Bremerton craft beer drinkers have long craved
a brewery in downtown. An Olympic College grad wants to
satisfy their thirst.
Jesse Wilson and wife Tasha recently launched
a Kickstarter campaign for LoveCraft Brewing Company, a
small-batch brewery they plan to locate in the midst
of downtown. Their goal is to raise $30,000 by the end of
October. As of Wednesday evening, 76 backers had already kicked in
close to $9,000.
The crowdsourced money
won’t cover all the costs of launching a brewery, but
Jesse said it will give them critical boost.
“It’s enough we can go to a bank with a solid
business plan and collateral,” he said.
Jesse, a 2004 Olympic High graduate and 2006 OC graduate, is
currently an assistant brewer at Port Townsend
Brewing and has previous experience at Hale’s Ales in Seattle. He and Tasha
met while working in the craft beer industry.
They like brewing “farmhouse” beers – traditional Belgian
and French styles. But Jesse said he also has a lineup of Northwest
favorites like IPAs.
When it came to picking a location, the couple saw untapped
opportunity in downtown Bremerton. They’re looking for space
near Sixth Street and Pacific Avenue.
“We see a lot of potential there,” Jesse said.
“It seems like a great place to open a brewery to us.”
LoveCraft would join Kitsap staple Silver City
Brewery and Manette’s Der
Blokken Brewery in the Bremerton area. An additional eight
breweries are scattered
across the county, with another set to open
in Kingston soon.
If all goes to plan, Jesse believes LoveCraft could
be brewing by mid-2015.
“I’m excited to join the ranks of Kitsap brewers,”
he said. “I think there’s plenty of room.”
Courtesy images. Inset art by Eric JS
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