If you live around Seattle, you’ve probably already heard about the trolls that recently arrived in the area. The Trolls are the work of Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Five of the trolls currently reside in Western Washington. Here is some info about the location of each as well as my suggestions about where to get a good local beer while there. (Links to Google Maps for each location.)
Head to West Seattle to visit Bruun Idun (above right, photo by beerblog), who lives in Lincoln Park. You’ll need to take a walk to find Bruun standing between the woods and the shoreline near Colman Pool. From the park’s south parking lot, it’s about a one-mile walk roundtrip along the shoreline. When all that walking is complete, enjoy a beer at Beveridge Place Pub, which is a 21+ beer joint with indoor and outdoor seating. 6413 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136.
Park at the Issaquah Community Center and take a short stroll down the pathway to visit Jakob Two Trees (above left, photo by Thomas Dambo). Bid Jakob a fond farewell, get back in your car and take a short drive to Formula Brewing. Great beer, killer pizza, indoor and outdoor seating for all ages. (Pro tip: there is more parking behind the building.) 1875 NW Poplar Way, Issaquah, WA 98027.
There is no shortage of places to drink beer in Ballard. Duh. However, Frankie Feetsplinters (above, photo by Thomas Dambo) lives outside the National Nordic Museum, which is right around the corner from the Cloudburst Brewing taproom on Shilshole Avenue. All-ages taproom, with indoor seating and covered outdoor seating. 5456 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107.
About 1.5 miles from the Bainbridge Island ferry dock you’ll find Pia the Peacekeeper (above, photo by Thomas Dambo). Pia lives in Sakai Park. Walk on the ferry in Seattle, take a stroll to see a troll, and then head back towards the ferry dock and stop in the Bainbridge Brewing Taproom, which is right up the street from the aforementioned ferry dock. 500 Winslow Way E #110, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Of course, you could do it all with a bike or even a car if you wanted.
Oscar the Bird King lives in the forest at Point Robinson Park on Vashon Island. It’s a bit off the beaten path, so you’ll probably need to take your car with you to the island, or a bicycle and two strong legs. In the village of Vashon, right along the main drag, you’ll want to stop at Camp Colvos Brewing for a beer — all-ages taproom and patio. 17636 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070.
While there, patronize some of the shops in the village and support the island economy. For food, there are several options within easy walking distance of the brewery. I recommend May Kitchen and Bar for exceptional Thai Food or The Hardware Store for general grubables.
About the Trolls
Northwest Trolls: Way of the Bird King is an art installation, the work of Danish artist Thomas Dambo, who uses recycled materials to create giant troll sculptures that are installed in several places around the world. Places like the Pacific Northwest, Singapore, Denmark, Colorado, Oregon, and so on. Kids of all ages, including grown-up kids, love the trolls. They are friendly, fierce, welcoming creatures that make everyone smile.