Brewery Hopping in Ballard

Brewery Hopping in Ballard

I may actually be starting to like beer and I think that it is 100% due to having shared a flight at every brewery I have been to in the past few months. I still make faces after sipping bitter IPAs and most dark beers, but I can safely say that I could probably finish a full glass of beer by myself if I wanted to.

I don't, which is why I stick to sharing small pours of local brews with my friends who can't get enough of the stuff. On a recent trip to Seattle, my girlfriend and I visited a couple of breweries all within a few blocks of each other. Here's what we tried!

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Peddler Brewing Company

If you like beer, bikes, board games, and cute pups you will never want to leave Peddler Brewing Company. Out back you will find a heated beer garden complete with picnic tables and everything you need for a successful corn hole tournament (bike bottle holders mounted to the wall hold your beer glass while you play). There is even a vegan food truck and a window in the fence of the beer garden that lets you order from the sandwich shop next door. 

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I liked: the Tangerine Hefeweizen, the Beach Cruiser Blonde, and a very delicious Mojito Cider from Locust Cider.

Fun feature: Super cyclist friendly! They have a pump and bike parts vending machine. Indoor bike parking, too!


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Walking back to our car, we passed another brewery and decided to stop inside for another flight. We saw a few other people that had been drinking at Peddler, so apparently this is a popular second stop. Nothing here blew my mind, but I did try the Dark Cherry cider from Locust and loved it!

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I liked: Apparently I like hefeweizen styles of beer! This makes sense as I do prefer the lighter, fruity versions. Progress!

Fun feature: They serve ice cream sandwiches and lots of other tasty treats. 


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Locust Cider

Cider is my one true love and after my second taste of a Locust blend I googled the company to see if there were any tasting rooms close by. Lucky for me there was one only a few blocks away. The variety of flavors is impressive, ranging from classic apple to chili pineapple. We walked away with some canned ciders (vanilla bean and dark cherry, respectively) and a grunt of Hibiscus cider. I'm already planning another restock when I'm in the area again in a couple weeks.

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I liked: Everything was stupidly delicious. I really love the Vanilla Bean, which tastes like cream soda. 

Fun feature: Locust Cider passionately supports the Hydrocephalus Association through sales proceeds and they donate $25 when you join their cider club. Their business is centered around raising money to fund Hydrocephalus research, a condition that the founders daughter has been diagnosed with.

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