BIZNOTE: The Good Society Brewery and Public House coming to Admiral ‘to marry good beer with good deeds’

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

As we often say, thanks for the tip!

A reader asked us what’s happening with 2701 California SW, after seeing what looked like kegs. Our research led us to a brewery-and-more plan in city files, and we subsequently connected with Nick Berger, a West Seattleite who, along with partner Phil Cammarano, plans to open The Good Society Brewery and Public House later this year.

They are both longtime West Seattleites. Before we get to the basics of what they’re going to do and when, Nick explained the mission (which in turn explains the name): “We want to marry good beer with good deeds.”

Elaborating, he continues: “We are a local neighborhood brewery that strives to put community at the center of its identity by incorporating the funding of local causes, both social and environmental, into its basic operating model by serving trend-setting beer and fostering an environment where all the community is welcome.”

More explanation: “Many breweries … will brew a beer that benefits a cause or host a night a month where the money goes to causes. This is a wonderful thing to do and the money raised for the causes is very much admirable. But what if a brewery took it a step further? The relationship a brewery has with its community puts it in a unique position to truly impact that community and, in doing so, empower and inspire others to do the same. Offering high quality, exciting craft beer and a fun-for-the whole family atmosphere will establish The Good Society as a place the West Seattle community wants to frequent. But that’s not good enough for us. We want to push our value to the community further. We want to drive positive change in the place we call home through our very business model. The name, The Good Society, is meant to symbolize that we not only strive for a good society, but that each of us can do good in our society. With every pint poured, The Good Society will generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact.” (“Fun for the whole family” includes a play area for kids.)

What kind of beer will The Good Society brew and pour? “We are planning to have around 20 taps, most of which will be our own, but we will also supplement with styles we don’t brew (for various reasons) and beers from other breweries as opportunities arise (collaborations, showcasing their work, etc.). We will also have cider and wine on tap for the non-beer drinker and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages for folks who do not want or cannot have alcohol, including kids. Our tap list will look pretty familiar. IPAs, farmhouse ales, stouts, lagers (as production can allow), and kettle sours (gose, fruited sours, etc.).”

If you’re wondering about the building – where previous tenants have included a mailing service, travel agency, and martial arts – Nick says, “Sea-Town Real Estate and Restored Design & Remodel will continue to occupy the office space in the front of the building. The roll-up door on the north side will be demo’d and that will be our storefront. Inside will be both the brewery and a tap room.”

Yes, there will be some food: “We will have a small kitchen and will be doing food starting off with flatbreads, sandwiches, and various small plates.”

They hope The Good Society will be open in fall, but as with all such projects, that depends on many factors. But once they’re ready to open, Nick says, they believe they’ll be filling a need: “Seattle has over 50 breweries within its boundaries. Many are industrial parks, many are in Ballard and Fremont. But many neighborhoods or areas are left with only one or two breweries. West Seattle is one of those. West Seattle has only three breweries of its own. West Seattle is craving breweries that produce quality exciting beer to identify with, to call their own. West Seattleites take great pride in their neighborhood, preferring to stay within its confines rather than traversing a bridge. We want to give West Seattleites a place they want to be, a place that can give back to its neighborhood.”

77 Replies to "BIZNOTE: The Good Society Brewery and Public House coming to Admiral 'to marry good beer with good deeds'"

  • Quora July 1, 2019 (1:06 pm)


  • Chuck July 1, 2019 (1:28 pm)

    I am just ONE MAN! I cannot be expected to drink all the craft beers in this town alone! Kidding aside, welcome and all, but craft breweries are becoming the nail and hair salons and coffee shops of West Seattle. Are there really enough beer drinkers for all the gallons being churned out? Good luck. 

    • Dingus July 1, 2019 (3:22 pm)

      Name more than 2 craft breweries in WSea.

