Fremont Brewing Company is one of the most respected breweries in Seattle. It's a local favorite for many reasons, but with one being that it has the most PNW vibe. The large in-front beer garden seating area attracts people to drink outdoors year round nestled in their REI gear, but it's also a pitstop for many local bikers. Located in Fremont and across from the Burke Gilman Trail, it has a true outdoorsman vibe and boasts many seasonal favorites. â
Located in SODO, Seapine is another local favorite. Not only do locals love the taste of their beer, but the atmosphere boasts a very northwest "piney" experience. The industrial-style taproom is made entirely of wood and decorated with antique furnishings like an old "carpet" tapestry that hangs behind a near 20-seat table. Most people praise their ales and IPA's, and recommend the Sour Golden Ale or the Berry Gose. Established in 2011, the brewery is definitely a favorite among locals.
Reuben's opened in 2012 and today, boasts a pretty impressive portfolio. Offering more than 140 beers, Reuben's brewmaster and co-founder has won several awards for his craft. Reuben's is available in stores, but I suggest visiting the taproom located in the Ballard industrial area. Their extensive beer list features a variety of seasonal and all-time brews, but be sure to try their core crafts like the Crikey IPA. The taproom also now serves wine and ciders.
âLocated in Ravenna, nearby the University District, is another local favorite, Ravenna Brewing. Since it is smaller than most breweries, the taproom is chocked full of locals, many of which are wearing local hipster gear sold by the brewing company. Ravenna brewing, like Seapine, boasts that local Northwest vibe. Thirty-two ounce "crowlers" are now available for purchase to enjoy the beer at home and outside of the taproom. Some beer on tap is seasonal and recommend trying the First Voyage Kveik Oak Fermented Kellerbier, a Norwegian yeast-made beer, while supplies last. This was the first beer produced in their Folder barrels.
Fair Isle is another popular local favorite located nearby Reuben's in Ballard. The rustic-chic brewery specializes in small-batch farmhouse ales. Guest chefs also make an appearance, and it's definitely a place where one will notice men with beards, tattoos, funky mustaches and beanies. It's definitely a place for beer snobs and choking down a farm-fresh charcuterie board. It's a place to be free in spirit while sipping on beers made with wild and feral yeast and bacterias. Definitely try the Lori, a saison with tayberries that are cultivated in Scotland.
Located just north of the Pike Place Market, Cloudburst rests inside a 120-year old brick building. Tourists flock to Pike's Brewing and locals flock to Cloudburst. The industrial-chic taproom is the original, with a Ballard location opening soon. What makes Cloudburst unique is their snarky and sarcastic undertone in their marketing and also with their beer names. Ever tried a "How To Cognitive IPA?" Or a "Why God Why IPA?" If not, than you can at Cloudburst. And did I mention is a hipster haven?
Uprooting to the Ballard neighborhood, Urban Family attracts a variety of local customers from the outdoorsy REI guy to the beer snob to the bearded-man that just loves beer. The new taproom in Ballard is modern and sleek and offers a variety of local favorites. From Summer on Jupiter to the Guava Dawn cider, expect to find a variety of light, hoppy, sours and even slushy beers on tap. During the hot summer, the "On Deck Slushes" are a favorite such as the "Forbidden Sorcery," which is a passionfruit black sour ale.
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