The concept: A bike-themed Ballard craft brewery, started by beer and bike enthusiasts Dave Keller and Haley Woods. They raised over $18,000 on Kickstarter and, while holding down full-time jobs,reconstructed the former Maritime Brewing space on evenings and weekends.
The look: The airy building has the feel of a retro car mechanic shop, thanks in part to a garage door and high ceilings. Inside, there's bike parking and subtle bike-themed décor, including a mosaic of a bike constructed of pennies and brake levers in place of sink handles in the bathroom. String lights illuminate the space at night, and a chalkboard on the far end of the room shows what's on tap. At the bar, eight taps protrude from a wood-paneled wall. There are plenty of tables, but when I visited the space, it was standing-room only.
The crew: A mix of cyclists, yuppy Ballardities, and beer nerds.
The food: The brewery does not offer food.
The drinks: Peddler currently has eight beers on tap: a refreshing Kolsch, with a hint of banana; an approachable Caramel ESB; a Pale that I overheard being described as "hoppy enough to remind me of pot," so I'll leave it at that; a fantastic IPA with a round finish; a flop of a Tangerine Wheat, which my group of beer-loving friends agreed tasted strongly of chemicals; Snow Beer'd, a roasty stout that goes down easy; a fascinating Coffee Saison, stronger on saison flavors than coffee, which hits as a delicate finish; and an aromatic Belgian Spice, which seems more appropriate for fall but was tasty.
The cost: Peddler has ridiculously low prices, which may be dangerous without food for purchase. Twelve- or 16-ounce pours (the Coffee Saison and Belgian Spice come in 12-ounce glasses) are just $4, and a four-ounce taster for a dollar. This means you can order a tasting flight for $8--a steal considering these are (mostly) great beers.