A couple months back, when Reuben’s Brews opened in Ballard, I suggested that we nickname the area the Redhook Brewery District. I have my reasons. Although Redhook no longer brews there, it was the first craft brewery to call Ballard home when it opened its original brewery on Leary Way in 1982 and secured its place in beer history as one of the very first craft breweries of the modern American craft beer era. Read the original post if you want to revisit the argument (more like a thought than an argument, really).
Today I am reporting that another brewery has applied for licenses and aims to open in the Redhook Brewery District. Peddler Brewing Company intends to open in the space formerly occupied by Maritime Pacific Brewing (1514 Leary Ave NW). Although it is probably still too early to imagine an opening date, pictures on the Peddlers Brewing Facebook page suggest that construction is underway.
A few blocks away, Urban Family Brewing is getting very close to pouring its own beer. The company currently operates as Urban Family Public (5329 Ballard Ave NW) but has always intended to expand operations to include brewing. You can follow their progress on Facebook as well.
Depending on where you draw the line, Ballard’s Redhook Brewery District includes Hale’s Ale Brewery, Maritime Pacific Brewing, Northwest Peaks Brewing, Hilliard’s Beer, Reuben’s Brews and now two more coming soon.