Start your trip with a Citra IPA on the expansive outdoor deck at Ballard’s Stoup Brewing (*1108 NW 52nd St). Head to modest Lucky Envelope Brewing (*907 NW 50th St) around the corner for a refreshing Helles lager and lip-smacking Peanut Butter Cream Stout. And stop into Domanico Cellars (825 NW 49th St), a hybrid art gallery and barrel room showcasing estate-grown wines like robust Old Vines Reserve Chardonnay.
Now cross the Ballard Bridge to Interbay. Drop down Nickerson Street to Rooftop Brewing (1220 W Nickerson St) to score a patio seat and a pint of pilsner. Head down toward the water to visit the neighboring tasting rooms of Sound Spirits (1138 W Ewing St) and Captive Spirits (*1138 W Ewing St, Ste B), the former known for unique liqueurs, the latter for dry, junipery Big Gin.
Link back up with the southbound bike lane on Elliott Avenue until you hit Ward Johnson (1445 Elliott Ave W), a small-lot, family-owned winery with a tasting flight of current releases like the 329 Cabernet. Walk to the next building for Batch 206 (1417 Elliott Ave W), a full-production distillery that offers flights plus a bar serving cocktails like an old-fashioned with rich Old Log Cabin bourbon.
Between Batch 206 and the train tracks, the high-vaulted ceilings of Holy Mountain Brewing (1421 Elliott Ave W) fill with the aromas of funky beers in the making, like Crystal Ship, a barrel-aged saison that you should sip while gazing out at Elliott Bay in the distance.
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