Posted by Colin Lenfesty
Ballard holds it’s own in the beery neighborhoods of Seattle with it’s excellent bars and pubs. Great eats and a pint at the always excellent Jolly Roger, awesome draughts and bottles at The Dray while catching a match, or some clean German Lager at People’s Pub before catching a show at The Tractor. Ballard has a lot to offer in stumbling distance from one another. Now there is one more choice to swing by on your beer trek through the neighborhood: NW Peaks Brewery.
Kevin Klein has been homebrewing for over 10 years, taking the chance to help out at larger breweries when time permitted. He relocated to Seattle years ago and started a life long passion with the mountians of the Pacific Northwest and is since an avid climber and accomplished Mountaineer. With the recent surge and success of Seattle Nano breweries such as Schooner Exact and Two Beers, he took the opportunity to take his craft to the street on a scaled down platform with encouragment from friends raving about how they would pay to drink his brews.
This endeavor was kind of a coalescence of those two passions. Obviously the beer from the beer lover/homebrew passion, but the naming, artwork, etc, from the mountains.–Kevin Klein
With a brewing set up slightly larger than an average homebrew rig, NW Peaks Brewery has it’s first couple batches in the fermenters and will be open for business very soon to quench your thirst.The first offerings will be the Sahale Pale Ale (which non- coincidentally is the first peak Kevin climbed) which will be a 5 % percent hop forward American Pale Ale, and it’s session able equivalent will be the Vesper’s Bitter, an English Style Pale Ale.
Kevin says he’s not basing a flagship style on the brand name, but is going to be brewing seasonally and concentrating on lower alcohol, sessionable beers that seem to be so in demand now. He plans to sell most of his beer through growler fills and will offer them on a first come, first serve basis. By joining the NW Peaks MountainBeers program though, you’re guaranteed 2-3 different styles a month.
He plans to eventually distribute to a few of the pubs in Ballard, but for the time being will be concentrating on selling growlers , with plans to expand as soon as possible once the brewing operations are dialed in and he reaches capacity.
NW Peaks Brewery is located at 4912 17th Ave NW Ste B in Ballard.They are one block north of The Bit and The Shelter , on Leary and 17th. There are no set hours yet, but check the website (which I’m told is going through a major overhaul). Best of luck to NW Peaks on a successful ascent on Seattle!