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.

Stoup Brewing opens new event space

Ballard’s Stoup Brewing has announced the opening of their new event space, located just above their tap room. Aptly named “Upstairs at Stoup”, the space looks westward with a deck over the existing beer garden.

“While we have always welcomed groups to carve out their own space among our regulars, it is really great to be able to offer a more intimate setting as well,” Stoup co-owner Lara Zahaba said in a statement about the opening.

The space will be large enough to accommodate up to 40 people seated, and 60-70 standing. Guests can choose four beers from the tap list, and outside catering is welcome. When not in use, the event space is open to the public Thursday to Sunday for 21+, but no dogs are allowed.

Events can be booked in four-hour increments on weeknights and through the weekend, and two-hour blocks are available from 9am to 4 pm weekdays for businesses looking to host off-site meetings.

More info and pricing can be found online. Inquiries can also be sent to events@stoupbrewing.com.

Photos by Will Foster

Stoup set to celebrate 3rd birthday


Stoup Brewing is celebrating its 3rd Birthday with an all day long celebration this Saturday, October 29, from noon – 10 p.m.

Beer releases for the special occasion will include a variety of sours, some barrel aged, plus Vic Secret IPA (a hilariously named new experiemental hop … we’ve shortened Victoria’s to Vic) and our Export Stout.

Napkin Friends food truck will be out the front for the day and from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Traeger grills will also be in the beer garden grilling up complimentary wings two ways.

Planet Fly, a local funk band that includes Seattle beer legend, Larry Rock, will play two sets starting at 6 p.m.

“Our big news is a new fire pit which will blaze warmth for the first time that day. We are very excited that the beer garden can potentially be as appealing through fall and winter as it is in summer,” says the Stoup team.

The Stoup team is prepared for all weather possibilities and will have a large tent extending the tap room out front complete with heaters and all.

Stoup to host Beach Party this weekend


Stoup Brewing (1108 NW 52nd St) is teaming up with Sandbol to host a beach party at Stoup’s tap room and beer garden this Saturday, August 6, and Sunday, August 7.

Sand will be brought in to fill a 12’ x 35’ court for Sandbol play, along with a DJ spinning, food trucks, ice cream and swag prizes for lucky winners.

Sandbol is a new to-the-world beach game started by Ballard resident, Mitch Tennison. He describes the game as “cornhole meets bocce ball meets horseshoes” designed with the sand in mind.

“I saw an opportunity to design a game that could leverage the uneven terrain of sandy beaches, be highly portable and bring people together,” says Tennison.

Tennison’s goal is to raise awareness and gain excitement around the gaming prototypes before officially launching the product next summer.

In addition to the aforementioned treats, expect to find Napkin Friends out front on Saturday, Anchor End Pretzel Shoppe on Sunday and ice cream from Balleywood Creamery on both afternoons.

The party will be raging on Saturday from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Stoup Brewing to celebrate 2 years in Ballard


Neighborhood favorite, Stoup Brewing (1108 NW 52nd St), will celebrate two years in the neighborhood this Saturday, October 24.

The folks from Stoup will be hosting a special event to mark the occasion that will start at noon.

The event will feature new releases, including: a Munich Style Helles and the return of Export Stout (#WHISKERSOUT, in homage to the MOvember fundraiser for men’s health). Stoup will also tap Sour Nos. 2 AND 3.

In terms of food, attendees will enjoy morsels from Fez on Wheels followed by sweet treats from Balleywood Creamery.

Festivities will ramp up with live music in the taproom throughout the event. The line up will be released this week.

“These past two years have been pretty amazing. It only makes sense for us to celebrate with everyone that has helped us grow so quickly,” says Founder and Head Brewer Brad Benson.

The entire Stoup Brewing team will be at the event to thank locals for supporting their endeavour over the past two years.

Stoup to host holiday movie event tonight


The folks at Stop Brewing (1108 NW 52nd St) are getting into the festive season on the night before the night before Christmas with a holiday movie event.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be shown at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Elf will be on the big screen at 8 p.m.

The whole family is invited to this special event.

Happy hour will be in full swing with $1 off pints from 3 p.m. – close and Ballard Pizza Co. will be standing by ready to deliver.

Click here to learn more about the event.

Stoup Brewing celebrates first birthday


It is hard to believe that Stoup Brewing (1108 NW 52nd St) has already been enticing the neighborhood with craft brews for a whole year. Although Stoup’s official birthday was October 23, the team is set to celebrate this Saturday, November 1, from noon – 10 p.m.

Stoup was the ninth brewery to open in Ballard and has definitely made an impact on the Seattle beer scene. The brewery was opened by Ballard residents Brad Benson, a chemist, and Lara Zahaba, wine industry expert. Robyn Schumacher is the final member of the team who is a certified beer geek, biologist and Cicerone.

This special birthday celebration will include the release of Stoup’s latest brews including a German-Style Pilsner and an Imperial Porter aged in whiskey barrels.

Attendees will be entertained by the live music of Robert (Bobcat) Newberry from 4 p.m. and band The Kings at 7 p.m. Stoup will also have food trucks Napkin Friends and Mad Dawgs Hotdogs on hand to serve up the goods.

A large tent will be erected out the front of the brewery to accommodate the party no matter the weather.

Click here to find out more about the birthday party!