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Basalt Brewing to open in old Vancouver Fire Department station

Business plans to open next year near Main Street Safeway in Shumway neighborhood

By , Columbian Assistant Metro Editor
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The future home of Basalt Brewery, at 400 E. 37th St., will be about 13,000 square feet, and the owners envision having a few food trucks in the parking lot. There are no additions planned for the building, but the interior will undergo a large renovation; the owners hired<a href="https://www.sumdesignstudio.com/brewery"> SUM Design Studio based in Portland</a>.
The future home of Basalt Brewery, at 400 E. 37th St., will be about 13,000 square feet, and the owners envision having a few food trucks in the parking lot. There are no additions planned for the building, but the interior will undergo a large renovation; the owners hired SUM Design Studio based in Portland. (Joshua Hart/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

The former Vancouver Fire Department station near the Main Street Safeway in Vancouver’s Shumway neighborhood will be transformed into a new brewery and taproom called Basalt Brewing.

Co-owner Joshua Pritchett, former head brewer at Backwoods Brewing and co-owner of Gossip in the Grain Taphouse east of Orchards, said that the brewery will open in about a year, in summer 2022. But it depends on a number of unknown factors with renovating the fire station, including contracting the interior work.

The brewery, at 400 E. 37th St., will be about 13,000 square feet, and the owners envision having a few food trucks in the parking lot. There are no additions planned for the building, but the interior will undergo a large renovation; the owners hired SUM Design Studio based in Portland.

Basalt Brewing will be largely an experimental type of brewery, with rotating types of beer, Pritchett said. For example, their IPA will start with a No. 1 after its name and go through multiple interactions until it gets dialed in, he said.

Beers after work

Pritchett and his business partner, Mike Hannan, met while working for Child Protective Services in Gresham, Ore., where they’d meet after work for beers on occasion. It sparked their idea of the two opening up a brewery one day.

“We’d joked about opening up a brewery together,” Pritchett said. “I’ve always been looking for my exit strategy.”

About seven years ago, Pritchett quit his job and attended Central Washington University’s brewing program, he said. After, he was hired at Backwoods Brewing and worked his way to head brewer.

The two opened up Gossip in the Grain Taphouse east of Orchards, 6700 N.E. 162nd Ave. No. 407, in 2018, and they plan to operate both the taphouse and Basalt Brewing moving forward.

“Gossip in the Grain will stay a local taproom,” Pritchett said. “We have a really good clientele that stays there.”

The fire station formerly housed in the building was relocated south to the intersection of Main Street and Fourth Plain Boulevard.

An LLC called Rock in Your Shoe, governed by Philip Coutrakon and Tyler Hellinge, purchased the property in March.

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