A new beer & winery in old Ballard
There are countless ways to enjoy the great outdoors, especially if on Blu-ray because it comes with special features like directors commentary that explains how it's not the movie where that dude eats mad balls. Helping you enjoy the bounty of the real outdoors, indoors; The Noble Fir.
Opened by a pair of nature and each other lovers (she's a lawyer, he was an outfitter at REI), this new drinkery aims to bring the outdoors to you via a large selection of beers/wines made from "some of the best things the NW has to offer" (hops, barley, grapes), in an un-fussy wood-heavy space decked with a custom-built set of trestle'd booths, including an over-sized one stuffed with guide books and laminated trail maps, making sure you never get lost, especially since the ending was so lame. Their carefully curated list of imbibeables includes mostly international wines, NW-heavy drafts (Terminal Gravity IPA, Fremont Pale Ale), and a bunch of bottles like a Duvel Belgian Golden Ale that's out of Cooperstown, much like Mark McGwire. For nosh, TNF's got meats and cheeses available in sandwich form or charcuterie-style; options include proteins (Salumi Hot Sopressata, Northwest Smoked Salmon), or dairy like St Andre's Triple Cream and Beecher's Flagship (savor the notes of ship... and flag).
Aside from beer/wine, TNF's got Cali's Fox Barrel Cider on tap, and 9 more ciders by the bottle, and on the sweet side they've got Theo's Hazelnut Crunch Milk Chocolate and Coffee Dark Chocolate candy bars, which're preferable to Aykroyd bars, despite their earlier expiration date.