Monka Brewing Company makes its mark on Shoreline

Friday, August 3, 2018

Devin Walker and Trez McBean in the public area
of their new brewery in North City

Text and photos by Luanne Brown

Shoreline area residents Devin Walker and Trez McBean recently opened up Monka Brewing Company at 17211 15th Ave NE in Shoreline.

Right across from the Safeway, long-time area folks will recognize it as the previous location of the Spay and Neuter Clinic. But McBean said that prior to that incarnation, it was a doughnut shop.

Master brewer at work
She points out the geometric angles of the wood-lined ceiling and the retro-globe lights as proof.

“We just loved the architecture of the place,” she said and is confident that the strong image of their new logo and d├ęcor will take root in the community’s mindset so that over time references to past occupants will be replaced by the happy memories made over a glass of craft beer and friendly conversation.

Walker is the master brewer of the Monka team and the new location is a dream come true for him. 

An inventor with several patents to his name, Walker most recently comes from the world of commercial research and development for the coffee industry. Now instead of talking about solenoid cells, he’s the brains — and brawn — behind brewing three barrels (93 gallons) of beer per week. 

Hot liquor tank
The process goes something like this: He starts with hot water, which is mixed with crushed grain (malted barley). He lets the mixture steep, then extracts the sugar water to the boil kettle and boils it for 1 to 1.5 hours. 

He adds hops during the boil and cools the liquid quickly during its transfer to the fermenter. 

He adds some yeast and ferments the brew for 5-15 days. 

Fermenter tanks

Walker said he likes to experiment with his recipes and techniques.

“He’s also a risk-taker,” McBean said. 
“He has no problem putting something down the drain if it’s not up to his high standards.”

While Walker takes care of the backroom brewing, McBean handles the front of the house. 

“We really want this to be a family-friendly place where neighbors can meet over a small-batch brew. 

Family-friendly place where neighbors can meet
over a small-batch brew

"People are welcome to bring their own food and we have board games, foosball, and air-football that people can play if they choose. But no TVs! We want to be a place where people can sit across from each other, eye-to-eye and reconnect.”

McBean, a dancer by profession, said that this is her chance to support her husband’s dream. 

“He’s encouraged me to follow my passion for performing. Now it’s my turn to support him.” 

“Monka” comes from the name that Sayler, Trez' niece, called McBean’s mother, Teresa McGee, who passed away last year.

“This brewery is dedicated to her memory. She was someone who listened in love. She was curious about people’s passions and was supportive of everyone she knew. When I’m with customers, I use her example as my inspiration,” McBean said.

For now, Walker is experimenting with rotating brews. “I want to get a feel for what the community is looking for in a beer,” he said. In addition to serving whatever is on tap, there are also soft-drinks, gluten-free apple cider, bottled water, and snacks.

They are also talking about rotating food trucks on Sundays when the restaurant next door is closed. 

“We want to be good neighbors to Ichi Bento. Customers are welcome to order from them or anywhere else and bring food in here to enjoy with their drinks,” said McBean.

LFP residents Jim and Lisa Bryant appreciate a
neighborhood brewery within walking distance.

According to Lake Forest Park residents Jim and Lisa Bryant, Monka’s IPA (India Pale Ale) is great. 

“It’s also wonderful to have a neighborhood brewery within walking distance,” said Jim Bryant, who was impressed with McBean’s friendly counter service and conversation on their first visit. “We will be back,” said Lisa Bryant.

The brewery is across from the North City Safeway
The brewery is located at 17211 15th Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155.

  • Wed - Sat 2pm to 9pm 
  • Sun - 2pm to 8pm 
  • Monday and Tuesday 

Update: Address corrected to 17211 15th Ave NE.

Update: Hours updated


Jim Claussen August 3, 2018 at 11:32 PM  

I assume the address must be 17211 15th Ave NE. I'll have to come check it out!

DKH August 4, 2018 at 7:23 PM  

Jim - you are correct. It is 17211 15th Ave NE. I've corrected the article.

Unknown August 6, 2018 at 7:01 PM  

Is the beer available in 6pk cans and 6pk bottles?

Terriyaki2 March 10, 2019 at 4:43 PM  

I just went for the first time and loved the Black IPA that Yrez said is her favorite. Had great conversation with Trez and customers Monique and Nick. Had a fun time! I will be back! Will go through games we can bring in for folks to share. ❤️❤️

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