Walking around the corner of NE 55th Street and 26th Avenue NE, you’d never guess someone’s dreams were about to come true.
But just behind/under Carl’s Foreign Car Services, that is exactly what is happening.
Tommy and Elise Ortega are in the midst of turning what used to be an old motorcycle shop into a neighborhood craft brewery. A patio will grace the front of the establishment, while the indoor seating will include a view of the brew equipment currently being installed on a sunken platform in the floor. Brother-in-law Bud will be running the front of the house.
More about the Ortegas’ vision for Ol Faithful (via email):
We plan on having the locals decide what they want on some taps, perhaps by having a large chalk board, or something of that nature. We also plan on having some locals help with some brews that were elected by the community. We plan to engage the neighborhood, not only by providing craft beers, but being part of the ongoing development of it. Volunteering, sponsoring, and being actively visual to the community.
The name, Ol Faithful, comes from the couple’s name for their home — a Craftsman in Fremont built in 1907:
We think our house has been faithful to all it’s prior owners (its a very old house, I can’t believe its still standing), so we named the house [Ol Faithful]. Seeing how we always brewed there, it was easy to just transition the name to the brewery. (now we just need a new name for our house)
Ol Faithful Brewing Company is aiming to
erupt open this summer.
The wife and I demo’ing walls at the brewery, and prepping for sandblast while we enjoy our newest Belgian Pale. pic.twitter.com/WzGQJTcxNW
— Ol Faithful Brewing (@OlFaithfulBrews) March 15, 2015