Brewery News: WA: Seattle: Hale's Ales reflects on its Palladium after 12 years

Press Release
image courtesy Hale's Ales
Seattle, WA - March, 2016 - Small breweries and brewpubs often evolve into cherished neighborhood gathering spots, "third places" where family and friends meet to share a beer, a bite and some company. And a brewery's reputation as a community gathering spot grows even more important when it adds a performing arts venue.

Such is the case with Hale's Palladium, a warehouse-turned-performing arts theater at the Hale's Ales Brewery in Seattle, Washington.

Hale's Palladium was conceived in 2004 when a troupe of local artists and performers chose an under-utilized warehouse space at Hale's Brewery as the future home for the their nascent comedy/variete festival called Moisture Festival.

What followed was an outpouring of effort by local artists and volunteers that transformed the once nondescript storeroom into a charming 250-seat performing arts theater, all while growing Moisture Festival into the largest and longest running comedy/variete festivals of its kind in the world.

Today, in addition to Moisture Festival, Hale's Palladium hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year including beer festivals, live music, panto theater, political rallies, charity fundraisers, weddings and circus performances. All this at a brewery where you can enjoy fresh, handcrafted beer from one of the region's original craft breweries. 

"The Palladium definitely adds an exciting community vibe to the brewery," says long time employee Bill Preib. "It's a real thrill to be enjoying a beer surrounded by these great performers...jugglers, clowns, aerialists, even a guy who plays music on a handsaw. It's a unique environment...crazy and fun."

It was the collaborative effort of a small community that got the Hale's Brewery established back in 1983. That same spirit and effort went on to create a much loved community performing arts theater, Hale's Palladium.
image courtesy Hale's Ales