The newest brewery in the Ballard Brewing District was founded by two buddies, Jeremy and Mark, who share a love of beer and brewing, along with a love of motorcycle racing. They both raced sport bikes with the Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association. You may notice a subtle motorcycle racing theme in the taproom and you won’t be far off. With beer names like Powerslide Oatmeal Stout and Ascari Amber, named for a particularly tough corner of the Monza race circuit in Italy, their passions become clear. There is always a wide range of styles from hoppy IPAs to malt forward brews, basically anything that Jeremy and Mark like to drink. For example Jeremy is particularly fond of hoppy lagers due to their combination of a crisp feel, interesting malt character, and hoppy flavors and aromas. Their goal is to create beers that are inviting and easy to drink. Wheelie Pop beers tend to be in the moderate alcohol range between 5% and 6.5%. They focus on Pacific Northwest ingredients and a sustainable brewing process. Because of that they may not always be traditional but they consistently produce beers that are inviting and easy to drink.
Jeremy has been homebrewing for over 20 years and finally gave up his career as a tunnel engineer to follow his passion and is now Wheelie Pop’s head brewer. Both Mark and Jeremy expanded their brewing knowledge with brewing and beer quality courses at the University of California, Davis, and Oregon State University. Mark is a certified Cicerone and Jeremy attended the Siebel Institute’s Concise Course in Brewing Technology in 2021. This is a real family enterprise; Jeremy’s wife Molly handles the finances, and their sons helped name the brewery. When their boys were young they called doing a wheelie on their bicycles “wheel pops.” What better name for a brewery founded by a couple of motorcycle racers?
You can visit their website at wheeliepopbrewing.com.