Ballard breweries represent a large slice of the Seattle-made beer pie, and with Seattle Beer Week starting today and running through May 18, you’ll have another reason to go out and explore some of the neighborhood’s (and city’s, for that matter) best local brews. To begin your beer journey, head up to Chuck’s Hop Shop on NW 85th all day today and tomorrow to sample rare sour beers from Almanac, The Bruery, Cascade, Black Raven, Deschutes and more. Here’s a rundown of the other SBW events happening in Ballard this weekend:
Cascade Brewing Night at The Sixgill featuring Apricot Sour, Shrieking Violet Sour, Grenadine Sour and Honey Ginger Lime. (Yes, we know this is in Fremont, but too good not to mention.) 4:00-10:00 p.m.
Belgian lovers won’t want to miss this: Urban Family Public House will be serving Cantillon’s Lou Pepe Framboise, Iris – named for the flower that serves as the symbol of Brussels, Fou’Foune – an apricot Lambic, and Mamouche, as well as Drie Fonteinen’s Hommage and Golden Doesjel beers. 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Hilliard’s beer tasting at BevMo! Ballard. Fill up a growler before you leave! 4:00-7:00 p.m.
2nd Annual Bluegrass & Beer Festival at Hale’s Ales has paired up breweries and will feature the resultant beers from collaborations between Diamond Knot & Skagit River, 7 Seas & Port Townsend Brewing, and many more! 5:00-10:00 p.m. Tickets here.
Sunday, 5/11 (Don’t forget your mom while you’re out drinking beer)
New Belgium Mother’s Day Dinner at The Leary Traveler. This ticketed event will benefit Seattle charity The Benevolent Guild and features a four-course meal along with five beer tastings from New Belgium. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets here.
Click here to see a full list of Seattle Beer Week events happening all over the city!
According to this MyBallard article, Reuben’s Brewery (located in downtown Ballard) has raised over $7,000 for different local charities. Beginning last May, Reuben’s hosts a different charity or non-profit organization each Thursday and then donates $1 of every pint or growler that is sold that night to the featured organization.
Another aspect that is unique, is that Reuben’s encourages representatives from that nights featured organization to attend and raise awareness for their cause by talking about what they do. Tonight from 3pm to 8pm MEOW Cat Rescue will be the featured organization. For more information about this great weekly event, please visit Reuben’s website.
The 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl brought to you by Tim’s Tavern is taking place this Saturday December 7th at 6:00 PM. There will be more than 20 different bars in the Greenwood/Phinney Ridge neighborhood participating in this festive event with proceeds going to help the Greenwood Food Bank.
The cost of the event is $15 with 2 cans of food or $20 without. This includes riding the various shuttles to different establishments as well as the opportunity to purchase drinks at the discounted rate. Make sure you dust off your favorite sweater and make the short trip over to Greenwood for this fun filled evening. For more information on this Greenwood Food Bank fundraiser, including the participating bars and the pick up and drop off times of the shuttle, check out the flier here.
The annual Fremont Oktoberfest starts today as thousands of people will hit the streets of Fremont to celebrate for the 17th time, this annual tradition. It has been previously featured as a “Top ten place to celebrate in the world”. With over 100 beers of tap for individuals to try, this all weekend event is sure to have a brew that suits you. Oktoberfest will feature both a kid friendly section as well as an over 21 beer garden.
The tasting garden will be open as follows with last call a half hour prior to the listed closing time.
Friday, September 20 — 5:00pm-12:00midnight*
Saturday, September 21 — 11:00am-12:00midnight*
Sunday, September 22 — 11:00am-6:00pm**
Sunday morning is the 11th annual 5k run with the finish line in the middle of the Oktoberfest Village. While some may choose a more healthy hydration (boring), others may opt to hydrate themselves with a seasonal beer which is included in your $25 registration for the race.
Oktoberfest runs all weekend long but for more information please visit their website here.
