Brewery proposed for space next to Admiral Theatre

693808_6341520_ver1.0_640_480We know many brewers see untapped potential in downtown Bremerton. One local couple has taken the first official step toward bringing a brewery to fruition on Pacific Avenue.

Jon and Sheree Jankowski filed a liquor license application this week to place a microbrewery and taproom at 555 Pacific Ave., a space at the base of the “Tim Ryan Building” at Sixth Street and Pacific. The business would be called Wobbly Hopps Brewery.

555.pacific2Jon, a shipyard worker, and Sheree, a city employee, are negotiating a lease on the space. The homebrewers said they are responding to public demand.

“We heard a lot of interest in Bremerton having a brewery,” Sheree said.

Wobbly Hopps could open  in the spring of 2015 if it secures federal and local approval as well as the state license. Sheree said they plan to start with a five-barrel brewing system.

The towering Tim Ryan Building is already home to offices for Edward Jones and Group Health. A Navy Federal Credit union branch is slated to move into the ground floor.

Another brewer is eyeing space in the same area. Jesse Wilson, an assistant brewer at Port Townsend Brewing is running an ongoing Kickstarter campaign to open a “LoveCraft” microbrewery in downtown Bremerton.

Bremerton is not bereft of beer makers – Silver City Brewery and Manette’s Der Blokken Brewery both have strong support in their own corners of town. But momentum seems to be growing for a brewery in the downtown business district.

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