      • Helpermonkey July 1, 2019 (6:13 pm)

        Elliott Bay Brewingbest of hands barrelhouse future primitive brewing 

        • John Dawkins July 1, 2019 (7:32 pm)

          Don’t forget about west seattle brewing! They have two locations. One by Buddha Ruksa and one on Alki. 

          • helpermonkey July 2, 2019 (8:52 am)

            I totally forgot about WS Brewing! 

          • Chris July 19, 2019 (7:27 pm)

             Thank you for the support John. last year West Seattle Brewing served over 110,000 pints between the two locations.  Since the company has begun we have donated over $40,000 to the community. Thank you “the BEER must flow”

        • West Seattle neoghbor July 1, 2019 (7:53 pm)

          Elliott Bay doesn’t have a brewery in West Seattle. They have a pub. At any rate,we have far fewer craft breweries than in Ballard, cap Hill and many other parts of Seattle, and a population who would likely welcome them. If you don’t like breweries, rent the space and open your own business.

          • Neighbor July 2, 2019 (5:03 am)

            Elliott Bay in WS does have a brewery. You should stop by sometime and check it out. 

          • bob martin July 4, 2019 (8:59 am)

            Yes, Elliott Bay in West Seattle DOES have a brewery. 

    • brian July 1, 2019 (3:33 pm)

      Yeah but I drink beer and I don’t get my nails or hair done so if these are the new “nail and hair salons” then load me the hell up.

      • Scott July 1, 2019 (6:07 pm)

        Get your toes done.  You haven’t lived until you do.

        • SUDS July 2, 2019 (9:00 am)

          Well played!

  • dsa July 1, 2019 (1:52 pm)

    I did not know you could open an alcohol drinking establishment directly across the street from a grade school.  Google 2701 California SW, Seattle and see the kids on the sidewalk in front.  C’mon is that the best use of the space?

    • Jort July 1, 2019 (6:44 pm)

      Heavens to Betsy! Who will think of the children and their appropriate exposure to positive examples of adults having beverages?!?!?!?!?!?! This “alcohol drinking establishment” will surely be issuing subliminal messages directly into the brains of nearby schoolchildren, convincing them to give up on a productive and healthy life and instead give in to the indulgences of drinking CRAFT BEEEEEEEERRRRR!!!!! THE HORRORS!!!!!

      • Mary Heuman July 1, 2019 (7:09 pm)

        Hee. Such pearl clutching when Safeway sells beer and wine across the street. Welcome, new neighbors.

      • KMS July 2, 2019 (4:43 pm)

        Hahahaha I’m With you. Its just beer and food people. The kids’ parents probably need a break anyway. 

    • Jort July 1, 2019 (6:49 pm)

      Also, and I know you will roll your eyes at this, the number one cause of unintentional death among children ages 5 to 24 is not “breweries,” but actually it’s automobiles. Instead of irrational fear about children going to school next to a brewery, people should be significantly and dramatically more worried that the school is next to a street with automobiles. Here, read up at the CDC: Breweries didn’t even make the Top Ten!    

      • Gene July 1, 2019 (7:26 pm)

        Leave it to Jort to bring cars into the conversation.

        • Kathy July 2, 2019 (9:11 am)

          Weren’t we supposed to get a leading pedestrian interval modification to the light at that corner to make it safer for pedestrians? Did they finally install that? Because kids have been hit crossing there to the park by left turning cars. It would make the intersection safer for beer drinkers, too. Thanks, Jort, for thinking of the safety of the most vulnerable street users.

        • Alex July 2, 2019 (1:20 pm)

          It should seriously be a WSBlog rule: pro or anti car battles may be waged in comment threads that have absolutely no relationship to cars or bicycles.

    • Ws family July 1, 2019 (8:33 pm)

      Oh…I hope they allow kids here!  Babies and beer is awesome.  :)

      • WSB July 1, 2019 (8:42 pm)

        As mentioned a couple times in the story, yes, their plan is to be all ages.

