Ballard Beer Company Opens Thursday (In, Uh, Ballard)
A bar dedicated purely to breweries in one neighborhood? In Seattle, that only makes perfect sense.
In most cities, having a bar that will pour beers brewed within the greater urban area is a real accomplishment. In Seattle, however, the beer flows with such volume and variety that more specialized offerings have become a niche desperately seeking an occupant. And in Ballard, where breweries seem to pop up more frequently with each passing month, that niche will be filled as of tomorrow.
Ballard Beer Company (Seattle’s BBC is, obviously, about beer rather than British broadcasting) will have 15 taps pouring a rotating crop of the neighborhood's craft beers alongside two ciders and an extensive bottle selection for those somehow unsatisfied with the draft offerings.
BBC manager Lindsey Allison says Ballard-brewed pours like Hilliard’s Suffering Bastard Saison and NW Peaks' Luna Double IPA are slated to be on tap at Thursday’s open.
The rest of BBC’s debut offerings will be revealed after the proverbial ribbon is cut at 4pm, but Allison was willing to divulge that both ciders will be Seattle-brewed and each of Ballard’s burgeoning breweries will be represented on tap.
With the bar well prepared for Thursday, Allison and owner Greg Anderson are shifting their focus to the next step in the space's evolution: a bottle shop. BBC’s retail arm “will definitely reach beyond the neighborhood,” says Allison, but will be home to the many Ballard brews available in glass and aluminum. Of course, those that have yet to be distributed in individually capped form will surely make at least a brief cameo in the tap room.
We can’t wait to drink a draft pint while seeking out the perfect bombers for later once the bottle shop is up and running. Until then, 15 taps of Ballard greatness will certainly suffice.