Populuxe Brewing has expanded its space into an adjacent building, finally providing more room to appreciate the beer.

One of about a million breweries densely packed into a light-industrial area of Ballard, Populuxe had a notoriously tiny taproom. By opening a taproom about 100 feet away across a gravel yard which plays host to patio seating and food trucks when the weather is nice, husband-and-wife owners Peter Charbonnier and Amy Besunder are able to expand to more than 3,700 square feet just for the taproom alone.

In the new space, which houses the brewing equipment, taproom manager Penny Chilton said Populuxe will be able to pour 16 beers at a time, upping the number from 12. 

"Peter has always been about making the best beer from the best ingredients," Chilton said. 

Charbonnier and Besunder founded Populuxe in 2012 when "his brewing equipment began to outgrow their garage," so they began to seek out a commercial space.

The new space features vintage pinball machines from the Seattle Pinball Museum, the owner of which is a friend of the couple. The old taproom will be available for a beverage minimum for private parties.

Populuxe won gold in this year's Best of Craft Beer Awards for its Burke-Gilman Bitter.