The Northwest is full of really great beer, so to make the compiling of this list a little bit easier, we’ve narrowed our scope to the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington. Breweries in this northwest city consistently turn out great brews and regional favorites (think Manny’s Pale Ale or Elysian’s Immortal IPA). If you’re from the area, or just visiting, it hard to go wrong with any tap room you may stumble into, but to guide you in the right direction, we’ve got a list of the 8 best Seattle breweries for your tasting pleasure. Read on, and drink up.
Best Breweries in Seattle
1. Elysian Brewing - Capitol Hill
Elysian is arguably one of the best-known breweries in Seattle, and they’ve been serving up great brews on Capitol Hill since 1997. They now operate four Seattle restaurants and a full production brewery. Each location offers a different experience, and all four restaurants serve up incredible food alongside Elysian’s top notch beers. Kids are welcome before 11pm at all of the locations except for the Elysian Bar, and the full production brewery, now housed in the Georgetown neighborhood, is closed to the public, but tours can be arranged by contacting the brewery. The Immortal IPA is Elysian’s best known beer, but you can’t go wrong with any of their classic or seasonal beers.
Find the original Elysian Brewing tap room at 1221E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122
2. Pike Brewing Co. - Downtown
The Pike Brewing Company started in 1989 under the well known Pike Place Market, and has been a Seattle favorite for quite some time. The brewery oozes Northwest pride and charm, and it sources nearly all of its ingredients locally, pub food included. The brewery and family friendly pub are housed side by side in Pike Place Market, so you can enjoy a frothy beer and classic pub-fare all in one place. Interested in a closer view of the brewing magic? Take a brewery tour, offered every Tuesday through Saturday at 2pm. Make sure to try the Pike Pale Ale or the Pike XXXXX Stout for a taste of the pub’s original brews.
Find Pike Brewing Co. at 1415 1st Avenue Seattle, WA 98101
3. Fremont Brewing Co. - Fremont
The Fremont district in Seattle is home to a lot of beer lovers, so it’s no surprise that the Fremont Brewing Company popped up here and started turning out consistently great beer from its beginnings in 2009. This beer is made with the finest local, and often organic, ingredients, and always driven by the brewery’s motto, “Because beer matters.” The tap room at Fremont doesn’t offer food, aside from free pretzels, but they do encourage patrons to bring their own and even provide menus from nearby eateries for your convenience. Even better, kids are welcome to join the fun. Don’t miss the Kentucky Dark Star Oatmeal Stout or the Wandering Wheat!
Find Fremont Brewing Co. at 1050 N 34th St Seattle, WA 98103
4. Reuben’s Brews - Ballard
Reuben’s is a small, family owned brewery, making great beer on a small artisan scale. That means great, local beer that you can only get one place, at Reuben’s Brews. The tap room is kid and dog friendly, with a 10 foot HD screen, making it the perfect place to grab a drink and watch any of Seattle’s teams take home another W. The tap list changes frequently, and the rotation of local food trucks makes it hard to stay away for too long. It’s hard to find a beer on the tap list that hasn’t won an award, but make sure and taste the Robust Porter and the Imperial IPA for two of the most awarded beers in the lineup.
Find Reuben’s Brews at 5010 14th Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107
5. Georgetown Brewing Co. - Industrial District
Georgetown Brewing is best known as the brewer of Manny’s Pale Ale, a staple on any Northwest tap list. They are a draft beer only production only brewery, so all they do is make beer and fill kegs and growlers. Visit the retail store to grab a keg or growler fill and sample the newest releases before they hit local taps. You can also head to the brewery on Saturdays for tours, but make sure to call ahead to reserve your spot. If you are already a devoted Manny’s drinker, try the fresh hop version, or check out the Johnny Utah Citra Pale Ale.
Find Georgetown Brewing Co. at 5200 Denver Ave S. Seattle, WA 98108
6. Outer Planet Craft Brewing - Capitol Hill
This tiny Capitol Hill brewery offers small batch brewing in its finest form. Outer Planet brews just 24 barrels per month, making their beers precise, exclusive, and special. The owners source about 80 percent of their ingredients locally, but for special brews they aren’t afraid to import malts from Germany or yeast from France to give their beers an authentic taste. With barely enough room to brew the beer, Outer Planet doesn’t offer food, but they do encourage beer enthusiasts to bring their own, or order from a growing rotation of local food trucks. Kids are also welcome to join. The tap list here is always changing, so grab a taster tray to try brews before they’re gone!
Find Outer Planet Craft Brewing at 1812 12th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122
7. Holy Mountain Brewing - Interbay
The demand for Holy Mountain beers is so high in Seattle that the brewery has to turn away bars that want to put their beers on tap. Not a bad problem to have. This small batch brewery takes risks with its brews and has one of the most diverse beer lineups in the city. The tap room also hosts bottle release parties that generate lines of people and beer pairing events with local restaurants that sell out even faster than their beers. This Seattle hot spot is 21+, and pizza is available by delivery from a nearby restaurant. IPA fans shouldn’t miss the Kiln & Cone, and The Goat Saison is another great option.
Find Holy Mountain Brewing at 1421 Elliott Ave W. Seattle, WA 98119
8. Two Beers Brewing Co. - SoDo
Two Beers Brewing won the 2014 Reader’s Choice award for best brewery in Seattle Magazine. The brewery started in 2007, and has quickly grown from just 100 barrels to a 6,000 barrel production today. The tasting room is know as The Woods and offers 24 tap handles, outdoor seating, shuffleboard, pool, pretzels, and a ‘bring your own food’ policy. The tasting room is dog friendly, but limited to those 21 and older. Try the Wonderland Trail IPA or the Jive Espresso Stout.
Find Two Beers Brewing Co. at 4700 Ohio Ave S. Seattle, WA 98134
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This article was written by Alexis Hartmann.