Lucky Envelope Brewing Ballard
Mon Jan 20, 12 pm, Wed Jan 22, 3 pm, Sat Jan 25, 12–10 pm & Sun Jan 26, 12–9 pm
Recommended by Julianne Bell
Cofounders Raymond Kwan and Barry Chan named their Ballard craft brewery Lucky Envelope for the colorful red envelopes traditionally stuffed with money and given out on Chinese New Year to bring good fortune. So it only makes sense that it's the perfect place to usher in the Year of the Rat. On January 20, they'll unveil a bevy of brews inspired by Chinese tea, and on January 22, they'll follow that up with a lineup of beers based on popular Hong Kong cocktails. On January 25 and 26, they'll debut multiple limited releases, like the Mijiaya Historic Chinese Beer (brewed from an ancient recipe) and Metal Rat Hazy IPA (a collaboration made with the Chinese American–owned Highland Brewing in Asheville), and Panda Dim Sum will serve up Chinese bites from a refurbished school bus. Naturally, 88 lucky red envelopes filled with special surprises will be given out each day.