        • Ws family July 1, 2019 (9:55 pm)

          Thanks for pointing out it was mentioned a COUPLE TIMES wsb.  That was super helpful knowing it was mentioned more than once.  As I was skimming through the lengthy post with my toddler running around I didn’t happen to catch that.  When I have some down time I will be sure to read more thoroughly the post and be sure to take notes.  Thanks.  A simple “kids are allowed!  Yay!!” would have sufficed.

          • brian July 2, 2019 (7:51 am)

            Nice meltdown.    

          • Jethro Marx July 2, 2019 (8:10 am)

            If you read more thoroughly, you may not even need to take notes! But by all means, chastise the blog for pointing out your lack of reading retention.

          • SUDS July 2, 2019 (9:01 am)

            But you had time to leave a lengthy sarcastic note.

      • momosmom July 2, 2019 (7:21 am)

        That’s usually how babies get here…too much beer and well you know… 

    • El JEfe July 5, 2019 (10:23 pm)

      Are you kidding?  Are there not restaurants nearby?  How else will teachers blow off steam after helping educate our youth?  Pubs, brewhouses are not usually areas where people are getting wasted.  They are the third places where community gathers to discuss life and neighborhoods. 

  • WS REZ July 1, 2019 (1:54 pm)


  • St July 1, 2019 (2:05 pm)

    Is this on Lander across from Lafayette?

  • dsa July 1, 2019 (2:37 pm)

    This is across the street from the public grade school.”Note: State law provides that public schools within 500 feet of the
    premises may veto a license. The WSLCB will take all protest and support
    letters into consideration when making a decision to approve or deny a

    • Alex July 2, 2019 (1:23 pm)

      When I attended Lafayette many years ago, we used to go on field trips to PCC to make salsa. Boooooriiiiiing. Imagine how much more interesting it would be to give kids hands-on experience making beer!

    • LMFAO July 2, 2019 (3:45 pm)

      Are you against Circa being three doors down from the school?  They serve beer, wine and hard alcohol and Safeway also sells booze. Get a LIFE. Your protest is going nowhere. 

  • dfdf July 1, 2019 (3:35 pm)

    Not looking forward to yet another brewery that’s pro-kid, but it’s a good mission and we are starved for breweries in W. Seattle, so I’ll support!

  • M July 1, 2019 (3:55 pm)

    I wish the Morgan Junction would get more love with new openings. Admiral and the Junction get all the love. We just get the townhomes. 

    • Deftones July 1, 2019 (5:32 pm)

      And relocated guitar stores

    • Swede. July 1, 2019 (8:35 pm)

      But we have Beverage Place Pub there, and that’s very, very good! Eat your heart out Junction and Admiral! 

      • rsws July 3, 2019 (12:05 am)

        Seriously…we live in Admiral and regularly saunter down from Admiral to enjoy Beveridge Place. It’s such a special pub!

    • Alex July 2, 2019 (1:18 pm)

      Parking in Morgan sucks, that limits the business growth, IMO, since most the customers are just those that live nearby.

      • Alex July 2, 2019 (10:36 pm)

        Agreed, Alex. 

  • junctioneer July 1, 2019 (4:07 pm)

    Wow, this is fabulous news. And a kid run too? I’m guessing this won’t be the next Beer Star since it doesn’t have the awesome neighboring restaurants. But if the kid run is reasonably decent…. Admiral has gotten some rather spiffy businesses these past few years. I didn’t know we had the people for this sorta stuff.

  • rpo July 1, 2019 (4:31 pm)

    Now I know where I will be all the time in the near future.

  • waikikigirl July 1, 2019 (4:44 pm)

    Used to be a Starbuck’s on every corner now…

  • Concerned Neighbor July 1, 2019 (5:16 pm)

      I am curious as to how they can occupy so close to an elementary school.  Years ago when a restaurant moved in down the block, there had to be a permission for them to serve alcohol so close to a school.  This makes no sense, and there’s no parking for the school now.  What about when/if they open?  It’s a one-way street, a crowded one at that.

