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Fremont Brewing Company

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Fremont Brewing CompanyFremont Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.96/5
Based on:
73 Beers
3,916 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 83
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3409 Woodland Park Avenue North
Seattle, Washington, 98103
United States
phone: (206) 420-2407

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fremontbrewing

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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by RedDiamond:
Photo of RedDiamond
2.94/5  rDev -31.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2

Fremont calls their tasting room an "urban beer garden." I see it as more of a warehouse brewery with an open seating area. The painted cinder block, fluorescent lighting, and buzzing glycol cooler don't fit the bill for "garden", urban or otherwise. The tasting room is partitioned from the brewery by a lounge-like array of red leather seats and centers on a long beer hall-type bench made from the salvaged planks of a local high school sporting arena. Service is limited to four house beers, no guests or cask, and free pretzels. Prepared food is not served.

Fremont's limited beer offerings make any defining assessment difficult to pin down. Of their four taps, three may be concurrently serving the same beer in different ways such as draught, nitro, and dry-hopped. Quality varies.

It would seem the brewery is still working on self-definition. They're new, young, and enjoy an ideal location. Local artwork adorns the walls and the staff is friendly to a fault. We'll see where it goes. Meanwhile, be advised that the garage bay remains open during business hours assuring indoors temperatures are the same as those outdoors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of mabermud
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Great vibe. Nice outdoor seating in a great location in Fremont. The service is always nice and down to earth. Free apples, pretzels, and free non-alcoholic beverages for my kids. Awesome place with world-class beer.

Photo of dhable
3.2/5  rDev -25.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 1

Great beers and a nice beer hall vibe but make sure you get some food to carry in before you enjoy too many brews. The good news on that front is that there's plenty of restaurants within walking distance to pick up from.

Photo of Malefactor
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Will never leave Seattle again without stopping in. Lots of beers on tap, cool layout, outdoor seating and away from downtown. Parking is a bit challenging though.

Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

I visited the Fremont taproom for the first time on Saturday and I was quite pleased with the experience. They had at least a dozen beers on tap, with tasters clocking in at a very reasonable $1. It's a popular place, with lots of folks with kids and babies (frankly, I'd never seen so many babies in a taproom before), so be prepared for a bit of a family atmosphere. The décor is quite pleasing, with a warm, welcoming feel inside and tons of seating outside. The tables inside are large and communal, so socialization is encouraged.

Service was reasonable, especially for a belly-up-to-the-bar kind of place. They were relatively busy, so the two people on staff had their hands full. As expected, all the beer was delicious. I absolutely need to be returning here; a great place to visit.

Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

I visited on the grand opening of the new side of their tasting room. A large crowd was on hand, and so not representative of a "typical" experience at the brewery. The "old" side had an industrial feel, while the "new" side was more upscale looking. Plenty of taps on both sides. I look forward to checking it out another time, and getting a better feel for the place.

Photo of roan22
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

I was here in 2013 with my sis after a huge dinner at Jack's. The beer here is fantastic. I am partial to IPAs and Fremont's are among the tastiest I have had. There were 8 beers..universale pale ale, interurban ipa, wandering wheat, summer ale, a winter ale, a 100% brett beer from the Ferm Lab, a Seattle beer week barleywine, and 1 guest tap Bale Breaker Bubba's brew. There was also a Randall version of Interurban IPA.

Located in what looks like a huge garage, the ceilings are high and the floor is concrete. There are picnic tables outside and inside, plus a few cool booth seats featuring keg tables brightly painted.

There is one counter and 1 line. It is a busy place with a lot of people coming and going but the high energy staff were friendly. You choose from pints or growlers, but not every beer is available in a growler, and a few are only served in goblets. There was a refrigerator with beer to go, but I didn't look at what they were.

Correction: after my visit they have opened a second counter and there are 15 taps at times now, that's awesome!


They closed pretty early on a Saturday, 9pm. They do not have a kitchen so eat beforehand (or afterwards).

