Something’s brewing in Old Milltown

The Barnetts stand in front of their Dayton Street storefront. "We love it here in Edmonds," Jeff said. "It's where we want to raise our family and run our business." L to R Sarah, Jeff, Evan and Erika.
The Barnetts stand in front of their Dayton Street storefront. “We love it here in Edmonds,” Jeff said. “It’s where we want to raise our family and run our business.” L to R Sarah, Jeff, Evan and Erika.

Get ready for an Edmonds kind of beer!

Salish Sea Brewing Company, brainchild of husband-wife team Jeff and Erika Barnett, is poised to open a microbrewery and tasting room right here in Edmonds’ downtown core, just across Dayton Street from the Masonic Hall.

But it’s more than just beer. “We’ll have the brewing operation right out where you can see it,” said Jeff. “We want our customers to be able to see the beer being made and understand the process of brewing.

Salish Sea Brewing Company will offer hand-made beers at their downtown Edmonds microbrewery.
Salish Sea Brewing Company will offer hand-made beers at their downtown Edmonds microbrewery.

“Education is a big part of what we want to do,” added Erika. “We want to help you understand what you like and why you like it so when you go to restaurants or pubs you’ll have a better idea of what you want to order. Craft beers offer a whole variety of flavors that you just don’t get anywhere else.

“I was never a big beer fan,” she said, “But craft beers are a whole different world. I actually discovered I LIKED beer.”

Owners Jeff and Erika Barnett stand with children Sarah and Evan at in what will become the Salish taproom. Part of the former Yost Auto Company, the building still has remnants of its history as Edmonds' landmark auto shop and dealership.
Owners Jeff and Erika Barnett stand with children Sarah and Evan at in what will become the Salish taproom. Part of the former Yost Auto Company, the building still has remnants of its history as Edmonds’ landmark auto shop and dealership.

The Barnetts have been brewing beer for decades. They started in the early 1990s in a small apartment where they made a few batches of homebrew. “We made some really bad beer at first,” Jeff said, “but we did it together and we sure had fun.”

For the past three years Jeff has been associated with American Brewing in Harbor Square. “I learned so much at American,” he said. “I’m really thrilled to now take everything I’ve learned over the years and bring it all together right here in Edmonds’ downtown core.”

The Barnetts look forward to being part of the local arts scene, and are particularly excited about participating in Edmonds’ Third Thursday Art Walks. “Craft brewing is an art, and Edmonds is a strong arts community,” Jeff said. “Our goal is to fit right in and be part of that.”

In addition to their craft beers, the Barnett’s will offer hand-made root beers. “We’ll be more of a tasting room than a drinking establishment,” said Erika. “We’re running this as a family, and we’ll be set up to allow folks to bring their kids in.

“We love it here in Edmonds,” she added. “It’s where we want our kids to grow up; it’s why we put our business here and our family here.”

Jeff and Erika plan to open their doors sometime in September. “Count on us to be here in time for Oktoberfest,” Jeff said.

Learn more at the Salish Brewing Company website and on their Facebook page.

 — Story and photos by Larry Vogel

 

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