The Slippery Pig Brewery has begun its big move into downtown Poulsbo from the farm it has operated from over the past three years.
“We can’t wait to get in there,” said Dave Lambert, owner and head brewer of Slippery Pig. “We’ve been working on this since October and it seems like such a good fit to be downtown, right in the thick of things.”
The brewery will set up shop at 18801 Front St., former location of Himalayan Chutney, in the midst of downtown’s restaurants, bars, art galleries and shops. The site will house the brewing operation, a tasting room and live music. Lambert aims to open the new location this summer, June at the earliest.
The former location at 932 Slippery Pig Way will no longer serve as the base of operations.
The new location offers the brewery an opportunity to expand, and Lambert is keen on taking it.
“We have a brewing system that is three times the system of what we’ve been working with now, and we’ve been looking for a home for it since October,” Lambert said.
“We’re going to maintain what we’ve always brewed with — locally produced ingredients where we can,” he said. “I’ve got a few things I’ve been holding out for opening day. When I put them on tap, they will probably be gone the first day.”
One such treat is a barrel-aged version of the brewery’s flagship rhubarb beer. Lambert’s wife, Shawna, has also been preparing a batch of barley wine for the big opening.
Slippery Pig’s move is the latest development in Poulsbo’s expanding brewery scene.
Downtown Poulsbo also boasts Valholl Brewing.
Sound Brewery, at the other side of Liberty Bay on Viking Avenue, has expanded its operation into a larger building across the street with aims to produce more of its brew.
“The Poulsbo beer market is growing so much,” Lambert said, noting that not only is there plenty to go around, the beers are exceptional. He said that he tours the beer scenes in Seattle and Portland and often finds the beers to be very similar to each other. In Poulsbo, though, beer has a local flair.
“Everybody is doing great beers,” he said. “And nobody in town is doing the kind of bland, boring beers you find in a bigger market. We are all doing very unique beers.”
He added, “Slippery Pig always gets nailed as being very unique. But Sound’s beers are unique, too, when you compare them to other markets. Between the three of us, it’s pretty unique here.”