Beer + Books

Chuck's Hop Shop Is Coming to Seward Park

The bottle shop dynamo's third project inside Third Place Books will expand its scope way beyond beer.

By Allecia Vermillion September 2, 2021

The future book-loving home of Chuck's Hop Shop.

Image: Seattle Met

Chuck’s Hop Shop has announced plans for a third location, carrying its deceptively simple formula (oceans of craft beer, no frills, lots of kids and dogs) to Seward Park.

The beer retailer will set up shop inside Third Place Books, taking over the two-level bar and restaurant space previously home to Raconteur. According to the Chuck’s Instagram, the bottle shop is expanding their scope way beyond porter and hazy IPA. Plans, still nascent at this stage, call for “an espresso bar, a TBD restaurant concept, an expansive and well curated tap list,” and the same laid back environment that defines the current Chuck’s locations in Greenwood and the Central District.

While those two sites rely on food trucks for sustenance, owner Chuck Shin isn’t a stranger to restaurants. He co-owned Barbecue Smith, a Maple Leaf hangout that served an impressive range of beer and garnished its smoked meats with kimchi made by Shin’s mom.

Shin opened his first Chuck’s location in Greenwood in 2010, turning a former convenience store into a bottle shop nonpareil, stocked with hard-to-find brews worth a drive across town. The spartan vibe remained, even as Friday night beer tastings grew into a full-fledged seating area.

The Central District location, formerly a copy shop, arrived in 2013. Like its predecessor, it's equally beloved by families and non-parental beer geeks. I’ve celebrated kids’ birthdays here, struck up impromptu friendships, and impressed beer enthusiasts from other cities with the charm of a 50-tap selection, backed by coolers and shelves stocked with other ferociously great local brews. Deputy Editor Allison Williams’s dog Omak is one of the many polaroids of  canine regulars that graces the wall by the door. The original Chuck’s helped write Seattle’s playbook for viewing beer as a vehicle for neighborhood connection and wholesome family outings.

Third Place Books set up shop in Seward Park at 5041 Wilson Ave S in 2016, turning a formerly too-small PCC location into an idyllic local bookstore. The remodel included a spacious restaurant, a coffee shop by the entrance, and a downstairs bar; presumably Shin will oversee all of these. Chuck's Seward Park currently has no opening date, and the scantest of details about the project. What it does have: an Instagram account that lets you track further developments.

Also a beer-fueled bookstore? You can't get much more Seattle than that.

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