Openings, Closings, Re-Openings

The Weekend in Beer Bar News

The Publican’s opening is semi-imminent, Uber Tavern will close..temporarily.

By Allecia Vermillion December 27, 2011

This most comprehensive Green Lake beer emporium is classing up the joint. Photo: Uber Tavern via Facebook.

A long and hopefully booze-laden holiday weekend has given way to some notable tavern updates. First, new Brouwer’s Cafe sibling the Publican planned to open today, December 27. The establishment then toyed with our collective hearts/livers by announcing to Washington Beer Blog this morning that the opening has been postponed (we kid about the toying; the process of opening a bar is obviously fraught with uncertainty, issues and generally aggravating delays). But once the Publican does open its doors in the former Bandolero space in Tangletown, beer lovers will no doubt flock here for the 21 taps. Lest you doubt this place’s beer bona fides, early reports from the soft opening say that Publican serves zero bottled beers. Your only non-draft option is cans, which are enjoying a bit of a renaissance these days thanks to their ability to fend off light and oxygen better than a bottle.

Meanwhile, Green Lake’s Uber Tavern announced to the beer blog world it will close January 22 for a remodel and will reopen February 10. The five-year-old tavern (and dispenser of kegs) has established itself as a reliable destination for a beer selection that’s both jaw-droppingly vast and very well curated. Owner Rick Carpenter says the remodel means a major upgrade of the layout, the actual bar, and all the seating and tables, including inlaid board games on the bar and some table tops. This is cool: A slick 12-foot-long digital menu board will keep patrons updated as to what’s on tap. However the establishment’s bottle cooler, tableside fire pit and the rafters plastered with beer labels will stay.

The bar will reopen with a shiny new keg affixed to each of its 17 taps. There is, however, the small matter of killing the existing kegs before the doors close. Hence January 21 will be dedicated to highly discounted, extremely legit beers. That day will also be the final shift for Uber’s beloved bartender, Niko McNeil. One especially noteworthy keg will be making its way here in his honor from Portland’s Cascade Brewery. And yes, it will be served up at the same discounted prices.

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