Cheers to this Restaurant News: Salish Sea Brewing to buy American Brewing

An extra column this week for Restaurant News — big announcement from Salish Sea Brewing

When I heard the news about restaurants in Washington state opening to 25% capacity starting Monday, Feb. 1, I touched base with my friend Jeff Barnett at Salish Sea Brewing.

Yes, he is very excited for the indoor space to open up. He shared with me that he has quite a bit of equipment already in place to support indoor dining, and not just machines. He’s done research on live plants that help purify the air. They’re called Money plants — go figure.

Money plants

Maybe some of the money will come in handy, because…

Jeff had much bigger news to share. This advice has been around for a long time…

“We decided to act on it,” Jeff said.

Jeff and his wife Erika have just completed negotiations and signed papers to acquire the ABC Brewing Company. Barnett shared that they purchased the business, and have signed a lease on the space. However, he says, “We are not taking the American Brewing Co. brand. This will be an extension of the Salish Sea Brewing Company. “

Erika Barnett says cheers to the new purchase.

In addition to 10 barrel fermenters, which include both bright tanks and storage barrels, the equipment acquired at the ABC location will add another seven-barrel capacity, four fermenters, two bright tanks, two 15-barrel fermenters and a 15-barrel bright tank.

I know that’s a lot of numbers. What it boils down to is this: The acquisition will increase his capacity to brew by 150%.

Jeff shared that his focus at the ABC space, after extensive renovations, will be to open up for even more outdoor dining. The focus at the 518 Dayton Street  — Salish Sea Brewing headquarters — will continue to be drinking and dining.

“Our entire crew is working to get this going and support the ongoing changes we all face daily,” he said. “We will be working with local artists, builders, and more.”

By the way, Jeff adds that Salish Sea Brewing is hosting a sausage fest this weekend. “And we have a new brew to pair with the feast…

NZ Pale Ale
Sausage Fest brats

What better way to celebrate all of this news. It’s like Oktoberfest… in January.

Slow-cooked beer brats covered in stewed onions, beer cheese and Dijon, served with Tim’s Chips and a side of slaw. Hold the cold at bay with a bowl of cheddar soup!

Sausage Fest cheddar soup

Jeff asks us to “be patient, as we are working on developing this as an entirely new portion of our business. This will be a new adventure for us all.”

— By Kathy Passage

A specialty gourmet food broker for over 30 years, Kathy Passage has in-depth knowledge on food and the special qualities of ingredients used in the exquisite products she helped bring to market. Kathy brings this unique perspective from the “other side of the plate” to writing about the food and restaurant scene in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.






  1. Great News! I wish Jeff and his family the best on his new endeavor. That “Sausage Fest brat” is calling my name sooner than later.

    1. Cheers! To The hardest working, most hustling service crew in the area at Salish Sea brewing company. Thanks for being there for us throughout these cold and dark COVID days. Salute to American Brewing Company – a pioneer in its own right. Keep the brew pub culture strong in Edmonds. . .

  2. This is great news! We at the Port are delighted to welcome Salish Sea Brewing down to the waterfront. Welcome Jeff and Erika and all of your enthusiastic customers.

    Looking forward to lifting one in your honor.

  3. Congratulations Jeff and gang. Now brewing just off shore from the namesake Sea. Just seems right. Wright

  4. Yeah, Congratulations indeed Jeff & Erica, that is indeed great. Looking forward to our Friday afternoon get-togethers . When things are done down at ABC we can alternate our locations, or maybe do Thirsty Tuesdays down at ABD.

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