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.
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When Cloudburst opened its doors back in 2016, it was one of the most talked about debuts in recent memory. Five years later, it still lives up to the hype: The beer is still boundary pushing, and founder Steve Luke is still feeling very creative when it comes to new recipes. Oh, and we’re not the only ones singing his praises—the Great American Beer Festival just named Cloudburst “Brewery of the Year” and crowned Luke “Brewer of the Year.”