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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    Founded by Mike Hale in 1983, Hale’s Ales is the longest running independently owned brewery in the Northwest. Hale’s built its long standing reputation by brewing small batch, full flavored ales using traditional English brewing methods. An innovator from the start, Hale’s was the first craft brewery to introduce seasonal, cask conditioned and nitrogen conditioned ales to the region. Their goal is to stay true to what the craft brewing “revolution” is all about: crafting fresh, locally brewed ales of the very finest quality.

    Needless to say, Hale’s has witnessed a great deal of change since their early years and have seen plenty of breweries their age fail to adapt to the changing market. Having recently gone through a complete brand refresh, Hale’s Ales is now making changes to its business model to adapt to the competitive local market. Specifically, the Pub/Restaurant will now operate as a Taproom with limited small bites available. Through the brand updates and business model changes, Hale’s will be positioned to reach a wider audience of customers and continue its legacy as the much loved Hale’s Ales.

    1. Tap room? Hey! Bring back the old Hale’s Ales. Pub grub. Sports on TV. (OK. I know. Nobody watched, but it was great interior decoration!) Big parties. Rotary Clubs etc. Shows in the Palladium. Nice waiters and waitresses. Always full.

      But now? Nobody there! Is it the death of Capitalism? Bring it back!
      Bud Fuddly

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