The X Group Restaurants company plans to open a second Engine House No. 9 Brewery location at 2506 Fawcett Avenue later this year. The 9,000-square-foot space will house all of the brewery’s beer-making operations, and will also serve as a taproom with light snacks.
The building, with its high, barrel ceilings and natural light, is well-suited for a brewery, said John Xitco, X Group’s managing partner. The new location is in the Historic Brewery District and near three other brewers, as well as the under-construction Town Center. The company is currently in the permitting process with both city and state.
The move will allow the company to double its existing capacity and give it room to grow. E9 Brewery beer is currently distributed in Washington state, targeted markets in Oregon, California, and Vancouver, B.C., and is nationally distributed by Shelton Brothers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Boston, and Washington D.C.
“Every time we’ve tested a market they’ve demanded more product,” Xitco said.
The E9 Brewery, which opened in 1993, was named Washington Beer Commission’s Mid-Size Brewery of the Year for the last three years.
Shane Johns is the head brewer. The company is working with Ferguson Architecture on the space and has ordered brewing equipment from Pinnacle Stainless LLC in Portland.
The Engine House No. 9 restaurant at 611 N. Pine St. will remain open, but the adjacent brewing operation will close. That space will be used for another purpose, Xitco said.