Just west of Fremont proper, the area of fondly known as “Frelard” and parts of Ballard have become home to nearly a dozen breweries. Some such as Hale’s Ales and Maritime Pacific Brewing have a long standing presence in the area while new microbreweries have taken advantage of the mixed commercial and industrial area. One newcomer, Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. is easily accessible from Fremont along Leary Way.
Located just off of NW Bright Street behind The Leary Traveler, Bad Jimmy’s has set up shop in a garage-like space with a brewing system in the back and tasting room in the front. Set back from the street Bad Jimmy’s beckons with a large garage door in front that is often kept open. With warmer weather in mind a deck was added this past July for additional outdoor seating.
Bad Jimmy’s opened in 2013 after a group of homebrewers, and good friends, decided to take their hobby out of the house. Of the five owners, three have made Bad Jimmy’s their full time passion. Two take care of the brewing and the third handles the books and marketing. With part-time assistance from the other owners this unique team has brought their home-brew and hangout attitude to create a unique tasting experience.
Billy, an owner and brewer has been brewing beer at home for 21 years. During that time he enjoyed experimenting with new recipes and fine tuning his favorites. When transitioning from homebrew equipment to the larger brewing system Bad Jimmy’s uses some of these recipes didn’t translate. Rather than be deterred Billy embraced the opportunity to experiment more and on a new scale. The result are some of Bad Jimmy’s more unique brews including the Habanero Amber, Cocoa Vanilla Porter, and Spiced Rhubarb Blonde.
What makes Bad Jimmy’s unique amongst the Ballard brewing scene? Billy explains that their beers are highly experimental (i.e. Chai Chocolate Milk Stout) and have a higher alcohol content than most others. Their tasting room is also set up a bit differently. In addition to being dog-friendly and kid friendly (until later in the evenings, dog’s always welcome) Bad Jimmy’s is open 7 days a week so new visitors, regulars, and groups can hangout more often.
Tasting Room Hours are:
Sunday: Noon to Midnight
Monday – Thursday: 3pm to Midnight
Friday & Saturday: Noon to 2am
While Bad Jimmy’s does not have a kitchen they welcome outside food and have some very tasty neighbors including the Leary Traveler, Bourbon and Bones, and The Dish. Growler fills are also available. In the Tasting Room’s laid back atmosphere customers compare tastes, ask the Bad Jimmy’s staff brewing questions, or take in a game on the TV. Just like before founding Bad Jimmy’s these gentlemen have created a welcoming place for friends to gather and drink their beer.
And who exactly is Bad Jimmy? It’s the name given to Billy’s former beer belly. Billy and his friends would affectionally scold his stomach, “Bad Jimmy!” Now with his beer belly gone, Billy works hard to provide tasty brews that may contribute to someone else’s Bad Jimmy.