Brews News: Say Cheers at Popular Seattle Venues

Thirsty? Brilliant. Lucky for you (and us) Seattle hosts a wealth of breweries in which to enjoy some delicious locally brewed beer. Many folks claim that Washington started the microbrew rebirth in the 1980s; these days, the state boasts one of the country’s largest concentrations of breweries. Fun fact: Three-fourths of the nation’s hops are produced in the nearby Yakima Valley (thanks to the region's sources of mountain spring water and other fresh ingredients that make it an ideal spot for brewing).

Many local brewers from Redhook Ale Brewery to Pike Brewing Company offer tours of their grounds, allowing visitors to witness and understand the brewing process before sampling some glasses for themselves. Other smaller operations give you the impression you've stumbled into your friend's welcoming basement (a friend who happens to brew really tasty beer, that is). Seattle breweries keep patrons on their toes, constantly rotating in new flavors and often organizing events from alfresco concerts to batch release parties. Other venues keep games (for adults and kids) on-site, and a handful even allow for BYO picnic meals. Several tour companies here take thirsty folks on excursions that make the rounds; this allows visitors and locals alike to visit multiple breweries in one fun-filled afternoon. The beer options don't stop here though; check out the many choices, and, most importantly, enjoy!

This local microbrewery, with its huge interior, expansive windows, and copper-topped bar, is eminently cool and is a great place to hang out with friends and sample house-brewed beers. Many of them bear mythological names, in keeping with the...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Hilliard's

Hilliard's opened its doors in October of 2011 with a focus on beer in cans and an industrial-chic ambience that draws beer drinkers from near and far. Thanks to its location in the Ballard beer bubble, visitors can stop in here before or after...  Read More


Thirsty? Look no farther. Redhook is "proud to hang his hat at a state of the art brewery located in the heart of scenic Woodinville, WA." Completed in 1994, the impressive venue takes inspiration from the brewhouses of Bavaria, Germany. The...  Read More

Peddler Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of Peddler Brewing Company

Peddler Brewing Company is a Ballard brewery and tasting room. Owners Haley Woods and David Keller combined their love of riding bikes, brewing and drinking beer and opened this popular spot in March of 2013. Peddler boats s a seven-barrel...  Read More

Maritime Pacific Brewing Company and Jolly Roger Taproom

Bright colors and nautical decor add visual interest to this inviting bar, where patrons have their pick of 14 beers from the onsite brewery. Maritime Pacific Brewing Company is a small, family-owned brewery, established in 1990 in Ballard, the...  Read More

Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery and Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Pyramid Ales

Started in tiny Kalama, Washington, as Hart Brewing Company in 1984, Pyramid is now one of the largest West Coast breweries to arise from the early microbrew pioneers of the Pacific Northwest. Now with breweries in Portland, Berkeley,...  Read More

Georgetown Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of Georgetown Brewing Company

Although this draft-beer-only-production brewery in South Seattle's Georgetown doesn't feature a brewpub, visitors still swing by in droves for the venue's retail shop. Here thirsty folk can pick up kegs to go and growlers; a social bar counter...  Read More

Fremont Brewing is a small, family-owned microbrewery founded in 2008 to brew small-batch artisan beers "made with the best local ingredients." Brew masters use barley from Washington State, hops from a fourth-generation, hop-growing family in...  Read More

Hale's Ales
Photo courtesy of Peddler Brewing Company

Partway between Fremont and Ballard, this brewery and pub warrants a stop-over. This spacious venue boasts a philosophy that promotes being sustainable and healthy too. Hale's employs an age-old English brewing method that features an ale yeast...  Read More

The Pike Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of The Pike Brewing Company

Sipping local brews in one of the city's most historic and iconic spots: Who could say no to such temptation? Enjoy lauded beers from the Pike Pale and the Pike IPA to the Kilt Lifter and the Pike Naughty Nellie in a vibrant setting where the...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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