Best Breweries in Seattle

Brews in the 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 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 variety allow for BYO picnic meals or host food trucks out front. The beer options don't stop here though; check out the many choices, and, most importantly, enjoy!


Bright colors and nautical decor add visual interest to this inviting bar, where patrons have their pick of 14 beers from the onsite brewery (including the newest, a Cobalt IPA). Maritime Pacific Brewing Company is a small, family-owned brewery, established in 1990 in Ballard, the traditional home port to Northwest mariners. According to the website: "With its full-rigged white clipper ship set against dramatic Olympic Mountains, the Maritime Pacific logo recalls days past when fast windships once plied these Puget Sound waters laden with cargo for trade in exotic ports-of-call. To please the descendants of those bygone sailors in whom the taste for fine local beer lives on, and to salute Seattle's seafaring history, the Maritime Pacific Brewing Company was created."

Recommended for Breweries because: Maritime Pacific Brewing Company pays homage to Seattle's seafaring past and present with tasty beers and an impressive pub menu.

Corinne's expert tip: Summer here means live music out front on certain evenings. Check their social media accounts for timely updates.

Read more about Maritime Pacific Brewing Company and Jolly Roger Taproom →

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 that has long been specially adapted for the open-topped fermenters (of the traditional English brewery). The fermenting room sits behind 15-foot-tall panes of glass, meaning brewery visitors can witness the process (there are even mirrors on the ceiling), while sampling the pub's brews and eat. Find tapas and small plate options (from black bean cakes to smoked salmon chowder) or more substantial dishes like burgers, salads, shepherd's pies and chicken au jus. Try brews like the "Troll Porter" and the "Hales Cream Ale."

Recommended for Breweries because: Hale's Ales boasts a spacious, no-nonsense brewery and pub where neighborhood folk relish the local brews and tasty eats (with a healthy bent).

Corinne's expert tip: Take some Hale's for the road in the form of growlers or kegs.

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Elysian Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of Elysian Brewing

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 brewery's name, and you'll find everything from lagers and stouts to pilsners and ales. Try new releases like the Dank Dust IPA (8.2% ABV), a pine-forward India Pale Ale that combines aromas of lush grapefruit, mango and orange; it's brewed with proprietary terpene, providing the beer with the pungent, dank, citrusy, earthy aroma, and turning things up a notch from the brewery's beloved Space Dust IPA. A solid menu of pub fare made from scratch includes pastas, sandwiches, stews, and fish and chips. The original of the Elysian venues, this 220-seat beer hall, full-service bar and restaurant provide a quintessential Seattle experience.

Recommended for Breweries because: Elysian Brewing Company is a friendly, local microbrewery with house-brewed beers (from lagers and stouts to ales) and a solid pub fare menu.

Corinne's expert tip: Need a spot to visit before or after a Sounders or Seahawks game? Elysian Fields on 1st Avenue South is the perfect nearby watering hole!

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Georgetown Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of Georgetown Brewing Company

Visit this South Seattle's Georgetown happening tasting room, where you can find pints in addition to 64-ounce growlers, cans and kegs to go. Both children and dogs are always allowed in the tasting room (though required to stay with your party). The venue is the brainchild of beer lovers Roger Bialous and Manny Chao, and today their Manny's Pale Ale creation is one of the region's most beloved brews. Also try the Roger's Pilser, Chopper's Red Ale, Georgetown Porter and Lucille India Pale Ale. Other tasty hoppy options include the Bodhizafa IPA or Chairman Chuck IPA, while lighter options range from the Gusto Crema Coffee Ale and Johnny Saison to the Loop Lager.

Recommended for Breweries because: Georgetown Brewing Company in South Seattle is the creator of one of the region's most popular brews--Manny's Pale Ale (find it all over town!).

Corinne's expert tip: Since they don't have food onsite, you can pick up something in the neighborhood, or the staff will happily offer a delivery suggestion.

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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 (founded in 1989): 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 antique-covered walls are a feast for the eyes. (Can't make up your mind on which beer to try? Better yet, grab a sampler tray!) Also enjoy tasty pub eats in this bustling subterranean space; try the fish 'n' chips, the Ploughman's Platter, the Pike Poutine or the Puget Sound platter of mussels and clams.

Recommended for Breweries because: Pike Brewing Company, an independent craft brewery founded in 1989, offers local beers in the most iconic and historic section of downtown Seattle.

Corinne's expert tip: At the venue's Microbrewery Museum, check out collections of beer art and memorabilia.

