Belltown’s Cloudburst Brewing announced plans to open a Ballard taproom before the end of the year. The new location, the second for the top-notch brewery, will be a tasting space only — the brewery will keep its production facility and original taproom in Belltown. With the new spot, Coudburst is planning outdoor seating, a permanent food truck, and an all-ages space until 6 p.m. daily. After that, the taproom will be limited to visitors 21 and over.
Cloudburst says its new spot will feel familiar to fans. Like the Belltown original, the Ballard taproom is taking shape inside an 80ish-year-old warehouse (5456 Shilshole Ave) that will feel just as “old and shitty” but have tons of “soul, character, and history” as the Belltown space, the brewery wrote on its Facebook page.
Cloudburst was founded in 2015 by Steve Luke, who was formerly the experimental brewer for Elysian Brewing. From the start, Luke and company delivered on the hype, focusing primarily on bright, bold IPAs that are totally of the moment and almost never repeat. The Belltown brewery also crafts creations like the dangerously drinkable Punch Drunk Love, a pale ale with sweet cherry puree and pineapple juice, and the Aw Shucks oyster stout. There’s also an intriguing Market Saison, an ever-changing beer that uses Pike Place Market-sourced ingredients.