Hilliard’s Chrome Satan release party set for Friday

hiLocal favorite Hilliard’s Brewing (1550 NW 49th St) is set to release their latest seasonal canned brew “Chrome Satan” this Friday, May 9, from 7 p.m. in their taproom.

The brew has been on tap for quite a while and now the folks at Hilliard’s are ready for locals to sample it on the go.

The name Chrome Satan comes from anagram and it is light copper in color. The brew contains a mix of Crystal Specialty malt, Golding hops and Czech Pilsner yeast and is 5.7% ABV.

All are welcome to celebrate at the release part where Plum Bistro will be providing the seitan.

Click here to check out the Facebook event page.

Ray’s Cafe to host “Home Sweet Ballard” Brewmasters dinner this Sunday

Ray’s Cafe (6049 Seaview Ave NW) will be hosting a “Home Sweet Ballard” Brewmasters Dinner this Sunday, April 12, at 6 p.m. The dinner is set to feature a selection of  beverages from five talented breweries located in our neighborhood.

The dinner will commence at 6 p.m. where, upon arrival, guests will enjoy a glass of Semi Sweet Hard Cider from Seattle Cider Company. Throughout the remainder of the event guests will sample a variety of Ballard-made beverages from Hales Brewery, Maritime Pacific Brewery, Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co., NW Peaks Brewery and Stoup Brewing Company.

Brewmasters from the featured breweries will also be in attendance to talk about their beers during the event.

Ray’s Chef de Cuisine Paul Duncan is creating a five-course meal for the event vegetarian options available), pairing one featured beer with each course.

For reservations call (206)782-0094.

Peddler Brewing turns one this weekend

It is the first birthday of Ballard’s Peddler Brewing Company (1514 NW Leary Way) this Saturday, March 8. The team are celebrating the special milestone by giving away logo’d water bottles to the first 300 customers with the purchase of a pint.

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Peddler will also be releasing their 1-year anniversary beer, VeloHoptor, an Imperial IPA featuring intense flavors and aromas of citrusy NW hops (8.4% ABV, 100+ IBUs).

For those not into the hops, they’ll also be have their Tangerine Wheat spring ale on tap for the season that day.

The brewery will be open from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday for the birthday celebrations!

Happy 1st birthday Peddler!

Populuxe Brewing to celebrate 1st birthday

IMG_20130111_114908-1024x1024It has been a whole year since Populuxe Brewing (826 NW 49th St) hit the Ballard brewery scene. The Populuxe team is celebrating the brewery’s 1st birthday this Saturday, March 8 and they are having a huge, all ages party to celebrate!

There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Dizzy’s Tumble Bus will be onsite to entertain the kids from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Live music will also entertain attendees all day in the garage. Check out the line-up below:

  • 3 – 3:30 p.m. The Graces-classical duo flute, harp, piano
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Dobrero Band-classic rock
  • 4:30 – 5 p.m. Melissa Levi
  • 5 – 5:30 p.m. Bridgette Kern
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. KJTJ – eclectic rock/pop
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mother of Pearl-original music, soulful female lead
  • 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. theZim & Arock-indie-folk-hop-tronica
  • 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Willie and the Whips – danceable country blues, cd release and potential bull whip demo
  • DJ SNAX will fill in the blanks.

In terms of drinks, the usual favorite beers will be on offer and there will also be a special release of Oddvars Old Ale, their barrel-aged barleywine. Happy Grillmore will also be on hand serving up burgers and fries.

Happy Birthday Populuxe!

Reuben’s Brews’ Thank You Thursday program raises over $7,000 for local non-profits

reubensThe team at Reuben’s Brews (1406 NW 53rd St #1a) are to be congratulated on raising over $7,000 for local non-profit organizations through their Thank you Thursday program. Reuben’s launched the program last May as a way for the team to give back to the local community.

“Everyone has been so supportive of us since we launched and we wanted to show our appreciation in return. It’s a great win-win – we can help the organization and give them the opportunity to showcase their work at the same time,” says co-owner and head brewer Adam Robbings.

Every Thursday, Reuben’s Brews hosts a different non-profit organization and donates $1 from each pint, growler or set of three tasters sold that night in the taproom. Representatives from the organization are invited onsite to talk about their work and raise awareness of their cause. Ballard beer lovers have also been doing their best to make the program a success.

