Big Al Brewery owner on closing: 'It's getting tough out there'

KING 5's Dan Cassuto reports.

WHITE CENTER, Wash. -- After eight years in business, Big Al Brewery will close its doors for the last time on Saturday in White Center. 

"It's not where we'd like it to be to keep going," said owner Alejandro Brown.

Brown, who quit his job as a car engineer to open the brewery, says there is significantly more competition from other local craft breweries than there used to be.

He said sales have declined 35% over the years. 

The brewery earned most of its money from sales to bars and restaurants.

Consumers, Brown said, demand variety and change from craft brews, so bar and restaurants rotate their tap selections more often than they used to.

"When we look into the future, I don't see it changing," he said. "If the future had light at the end of the tunnel, we'd stay and fight. But I see more people entering the market."

According to Curbed, Seattle is home to more than 40 breweries. 

“It’s time. It’s getting tough out there, we’ve got a family. We’ve given it eight years and it’s time to close this chapter and open the next one,” said Brown. 

Big Al will open for the last time Saturday at 1 p.m. for the Seahawks game.

“We’re really excited to say farewell to all of our awesome customers tomorrow,” Brown said.

Copyright 2016 KING


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