Monday, July 29, 2013

Ballard (pt. 2): Peddler Brewing

   The kind of peddler celebrated at this new Ballard brewery is not the door-to-door salesman but the bicyclist, as a look around the inside of the taproom quickly establishes.
The location is key to this brewery's theme.  The Burke-Gilman Trail, that 30 miles of bikepath from the top of Lake Washington to the shores of Puget Sound in Golden Gardens Park, is an almost-continuous strip of asphalt.  There is a gap, a bit over a mile, in Ballard's most industrial area, and the Peddler sits on Leary Way on that gap route.  Its next-door neighbors are a paint manufacturer and a galvaning shop.  Cyclists weaving in and out of truck traffic in this area are no doubt happy to see a bike-friendly spot.

   Owners Dave Keller and Haley Woods opened Peddler last March, having pulled together some used equipment and cobbled together a seven-barrel system.
  They call their IPA "On Your Left", which those of us who pedal kind of slow hear a lot.  When I rode the north end of the trail up to 192's taproom last month, I'll bet I heard that phrase 300 times.
   I tried a schooner of the coffee saison--an unlikely-sounding combination that turned out very drinkable. 17 light IBUs and a 7.0 abv content.
(Visited 7/26/13)

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