Hildegard Ferments & Botanicals – microbrewery & apothecary in Ballard

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Not long ago we posted a story about two recently opened breweries. Fast Fashion opened its taproom in Seattle and Three Bull Brewing opened its taproom in Snohomish. Well, this one is not exactly recent and it’s not exactly a taproom, but we missed a brewery in Seattle that opened last fall.

A bit tardy, but now we are happy to introduce you to Hildegard Ferments and Botanicals, a small-batch brewery operating in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. It’s a brewery only, with no taproom. They do have tasting events and an online store, and you can pick up products at their location. You just need to stay informed about when to do that.

Images from Instagram.

Hildegard Ferments and Botanicals describes itself as a “microbrewery and apothecary workshop in Ballard/Seattle on Duwamish Land. Inspired by traditional fermentation methods and the flavors of the Pacific Northwest, we offer a selection of rustic saisons, botanical juns, barrel matured blends, and old world ales. In our apothecary you’ll find healing balms, tinctures, hydrosols, and more.”

Hildegard Ferments and Botanicals takes its name from a renowned medieval Benedictine nun – Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). Long-known as Saint Hildegard, she wasn’t officially canonized until 2012, more than 800 years after her death. She composed music and lyrical poetry. She wrote about medicine and natural science at a time when the scientific method was not yet a thing. A philosopher, mystic, and visionary, Saint Hildegard is a story unto herself.


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The brewery bearing Hildegard’s name says it hopes to create “beautiful, thoughtfully crafted creations. Everything is truly small batch, as we care deeply for our home, the Earth. This means embracing the seasons, choosing local and organic ingredients, and not overharvesting.”

You can pre-order from the company’s online shop or browse in person (during posted open hours). You must pick up your order directly from Hildegard’s shop. “We’re not a taproom, but we do host tastings and events!” Sign up for the newsletter or follow along on Instagram to stay informed.


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