The Absolute Best Breweries in Seattle
Ballard is without a doubt the most dense neighborhood in terms of breweries, and it would probably take you hours to visit just the ones within these few city blocks. That said, start with Stoup: home of the Citra IPA, a “Greenhouse” (i.e. private garden space), and general good vibes. There’s almost always a food truck parked outside, too; check the schedule here.
Where to Drink Beer in Seattle This Fall
Stoup's beautifully balanced beers have made it a local favorite, and a stand out even in a neighborhood bursting with breweries. It was founded by a chemist and a former biology teacher (with some help from a certified-Cicerone), whose science background can be seen throughout their no-frills taproom, including the beaker-style measurement systems on their glasses. You can fill said glasses with any of a dozen beers they've got on tap, including the Citra IPA, which tastes like sunshine in a glass.