Thanks to Alison for spotting the liquor-license notice at 4707 42nd SW, across from the north end of Jefferson Square, between Limber Yoga/Seattle Integrated Martial Arts (WSB sponsor) and AAA Travel. We subsequently tracked down and spoke with Morgan Herzog, who plans to turn the space into The Beer Junction: “This will be a specialty beer store. We’ll be focusing on beers all around the world, with an extra focus on beers of the Northwest, local beers … we’ll also probably have a small selection of wine and cigars, but that’s not really our big focus.” Read on for more of what’s planned at The Beer Junction, and a request for your suggestions:
Herzog is a CPA by trade and a West Seattleite for the past five years – his father, he says, is a West Seattle High School graduate, but the family was in Lake Forest Park while he was growing up.
This is his first retail endeavor: “I worked at one of the big accounting firms for about five years … always kind of wanted to do my own store always, enjoyed good beer, so it seems to be a good fit. I wanted to do something every day that I could enjoy and share with everybody else.”
He says it’s “early in the process … At this point we’re just trying to start on the improvements in the next few weeks, and get all the licenses set up.” He expects to be open this summer; if all goes well, maybe even by the end of June, in time for 4th of July parties.
Speaking of parties, he plans to offer kegs – and overall, he hopes The Beer Junction will stock more than 1,000 types of beer, so would love to hear which one(s) you hope will be available – leave a comment!
We will of course check back as his store development moves further along.