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!