Many important local organizations have been supported through the Thank You Thursday  program including MEOW Cat Rescue, Food Lifeline, Seattle Slam, Sustainable Ballard, Washington Wild, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, Nana I Ke Kumu Pono Foundation, and Friends of CASA.

“It’s amazing to be the recipient of the generosity of Reuben’s Brews, and it’s a fun and different way to meet community members,” says Katie Rosapepe, Development Coordinator for Food Lifeline. “Here at Food Lifeline, we really value partnerships with our local communities and this was a great way reach some people who may not know who Food Lifeline is. ”

Spaces are still available for Thank You Thursdays in 2014. Organizations must be tax-designated charities or registered non-profits. If you have any questions or would like to sign up your organization, contact Adam Robbings at reubensbrews@gmail.com

Bad Jimmy’s opens as Ballard’s tenth brewery

Already the biggest beer destination in the Northwest, Ballard has added its tenth brewery: Bad Jimmy’s, located behind Dish Cafe and The Traveler on Leary Ave. The new brewery opened to the public tonight, showcasing its pale ale, IPA, red and the distinctive and spicy habanero amber.
“Our beers are big,” said Seth Mashni, one of five owners. “We put extra love in there.” He said pale ale has been a favorite among friends and family. A strawberry mango hefeweizen is coming, too.

Bad Jimmy’s began as a Kickstarter campaign, raising over $15,000 online, exceeding their $13,000 goal. Mashni said all five of the owners are from the business — a collection of restaurant industry veterans and beer-obsessed entrepreneurs. “[We were] home-brewing for years and decided to take it to the next level,” he said. Explains the Bad Jimmy’s website, “Our love for craft beer has been intense as long as we can remember.”
The tasting room is dark and bathed in a red glow. “We put a little extra into the tasting room,” Mashni said. The bar and tables are made from refurbished, environmentally-friendly wood.

As for the name? “We believe that if being different is bad we don’t want to be good,” Bad Jimmy’s describes on their site.

Bad Jimmy’s will be open more than most Ballard breweries: 7 days a week, noon to midnight, and open to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. “We are committed to being open 7 days a week starting the day we open,” the owners said on their Kickstarter page. To visit, drive into the parking lot off Bright St.
And what about the all the competition in the neighborhood? “The best part of the microbrew scene is the love for everyone else,” Mashni said, echoing what we’ve heard from other Ballard breweries. The more, the better.

See our Ballard Breweries map to plan your next outing.

Stoup Brewing to open Wednesday as Ballard becomes even bigger beer destination

Ballard welcomes its ninth brewery on Wednesday with the addition of Stoup Brewing, a terrific new stop on the beer tour. Located less than a block from Bardahl Oil at 1108 NW 52nd St., Stoup is within easy walking range of several other breweries in the neighborhood (see our new Ballard breweries map).


Founded by a chemist, a wine aficionado and a beer geek, Stoup blends the “art and science of beer.” Brad Benson (the chemist) and Lara Zahaba (she worked in the wine industry) are both Ballard residents, and Robyn Schumacher (the beer geek) is a biologist and a certified Cicerone to boot.

“As scientists, we hold the microorganisms and chemical processes that create beer in the highest esteem. As artists, we revel in a good pour,” the three founders explain on Stoup’s site. When we asked Benson about Stoup’s specialty, he answered with a smile, “Brewing beers you like to drink.”


Stoup is a 15-barrel brew house that features a “Indian Session Ale” along with an IPA, Porter and NW Red. They’re working on a Bavarian Hefeweizen and a German-style Pilsner, too.

The tap room is top notch, featuring thick wood tables, heavy ironwork, small white lights and an artistic splash on an inside wall. Benson said he hopes to open a large outdoor beer garden by the time sunny season rolls around again.


Stoup may be the ninth Ballard brewery, but it won’t be the last of the beer boom — Bad Jimmy’s Brewery is coming soon to Leary Ave. near 8th Ave. So what about all the beer competition in the neighborhood?

“Ballard is becoming a beer tourism destination,” said Benson, explaining that all the breweries are helping attract beer lovers across the city to the neighborhood. “If people want a brewery tour, they come to Ballard now.”


Stoup opens Wednesday at 4 p.m. The tap room hours will be 4-8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-9 p.m. on Fridays, noon-9 p.m. on Saturdays and noon-8 p.m. on Sundays.

Plus: Follow @BallardBeer on Twitter for more brewery news, and check out our new Ballard breweries map to plan a tour.

