Hemlock State Brewing is coming to downtown Mountlake Terrace


Mountlake Terrace's Town Center is about to get its second brewery.

Hemlock State Brewing Company has just signed a lease for units 300 and 400 in the Arbor Village development at 56th Ave W and 236th St SW. The brewery was formerly run out of an owner’s garage in Shoreline. The brewery is operated by three partners: Mark Dunford, Jerret Botch and Michael Ernst. They have been in business since 2012 but steadily increasing demand has had them working to expand the business for the past 18 months.

According to Dunford, Mountlake Terrace was at the top of their list for potential locations:

We see the City of Mountlake Terrace making moves to attract business and we see the potential of the downtown core that they're envisioning. In short, we're excited about the neighborhood, the people and the business climate and we're excited to add another brewery to the area.

The plan is to build out the Arbor Village corner space into a 7 barrel brewhouse and 76-seat taproom with some limited food options. They may have rotating food vendors or food trucks and will encourage patrons to order food from nearby restaurants. The tap room will be family-friendly and will have a mix of bar and table seating as well as some outdoor seating on the sidewalk.

In a recent Facebook post announcing their "hibeernation" as they prepare for the move, Hemlock State thanked all of their supporters:

We want to stop and say thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to sample our beer, fill a growler or drink a pint of a Hemlock State beer at one of your local watering holes.
We like to say that people are more important than beer. But beer is pretty damn important. So we make great beer so we can enjoy it with great people. You’ve each been a huge part of that. So thank you.

As a recent Saturday was their last in the garage, the nextMLT crew decided to bike over and meet the owners in person. What we found was about what you’d expect, a couple guys brewing beer in their suburban garage. What we experienced, though, was something unexpected. Over the short amount of time we spent there, we met a dozen or so neighbors and friends who were there to share a tasting or fill a growler. Somehow this suburban driveway had turned in to a community meeting space. A space you would come to meet current friends and expect to make new friends. There were fifteen or so of us with all different backgrounds and in all different stages of life and for that hour or so we hung out and had a great time.

If Hemlock State can bring even a little of that garage vibe to Mountlake Terrace, it’s going to be a special place for this community.

Follow Hemlock State Brewing Company on Facebook here.