In the beginning of December, Pike Brewing opened up a new taproom on bustling Ballard Ave in the former Bramling Cross space in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.
The new taproom features a full bar, house cocktails, wine, canned beers, and eight taps with a rotating selection of Pike brews, as well as a cider and a beer from a neighboring Ballard brewery. To celebrate the move into Ballard, Pike’s head brewer, Leslie Shore, created a collaboration beer with the talented folks at Stoup Brewing called New Kidz on THIS Block IPA. The other beers currently on tap are the Space Needle West Coast IPA, Post Alley Pils, Uptown Hazy IPA, Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, Pike Place Pale, Cosmic Pulp Juicy IPA, and Tieton Dry Apple Cider.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of this vibrant community,” says Drew Gillespie, president of Pike Brewing. “It’s exciting to open the doors and introduce our new and improved beers, new team, and fresh look to the neighborhood.”
Ethan Stowell, consulting chef for Pike Brewing culinary operations, created a delicious menu that features classic pub food with a twist. Menu highlights include a fried fish burger, a Hawaiian burger topped with spam, a bacon and smoked gouda burger, a panko breaded chicken burger, and our personal favorite: the Ebi Burger, which features a panko breaded shrimp patty and togarashi tartar.
The chicken wings are brined and then dusted in potato flour making them extra crispy and gluten free! There are seven different sauce options for dipping: Monks, House Hot, Sweet Chili, Garlic Parm, BBQ, Buffalo, and Teriyaki. Shareable sides include Loaded Tots, Ranch Fries and the famed Pike Pretzel served with Pike Stout mustard.
The 2,500 square foot space was designed by Kelley Moore and has a completely different vibe from Pike Pub. Moore added a stylish green leather banquette that runs along one of the exposed brick walls, modern lighting fixtures, and large scale black and white photos that show the history of Pike Brewing.
The space offers seating for 45, as well as 8 seats at the bar which boasts a custom designed brushed metal backbar. A neon Pike sign welcomes guests into the taproom. The front of the space offers shuffleboard and couches are vintage-inspired truck seats, ideal for lounging with friends over beers. Two dartboards adorn the back of the space and televisions are placed thoughtfully throughout the room for cheering on your favorite team.
Pike Taproom opens at 3:00 pm Monday through Friday, and at 12:00 pm on weekends. For more information, call (206) 906 – 9158 or visit pikebrewingseattle.com.
Pike Taproom is located at 5205 Ballard Ave NW in Seattle.