UPDATE 9/5: Hilliard’s opening has been delayed.
Hilliard’s co-owner Adam Merkl has just sent word that the no-bottle-using Ballard brewery has an opening day taproom party planned on Saturday, September 17.
Brewer Ryan Hilliard’s saison-style beer has shown up at a few Seattle bars (including Naked City Brewery and Taphouse in Greenwood). But the opening party, which lasts from noon to 9pm on the 17th, marks the first occasion for local beer drinkers to try tallboy cans of Hilliard’s Amber Ale.
The year-round amber and saison will be canned and sold at retail stores and at the brewery, and Hilliard’s will offer kegs of seasonal and limited-edition brews at its HQ. Some of those, including its Scottish Ale and Imperial IPA, will be on tap at the opening event. The saison will be on draught that day too.
Regular taproom hours will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 3pm to 9pm, and the plan is to increase those once things are popping along.
Hilliard’s is located at 1550 NW 49th Street in Ballard.