With the growing number of craft breweries that have opened up in Ballard recently, Thrillist has created a Ballard Craft Beer Crawl that you and your friends can follow. Where else in the Seattle are you able to try 8 different breweries all of which are within walking distance from each other?
If you are looking to try out freshly made local beer, give the Ballard Craft Beer Crawl a try and let us know which place is your favorite. For more information about this as well as a short description of each brewery please visit the Thrillist website.
According to MyBallard.com this past Saturday the Kiss Cafe raised over $15,000 for Asher Deaver a Ballard musician who is facing surgery to remove tumors from his head. Asher who went into surgery today was shocked at the generosity of the people who attended. Kegs of beer were donated with all of the proceeds that night going directly to a fund for his surgery. Hundreds of people cycled through the Kiss Cafe to support Asher and his worthy cause.
If you would like to donate to this cause the Kiss Cafe is also having a raffle to raise additional funds. The tickets are $10 each and you have a chance to win a 2 night stay at the Inn at Langley or an Ipad. You will be able to buy tickets through the end of this week with the winners being chosen on Monday. For more information on last Saturday’s event visit the MyBallard Blog or the Kiss Cafe facebook page!
Saturday August 10th is the 2nd annual Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament put on by Naked City Brewery, Summer Streets, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Innovators Network. This 3 on 3 soccer tournament will take place on Greenwood Ave between 85th and 87th with sectioned off fields lining the street. If you are interested in putting a team together you are encouraged to pre-register as only a limited amount of teams will be allowed to participate.
Friday night Naked City Brewing will host a pre-tournament party from 7-10pm offering up drink specials to get everyone fueled up for the following days games. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research. For much more information about this event, please visit their website here.
According to this Ballard News Tribune article, Ballard has a walk score of 94 which ranks them 5th out of 100 neighborhoods in Seattle. Ballard features over one hundred restaurants & bars packed in its dense urban setting as well as grocery stores, libraries, parks, and a post office, all of which are within a short distance from each other. As the high ranking indicates, not many neighborhoods in Seattle offer as much variety and in such a close proximity as Ballard does.
One of the reasons why Ballard is ranked as high as they are is because of the diversity of places that are within a 5 minute walk. This is one of the strongest indicators of how walkable a neighborhood is according to Walkscore.com. In case you were wondering, the 4 neighborhoods ahead of Ballard are:
2. South Lake Union
1. Denny Triangle
With this great summer weather that we are currently having get outside and walk around Ballard and make sure to let us know what you think about our walk score of 94!
With summer just beginning we thought it was the perfect time to highlight the happy hour scene in Ballard. The Hi-Life which is located just off of Market St. on Russell Ave is the perfect place to meet your friends after a long day at the office. They offer a great selection of $4 food items that include Margherita Pizza, Mac & Cheese, Onion Rings, Suicide Sliders, and many more treats. For beverages you can choose from eight northwest beers, house wine, or well drinks, each for only $3.50. They also offer seasonal specialty cocktails for $5.
Happy Hour at the Hi-Life runs everyday from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm and 10 pm to close. On Tuesday’s it goes all evening long from 3 pm until close. For a complete menu of their happy hour please visit there website at Chowfoods.com.
This week is your last chance to grab a beer at the Copper Gate Bar in Ballard as they are set to close their doors at the end of this month for the final time. The Copper Gate is known for their classic Viking ship bar top, quality food, and live music performances.
A brief message can be found on the Copper Gate Facebook page that reads, “We enjoyed serving people for seven years. It’s been a good run,” says the owners of Copper Gate. “We would like to thank our loyal customers, our staff, the musicians who performed at our space, and Ballard for having us. We had a great time having the place and we wish the new owners the best.”
Also on their Facebook page they state that a celebration of the Copper Gate will be held on Sunday June 30th starting at 5pm. So head on down for one final drink and celebrate the many years of tradition that the Copper Gate has provided Ballard.