Ballard Breweries

The number of Fremont and Ballard breweries has been growing and has created a diverse mix of stops along the Seattle Ale Trail. The neighborhoods of Ballard and Fremont are filled with history, great shops and restaurants, parks and other cool finds. 

Craft beer has had a long history in this area. Some of the big name Seattle breweries got their start here - Redhook, Hale's Ales and Maritime Pacific. These breweries paved the way and define the craft beer culture of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest

There are many breweries to discover here, so use our map to help plan your trip - they are all worth checking out, just like the neighborhoods they call home.  

Click on the map location icons for more information on each brewery!

  • Hours, address & phone
  • Do they serve food?
  • Are they 'kid friendly'?
  • Live entertainment or an outdoor spot to enjoy their craft beer?

Scroll down for further descriptions from our experiences at each.

Weekends are ideal for making a tour of the Ballard breweries since all of them are open then.

Seattle's Ballard

Ballard is a fun neighborhood just north of Seattle with a rich history. There is a big seafaring heritage here being bordered by Puget Sound and the ship canal, so there are some great maritime sites to explore like the Chittenden Ballard Locks, the Fisherman's Terminal and Golden Gardens Park. Scandinavian culture is also strong here.

The Ballard Bridge as seen from the Fisherman's Terminal
The Chittenden Ballard Locks is a must see sight with the fish ladder and beautiful gardens

Ballard has a multitude of trendy shops, salons, cafes and restaurants. The Farmers Market takes over Ballard Ave on the weekends and is one of the best in the area.

But we are here for the beer, so here are the options for Ballard's Breweries:

Reuben's Brews - The Fresh Up and Comer

Reuben's Brews opened their taproom in 2012 and they are already kicking butt and taking home medals from tasting competitions all over the land. The taproom is in the heart of the Ballard brewery which has been expanded to a 7 BBL brewing system. Reuben's Brews should not be missed on the Ballard Ale Trail.

Reuben's Brews is home to some of Ballard's best craft beer
A 12-pack sampler of Reuben's Brews
Reuben's Brews is a top destination to check out on the Ballard Ale Trail

Kid friendly, snacks available, patio seating, growler and 20 oz bottles available to-go.

Check out AleTrailMaps' Reuben's Brews page for more info!

Urban Family Brewing

Three friends from DC headed to the Northwest in search of fine craft beer and decided to open their own place in 2012 on the hip and trendy Ballard Ave. The family friendly taproom is a beautiful combination of brick, wood and metal.

Urban Family Brewery and Public House is a family friendly pub
The brew tanks at Urban Family Brewery in Ballard

15 taps flow up to 5 house beers brewed right in the back, plus 10 guest taps from choice breweries around the Northwest. Growler fills to-go.

Check out AleTrailMaps' Urban Family Brewing page for more info!

NW Peaks Brewing

Located in a small warehouse shop, this is one of the newer Ballard breweries. NW Peaks is a nano-brewery brewing on a 1 BBL system.  The tasting room is open Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.

Owner/brewer Kevin Klein is an avid mountaineer and climber, so the beers are named after the peaks surrounding Seattle. The focus at NW Peaks is on quality, not quantity and they celebrate the more flavorful varieties in the beer world.

NW Peaks is a small brewery in Ballard has a small taproom and beer garden
NW Peaks is a small brewery in Ballard worth checking out

NW Peaks is getting some attention in the area - and that's saying something given all the competition around. We will be checking them out soon and posting a review!

Hilliard's Beer - Err on the side of Awesome!

Hilliard’s small tasting room opened in late 2011 in the heart of their brewery with tall ceilings, big windows. Said to be home to perhaps the most comfortable bar stool in Seattle! 

Hilliards Brewing in Ballard
Cans of Hilliard's Beer are this way...

Food trucks are usually on site Saturdays and the taproom is kid friendly!

Hilliard’s is currently canning select varieties of their beers in 16 oz. tallboys. Amber and Saison are their first ones off the canning line. Growler fills/exchanges are available. 

Peddler's Brewing - Bikes and Beer!

Haley Woods and David Keller have combined their passions for cycling and beer in this Ballard brewery which opened in 2013. No food, but the tasting room is kid friendly plus there is a corn-hole game court inside!

Peddler Brewing is Ballard's bike-centric craft beer destination.

This is a hot spot for cyclists on the Ballard Ale Trial as it is on a popular bike route. Peddler Brewing features an outdoor patio and huge bike rack, indoor bike parking, and a work stand with tools.

Peddler Brewing runs a 7 BBL brewing system to fill out 8 taps. Growler fills available.

Click here for AleTrailMaps' Peddler Brewing page.

Maritime Pacific & The Jolly Roger Taproom

Ballard’s Maritime Pacific was founded in 1990 by George and Jane Hancock, so these guys were one of the original Ballard breweries. Their pub, the Jolly Roger Taproom, is named after their crowd pleasing holiday beer.

Maritime Pacific is home to the Jolly Roger Taproom in Ballard
The Jolly Roger Taproom is named after Maritime Pacific Brewing's delicious holiday ale

Dressed with plenty of maritime décor that befits the seafaring area, the family friendly pub serves good food to match their fine beers. I love the sliders!
Growler fills and kegs to-go.

Check out AleTrailMaps' Maritime Pacific page for more info!

Stoup Brewing

The latest brewery taproom arrival to the Ballard Brewing District is Stoup Brewing. The driving forces behind this endeavor are Brad Benson and Lara Zahaba, along with Robyn Schumacher who is a certified Cicerone, meaning she knows how good beer should taste and which one to pour when. 

