Remember that one weekend of glorious sunshine? The one that got your sandals out and your hopes up? Urban Family remembers. And the Ballard temple to Belgian beers is preparing for the elusive return of outdoor drinking weather by transforming its rear patio area into a beer garden. The wood-walled outdoor space’s proximity to both stupendous beers and the Ballard Farmers Market means seats will go fast on sunny Sundays.
Urban Family owner Tim Czarnetzki says the finished patio will be ready this weekend, weather permitting. It will be open whenever the bar is—again, weather permitting. For now it seats about 22 people at 12- and 8-foot picnic tables, but a forthcoming bar top will add eight more seats by next weekend. The pub also has a new sandwich menu, as of last night.
Urban Family has also begun a Friday night raffle, with each weekly winner receiving a bottle of incredibly rare beer; last week’s winner took home a Westvleteren 12, a trappist beer made by actual monks that’s all but unattainable in the U.S. (we won’t ask). Being eligible for this windfall is simply a matter of coming in between 4 and 5:30 on a Friday night—you get a raffle ticket with each beer purchased in this time frame. The winner is drawn at 6pm, and this week’s giveaway is a gueuze from Belgian brewery Cantillon.