Stop #3: Hilliard’s Beer
1550 NW 49th St; Ballard; 206.257.4486
A leader in the recent trend towards canned craft brews, Hilliard's slings their signature tallboys for $4, and a handful of drafts, either of which can be had in the taproom, or on the spacious patio where you can expect a rotating line-up of food trucks and live music.
Stop #4: Reuben's Brews
1406 NW 53rd St #1A; Ballard; 206.753.9583
Opened in a converted warehouse by a 2012 National Homebrew Competition/2013 US Open Beer Championship award winner, this Kickstarter-funded taproom is serving up some seriously sweet small-batch suds, all of which are posted on a stat board listing things like price, ABV, IBU, and OG, which is the likely culprit if IBU ends up in the ICU. OMG.