Old Ballard Liquor Co. grand opening coming soon

liquorThis summer, the Old Ballard Liquor Co. busted in on the scene of the Ballard brewery empire, becoming the first craft distillery in the area. Now, after a few months of getting permitting squared away and product ready to sell, owner Lexi is throwing a grand opening party to let the public taste the craft liquors she’s been working hard to create. The party is on Wednesday Oct. 30 at Bad Alberts Tap & Grill (5100 Ballard Ave).

“Enjoy tasting flights of seasonal vodkas and Cherry Bounce, newly designed cocktails make with with liquors from many local distilleries, live music and meet the proprietor: the gregarious, outspoken and often profane Lexi,” the event information reads.

“This industrial strength opening will be held at Bad Albert’s Tap and Grill, a neighborhood institution preserving the unpretentious blue collar culture of industrial Old Ballard.” The event is also something of a Halloween party; they encourage costumes (or show up in your grimy metal working/deckhand clothes, they say). To learn more about the grand opening, click here for the company’s Facebook page.

The Old Ballard Liquor Co.’s home is just in the shadow of the Ballard Bridge, at 4421 Shilshole Ave. The whole distillery process is low-tech and Lexi is the main driving force behind the several craft liquors including the Cherry Bounce and her no-frills Seasonal Well Vodka. Cherry Bounce is an aged sour-cherry liqueur based on a recipe by Martha Washington. Lexi says the Old Ballard Liquor Co. is the only distillery in the country that makes an authentic Cherry Bounce.

The vodka is produced from seasonal fruits and vegetables instead of grains, and comes from farmers primarily in the Skagit Valley. It’s not a flavored vodka, rather, it’s regular vodka make from local seasonal ingredients. Lexi calls it a summer vodka, made from berries and fruits as opposed to winter vodkas, which come from tubers and gourds.

The grand opening party will feature four different distilled vodkas: Sour Cherry, Razzleberry (mixed berry), Corn, and the oh-so-seasonal Pumpkin and Brown Sugar. The first round of liquors will be available in limited supply from the distillery, independent liquor stores, Tom Douglas restaurants, the Columbia Tower Center Club, Von’s 1000 spirits, Bad Albert’s, and Zayda Buddy’s.

The event at Bad Albert’s is 21 and over, and is from 4 to 10 p.m. To RSVP, click here for the Facebook event page.

Populuxe to host benefit show for brain cancer research

Populuxe Brewing (826 NW 49th Street) is hosting a benefit show tomorrow (Sat., Sept. 14) to raise money for brain cancer research. The event is at 4 p.m. at the brewery, and will feature several musical performances.

The benefit was inspired by Catherine Halloran’s experience with a brain tumor. She underwent a partial tumor resection in early March of this year, but surgeons had to leave one-third of it as it is inoperable. Her family has banded together to build awareness for brain cancer research, and organized this benefit, the proceeds from which will go to support the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk.

The line-up is the following:

The benefit starts at 4 p.m., and there is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

Puget Sound Brewery Tours offers guided brewery visits in Ballard and beyond

First Case of GrowlersA beer-loving Ballardite has launched a tour company called Puget Sound Brewery Tours that will explore all the breweries our area has to offer. Not only will they case out breweries in Ballard and nearby neighborhoods, they’ll also offer tours in Woodinville, on the eastside, north of Seattle, and south of Seattle. (Here’s a menu of their tour options)

Aaron Merrow, owner, describes himself as a beer enthusiast. “My love of craft beer and desire to promote the local community spurred my decision to leave the corporate world and start my own brewery tour business,” Merrow writes on his website. “With nothing more than a van and an idea, Puget Sound Brewery Tours was born.”

The tours generally visit three or four breweries in three hours, and cost between $77 to $83. With that, you get transportation, a t-shirt, an empty growler, and of course, beer to fill it. “I feel this desire to explore what the craft beer community has to offer has given me the insight to provide diverse, fun tours that will be a hit with novice and experienced craft beer drinkers alike,” Merrow says.

The tours that visit Ballard breweries are on Fridays at 2:30 and Saturdays at 5:30. Hale’s, Hilliard’s, Reuben’s Brews and Populuxe are currently on the list of Ballard breweries visited on the tour, with more to come, according to Merrow. Learn more here

Image courtesy Puget Sound Brewery Tours

Plus: Follow @BallardBeer on Twitter for more brewery news, and check out our new Ballard breweries map to plan a tour.