With so many new breweries planting roots in Seattle, it’s a gargantuan task to actually keep track of ‘em all. Within the city limits, there are 59 beer makers (or 60 if you include Elysian's production-only facility) but hey, who's counting? Certainly not you after a couple pints at one The Town's best new breweries.
Named for the point in an object's orbit that's closest to the sun, and posted up behind a salon across from Beacon Hill's light-rail station, this 'hood's first brewery has a dozen taps that are dominated by PB's specialty: Belgian-style ales. Try the crisp Little Belgian Blonde, and a Quasar Belgian Tripel, which is also the size of the order you'll place for the pan-fried oysters with spicy Cajun butter -- just one of the seriously delicious food offerings coming from the kitchen.
In an old garage space just north of U Village -- and a block east of Ravenna Park -- RBC has created a homey, reclaimed-wood-heavy destination for creative brews like The-Presidents-of-the-United-States-of-America-repping Millions of Peaches Hefeweizen, a bourbon vanilla porter, and a jalapeño kolsch. You can pair all the brews with eats from one of the rotating food carts (505 Chile Cart, Das Brat Wagen, etc) posted up outside.
Opened over the summer next to one of the 21 best dive bars in America (in the former Fusion nightclub space) this brightly lit/painted brewery creates a slew of easy-to-drink drafts, ranging from a handful of IPAs, to a pale made with coconut and tropical fruits and an only-in-Seattle rhubarb saison. There's no food, but FB has a handy list of nearby delivery and takeout spots if you're hungry.
Located across the street from Fishermen's Terminal, Figurehead is a suitably utilitarian space that was launched in September by a couple of former neighbors/homebrewers (and another guy one of 'em met in business school). The guys didn’t like their beers "over"-hopped, and it shows in their product. They turned out an IPA called Legless Rabbit that lacks the bitterness of some similar NW beers, but is still decidedly an IPA, as well as a range of other beers like an English-style brown that's been "kicked up a notch" (Bigger Than Big Brown), and a Trappist-style dubbel.
This zero-frills operation in a former bike shop is helmed by a former Elysian brewer who cares way more about beer than anything else (like comfortable chairs), but it's totally cool, since the result is a collection of impressively inventive small-batch beers often inspired by seasonal ingredients sourced from Pike Place Market down the street. Current highlights include a spiced-out Smoked Pumpkin Porter, the Pom Pom IPA made with five different hops, and a "Market Fresh" number with raspberry and jasmine.
Posted up in Pike Place Market (it's on First between Pike and Pine right now, but will move once the new Marketfront expansion opens next year), this place literally has an old stove from 1905 in the window, as well as vintage-inspired touches like an old-timey neon sign and old-school wall mural. That said, the beers are straight from 2016, as evidenced by the Fallout Citra Ale made exclusively with the popular Citra hops, and a fresh hop beer that's been dry-hopped.
Started last year, WSB has already opened a second location in the old Slices pizza spot. This shingled beachside space only has a half-dozen or so seats inside, but boasts a sprawling patio overlooking the Sound outside, featuring a deck and even its own "beach" with a row of red lounge chairs. Oh, and the best part? It still serves pizza, only this time you can pair it with the solid lineup of craft suds, like the Avalon Way Amber or Sounder Stout.
OK, technically this one isn't in the city limits, but Renton's basically been without a brewery for 15 years, so it's big news. Located in the old city hall building, 4G's taproom is quintessentially Northwest (it's got original brick, cedar log tables, and even an old jail door to what is now the grain storage area). The beers, which include a West Coast IPA, a Cascadian Dark Ale, a coffee-infused bitter, and a pumpkin ale that resembles "pie in a glass," are also some NW-style brews that won’t disappoint any local’s palate.
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1. Perihelion Brewery2800 16th Ave S, Seattle
2. Ravenna Brewing Company5408 26th Ave NE, Seattle
3. Floating Bridge Brewing722 NE 45th St, Seattle
4. Figurehead Brewing, Seattle
5. Cloudburst Brewing2116 Western Ave, Seattle
6. Old Stove Brewing Co.1525 1st Ave, Seattle
7. West Seattle Brewing Co.2600 Marine Ave SW, Seattle
8. Four Generals Brewing229 Wells Ave S, Renton
Perihelion is defined as the closest point to the sun of a celestial object’s orbit, and if Perihelion Brewery were an orbiting object, Belgian ales would be the sun. This Beacon Hill brewhouse, the first in the hood, has 12 beers, ales, ciders and meads on tap, from the malty and honey-kissed Quasar Belgian Triple to the gluten-free Schilling Cider. The kid- and miniature-pig friendly, 1,100-square-foot restaurant and taproom serves pork-belly burgers on brioche and beer-steamed clams, too.
A calendar of rotating food truck vendors keep drinkers fed at this Ravena purveyor for edgy, experimental beer flavors like Lion Tamer bourbon-vanilla porter and jalapeño kolsch. The whitewashed warehouse has picnic tables in the yard so you can get in some backyard drinking.
Floating Bridge Brewery doesn’t bind itself to any single type of beer or regional influence, so you never know what’s going to come out of the 10-barrel steam-fired facility with the capacity to make four beers at a time. IPAs are always a safe assumption, though, and lemongrass wheats and juniper bitter beers have made appearances. A game area with board games and a shuffleboard table keep things fun. There’s no kitchen in the bright turquoise taproom, but guests are encouraged to order in right to the brewery.
Grad school buddies tackle brewing with a commitment to non-pretension and straightforward beer, with special care not to let aggressive hopping overshadow subtle flavors. Dogs and kids are welcome here at this young Interbary brewery (opened in 2016), where the suds with a Belgian and English-style tint can be sipped in a nautically-inspired 30-seat taproom with a small outdoor seating area.
It rains beer at Cloudburst Brewing, housed in a garage of a brick building South of Belltown near the water. An IPA-heavy beer list is scrawled on brown paper above the taps in the back in the distressed and casual taproom, where you’re encouraged to bring your own food. Brewmaster Steve Luke, formerly of Elysian before the Anheuser-Busch purchase, has fueled fanfare with his history of making popular, playful beer varieties.
A 1905 cast-iron Kalamazoo stove at this Pike Place Market brewery serves as the namesake, joining other vintage accents on display in the space, most notably a museum-case highlighting old-school beer cans from decades past. Eight beer are on tap (including IPAs, pilsners, stouts and brown ales) to be paired with cheese plates, Bavarian pretzels and fat spicy Italian and French dip sandwiches (with kid-sized variations). All the brewing goes on downstairs, while visitors drink and eat on communal benches in the airy taproom or out in the sidewalk seating area.
Beach bums, beer lovers and pizza scarfers rejoice: West Seattle Brewing Tap Shack on Alki Beach waterfront has a patio with something for all three. The bright blue brewery annex took over a former pizza joint, but decided to keep the pizza ovens to make snacks to accompany ten taps sourced from the original brewery on Fauntleroy Way. There are even deck chairs in a pit of sand, just in case the lapping shore makes you want to go barefoot.
This family-owned Downtown Renton brewery is housed in the old city hall building, which maintains some original brickwork and wooden ceiling planks. Drinkers sit on high stools at live-edge tree trunk tables or at the street-facing sidewalk bar for West Coast IPAs, Hefeweizens and English bitters. The taproom is also home to special house-strain casket beers, which age as you drink around them.