Project of The Month: Trailbend Taproom

Image by Western Neon © 2018

Western Neon is pleased to collaborate with the owners of The Dray and The Yard for their most ambitious project yet, Trailbend Taproom. Conceived by Jamie Butler, Travis Eaton, and Andy Walls, Trailbend Taproom was designed by Graham Baba Architects and built by Dovetail General Contractors to evoke both a refined European aesthetic sensibility and a pure, Pacific Northwest sense-of-place. This new bar and restaurant is nestled deep in the West Woodland district of Ballard and will feature 42 taps, wood-fired oven, and patio for outside setting in those short but precious Seattle summer months.

Image by Western Neon © 2018

We worked closely with the owners and Dovetail General Contractors to realize an iconic exterior sign that responded to the overall feel of Trailbend Taproom’s brand. Our Fabrication Team created a custom-built carbon steel cabinet and then treated the metal to achieve a deliberately deep rusted finish. From there, our Assembly and Mock-Up Department faced the unit in burnt wood planks that were carefully sourced to reach a balance of nostalgia and warmth like a sunset beach fire with friends under the Olympic Mountains. After the neon was bent to exactly match the effortless logo and attached, our Lead Installer mounted the completed sign to building’s facade.

Image by Western Neon © 2018

Trailbend Taproom is conveniently situated in the burgeoning brewery area of Ballard and will serve a plethora of local alcoholic, and non-alcoholic beverages including selections from Fremont Brewing, Rueben’s Brews, Popluxe, Rachel’s Ginger Beer, and even cold brew coffee from Stumptown. The restaurant is powered by a Wood Stone Oven made in Bellingham, Washington and will feature a selection of artisan pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and small bites to compliment each and every rotating drink on the menu.
Whether you’re in the neighborhood for a brewery crawl, passing through on your bike in the way to the Ballard Sunday Market, or finishing up a commute – plan to stop into Trailbend Taproom to unwind in this uniquely Seattle rest stop. Trailbend Taproom can be found at 1118 N.W. 50th St.