From left to right, Kevin Bushnell, Kalum Bushnell and Kempton Bushnell. The family runs Bushnell Craft Brewing, which recently moved from its downtown Redmond location to Redmond Ridge. Contributed by Kempton Bushnell

From left to right, Kevin Bushnell, Kalum Bushnell and Kempton Bushnell. The family runs Bushnell Craft Brewing, which recently moved from its downtown Redmond location to Redmond Ridge. Contributed by Kempton Bushnell

Bushnell Craft Brewing on the move with plans to expand

Bushnell Craft Brewing is on the move this year after 3½ years operating out of a taproom and restaurant in Redmond.

Kempton Bushnell, who opened the brewery with his father, said they’re moving to a new location on Redmond Ridge.

“It’ll be fun, it’ll be an interesting next couple of years,” he said.

Bushnell said when they were thinking of opening in Redmond they hadn’t envisioned running a restaurant on top of a brewery, but the commercial space available to them came with a restaurant.

The restaurant portion of their business took up a lot of the Bushnells’ time so in 2016 they bought a 5-acre farm on Redmond Ridge with plans to move their brewery there.

“When I opened the place three-and-a-half years ago, I didn’t want to own a restaurant,” Bushnell said.

The brewery was moved a few months later in early 2017 where production has continued.

Bushnell hopes to build what he called a “brew farm” where livestock like chickens and pigs are raised and hops are grown.

Fresh dozen eggs are currently being sold every Saturday at 9 a.m. along Novelty Hill Road and 206th Avenue.

They hope to start the farm this summer and eventually open a new taproom and restaurant with a farm-to-table model.

Expansion is also in the cards as the brewery is upgrading to a 10-barrel system from their current three.

This will allow Bushnell to move beyond just serving beer at their own taphouse and a few other bars in the area.

With a restaurant, the family wasn’t able to focus on brand building or distribution.

If everything lines up, beer connoisseurs could be seeing Bushnell Craft brews on store shelves soon.

When this happens, Bushnell said they will likely be focusing on a few of their flagships as well as trying out new blends.

“In this industry, you have to come out with new beers constantly,” he said.

At least two of these will be the Dunkadelic milk stout and the Dirty Shirley golden ale along with an IPA or seasonal offering.

The family decided to stay near Redmond because they live here, and Bushnell enjoys the easy access to both nearby mountains and Seattle.

While in transition, customers can still find their beers on tap at the Hop House in downtown Redmond.

The Hop House incorporated some of the specialty sauces that used to be served at Bushnell and the remaining beer stock will be sold there.

New brewing should begin by March with a distribution goal of April.

The future could also hold a local Redmond brewers fest the family hopes to start as well as appearances at other brew fests by Bushnell’s.

Until the brewery and tap house are complete, locals can stay updated by visiting https://www.bushnellcraft.com/.

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