Big Al Brewing announces that it will be closing its entire operation

Big Al Brewing – located in White Center for the last eight years – announced on Thursday, Jan. 12 that it will be closing its entire operation.

The company both brewed excellent microbeers and operated a tasting room, and this Saturday, Jan. 14, will be its last day in business (they’ll be open from 2 – 10 p.m. if you want to come wish them well…).

“We are closing the entire operation,” Brown told The White Center Blog. “Increased competition means less opportunity for growth. I see no end in sight. More and more look at this industry and think now is the time to get in while those of us who have been here are seeing flat or declining sales.”

Big Al Founder Alejandro Brown

The brewery was started in August 2008 by Alejandro “Big Al” Brown, with a Belgian-style wheat beer and an Irish red ale as its first offerings. Big Al’s beers are/were available at dozens of bars and restaurants in the Puget Sound region.

The brewery is located at 9832 14th Ave SW in White Center (map below).

What’s next for Brown?

“I’m likely going to go back to what I was doing before, which is working for a car company on the service side,” he told us.

Brown announced his decision with this post on his Facebook page:

“8 years ago. Damn time flies! Every time I sit down to write this I have to stop because it’s too damn hard. But some things have to be said. Saturday January 14th will be the last day of Big Al Brewing as we know it. We are closing our doors. Phew, hard part over. There are many contributing factors that led to this decision but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter. I’d rather focus on the positive. What an amazing 8 years it has been!! I lived my dream and experienced things I could have never thought of in my wildest dreams! The support we got from the amazing brewing industry. The bars who are so dedicated to not only craft beer, but Washington craft beer, are amazing. The partnerships we formed, the friendships that will last forever. The memories, the many, many, MANY beers shared with you all. The festivals, brewers nights, collaborations, guest brewers, OUR AWESOME EMPLOYEES! And let’s not forget the friends and family who reached in to their savings account and put cold hard cash where their support was and invested in this thing! All of it, more than I ever dreamed. There are way too many to thank here, but rest assured, you’ll be hearing from me for a pint or 3 sometime soon. You know who you are, whether you have been supporting us from day one or you just got on board with this thing last year, I see you. And I’ll see you soon.

Before I sign off, I do have to acknowledge one person by name. Noelle Brown, you are my rock. You are my #1 fan and this last 8 years is because of you. You believed in me when this was just a crazy idea. You said “do it honey, I support you”. You let me quit my solid career, take my Grandparents inheritance, your equity in your condo and most important, your loving support, and you jumped right off a cliff with me. Not bad for a serial toe-dipper!! I love you, Noelle. Thank you. Oh and, there’ll be more cliffs. 🙁 Sorry ”


10 Responses to “Big Al Brewing announces that it will be closing its entire operation”
  1. jennifer says:

    nooooo! I maintain your collaboration with Feedback Lounge for Lowman Brau was hands down the best beer I’ve ever had. Thanks for making great beer for all these years. I wish I had come in more often. cheers.

  2. Pete Seazle says:

    Thanks for all of the support in the early years of the West Seattle Funblog. You will be missed.

  3. J says:

    He won the MLS cup?

  4. Tom Taaffe says:

    I agree with Jennifer. . Noooo!
    ” Hop Soup” was the hoppiest IPA ever. Sooo great. Alas. Tom

  5. Connie says:

    What!!! You’re in my hood. I hate it.

  6. pat gorman says:

    argh. my faorite growlers are going away. thanks for all your hard work and delicious beer.

  7. Kate BB says:

    We love Big Al’s so much, we had our wedding reception up there on the second floor. SO sad to see you go. We’ll come in on Saturday to see you off . . .

  8. MattyMattMatt says:

    I feel horrible for everyone who just lost their job, especially the face of the place, Eddie. It was because of him and his welcoming presence that I and many others kept coming back. The beer was great, and Eddie made everyone who stepped through the doors feel at home. Good luck everyone.

  9. BLAIR M ROBERTS says:

    Are you selling ypur equipment?

  10. BLAIR M ROBERTS says:

    Is another brewery moving into the space? Who is the landloard?

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