Yonder Cider, Bale Breaker Auction Off Popular narboo Painting to Raise Money for Ballard Food Bank

As Yonder Cider and Bale Breaker Brewing Co prepare to move into their new joint taproom in the Ballard Brewing District, they are excited to announce the auctioning of a popular narboo painting to raise money for the Ballard Food Bank. Located at the former home of Populuxe Brewing, the well-known painting by local artist narboo depicts a community built around beverage and will now go toward further supporting that local community. Now live online, the auction will be active through July 28, with a live event on July 20 to help raise awareness for the Ballard Food Bank’s new location, share details about the new taproom and more.
“Everyone seems to know this narboo painting and we love the message it shares,” said Caitlin Braam, founder of Yonder Cider. “Unfortunately, due to construction, the painting needed to be removed, but we’re just so happy it is able to be moved and auctioned off to benefit such an important local organization that has been so vital during these times.”  
The Ballard Food Bank – which provides hope to the Ballard neighborhood and beyond through access to nutritious food – is in the process of building out its new home at 1400 NW Leary Way. Already bursting at the seams, the pandemic increased the urgency for a new home for the Ballard Food Bank as demands for food and other basic resources grew exponentially, now seeing more than 6,400 visits and deliveries each month. As they near Fall 2021 deadline to complete construction and move in, they are seeking donations to help complete the build out before their current lease ends.
“We are incredibly grateful to Yonder Cider and Bale Breaker Brewing Co for supporting our new space through this fun, local community auction,” said Jen Muzia, Executive Director of Ballard Food Bank. “Not only will our new and larger facility allow the Food Bank to provide nutritious food for even more of our neighbors, but it will also enable us to expand our wrap-around services that aim to prevent homelessness and connect folks to other needed resources as well.”
The mural, painted by narboo in 2015, carries an important message that Yonder Cider and Bale Breaker hope to carry into the new space.
“I wanted the painting to be colorful and full of characters like most of my work,” said local Seattle artist narboo. “I knew Populuxe was going to be a destination for families, locals and tourists and I wanted to showcase this in the piece. It’s basically just all kinds of animals getting along having fun and making memories. That’s what life is all about. If I can bring a smile to someone’s face then I’ve done my job as an artist. The world needs more smiles.”
The auction is now live and will close on Wednesday, July 28. Details of the painting can be found on the auction page. The live event is scheduled for July 20 will take place at 6pm, featuring the Yonder and Bale Breaker team, preview of the new Ballard Food Bank, a chat with Narboo himself, and a few sneak peaks of some of the beers and ciders to be available at the new taproom.
Located at 826 NW 49th Street, the joint taproom – scheduled to open late summer – will bring more than 30 taps of Washington-made beer and cider together under one roof, showcasing the best of apples and hops grown in the state. Boasting more than 6,200 square feet of outdoor space and a spacious shared taproom, the new location will also feature rotating food trucks, outdoor firepits and more. Offering year round, seasonal and specialty releases from both brands, the two buildings on site will also house small-batch production for both Yonder and Bale Breaker.

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