Diamond Knot Craft Brewing suspended operations at its flagship location in Mukilteo Jan. 7, 2013 in order to renovate and expand into the other side of building located on Mukilteo’s waterfront.
It took us a few weeks to complete demolition of the vacant side of the building, as well as part of the bar area. After our contractor jumped into constructing a new full-sized kitchen, something we hadn’t had since opening. Bumping walls out to accommodate the new kitchen, forced us to change the existing bar area a tad bit. We tried as hard as we could to keep the look and feel of the original bar, knowing that many DK fans had bellied up to the bar and just loved that old Formica.
Since we were losing some of the back bar area, we opened up the work space by cantilevering the office floor above the bar and kitchen, thus eliminating the old posts that were part of the bar. Don’t worry, we kept those posts, and are sure we will use them down the road. To be honest, we kept as many of the existing materials that made it through the demolition. That included some of the bricks we chose not to replace.
The bar top is a story unto itself. Check our blog for information on that.
Some of the new features at the Brewery & Alehouse include the family-friendly side. To celebrate the history of the building, we kept some of the details dating back to the building’s original use: a bus barn. Instead of covering the floor of the family side with a composite material, we chose to use the existing concrete floors. If you’re dining on that side of the Alehouse, you’ll notice large patches in the floor. Several of those cutouts were where bus mechanics would work with buses overhead. Thanks to a poorly leveled floor, some tables had to be adjusted to allow for more than a 2-inch variation in floor levels. We haven’t tested a spill yet to see where the liquid would actually run to, but we have a good idea the grain room may end up with a puddle.
Another building feature we decided to highlight was the barrel-roof and its trusses. Before construction, most of the trusses were covered. During demolition we noticed the trusses perfect patina, and made the decision to open up the view of that wood as much as possible. Today, if you look at the ceiling, especially toward the back of the family side, you’ll see boards with white on them. Those boards were originally used as cement forms to pour the bus barn’s floor. With cement still attached, they were reused to build the roof back in the 1940s.
A large garage door was added to the new side in anticipation of outdoor seating. We are still working on an agreement with the City of Mukilteo and Park. Once those details are nailed down, we’ll be able to offer dining at this busy spot.
Ice cream and coffee are new to us, but we are enjoying the walk-up business on the west side of the building. Our ice cream is made locally by Olympic, while our coffee is roasted in Stanwood by Black Swan Coffee Roasting. One of the transplants from the original Alehouse is Superman, sculpted by Whidbey Island artist Pat McVay. Superman, in all his flying glory, came with Cheers Too, when we took over the Alehouse in 1999. Always flying to nowhere, Superman needed some space, so we hung him over the ice cream and coffee bar in the building’s entrance.
The latest adventure has been the “Neptune’s Galley” sign that was found while contractors removed the old fir siding on the building’s east side. Painted directly onto the cinderblock, Neptune and his mighty wind was part of the original burger stop opened by the owner of Everett-Mukilteo Stage Lines back in the early 70s.
If you’ve been through the Alehouse lately, you’ll notice the work is ongoing. We tweak something here, hang something there, patch something elsewhere. We encourage comments and donations of stuff to hang. If you love it and there’s a story to it … and you want to share it with us and other Diamond Knot visitors, please let us know. We have a few showstoppers we’re going to be hanging in the near future, so watch for them.
And yes, the Alehouse is OPEN.