Saturday, January 26, 2013

Brewery Profile - The Bellevue Brewing Company in Bellevue, WA

Bellevue was incorporated in 1953.  Since then, for some unknown reason, the beer consumed by its thirsty residents had always been brewed and shipped to Bellevue by breweries beyond city limits; from exotic, far away places such as Woodinville, Redmond, and Seattle.

It was this basic realization that compelled founders John Robertson and Scott Hansen to take action.  One dark, rainy afternoon in November 2009, John and Scott met to conceive of a local brewery that would one day produce fresh, world-class beer for its deserving residents.

On January 26, 2010, the entity to be known as the Bellevue Brewing Company was formed.  During the following two years, John and Scott worked diligently to create a solid business model, identify the real estate, design the brewery, procure the necessary licenses, and, most importantly, assemble the best brewing team possible.

On December 10th, 2012, the Bellevue Brewing Company opened its doors, the good people of Bellevue rejoiced, and a calm settled over the land.  Now, and forevermore, Bellevue has a locally owned craft brewery to call its own.

A little bit about John Robertson…

John is a longtime resident of Bellevue and he loves his city.  John is also very serious about craft beer both in terms of the artistry involved in creating world-class beers and also in terms of its inclusiveness.  He’s fond of extolling the virtues of craft beer, how it will save the world, its universal appeal, and its association with memorable times spent with friends and family.  John’s excitement and enthusiasm regarding craft beer is highly contagious.  Enjoy a pint with him and you’ll soon be a believer, too.

John spent more than 20 years working in commercial real estate finance before embarking on his craft beer journey.  This experienced proved to be very useful in terms of selecting the proper location, negotiating all of the various contracts, designing and building out the space, and completing the other million or so punch list items.

“People don’t realize how much they need to communicate with each other on a daily basis just to keep the world spinning.  Beer lubricates the vocal chords, thereby keeping the lines of communication open and the world spinning at the proper speed.”  - John Robertson

Opening Hours

4:00 pm - 11:30pm Mon. - Fri.
11:30 am - 11:30 pm Sat.
11:30 am - 9:00 pm Sun.
All ages welcome until 9:00 pm

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