    • Pbj July 1, 2019 (8:32 pm)

      During the federal licensing process, I believe the company applying for the brewery license is required to notify all schools within a certain distance (1000 ft?) and include in their application a letter from the school that they support the application. 

      • Nick July 1, 2019 (10:23 pm)

        It is during the state licensing process that schools and churches are notified. We have already been working with the school district and will not be open during school hours. 

  • MacJ July 1, 2019 (5:22 pm)

    Very excited to have a new place to go with friends and family, just a bike ride away! My daughter (5) specifically asked to go to Beer Star for her birthday last week, I hope she likes the kids area enough that I won’t have to drive all that way.

  • Gina July 1, 2019 (6:54 pm)

    Safeway sells beer and spirits, right across the street from Lafayette. And I see minors in there all the time.

  • Mary Heuman July 1, 2019 (7:06 pm)

    Best of luck to our new neighbors. Don’t worry about about the kids. It’s doubtful their morals are being corrupted. Safeway sells beer and wine across the street from Lafayette, and no one is clutching their pearls about that.

  • Morgan July 1, 2019 (7:09 pm)

    Congrats Nick and Phil – I know you’ll do great! Plus walking distance from my house :) 

  • C_Whipple July 1, 2019 (7:53 pm)

    As a teacher at Lafayette, I think this is great news! First of all, super excited to have a new place for co-workers to go for happy hour!  Second, the more we make beer/alcohol consumption a taboo subject for kids, the less healthy their relationship with it becomes.  Drinking alcohol socially and in moderation is a normal adult activity.  The more kids are exposed to *that* idea (which is what a neighborhood brewery is all about), the better off they’ll be when alcohol is presented to them as young people/adults.

  • West Seattle neighbor July 1, 2019 (7:59 pm)

    The puritanical resistance on this thread is concerning. There are many, many alcohol serving establishments within a block or two of this location. Do you really think the proximity of a school to this particular one matters? If so, back it up with some actual data. Wow, just wow.

    • dsa July 1, 2019 (10:52 pm)

      The Liquor Control Board uses 500 feet, not 1,000.  There is one restaurant at the other end of the block that might be considered within the zone.

      • Nick July 2, 2019 (6:29 am)

        We have already been working with the school district and will not be open during school hours.   There are at least five liquor serving or selling establishments within what the school district would consider 500 feet of Lafayette; the three closest open during school hours.

        • dsa July 2, 2019 (10:45 am)

          I think only one of those five serves open container, and it is a restaurant, not primarily a drinking establishment and it is not so close to either school’s front door.

          • West Seattle since 1979 July 3, 2019 (11:19 am)

            One of the proprietors has stated more than once that they’ve been working with the school district and more importantly, will not be open during school hours. I don’t see what the problem is.

  • Seriously? July 1, 2019 (8:46 pm)

    You lost me at the whole kids play area. When I go to a bar, the last things I want around are kids. But hey, good luck, I am sure parents will enjoy being able to bring the family.

  • 2 Much Whine July 1, 2019 (9:44 pm)

    Funny that out of 30 comments not a single one mentioned the altruistic nature of this business.  It takes guts to commit a significant portion of profits to go back into the community.  I think that is GREAT and gladly welcome this new venture to the neighborhood.  Way to go!

    • miws July 2, 2019 (11:08 am)

      2MW FTW. —Mike

    • Jason July 3, 2019 (2:10 pm)

      I didn’t see anywhere that mentioned that a significant portion of the profits would go back into the community…just that each pint poured would help social good.It sounds like an interesting business model and way of attracting customers but not particularly philanthropic (similar to the Tom’s shoes business model)Would you rather pay $8 for a beer while knowing that $0.50 is going toward a community organization or $5 for a beer and donate $3 yourself to a community organization?Also, if you choose to pay extra for the beer because you know some of that extra is going toward a good cause then you as the customer should be commended for paying extra, not the business owner for taking your money and giving away a percentage.

