The first thing you notice when you order a beer in the Bergschrund Taproom is that all the beers are named after peaks and climbs in the Pacific Northwest: Eldorado Pale, Redoubt Red, and Snowfield Winter Ale. That is no mistake. Founder and brew master Kevin Klein is an avid mountaineer and is just as much at home above the tree line as he is in the brewery. In fact, after earning a Ph.D. in molecular biology he realized his twin passions were alpine mountain climbing and brewing. What better place to do both than Seattle? In fact, the name of the Ballard taproom (there is a second taproom in south Seattle), the Bergschrund, comes from the name of a crevasse that forms when moving glacier ice separates from the firm, stagnant ice. It is a serious obstacle for mountaineers but there are no obstacles in getting a great tasting beer at the 'shrund. The brewery attracts more than just mountaineers. The 3rd Wednesday of each month will find hundreds of people attending the Backfire Motorcycle Night. Its a great time to see cafe racers, rat bikes, and vintage motorcycles, scooters and mopeds, and some great beer.
Because NW Peaks is a nano-brewery it brews less than one barrel of beer per batch. That means Kevin can experiment with lots of interesting styles and beers. With half a dozen or more beers on tap there is always something new and always something seasonal on tap. If you visit in the winter you are likely to find a rich dark stout or a heavy winter warmer. Drop by in the summer and you'll find a refreshing kolsh or a light hefeweizen. If you are not that adventurous you can always count on their flagship Eldarado Pale Ale, a light bodied crisp ale with citrusy hop flavor, or one of their rotating IPAs to be on tap.
The 'schrund is on the edge of Old Ballard occupying the old 2 Bit Saloon in a building that has been serving beer since 1947. In fact they saved the old horse head neon sign, keeping a bit of history intact for old timers and the new crowd alike. It is a great place to connect with both the traditional neighborhood and the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.