The latest chapter in the Ballard beer boom: Urban Family Brewing.
Behind the operation are three pals—David Powell, Timothy Czarnetzki, and Sean Bowman—who lived together in Washington D.C. where they bonded over home-brewed beer on a "rental house’s ratty sofa." Eventually their love of suds (and each other—note the brotherly moniker) had them hatching a plan to move cross country and start their own business.
"D.C. is a different culture," says Czarnetzki, tagging the capitol a microbrew graveyard. "Seattle is a great city for beer." And Ballard, with its rabid ale enthusiasts and proliferation of brewers, proved a perfect fit for their nascent enterprise. "We really feel at home here."
In a matter of weeks the trio plans to open Urban Family Public House, a Belgian-American craft beer bar outfitted with 25 taps, at 5329 Ballard Ave NW. A couple months in, says Czarnetzki, the plan is to lend their name to two or three ales, which will be on rotation as well. Eventually they hope to expand production at a second facility, but that’s not likely to happen for a year or two.
The threesome are taking over the former Sutter Home and Hearth space, which Czarnetzki says fortuitously "just fell into our laps." "There’s so much history," Czarnetzki coos as he alludes to the century-old brick. The address will accommodate just under 50 but that number will grow once a back patio opens.