The Hidden Mother is finishing its first year with some big steps forward.
The Liberty Lake brewery just signed a lease for space at Washington Street and Sharp Avenue to house a larger brewing system and a taproom. And next month, it heads to the San Francisco Bay area for collaborations with a pair of well-regarded breweries and an appearance on the Brewing Network online radio station.
“I can’t believe it’s moving at the rate that it is,” said owner/brewer Mike Detar. “It’s pretty exciting.”
The Hidden Mother launched in February with a focus on barrel-aged wild ales, which can take years to produce. In the meantime, it began limited distribution of more mainstream but still creative styles to pay the bills.
Beers fermented with wild yeasts remain the top priority, Detar said. The original five-barrel brewing system in Liberty Lake will be devoted to those.
The new location, which Detar expects to have up and running early next year, will contain a 15-barrel brewhouse and two 60-barrel fermenters for starters. He hopes to produce some 3,600 barrels of beer there the first year – about 10 times what he’ll make this year – and grow that to 6,000 barrels the following year, with distribution expanding to Oregon and Montana as well as Washington and Idaho.
Detar won both gold and silver medals in the experimental category at this year’s Washington Beer Awards (for Pine Tree Peppercorn Saison and Morel Mushroom Red) and poured at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
He made contact with the Brewing Network there. The Hidden Mother will be featured on the Concord, California-based network’s main show, The Session, airing live Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. and available as a podcast afterward.
Detar, who formerly lived in the Bay Area, also will brew collaborations while he’s there with Heretic (Norwegian-style farmhouse ale with Thai basil and peppercorns) and Drake’s (to be announced).
By continuing to raise the brewery’s profile, Detar said, “When you’re talking with distributors, these are all selling points.”