Going beer-tasting in Ballard is all fun and games until you get sick of drinking the same ones over and over again, spinning in a vortex of Reubens, Stoup, Peddler, and Populuxe. (Or, until somebody falls off the Cycle Saloon.) Trailbend Taproom is a welcome change of pace because it’s still in the Ballard brewery district, but has beer available from everywhere from Bellingham to Belgium. We’ll admit that vulture-stalking for a large picnic table here gets frustrating, especially since this is the U.S. capital of passive-aggressive attitudes. But once you’re in, it’s a fun place to drink interesting things like blueberry ale, aperol cocktails, and spiked coldbrew. We don’t recommend coming to Trailbend starving, but if you do, the pizzas are good enough - especially the margherita.
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Red Mill Totem House
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Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
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Flatstick Pub is a mini-golf bar in South Lake Union that serves bar snacks and pizza.
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The Masonry is a wood-fired pizza spot in Fremont with a large beer selection and excellent meatballs.
Chuck’s Hop Shop
Drinking at Chuck’s Hop Shop in Central District feels like drinking in your friend’s garage, and it’s great. Hit up the food truck if you get hungry.
Peddler Brewing Company
Drinking beer and eating Mean Sandwich outside at Peddler is a very good way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Ballard.
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