Looking for a cool, new weekend hangout? Put the pedal to the metal, we say, and roll up to Peddler Brewing Company. This popular brewery (and tasting room) in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard features an indoor bike rack that holds nine bicycles, and a bike work station means visitors can take care of tune-ups or flat tires while ordering their favorite pour. Peddler is a great spot for both bikes and beers — Photo courtesy of Peddler Brewing Company
In March 2013, owners Haley Woods and David Keller combined their love of riding bikes, brewing and drinking beer to open this unique venue in one of Seattle's most welcoming beer-friendly zones. The bicycle theme pervades the Peddler Brewing Company. It's found everywhere from the bathroom faucet handles to the gears that appear in the concrete counter top.
"Peddler," as locals call it, boasts a seven-barrel brewing system which pumps out up to 14 kegs of beer per batch. Eight taps mean regular brews as well as a couple of rotating seasonal taps. The indoor space features a large bar and tables - ideal for chatting with new friends - plus there's an outdoor patio that's prime for people watching on a bustling weekend night.
With hours that run later than many area breweries, this is an ideal watering hole for Thursday through Saturday nights. The taproom closes at 9 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Beer aficionados must try sampler trays or pints on-site, or take 64-ounce growlers and 32-ounce bottles to go. Popular brews range from the Kolsch and caramel ESB to the Rye-P-A and coffee Saison that has the distinctive taste of, you guessed it, java. Coffee, beer and bikes–now those are the flavors of Seattle. The drink menu at Peddler — Photo courtesy of Peddler Brewing Company