With hundreds of bicyclists participating and scores of teams enrolled, Bike Month 2015 came to a celebratory close on Saturday. With the slogan, “We Came, We Biked, We Conquered!” Peddler Brewing Company began a 2-day celebration. Friday night’s Commute Champions party celebrated all those who biked to work during Bike Month. The happy hour held in Peddler’s newly completed Beer Garden was bursting at the seams both physically and in spirit.
The bicycling-supportive brewery was all things bicycling Friday night. The beer garden which triples the size of guest space for the tap room was ample for tables of celebrating bicyclists and vendor booths. Revelers could test ride bikes from BikeSport, Electric & Folding Bikes Northwest, and Dutch Bike Company as well as learn all about bicycle advocacy from Cascade Bicycle Club and get answers to legal questions from the Emerald City Bike Lawyer, Sean Kuhlmeyer, JD. Along with Peddler beers, there were raffle prizes, Clif Bar and food available from Seattle food truck, Kiss My Grits. So while quaffing, eating and sharing stories of bike month, party goers could check out, lust for or even buy bike clothing and gear from additional vendors.
Saturday, the party continued with rides beginning either at Westlake Park or from Fremont to arrive at Peddler about 2pm. Festivities continued until 6pm. Highlights included Kidical Mass and PedalHeads as well as crafts and sidewalk chalk drawing for kids. Additional vendors and raffle drawings rounded out the event again. Bike test rides, gear and apparel was available for perusal or purchase from G & O Family Cyclery and Familybike, Charlies Coat, Detours, Swift Industries, Clean Republic, and Bern Helmets.
Those who frequent Peddler are quite familiar with the personally designed interior of the brewery–bicycle theme included. In keeping with the self-designed and built interior, owners, Dave Keller and Haley Woods, with volunteers completed the beer garden. When asked about the tables, Woods explained that Keller designed the large picnic-style tables while she and additional volunteers in assembly-line fashion constructed them. The surface of the beer garden is a combination of fine gravel and pavers. Keller admitted that after completing the initial patio portion, he embraced the additional effort and stamina of volunteering friends to finish the space. The result is airy and casual. As inside, one need not look far for the bicycle theme. A row of bike wheels line one fence enclosing the beer garden while the bar top duplicates the style used inside where gear rings are embedded in concrete. The colorful mural behind the outdoor bar completes with a creative flare. Good beer and bicycle advocacy makes Peddler Brewing Company a favorite watering hole in Seattle.