Stoup Brewing is a new (and welcome) addition to the Ballard craft brew scene
Stoup Brewing in Ballard has a fun taproom overlooking their brewhouse!

A Stoup is Scotish drinking mug and these guys are filling them with delicious craft brews.  They host food trucks to satisfy your hunger too! Growlers available to go!

Populuxe Brewing

This is an upstart nano-brewery on the Fremont side of Ballard. The family friendly establishment is somewhat small, but with a nice mix of wood and concrete inside. The small interior is balanced with one of the best beer gardens of the Ballard breweries featuring a corn-hole court and live music on occasion!

Populuxe Brewing is a fun spot on the Ballard Ale Trail

The 1.5 BBL brew system at Populuxe is bringing the goods to Ballard. Kid friendly, growler fills available. 

Look for a full review of Populuxe Brewing at in the near future.

Bad Jimmy's Brewing Co.

Bad Jimmy’s is a recent addition to the Ballard Ale Trail opening in December of 2013. The taproom is tucked behind Dish café and The Leary Traveler in a black warehouse building, just a stone's throw from Hale's Ales.

Bad Jimmy's Brewery is now open in Ballard

Their mission is to reinvent intensity as it exists in the craft beer world. Bold, highly hopped beers is their focus.

Bad Jimmy's Brewery Taproom features some sweet woodwork and tasty beers

That's big talk from Bad Jimmy with all good beer flowing from the other Ballard breweries. Fortunately their beers deliver in spades and are worth a look.

A full write up on Bad Jimmy's is coming soon, so stay tuned.

Hale's Ales & The Palladium

Hale's Ales was started back in 1983 by Mike Hale in Central Washington and joined the Ballard breweries in 1995. They were the first craft brewery in the region to introduce seasonal, cask conditioned, and nitrogen conditioned ales. 

Hale's Ales is a fun brewpub and is a must see in Seattle's Ballard/Fremont area

The cool building starts with an impressive view of the brewhouse with it's open fermentation tanks right when you walk in. The family friendly brewpub serves up great food. 

Special events are held in the Palladium too! Check out the annual Moisture Festival variety style show.  Growler fills and kegs to-go.

Check out AleTrailMaps' Hale's Ales page for more info!

Funky Fremont - Center of the Universe!

The Ale Trail continues east into Fremont and includes several more breweries worth checking out: Fremont Brewing, Odin Brewing's Asgard Taproom, and the Outlander Pub.

Other stops include Theo Chocolate who has ties to the Seattle craft beer scene, plus they offer tours of their factory. The infamous Fremont Troll shouldn't be missed either!

The Fremont Troll

Click here for the
Fremont Breweries Ale Trail Map

Vladimir Lenin struts his way to great craft beer in Seattle's Fremont

Below are the locations and hours for each of the
Ballard breweries (accurate as of September 2013).

Reuben's Brews

1406 NW 53rd St., Suite 1A
Seattle, WA 98107

(206) 753-9583    

Thurs – Fri 3 PM – 8 PM
Sat Noon – 8 PM
Sun Noon – 5 PM
Closed Mon - Wed

Click here for AleTrailMaps'
 Reuben's Brews page

Urban Family Brewing

5329 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107 

(206) 861-6769    

Mon 5 PM - Midnight
Tue Closed
Wed - Thu 5 PM - Midnight
Fri 5 PM – 2 AM
Sat 1 PM – 2 AM
Sun 11 AM - Midnight

Check out AleTrailMaps'
Urban Family Brewing page

Northwest Peaks Brewing

4912 17th Ave NW, Ste B.
Seattle, WA 98107

(206) 853-0525

Thur - Fri 4 PM - 8 PM
Sat  2 PM - 8 PM
Sun Noon - 6 PM

Hilliard's Beer

1550 NW 49th St.
Seattle, WA 98107

(206) 915-3303

Thurs - Fri 3 PM - 11 PM
Sat  Noon - 11 PM
Sun Noon - 7 PM

Peddler's Brewing

1514 NW Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107

(360) 362-0002    

Thurs 4 PM - 9 PM
Fri and Sat 4 PM - 10 PM

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Peddler Brewing page

The Cylce Saloon is a fun way to tour the many Ballard Breweries

Maritime Pacific &
The Jolly Roger Taproom

1111 NW Ballard Way
Seattle, WA 98107

(206)  782-6181

Mon – Wed 11 AM - 10 PM
Thurs 11 AM - 11 PM
Fri – Sat 11 AM - Midnight
Sun Noon - 9 PM

Check out AleTrailMaps'
Maritime Pacific page

Stoup Brewing

1108 NW 52nd Street
Seattle, WA 98107

(206) 457-5524

Wed & Thurs 4 PM – 8 PM
4 PM – 9 PM
Sat Noon - 9 PM
Sun Noon - 8 PM
Closed Mon & Tues

Populuxe Brewing

826 NW 49th Street, Ste. B
Seattle, WA 98107

(206) 706-3400

Thu - Fri 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Sat 2 PM - 9 PM
Closed Sun - Wed

Bad Jimmy's Brewing

4358B Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107

No Phone

Sun - Thurs Noon – Midnight
Fri & Sat Noon - 2 AM

Hale's Ales &
The Palladium

4301 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107

(206) 706-1544   

Monday – Closed
Tues & Wed 4 PM – 10 PM
Thurs 4 PM – Midnight
Fri 4 PM – 1 AM
Sat 2 PM – 1 AM
Sun 2 PM – 10 PM

Check out AleTrailMaps' Hale's Ales page

Nearly all of the Ballard Breweries are kid friendly and some are dog friendly too - call ahead to make sure!

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