Skål Beer Hall to open its doors in November

The newest Viking-themed bar in Ballard is inching closer to opening — Skål (5429 Ballard Ave NW) is anticipating a November opening, and have announced plans to team up with Odin Brewing Co. on a collaboration beer “fit for a Viking beer hall”.

“Paying homage to the Scandinavian tradition of farmhouse brewing, we crafted a vibrant ale with balanced acidity from the black currants added during fermentation,” the owners say. They use a Kveik yeast strain, which Skål says was originally used during the brewing season, and then dried to preserve for the next year.

“We’ve been told that at the end of the brewing year, the yeast would be smeared onto a stick, whale bone, or whatever was laying around and desiccated. The dry yeast could then be stored until the next brewing season came around. Over time the yeast evolved to be extremely flocculent, which means it sticks together and settles very well and is also highly temperature stable. It is unique in its ability to ferment hot, up to 100F,” Skål explains in their newsletter. The beer is currently on offer at Odin’s Tukwila brewery, and for a limited time at the Swedish Club.

The bar has established a membership program called Beerhalla, where members get invited to exclusive events and first pours on limited-release beers. They also have a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for opening — donors get their names laser-cut on wood rounds, which will go up on their “founder’s wall” in the bar.

Skål is also hiring — they’re all set for bartenders, but they’re looking for kitchen staff, cooks, and dishwashers.

If you want to check out the space before they open, they will be open for a few hours on select Sundays during the Ballard Farmers Market for the community to see construction progress and meet the Skål team. (Check their Facebook page for dates)

 


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Lampchop
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Lampchop

Do the owners of this site perhaps have an financial interest here?

jeff
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jeff

Right? So much coverage for what’s just a new bar in Ballard.

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

The operators of this site will promote any racist organization.

Low Test Man Bun
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Low Test Man Bun

Yass Queeeeen

Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh
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Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh

Place looks great. Looking forward to enjoying a brew here!

Jark Mudge
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Jark Mudge

I like beer. Do you like beer?

PJ & Squee
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PJ & Squee

We’ll see you there!

Ballardite
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Ballardite

Ugh. Another themed bar. Can’t we just have a bar that isn’t Viking themed or wizard themed or whatever?

How about a bar that’s just beer themed? (Or if we need to be more inclusive then I suppose alcohol themed would do.) And one that doesn’t require crowd funding or laser cut cut names or “Beerhalla”?

I’m not even an old, crusty dude with a Free Ballard bumper sticker, but this place just sounds silly.

Truth
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Truth

Then don’t go? There’s plenty of unthemed bars in Ballard.

Hell, three-ish doors down is the Smoke Shop, whose theme is “stiff, cheap drinks”. Crowdfunding there is when you ring the bell and buy everyone drinks.

Question is, can you handle it?

DoucheBro
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DoucheBro

This take by Truth is weaker than a happy hour cocktail.

Truth
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Truth

What a waste of electrons to post your comment and photons to convey it to my eyes.

Ballard Eater
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Ballard Eater

Well, if you just want ‘bars’, you still have Hatties, and the Smoke Shop, and the Chinese Restaurant on 20th. All of those joints are just ‘bar’ bars, non-pretentious, but still good places to get booze (and food).

Davey
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Davey

Man I hope that background image isn’t official or that they/you got permission to use it.

ShawnMcLean
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ShawnMcLean

Yay, more white people stuff in Ballard.

DoucheBro
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DoucheBro

White people in Seattle love trashing other white people. Pretty funny. Do you dress up your dog baby, too?