Georgetown now has its very own doughnut shop! Pop-up Side Hustle Coffee and Doughnuts operates out of Lowercase Brewery during daylight hours and uses the brewer’s spent grain in its flour which mades for delightfully slightly sweet brioche treats. The sugary treats are smaller than traditional donuts which means you can have more than one without any subsequent guilt!
“Out of the 60+ breweries in the Seattle area, Lowercase is the only brewery that makes doughnuts in-house using spent-grain from beer,” said owner Molly Crane. “Our doughnuts are small enough that people can enjoy more than one flavor. I love big, beautiful doughnuts but I also hate having to pick just one flavor to eat. Our cartons of bite-sized doughnuts are akin to opening a box of assorted chocolates where you can try a few different flavors without feeling like you overdid it.”
Side Hustle serves cartons, available in half-dozen and dozen, of bite-size doughnuts in classic flavors such as Vanilla Buttercream, Raspberry-Lemon Cream, Chocolate Cream and Dark Chocolate using simple, fresh and local ingredients.
The idea came after Crane’s 17 years working in tech. She was looking to branch out of her comfort zone and loves to take on projects. Crane and her boyfriend (and owner of Lowercase Brewing), Chris Smith began tossing around ideas for repurposing leftover barley from the beer-making process along with how to best utilize space at the taproom.
“With no doughnut shops in Georgetown, we thought we’d test out a coffee and doughnuts concept that had a relevant connection to the brewery,” said Crane. “Rather than serving hot espresso drinks, we decided to make cold coffee drinks using the cold brew we make at the brewery and use in Lowercase’s Brown Ale.”
The shop’s cold brew offerings include traditional cold brew along with a very popular and amazing Horchata Latte, Roasted Hazelnut Latte and a Vanilla Bean Latte. Hot coffee lovers can snag an Americano. All coffee drinks are served in 16 oz mason jars which are encouraged to be either re-used or returned for a refund. They also up the cute factor along with doughnuts served in compostable egg cartons and tied with a string.
Side Hustle Doughnuts operates out of an unused space in the Lowercase Brewing taproom at 6235 Airport Way S. on Friday mornings from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Weekends from 9 a.m. to Noon. Crane has plans to eventually expand Side Hustle’s hours but also plans to keep the doughnut pop-up very much as side hustle.
“I’m focused on making the freshest doughnuts in small batches without any preservatives.” said Crane. “I’m slowly scaling up and working to strike a balance between making enough doughnuts to meet customer demand without making excess that contributes to food waste.”