The Fremont Brewing Company will be celebrating its Grand Opening at the Latona Pub on August 17th. For those long-time Punk readers you may remember us highlighting this brewery in my Seattle Beer-venture posting. For those of you who are new or need a refresher, Fremont is a small scale family-owned start-up located in Seattle’s Fremont district. The FBC is dedicated to producing high-quality sustainable beer, and I can personally vouch for the fact that they do. To help accomplish this onerous feat the brewer sources as many locally produced organic ingredients as possible. This includes everything from using water from a nearby river in the Cascades to buying hops grown in the Yakima Valley. The other half of the formula comes from the owners’ passion for making the best beer possible. I had the pleasure of meeting with the owners during my visit, and I can assure you from what I saw these guys not only mean business, but should be around for a long, long while. I should also point out that the FBC has a long-term goal of creating a neutral carbon foot-print, and brewing with sustainability in mind.
The opening event kicks off at the Latona Pub 7:00PM sharp when the first keg of Fremont’s Universale Pale Ale will be tapped at the bar. Fremont’s founder, Matt Lincecum will be on hand to answer your questions regarding the beer and discuss the hardships of starting a small scale environmentally conscious brewery in the midst of a severe economic downturn. Apparently, Matt is considered a long-time regular at the Latona Pub, which ironically will be celebrating its 22nd birthday at midnight on the same night. My only regret is that I can’t fly out to Seattle to attend, so I hope all of you in the Seattle area attend, and have one (or many) on my behalf, and please be sure to say hello to Matt for us. Also, in the future look for Fremont Brewery six packs at a grocery store near you (if of course you are reading this in Washington state).