Almost ready. Image via Peddler Brewing Company's Facebook page.

The latest milestone in the ongoing beering of Ballard: Peddler Brewing Company has announced it will open next Friday, March 8. Owners Dave Keller and Haley Woods are starting small—opening Fridays from 5 to 10 and Saturdays from 4 to 10—with plans to expand those hours.

The most obvious observation one can make about Peddler is its commitment to bicycles. There’s the name, the location in the former Maritime Pacific Brewing site that’s strategically close to a bike path, an indoor rack that holds six bikes, and even a public bike repair station. Keller is an aerospace engineer by day, a longtime homebrewer, and clearly he and Woods are big into cycling.

But the brewery’s eight taps are slated to pour a nice blend of classic styles (IPA, Kolsch) and more creative riffs like the tangerine-wheat beer that has Keller especially excited. And in a town full of good coffee stouts, Peddler went a different direction, working with a local roaster and a lighter-roast coffee with more citrus notes to produce a coffee saison. Sampling this will be my first order of business when I make it over to 15th and Leary.
In addition to the requisite pints and tasters, customers can also fill up growlers, or purchase 32-ounce bottles and 64-ounce growlers of beer to go. No food, but you're welcome to bring some in or order for delivery. Track opening details and such on Peddler's Facebook page.
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