Washington is currently home to almost 300 breweries (83 new ones opened in the state last year, more than any other state), and most of them can be found in and around Seattle. Heck, they’ve got neighborhoods with more breweries than at least 10 states. And best of all, 77% of the country’s hops are grown just a short trip over the Cascade Mountains. Said hops are the crucial ingredient in the flavorful Northwest-style IPAs that have become America’s most popular craft beers, and that have been perfected by Seattle brewers like Fremont, Two Beers, Black Raven, and many, many more.
When you combine such mainstays with old-school giants like Elysian and Redhook, and creative new suds-makers like Reuben’s Brews and Stoup, you get a diverse and inventive range of breweries that even the most dedicated craft suds sipper can’t get a handle on. Or they could if they weren’t so busy also drinking coffee... and booze... and wine... and... you get the point.
The breweries: Fremont Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Black Raven Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Stoup Brewing, Epic Ales, Pike Brewing Company
The bars: The Pine Box, Chuck’s Hop Shop, Beveridge Place Pub, The Burgundian, The Noble Fir, Brouwer’s Cafe
Tradition: Though it’s no longer brewed there, Seattle still proudly reps Rainier beer -- there are currently craft breweries in both of their sprawling pre-war facilities, and the old-school macrobrewery's famous red “R” was restored to its place atop the SoDo spot last year. Oh, and if that’s not enough, the nation’s first brewpub opened a (relatively) short drive from Seattle back in the ‘80s.