Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Peddler Brewing opens its beer garden

Ron Swarner


More than a hundred new breweries have opened in Washington state over the past two years, and on a warm summer day, there’s no finer place to be than on one of their patios.

There’s no finer place to be on a perfect summer night, either.

Peddler Brewing, the bicycling-beer enthusiast’s dream brewery in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, officially opened its new beer garden today, a week after the backyard beer garden’s soft opening. What once was no-man’s land is now strings of white lights, outdoor taps, gravel floor, food trucks and enough picnic tables to seat 400 people. It has, of course, bicycle racks too.

Add the beer garden bike racks to the indoor bike parking station and front-side racks and you have enough slots to keep a post-race peloton pleased.

The Peddler Brewing beer garden works on many levels: as a weekend spot for meeting friends; as an after-work hangout; and as a saving grace when you need a beer and the kids need a distraction. But the best way to enjoy the Peddler Brewing beer garden may be during the work week, when a one-hour lunch on the patio turns into a two-hour “business meeting” that quickly evolves into a situation in which you text the boss that you’ll be spending the rest of the afternoon “working from home.”

Peddler Brewing celebrated its beer garden grand opening with a “Pedal Party,” giving a nod to National Bike Month with all-ages vendors, demo bikes, The Grilled Cheese Experience food truck, superhero capes and crafts for the kids, raffle prizes and, of course, Peddler beers such as Pedal Strike Pale and On Your Left IPA.

Let’s look at some scenes from today’s Pedal Party. …