Over the past 20 years, the city of Walla Walla has experienced a metamorphosis, from sleepy quiet town to a destination for wine-enthusiasts both regionally and internationally. While this has been good news for lovers of fermented grapes, this has not resulted in more breweries. All of this changed with the announcement that Fire & Vine Hospitality has announced a partnership with El Gaucho Hospitality and (James Beard-awarded) chef Jason Wilson, to open four unique businesses including a brewery.
Starting in the Spring, Crossbuck Brewing will be a welcoming host as you enter downtown Walla Walla of historic Highway 12. Besides beer, the brewery promises a thoughtfully-researched food menu, from nearby Walla Walla Steak Co., as well as an alternative menu of drinks for those looking for something different. Still thinking ahead, the brewery plans to release beers from a library of previous-use barrels as the brewery matures, inside the historic "Train Depot"
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For generations, the train depot has been Walla Walla’s front door and has been transformed into Walla Walla Steak Co. and Crossbuck Brewing set to open in spring 2018. The culinary team led by Executive Chef Chad Bostwick will prepare updated steakhouse classics and beer-friendly tap room fare over a custom charcoal grill and wood-fire oven. The outdoor patio with fire pits will provide a gathering place for guests to connect. Private dining and celebrations are available in the dining room, tap room, historic rail car or offsite with the mobile kitchen. Both properties are led by a team of hospitality veterans and residents with deep local roots including Paul Mackay, Dan Thiessen, managing partner and Steven Brack, head brewer and partner.
Also announced is the upcoming opening of Eritage, in Walla Walla with a pending opening in May as well as a 17-room luxury inn, which will be located above El Gaucho's Seattle location.