Brewery News: Airways Brewing Company opening second location & expands taproom and brewery

image of Airways Brewing Company coaster and glass courtesy of our Flickr page Since 2008 when the economy was in dire straits everyone has done what they could ‘make a buck’. From opening small stores to taking a lower wage just to take in a paycheck, we what we could to keep the lights on.

For the people of Kent’s Airways Brewing Company the idea of opening a brewery was a gamble, given the tenuous nature of making a profit while meeting expenses. Some would say that opening a brewery is a financial idiocy from the cost of materials (hops, malt, stainless steel kegs, etc.) to the cost of maintaining a brewery location, you are never without cost. But for Airways Brewing the risk so far has paid off through sales of the beer at various pubs and from their tasting room.

image of Airways Brewing Company coaster and glass courtesy of our Flickr page It’s because of this good fortune that owner Alex Dittmar sought out a second location large enough to accommodate his fans. We are happy to announce this coming June’s a new Airways Brewing Co. opening in the Downtown Historic District of Kent.

As it will be called, Airways Brewing Company Beer & Bistro will feature a full food menu, as well as an extensive tap beer lineup.

Also with the opening of the Downtown Kent location comes the announcement that the current brewery site (and taproom) will be moving into their next door neighbors space and grow from 1,200 to 2,400 square feet. Through the expansion Airways will gain a 10 barrel brew house and an even larger taproom. So far the current schedule from knocking the wall down to completion is looking like April for the taproom, with the brewery starting their first batch this summer.

“We planned this expansion from the beginning, so it’s exciting to see it become reality,” said Alex Dittmar, the company’s founder and brewer. “The larger brewing system and expanded tap room at our current location will help us more efficiently serve our customers and allow us to introduce some new special beers.

“We are equally excited to announce our second location in the Downtown Kent Historic District. Being Kent’s Brewery, we knew we eventually wanted to end up downtown. It took us about six months to find the right place, and we think people will really enjoy the location, as well as what we’ll have to offer.

Congratulations Alex and Company. It’s nice to see your guys’ hard work is finally paying off.

About Airways Brewing Company

Founded in spring of 2010, Airways Brewing Company is located in Kent, Washington. The brewery produces five standard beers, Starliner Stout, First Class IPA, Jet City ESB, Sky Hag IPA, and T-Tail Blonde, and features casks and special-edition beers in its Kent tap room.Airways distributes its beer to fine microbrew specialty bars and taverns in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area