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Redhook Brewlab
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Redhook Brewlab's popular, spacious concept (great for large groups) is described as "an intersection of Seattle history and culture – a place where the city's eclectic influences mix – art, science, brewing, food and music." Housed within Capitol Hill's historic Pike Motorworks Building, the bright and airy space offers a friendly, modern brewery and pub that's a perfect gathering destination before or after sports games (in any season). The Brewlab features 16 taps of rotating small-batch beers (brewed on-site by Redhook Head Brewer Nick Crandall), and an alluring food menu centers around a stone-hearth oven from Bellingham. Think tasty snacks and share plates that range from sliders to oysters. Try Red Hook's recent addition Lagersquatch, a crisp, Sasquatch- inspired lager specifically created with Pacific Northwest drinkers in mind (and the perfect beer for fishing or camping trips.)

Recommended for Breweries because: In Capitol Hill, Redhook Brewlab's newer concept is described as "an intersection of Seattle history and culture"–a friendly gathering spot for tasty food and drink.

Corinne's expert tip: Be sure to check out the brewpub's focal point: A custom mural by Grammy-nominated Seattle illustrator and Sub Pop Records Art Director Sasha Barr. You can't missed the vibrant mural, spanning 14' x 18', that decorates the wall near the front entrance. (This pub is a great spot on gray days, thanks to the abundance of skylights, too!)

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Fremont Brewing is a 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 the Yakima Valley and water from the Cedar River Watershed in the Cascade Mountains. Located in Seattle's funky Fremont, guests can enjoy beer at the "Urban Beer Garden" (think long communal tables inside and out). Beer lovers will also find this company's gems on draft at many Seattle bars and restaurants as well as at neighborhood bottle shops or grocery stores. Looking for a larger quantity of Fremont Brewing's fine beer? Pick up a keg or growler to go.

Recommended for Breweries because: Fremont Brewing is a casual, family-friendly venue in the heart of Fremont where the beer flows freely, the patio rules and the vibe is welcoming.

Corinne's expert tip: Want to pack a picnic dinner or snack to complement your beer? Since the venue only serves Salumi sandwiches (until they run out), visitors are welcome to BYO food.

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Métier Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of William Munoz Photography

Métier Brewing Company is a purpose-driven, award-winning, Black-owned craft brewery in Woodinville, typically known for being a hub of Washington wine. Yet Métier brings something fresh to the scene with its family and bike-friendly space that features distinctive beers, local cider, their own in-house nitro brewed coffee and freshly made Hop Tonic. The welcoming venue places an emphasis on building and fostering community, and a visitor's experience is enhanced by the spacious beer hall, cozy taproom and ample parking. The brewery often partners with local vendors and charities, as well as collaborating with Northwest artists to create memorable beer labels,

Recommended for Breweries because: Métier Brewing Company is a purpose-driven, award-winning, Black-owned craft brewery in Woodinville that features a family- and bike-friendly space. .

Corinne's expert tip: Looking for something that promises to deliver "all of the taste without the ABV"? The brewery recently debuted a non-alcoholic canned Sparkling Hop Water, described as a crisp, citrusy and piney zero-proof beverage.

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Bale Breaker & Yonder Cider Taproom
Photo courtesy of Maddy Porter, Yonder Cider

Brewery goers in Ballard find an exciting new addition at the BBYC taproom, a collaborative venue from Bale Breaker and Yonder Cider. Beer and cider drinkers unite here under one roof to enjoy 30-plus taps at this vibrant, newly renovated hangout. Enjoy 6,200 square feet of outdoor space, rotating food trucks, outdoor fire pits (ideal for groups of old and new friends) and so much more. This enticing hangout comes in addition to Bale Breaker's Yakima Taproom and Yonder Bar in Greenwood. (Follow along on both businesses' social media pages for timely announcements, special releases and other special events you won't want to miss.)

Recommended for Breweries because: Brewery goers in Ballard find an exciting new addition at the BBYC taproom, a collaborative venue from Bale Breaker and Yonder Cider

Corinne's expert tip: The venue is closed on Mondays, but opens at noon on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Stoup Brewing
Photo courtesy of Will Foster

In Ballard, Lara Zahaba and Robyn Schumacher, along with Zahaba's husband and head brewer Brad Benson, co-own one of the top breweries in Ballard's bustling beer district. Since 2013, this family-friendly venue has won awards for its variety of offerings, from pale ales and hoppy IPAs to robust porters, with an emphasis on a rotating selection of Northwest IPAs that highlight locally grown hops. Welcoming communal spaces offer indoor and outdoor seating options, ideal for any type of weather. Check online for the food truck schedule, too, to see which tasty culinary offerings will be available to complement your brews.

Recommended for Breweries because: Since 2013, this family-friendly venue in Ballard has won awards for its variety of offerings, attracting loyal patrons from the neighborhood and beyond.

Corinne's expert tip: Beer delivery is also available within the greater Seattle area. Check out the Kenmore taproom and restaurant now, too!

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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