  • Nw mama July 1, 2019 (10:16 pm)

    Lafayette parent here!   Looking forward to PTA meetings here!!!!  Welcome!!!!

  • Sea-Town RE July 1, 2019 (10:16 pm)

    It will be a great addition to the Admiral neighborhood and I for one know where the majority of my client meetings will start being held ;-)

  • West Seattle Hipster July 2, 2019 (7:29 am)

    If they have a nice selection of American lagers consider me a regular.

  • Lola July 2, 2019 (8:55 am)

    It’s not just across the street from one school but two.  West Seattle High is across the other way.  Not that I am against having a brewery here, but it seems funny that everyone is only worried about the Elementary School and not the High School. Lol. 

    • dsa July 2, 2019 (10:37 am)

      I care about West Seattle High, but this is literally steps from Lafayette’s front door.   Not being open during school hours is too vague to insure the intent of the reason of the 500 foot consideration.

  • ptm July 2, 2019 (11:22 am)

    It sounds like the brewery owner outlined pretty clearly that they took the appropriate steps during the permitting process to meet the 500′ constraint by obtaining the permission from the school. I’m not sure why it would even matter if they aren’t open during school hours to be honest, but oh well. Heck, according to posts thus far on here, they even have the support of at least one teacher and parent of the school. Very cool! Really looking forward to checking this place out with everyone else, and kudos to the brewery for their altruistic focus!

  • TJs & Merlot? July 2, 2019 (4:13 pm)

    Hmmmm I think a Trader Joe’s would be a better fit for this location, that way I can purchase my Merlot there too…. ;) JK, of course!!! Welcome to the ‘hood! 

  • rpo July 2, 2019 (7:26 pm)

    Why does it matter? 11 year olds can’t purchase alcohol. 

  • OhHowIknow July 3, 2019 (7:41 am)

    I don’t understand the concerns of it being “too” close to the schools in the area, is it the legal aspect or is it you think your kiddo’s are going to go over on their lunch break and saunter up to the bar and say “Hey Joe pour me a cold one”? Unless that kid is 6 foot tall and has facial hair I don’t think that’ll work!

  • Tall Guy July 3, 2019 (11:08 am)

    DSA your concerns over the location of the brewery seem to smack of using legislative means to cover for your insecurities over being able to effectively parent re: responsible consumption of alcohol.  Hiding these things from kids, or making them a mystery is the one thing that causes curiosity and potential abuse.  How about educating the kids at the school, rather than trying to shut them off from the world?

  • Lidnsey July 3, 2019 (11:22 am)

    My husband and I have said for years that this would be the perfect location for a brewery or tap house! Wish we still lived in the area to see it come to life, but we will stop in the next time we are in town. Kudos and good luck with the opening process!

  • Jolene July 4, 2019 (9:44 am)

    Congrats to my uncle and his friend! This has been a dream of my uncles forever and it makes me so proud to see his dream finally coming true! I think people should stop being so negative about the little insignificant details and instead support your local business owners. That is a big part of how communities continue to thrive, is it not?

  • SenorTranquilo July 4, 2019 (2:41 pm)

    Anyone who sits around and posts WSBlog comments on July 4 when they could be put drinking beer with kids, is missing out on life.  You only get one, enjoy it!

  • Nancy R. July 5, 2019 (6:51 pm)

    Exciting news!   We were just on a road trip to Bend OR and they have a brewery on every corner.  West Seattle deserves a fun brewery like this,  will definitely liven up North Admiral!

  • 44th St Neighbor July 6, 2019 (9:38 am)

    Sounds like a cool establishment, but a bit concerned about parking and traffic in the immediate area (already tight with short, one-way block). Many of the neighbors do not have off-street parking options. Are there any considerations in plans around these topics? Thanks. 

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