The Seattle Mariners announced Wednesday that the organization has signed a long-term lease for the old Pyramid Brewery building, located across the street from T-Mobile Park at 1201 First Ave. S.
The building lease will run through the year 2049 — running in parallel with the length of the Mariners’ current lease on T-Mobile Park.
The space was originally built as the Oregon and Washington Railway warehouse to provide merchants access to the rail and marine shipping lines. Purchased by Hart Brewing in 1995 and most recently the site of Pyramid Brewery and Alehouse, the building has been vacant since the spring of 2020. Immediate plans include a boutique brew pub to be called Steelheads Alley, a 250-seat restaurant, and an indoor/outdoor event space that could accommodate up to 800 people. Interior demolition work is already underway and a targeted opening of late summer 2022 is planned.
“By leasing and renovating the vacant property across from T-Mobile Park, we are investing in our neighborhood’s health and economic vitality,” Fred Rivera, Seattle Mariners executive vice president and general counsel, said in a news release.
The 100-person capacity Steelheads Alley is named for the Seattle Steelheads, a team that played one season in the West Coast Baseball Association of the Negro Leagues in 1946. Planned décor will pay tribute to the teams and players from the Negro Leagues and is an exclusive partnership with Métier Brewing Company and its co-founder and CEO, Rodney Hines.
Open since 2018, the Woodinville-based Métier Brewing Company has been recognized as Washington’s first Black-owned brewery.
“We’re really excited to partner with the Mariners. It feels like it’s much aligned in terms of our mission, our values and our collective desire for how to we continue to create a thriving community in Seattle, particularly coming out of a pandemic,” Hines said in a phone interview Wednesdayevening.
The mission at Métier according to Hines is to “brew damn good beer and build a stronger community to inspire bigger dreams for all.” He believes the Mariners have a commitment to being a responsible business citizen in the community, especially looking at social justice issues, equity and access that goes beyond sports, which he says makes them a natural partner.
The 10 rotating taps will exclusively feature Métier Brewing Company beers — including the award-winning Black Stripe Coconut Porter and American Wheat — alongside small batch beers brewed on-site, and available exclusively at Steelheads Alley.
“Like most breweries, we do partnerships and collaborations and we’re excited to [collaborate] with other local breweries including Reuben’s and the Mosaic State Brewers Collective,” Hines says.
Launched over the summer, the Mosaic State Brewers Collective is a mentorship program started by Reuben’s co-founder Grace Robbings and Métier’s manager Dreux Dillingham that will “inspire and empower underrepresented people to build careers in the beer industry,” Hines says, adding that they will welcome MSBC mentees into the new space to participate in the brewing process.
Additionally, Hines often partners with the Black Heritage Society to tell the story of Black brewers and says he looks forward to working with them, hosting talks and tastings around the topic as well as the history of the Negro Leagues in the new space.
Plans for the restaurant include a pub-style menu with Pacific Northwest cuisine. Further specifics are yet to be determined.
On the south end of the building, warehouse space will be renovated into two event spaces with a kitchen for gatherings and private events for up to 800 people. The dog-friendly outdoor gathering space located on the southeast end of the property will feature local purveyors selling beer and wine, cocktails, and casual bites — pizza, tacos, hot dogs — in shipping containers during events at T-Mobile Park and Lumen Field. On nongame days, the space will host interactive games, sports broadcasts, live music and holiday celebrations.