In 2006, homebrewing pals Marcus Connery and Matt & Heather McClung decided to take their hobby to the next level and go pro. Purchasing a half-barrel system, they began brewing a keg of beer at a time out of an ActivSpace unit under the West Seattle Bridge. Beginning in January 2007, they distributed their beer to restaurants and taprooms all over the city of Seattle.
As demand for their beers increased, the Schooner EXACT founders expanded into a larger, 10 -barrel system. The brewery moved to the South Park neighborhood in early 2009, and to its current SODO location on 1st Avenue in 2010. After Marcus Connery passed the reins of the brewery over to Heather and Matt to pursue the next chapter in his beer adventures by opening a beer broker/ consulting business, Matt and Heather quit their teaching jobs to pursue their brewery dreams full time.
In addition to providing the fine people of the Northwest with excellent beer, Schooner EXACT takes a strong advocacy role for state microbreweries, participating actively in the Washington Brewers’ Guild, of which Heather currently serves as President.