• Vote for your favorite Ballard Beer at Ray’s Cafe! 01.18.16

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    Ray’s Cafe in Ballard is offering locals a chance to vote for their favorite Ballard beer in the first Ballard Beer Awards voted by the people! In 1982 Paul Shipman started Redhook Brewery in Ballard. Later that year Ray’s Founding Partner and Executive Chef at the time, Russ Wohlers, and Paul carried the first keg of Redhook into Ray’s and Ray’s has been a champion of Ballard beer ever since!

    From now through February 14 Ray’s will be featuring 5 Ballard-based breweries for you to taste and vote for! Stop in and purchase a pint of beer from one of the breweries below and that counts as your vote. Or fill out a ballot if you choose not to imbibe.

    Want to try them all? Ray’s will offer a special Ballard Beer Flight throughout the duration with a sample from each of the five breweries for $5. Then purchase a pint of your favorite to cast your vote, or fill out a ballot!
    On February 15 Ray’s will announce the winner and they’ll host a special Winning Brewery Dinner at Ray’s on Saturday, March 5 for the public to attend! Guests can reserve in advance or wait for the winner to be announced on February 15. $50 per person for a multi-course, beer paired dinner. Reserve at 206.782.0094 or

    Each brewery will stop in to Ray’s Cafe for a special tasting night during the month from 4-6pm. Join them on the following dates to meet their team and vote for your favorite. You can also vote for them any day from now through February 14!

    January 15 – Stoup Brewing
    January 19 – Lucky Envelope Brewing
    January 21 – Hilliard’s Beer
    January 26 – Maritime Pacific Brewing Co.
    January 28 – Reuben’s Brews

    Follow along with us using #BallardBeerAwards on social media!

    Ray’s Cafe is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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