Urban Family is a comfortable new Ballard pub brought to you by some genuine grade-A beer nerds.
How many types of beer do you consume in the average week?
Tim: I taste 35 or 40.
Dave: I'd say 15, but mine are larger samples.
Which of your beers has the most unusual brewing process?
T: Something barrel-aged. About a month ago, we had something aged with wine musk.
You plan to start brewing your own beer—have any of your prototypes burst into flames or unexpectedly cured diseases?
D: We made one with Theo chocolate and smoked salmon in it.
T: I'm very sensitive to caffeine, so I literally danced around the apartment, and not happily.
What was the first beer you ever tried?
D: Probably Budweiser.
T: Once a salesman came through town who looked old enough to buy beer, though he was 18. My friends gave him a jar of pennies and he bought us a 12-pack of Schlitz.
Was Urban Family actually conceived of on a ratty couch in the yard of your former Washington, DC, residence?
T: One hundred percent!
D: We'd drag it out every Sunday and sit drinking beer with our friends. Many stories came out of that—this was just the best one.