Ballard beer and chocolate for a good cause

If winter is giving you the urge to drink Ballard beer and eat tasty treats from Seattle’s own Soulever Chocolates, you’re in luck.

Maritime’s Jolly Roger Taproom is hosting a benefit dinner this Saturday evening to support REST, a non-profit that helps people exploited by the sex trade in Seattle and the greater King County area.

The dinner will start with a special chocolate amuse bouche, followed by four chocolate-infused courses, each paired with a special Jolly Roger beer. Tickets are $48 each, and $5 goes directly to REST programs. Maritime will also donate $1 from each pint sold on Saturday.

Since the dinners are individually prepared, reservations are recommended: call (206)782-6181 to schedule for Saturday night between 6-9 p.m.

‘Hop Idol’ contest is back at Reuben’s Brews

Are you brewing in your garage? Have dreams of distributing your own beer?

Reuben’s Brews is bringing back its “Hop Idol” contest for a second year. Jonathan Cooper won the first annual contest, and Reuben’s brewed a 30 barrel batch of his IPA to serve in the Ballard taproom and distribute in draft and bottles throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Like last year, this year’s winner will be entered in the Pro-Am category at the Great American Beer Festival. Just make sure you’re entering a “hop-forward” brew.

Here are the rules. You have time to perfect your creation — the entry deadline is February 12th.

Lagunitas Brewery and Tasting Room now open in Ballard

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According to Eater Seattle, Lagunitas Brewery and Tasting Room is now open in the former Hilliard’s Beer space at 1550 49th St NW.

This location is the second of this type of satellite tasting room for Lagunitas, which recently opened another small Taproom and Beer Sanctuary at a former brewpub in Charleston.

News was first announced in September that Lagunitas had acquired the warehouse space after Odin Brewing purchased the property in June.

In terms of what is on the menu, locals will usually be able to get the full selection of Lagunitas beers on draft. Small-batch experimental beers will be brewed on site at the Seattle facility.

Locals will notice changes to the venue since Hilliard’s left. The space has a new paint job and includes an island bar.

At the moment, the brewery is limited to guests 21+ until the kitchen opens and starts serving food in the second quarter of 2017.
The company is also developing a large area in the back of the brewery to serve as free event space for nonprofit groups.

The new watering hole will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Lucky Envelope Brewing to open in Ballard


Ballard is set to welcome its newest brewery just in time for Seattle Beer Week. Lucky Envelope Brewing (907 NW 50th St) is set to officially open this Thursday, May 7, at 3 p.m.

The neighborhood’s newest brewery is the venture of Brewmaster Barry Chan and Director of Operations Raymond Kwan (pictured). Both are beer enthusiasts and have a ton of experience in their own right.

“What began as an occasional weekend activity evolved into an obsession. When I wasn’t brewing I found myself studying the chemical and biological processes involved in producing beer,” says Chan.

The brewery’s name takes after the the Chinese tradition of giving red envelopes with money to celebrate Chinese New Year and major holidays.

Lucky Envelope Brewing is set to feature a regular brew rotation packed with traditional German-style beers including Munich Helles and Schwarzbier lagers. The brewery will also feature Asian-inspired beers including the Belgian Style Tripel that is infused with Thai ingredients.

At the grand opening event, attendees will have the chance to sample six beers on tap which will include an IPA, Fog Dart Pale Ale, Seattle Helles, Thaiger Mom Trippel, British Stout, and a Cherry Stout.

The Lucky Envelope Brewing tasting room will be both kid and dog friendly, will feature partnerships with local food trucks and also boasts a bike rack outside the front door.

“Our tasting room will be family friendly and dogs will also be allowed as long as they are well behaved and play nice with other customers and dogs,” says Kwan.

Click here to find out more about Ballard’s newest brewery.

Photo courtesy of Lucky Envelope Brewing. 

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

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.