Eighteen months after purchasing neighboring brewery Sound to Summit, the owners of Lost Canoe Brewing in Snohomish have closed the doors on their original project.
Owners John Carruthers, Emily Langkow, Adam Hayes and Will Hezlep announced the closure on the brewery’s Facebook page. The announcement pointed to running the side-by-side brewery operations as an issue.
“For the last couple of years, we’ve ran two breweries right down the street from each other and have ultimately decided to focus all of our attention in one place,” the statement on Facebook said.
After opening their brewery the year before, the owners of Lost Canoe shocked the local brewery community by purchasing Sound to Summit from John and Stacey Sype in 2018. They kept both breweries separate — save for some cross-brewing and sharing of kegs — and hired a new head brewer, Adam Frantz, to run Sound to Summit’s operations.
According to the announcement, Sound to Summit will still produce some of Lost Canoe’s fan favorites, including its Peanut Butter Porter, and all Lost Canoe founding members are transferred to Sound to Summit members.
Bad Dog goes Hollywood
Bad Dog Distillery owners Dave and Shelly McGlothern were as surprised as anyone when they saw one of their bottles appear on the Showtime drama “Shameless.”
Earlier this month, the McGlotherns, who opened their Arlington distillery in 2015 received a text message from their son with a photo of a TV screen. In the still photo, a woman was shown pouring a drink from a bottle of Bad Dog whiskey. It looked like a Hollywood production. Minutes later, their daughter sent them a similar text.
They soon found out the video was from the show “Shameless.” In the scene, a clearly agitated woman enters the bar and the bartender says, “Let me guess, you crushed it and you’re here to celebrate?” The woman answers: “I sucked and I’m here for a Bad Dog Rocks,” referring to the Arlington brewery’s whiskey.
After some sleuthing, they traced the bottle back to their distributor West Coast Craft Spirits, which is owned by Ricardo Gamarra and Andy Ulmer and distributes Bad Dog in California. Shelly reached out to Ulmer and asked about the scene. He told her that Gamarra is friends with a producer on “Shameless” and that he had passed on a case of Bad Dog whiskey.
It all seems fitting, especially since “Shameless” is described as the story of Frank Gallagher, played by William H. Macy, as a single father of six who spends much of his time drinking at the bar.
5 Rights Brewing expanding
After opening their taproom in downtown Marysville eight months ago, 5 Rights Brewing is already expanding.
Located in the back corner of the old Carr’s Hardware building, 5 Rights is taking over the space directly in front of their current location. The expanded space will add 1,200 square feet, tripling the size of the brewery’s seating area, and give the brewery frontage on Marysville’s busy Third Street.
Vintage Violet, a consignment shop, moved out of the space in October and 5 Rights’ owners R.J. and Kristi Whitlow had first right of refusal on taking over the space. With sales and business so far outpacing the Whitlows’ expectations, the choice to expand made economic sense, R.J. Whitlow said.
The new space is scheduled to be finished and opened by mid-January.