Populuxe to host Halloween ‘Scareoke’ and costume contest

If you’re meticulously planning out your Halloween weekend, here are a couple events to add to the list: Populuxe Brewing will be hosting a “Scareoke” Karaoke Party on Friday, Oct. 28, and a family-friendly Pre-Halloween Happy Hour on Sunday, Oct. 30.

The 2nd Annual Scareoke party will be from 8 to 11 pm on Friday night, including a costume contest with some Populuxe swag: 1st place gets a year membership to Populuxe’s Mug Club, 2nd place gets a Populuxe tee, trucker hat, and $50 gift certificate, and 3rd place gets a Populuxe growler and fill. They’ll have food truck Peasant Food Manifesto on hand for bites. “All guests are strongly requested to come in costume. Be there or be scared!” More info can be found here.

The Family Pre-Halloween Happy Hour on Sunday, Oct. 30 is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and will include candy corn bingo at 5:30, a costume contest at 6, and a Halloween movie at 6:30. They’ll have Chavoya’s Hot Dogs food truck on hand for dinner. More info can be found here.

Populuxe Brewing to open new location this weekend

Populuxe Brewing will open the doors to their new location this Saturday, September 23. The reopening has been delayed for over year, due to permitting and construction issues. The new brewery has an expanded tasting room, an arcade with games from the Seattle Pinball Museum, and Ballard’s biggest beer garden.

“These seats have been empty for way too long but we finally received word that we can open our doors at our new location (directly across the yard from our old location) this Saturday,” co-owner Amy Besunder tells My Ballard. To celebrate the opening, they’ll be handing out free Populuxe trucker hats to the first 25 people who come through the doors on Saturday.

Populuxe will be serving two new fresh hop beers: the Fresh Hop Citra Pale, and a Fresh Hop Farm House which they describe as a Scandinavian-style farmhouse ale. Peasant Food Manifesto food truck will be on site for the opening party.

The grand opening party is from noon to 10pm on Saturday. Visit their Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP.

Oktoberfest is coming to Ballard this weekend

This Saturday, September 16 is the 3rd annual Ballard Oktoberfest brewery crawl, bringing together four of Ballard’s breweries for a day of live music, Bavarian grub, and Oktoberfest-themed special brews from each brewery.

A traveling oompah band, known as the Oompah Machine, will kick things off at Stoup Brewing at 1pm. The crawl will continue on to Populuxe at 2pm, Lucky Envelope at 3pm, and Reuben’s Brews at 4pm. Each brewery will be serving one special Oktoberfest beer and a limited-edition 0.5 liter commemorative stein or boot. (You can purchase glassware for $6 empty or $10 filled.) There will be food trucks at each brewery, and co-sponsor Verity Credit Union will be providing pretzel bites for the entirety of the crawl.

Stoup will be serving a special Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen, German Pilsner & Marzen. The food truck on site will be Napkin Friends, who plan on serving latke potato pancakes.

Populuxe will have special brew Populuxe Oktoberfest and a Kolsch, with the Itty Bitty Schnitty food truck serving schnitzel, kraut and fritz.

Lucky Envelope will have an Oktoberfest Vienna Lager, Helles Lager and Smoked Tea Rauch Helles. Ravenleaf Food Truck will serve southwest and Caribbean barbecue prepared with fresh northwest ingredients.

Reuben’s plans to serve their Märzen, Gose, Roggenbier, and other German styles. Their food truck will be Burgerphenia, who will be featuring the Prague Dog: bratwurst, red kraut, spicy mustard on a brioche bun.  They’ll also be serving burgers and fries.

For more info on the event, visit the Facebook event page.

New Populuxe Brewing space to open in August

Populuxe Brewing (826 NW 49th St) will be moving into their new, bigger space next door in August.

It’s been a long time coming for the move; they’d planned to be in the new building in March, but city permitting was delayed, which meant they lost their contractor to do the buildout. The new builder, Rafn Company, broke ground at the end of May.

The new space will include a full service arcade; they’ve partnered with Seattle Pinball Museum and plan to have both classic and new arcade and pinball machines. There will be a party room available for rent, plus a beer garden with firepits and cornhole and a regular rotation of food trucks.

“We’ll be open seven days a week and look forward to be a place our neighbors can continue to gather and enjoy great, local beer,” Populuxe’s Amy Besunder tells My Ballard.

Photo courtesy Amy Besunder

Body-positive figure drawing at Populuxe Brewing on Sunday

On Sunday, June 25, the Seattle Public Library will hold a body-positive figure drawing class, taught by a local comic book artist, at Populuxe Brewing (826B NW 49th St) from 3 to 5pm.

Artists of every skill level are encouraged to attend, but everyone needs to bring their own supplies for drawing. The class will be taught by local artist Tatiana Gill, who will, “lead attendees through a series of exercises that take a body-positive approach to figure drawing and representation.” There will be live, clothed models, including local model Curvy Curly Chelsie. Gill is a Seattle cartoonist, focusing on themes such as body positivity, feminism, mental health and recovery.

The event is free and open to the public; drinks are available for purchase. Registration is not required. For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

Populuxe to host Family Fun Day next month

The team at Populuxe Brewing (826B NW 49th St) is inviting everyone in the neighborhood to their Family Fun Day on Sunday, September 11, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

From noon local kiddos can sing along with Sandy of Pretend Music. Following the music, the new space will be opened up for the Seahawks game at 1 p.m.

Chavoya’s Hot Dogs will be serving up franks and Balleywood Creamery will be vending delicious ice cream.

“There will be lots of room for all you and all your friends to stretch out and enjoy the game,” says Amy from Populuxe.

Check out their Facebook event page to find out more.

Populuxe Brewing announces plans to expand to larger space

Populuxe Brewing officially announced its plans to move into a new, larger space next door to their current space at 826 NW 49th Street.

The move to the 4000 square foot space, which was once home to Ballard’s infamous Oddvars Automotive, will feature a 7-barrel brewhouse, 15-barrel fermenters, a larger taproom with 20 taps, a sizeable beer garden with food trucks and cornhole, more seating, and large screen TV’s for showing Sounders and Seahawks games and other major events.

At the new location, local beer fans will also be able to enjoy Populuxe seven days a week! The new taproom will be open Monday – Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 3 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We are excited for the next chapter,” said Charbonnier. “Our goal is to open the new space this spring, likely in March or April”.

Populuxe is currently working with architects and the city to design the space, but here’s what the team can tell you so far:

  • The taproom room will move from the current location to the new one, where it will be bigger, open longer hours, and have even more taps.
  • The new space will have more room, so we’ll be able to brew more beer! We’ll retain the same feel of our current space by keeping the brewery operations connected to the taproom.
  • The new space will enable us to expand our barrel-aging program, increase our bottling capacity, develop our sour beer program, create more experimental beers and include a lab for advanced quality assurance.
  • We will have a separate room to accommodate private parties.

Populuxe to host “Bathe to Save” fundraising event

Populuxe Brewing will host a “Bathe to Save” fundraising event benefiting Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville this Friday, August 5, from 4:30 p.m.

Bathe to Save is a family touring country in an RV, towing a giant blue dog behind them, to raise awareness and funds for animal shelters by bathing dogs. TheAnimalRescueSite.com and GreaterGood.org are organizing the Bathe to Save National Tour stop at Populuxe.

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Locals can bring their dogs down to Populuxe, and for a $20 donation, that will go to Homeward Pet Adoption Center in Woodinville, their dog will get a bath.

Populuxe will also be donating $1 from every pint served to Homeward Pet.