Gallaghers’ Where-U-Brew closing for good

Gallaghers’ owners Tom and Marcie Kretzler. (My Edmonds News file photo)

Gallaghers’ Where-U-Brew is permanently closing its doors.

That was the news shared “with great sadness” Friday by Marcie Kretzler, who along with husband Tom have owned Gallaghers’ in the Harbor Square Business Complex since 2014. The couple acquired the brew-your-own-beer establishment from Dennis Gallagher, who founded it in 1995.

“The past few years have been a struggle, and the recent pandemic has made it impossible for us to continue,” Kretzler wrote on the Gallaghers’ website. “We have agonized over this decision and we are forced to accept this as reality. Tom and I have been blessed with so many customers that we now call friends, and wish there was another way to keep it open.”

The Kretzlers also said they would be happy to hear from anyone interested in acquiring their business.

“From the bottom of our hearts, we thank each of you for your support these past years and wish you all health and happiness,” she wrote. “You have touched our lives and we will miss you dearly.”

  1. So sad to hear this news. Marcie is always smiling, pleasant, and welcoming. She commuted great distances each day to keep that business running. All the best in the future. You certainly deserve it.

  2. This is extremely sad news! This was one of my favorite places to have an excellent beer and hang out in a relaxed and unpretentious environment . More importantly Gallaghers has been an important supporter of the Edmonds Community. We (Friends of the Edmonds Library) had some wonderful events at Gallaghers and they were always eager to support us. We will miss you!

  3. This is very sad. I’ve been going to Gallagher’s since 1997. I’ll remember very good times and great ales.

    1. So sad to here this. I also have been going there since 97. When Dennis sold to Marcie & Tom could not have been a better fit. The two of you, your employees, other patrons & the fun times will be missed. I wish the best for all of your, in your new journeys of life.

  4. Tom and Marcie; I was so sad to hear that you two have to close shop. I loved going down there to brew our IPA with my family. As well as stopping in for drinks. I have been thinking of you and other small businesses during this unprecedented covid restrictions era. When the leaders decided to extend the restrictions beyond the original target of flattening the curve, I feared that the small businesses that we love so much would be devastated. I will continue to wear my Mug-Club shirt, and to keep the two of you in my prayers. Chris too; I miss his R-Rated photo-bombs:)

  5. I too am sorry to see the closing. Tom and Marcie were also great supportrs of the Edmonds College Foundation and extremely generous in their philanthropy. I will miss gathering with friends and family in one of the most friendly and comfortable venues I have ever experienced. I will miss Chris and all of the staff who were not only helpful in assisting novice brewers, but encouraging and enthusiastic. I share Bob Crams’ fear for the survival of many Edmonds small businesses.

  6. We are so sorry to hear this Marcie & Tom. We understand the struggles of the industry first hand, and only can hope that you find something that at least allows you less long work hours and stress. Be safe, be well, and we still hope to see you in the community. Our waterfront district will miss your wonderful, hard working, selves.

  7. So sad to hear this news. Gallaghers was such an important part of the Edmonds community. They will be deeply missed.

  8. Marcie & Tom, I’m so sorry to hear this sad news! You worked so hard…this must be heartbreaking for you. One of my favorite recommendations to our guests on Friday nights at Harbor Inn was, “Walk over to the big orange food truck, order something delicious, and have them bring it to your table at Gallagher’s…you won’t be sorry!” Even after the truck wasn’t an option, I was still sending guests your way, and they loved your place. I’m so sorry. Thank you for providing such a fun experience for our guests (and for staying with us so many times, yourselves). You will be missed. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you in the future. -Michelle at the desk

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