In its composition, Future Primitive was founded by Pine Box bar owners Dean Hudgens and Ian Roberts, along with beer importer (and former Baron Brewing alum) Mike Baker, veteran brewer Kevin Watson (formerly Hales Ales and Elysian Brewing, among other established breweries), and semi-silent party Larry Solomon. Together, these five men represent a combined average of over 15 years in the brewing industry.
With offsite parking along 14th Avenue Southwest, the first thing guests will see is a hardwood beer garden, with a soon-to-be-open food trailer. Walking through the door you’re immediately greeted by a large, L-shaped, bar with plenty of seating. Possibly inspired by takeaway pizza parlors of old, the bar with the brewery serving as a backdrop to the bar. Taking a hard right, you'll find a plethora of draft options including a Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Belgian–blonde, India Pale Ale, Northwest Red Ale, among others. During our visit, the brewery was also showcasing a barleywine and a small beer (developed from the spent grains of the barleywine). In the near future, the brewery plans to also release lagers and while maintaining flagship styles rather than the more traditional flagship beer.
In addition to space at the bar, Future Primitive also features limited seating at their companion bar as well as a congregation of tables and chairs for those seeking independent socializing, tabletop gaming, or the escape of a good book. If there is one striking feature that we noticed while visiting, it would be the play area developed by several of the owners who, like the guests that might visit, have children of their own.
Sitting down with bar manager Ian Roberts and head brewer Kevin Watson, one begins to understand what makes Future Primitive special. For Kevin Watson, a homegrown local from Seattle, having ownership in a brewery is the culmination of a life spent homebrewing while simultaneously idolizing Seattle sports and Seattle music. Ian Roberts on the other hand, a transplant from the Bay Area, quickly made Seattle his home with bartending gigs and a stint as bar manager at Brouwer’s Cafe, before taking co-ownership of The Pine Box in Capitol Hill. In speaking with both Ian and Kevin, optimism and enthusiasm are shared by both as they look forward to many years inspiring conversations, and reflection while enjoying a pint from Future Primitive Brewing Company.
Current hours for Future Primitive are Monday thru Friday from 11 am to 10 pm (on average) with Saturday and Sunday opening at 11 am (and closing around 8 pm on Sunday and 10 pm on Saturday) . For updated hours visit the brewery website at https://www.futureprimitivebeer.com/ or the brewery taproom at 9832 14th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106.