Hale’s Ales closes pub, to re-open as a taproom

Hale’s long-running pub — a restaurant serving hamburgers, pizzas and sandwiches — has closed, and it will turn into a taproom serving a shortened menu in the new year.

The announcement was posted on Hale’s door. “Keep your eyes open for more information on our new hours and a new concept as we bring in the new year,” it explains.

Besides Hale’s beer and some guest taps, the taproom will serve chili, deli sandwiches and mac and cheese, according to Hale’s website.

A lot has changed since Hale’s opened in 1983, billed as the “longest-running, continually-owned brewery of any size in the Pacific Northwest.” Breweries of all shapes and sizes have popped up around Ballard and Fremont, attracting crowds with new brews, food trucks and social marketing.

Meanwhile, Hale’s Palladium remains a popular event space. Tonight (New Years Eve) it will host the Moisture Festival New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Details here.

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