“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.