The past year has been a busy one for Scott Holm of Chainline Brewing Company. Not only did Holm open a Kirkland brewery, but he and his wife, Michelle, also had their first child. Now, the family is well and, with new releases on Wednesdays and good relationships with the area’s food trucks, business is good, too.
Q: Which door is busier, the front door or the back door?
A: When we set up along the trail, the hope was that people would adopt the Cross Kirkland Corridor and use it to access our building. It turned out to be truer than I thought it was going to be. In the summer, the back door is definitely busier than the front door. You always hope for a best-case scenario, but rarely do you exceed your expectations.
Q: Where are your favorite places to go right now? Other than your own, of course.
A: Right now, I have two favorite places to eat. DERU Market; I definitely like the pizzas they’re making over there. And the surprise hit for me was the Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen. They have this unique take on Thai food that’s really tasty.
Q: What can the Eastside expect from Chainline this year?
A: In 2016, you’ll see a lot more of us. We have about 60 accounts around the greater Seattle area, and we’re looking to at least double that in the coming year. Our first package product will come out right around the time of our anniversary in April. It’s a barrel-aged beer that we’ve been working on for almost eight months. We’ll also have more packaged product, so you’ll probably be able to find us in your local grocery stores.
Q: What advice would you give someone whoís feeling contention with neighboring businesses or competitors?
A: This is the Internet age, and everybody has an opinion and not everyone will agree with you, but if you feel like you are doing a service to the community by opening your business, or having that location for your business, I say go for it.