WA 98032
Airways Beer and Bistro
320 W Harrison
Kent, WA 98032
Airways Brewing Online
Courtesy of the Washington Beer Commission at www.washingtonbeer.com