After more than a decade dominating the Seattle pie scene, Alyssa Bleifuss and co-owner Paul Beveridge are bringing their unconventional pairing of pie and booze to the Eastside.
Pie Wine Bar, located in the Gateway Wine District of Woodinville, will feature homemade pies with organic fruit from Beveridge’s biodynamic vineyard in Naches Heights. The vineyard-to-table experience pairs his award-winning wines and brandies with Bleifuss’ famous fruit pies.
“Woodinville Wine Country doesn’t have anything like that,” Bleifuss said. “What we’re doing there is so special.”
The bakery bar is roughly 90% finished with the build out, although they are waiting on a couple of permits before launching. Bleifuss said she intends to open the doors to guests this spring.
Bleifuss, also known as the Pie Lady, owns six other pie shops in the Seattle area. Back in 2009, she founded the Seattle Pie Company in the heart of the Magnolia neighborhood. She later created the Pie Bar concept, which focuses on serving homemade slices of pie with cocktails during late night hours.
The decision to bring her pies to Woodinville was not random. Bleifuss said she spent much of her youth visiting her grandparents in town and even worked at the Red Robin on Garden Way during college.
Bleifuss said she got her training from the original owner of the Snohomish Pie Company in high school. With over 20 years of experience making pies, she claims to have perfected the science behind her recipes. Each pie is cultivated based on specific ratios of sugar and fruit, she said.
“Pie is such a big part of our culture. It’s like art,” she said. “It's a big part of Americana.”
She said adding distilled spirits to the pies has been a huge factor in diversifying her brand. Using flavored brandy and grappa from Beveridge’s vineyard, she is able to infuse differing notes into each creation. The establishment will also feature a full craft cocktail bar with all sorts of brandy, including tastes of apple and pear.
In the years since her first pie shop opened, Bleifuss has encountered lots of ups and downs in the industry. She said fear of failure often gets in the way, but she has learned to be present and appreciate when things go well.
“When I don't get to make the pies, it's hard on me because it's like meditation,” she said. “It keeps me sane.”
Bleifuss describes herself as a natural healer, always forming deep relationships with customers. She is currently earning her master’s degree to become a psychotherapist at Antioch University in Seattle.
Her award-winning Humble Crumble and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan pies have been featured on the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the Travel Channel. She has also competed on a show called “Bake You Rich,” which aired in May 2019.