Former cycling racer Todd Herriott and business partner Rodney Hines, previously at Starbucks, followed their destiny into the beer game, transforming the Des Voigne Cellars and Brewing space located on Woodinville’s Artisan Hill into Metier Brewing Company. Métier means “destiny” or “life’s work.” Herriott’s other business, Metier Racing and Coffee in Seattle, specializes in coffee; healthy snacks; and all things cycling, from gear to service.
Along with the space, Herriott and Hines co-opted Des Voigne’s brewmaster Bob Thorpe. “We’re spotlighting him, lifting him up into a more creative place,” said Metier general manager Dreux Dillingham. Thorpe is self-taught and began brewing in the 1990s. The goal is to produce 700 barrels this year featuring malt-driven Northwest favorites, including IPAs, pale ales, reds, a Kölsch, porter, and even some barrel-aged brews.
“My beer philosophy is this: I try to make a good, clean, wholesome product, knowing beer is a luxury item and no one needs to drink it. Nothing is more fun than seeing the place full and knowing that everyone in there is glad I showed up to work for the last two weeks,” said Thorpe.
Beer may be the vehicle, but community is the real aim at Metier. “Our goal with Metier Brewing Company is simple: Make damn good beer people enjoy, together. Our taproom and beer hall are a place of community where people connect,” said Hines.
The taproom features rough-sawn plank walls and a cozy atmosphere, but the beer hall next door has plenty of space to roam. Dillingham said they plan to incorporate a “kid zone” indoors and add patio seating during the summer. Expect live music and rotating food trucks, and any time there is a big cycling event, they plan to broadcast it. In fact, the brewery’s proximity to the Burke Gilman trail was one of the things that sealed the deal for Hines and Herriott, who hope Metier will be a popular weekend stop for cyclists. metierbrewing.com