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

An interesting layout in an interesting location. The brewery/brewpub and newish biergartern are located right on 34th street, very near the cross street of Stone. The outside patio area is good size, with a considerable number of tables and chairs. Inside the pub, there are additional tables and chairs, along with some stadium type bench seats as well. There are two seperate bar areas in the pub, and on the day I was here, there was something like 15 or so beers on tap at each bar. Selection was superb, and included several versions of cowiche fresh hop, KDS, beer 1000, sister and brother IPA's, etc. The vibe is very informal and laid back, and the staff seemed quite friendly and knowledgeable. Prices were likewise pretty decent. Pints of most beers were in the $5 to $6 range , and with the KDS, you could get a 6, 8 or 12 ounce pour, priced at $4, $5 or $6 I believe. I don't think they do sample trays or glasses here.

As others have noted, the new brewpub and biergarten are child and dog friendly. Opinions are going differ as to whether this is something you're going to like or not. On the day I was here, I wasn't much bothered by the dog presence (some smelled like they were in need of a bath, but all of them were friendly and there were no fights). On the other hand, there were a number of small children playing with their toys on the floor of the inside pub, right where patrons were standing in line to get their beer. No one was hurt or injured from what I could tell, but I could easily see it happen. Also, while the dogs were all friendly on the day I was here, predictably, some owners actually placed their medium sized dogs on the tables to show them off to friends and other dog fans. Shrug. It is what it is. Customers can decide for themselves whether this is something that will keep them away or not.

Otherwise, this place is great, and the beer made by Fremont is uniformly excellent. I would add that in addition to the prefilled growlers and growler fill take out I saw, they also had a good size can and bottle retail selection going as well (4 packs of sisters DIPA were selling like hotcakes the day I was here). I'll certainly be back at some point.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

This was a very close second favorite of mine out of all the breweries/brew pubs we visited during our Pacific NW trip (Russian River was #1). Since they expanded (and looks like they will continue to expand), it has turned into a very nice beer garden.

Outside is all community, beer garden type seating. Pets Welcome. It is all traditional tap room service getting pours at the bar. They only do full pours, but everything they had on tap was great, so I didn't mind. They also have pre-filled growlers to go as well as cans for sale. There were not any bottles on sale when I visited. It was a busy happy hour crowd, but they have several bartenders working, so any line that formed moved fast. No food, but they did have free pretzels.

Overall, this was a favorite of mine. Would be very happy to go back anytime.

Photo of crowellbw
4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Updating my review based on new taproom. The mirror image taproom with the huge outdoor addition makes this the best place in town now. Also killing it on special releases.

Photo of Whiskers1980
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Fantastic place! I had a Brother IIPA, a Dry Fly Bourbon Abominable and their Summer Ale. All stellar beers. Open seating at big tables inside and out. I wish they served some type of food. They were building out next door, I can't wait to go back and check it out.

Photo of draheim
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I've been to Fremont more than any other brewery. They always have some outstanding beers, it's a great place to meet friends (whether we bring the kids or not, doesn't matter, because Fremont is cool like that) and the Urban Beer Garden is great. Line can be a little long and service a little slow sometimes, but Fremont has quickly become a must-visit Seattle beer destination. They deserve all their success and I hope they just keep doing what they've been doing.

Photo of jellikit
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

A: industrial feel, with a lot of glass, and a cool view of seattle. Busy. Clean. Growler fillers all night.
Q: great beer. Tried a few and liked what I tried.
S: service was line up and wait. Then order beer. No wait-staff.
Selection. Pretty standard. But had root beer for the kids.

Photo of cherche
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

my favorite brewery in seattle both in terms of beer and setting...good selection of beers, fair pricing and always something unique on the menu that you can only get at the brewery and will probably never see again...one downside is on the vibe/service sometimes it just gets too damn crowded but that isnt really anyone's fault other than fremont's for being too awesome so i only docked them a little for that :)

Photo of Xena
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place is my home away from home! It's a convenient location, well priced, comfy seating, and knowledgeable staff. Dogs and babies are welcome. You can bring your own food. They usually have pretzels available, and sometimes apples as well. Not a pretentious place at all. Lots of happy beer drinkers drinking beer and being happy about it. Fabulous place to fill your growler. The staff cares about beer, and want you to have a great drinking experience. The only down side is, this place has become so popular, it gets too crowded when the weather is nice. So get lost! Leave regulars like me alone so we may drink in peace.

Seriously, here is what you get: a kid- and dog-friendly drinking atmosphere, crowds when the weather is decent, really good beer, pleasant staff who care about what they are doing, nice Randalls, reasonably comfortable seating, trendy location.

What I wish they would change or do differently: be closer to where I live. Oh, wait - - I should move.

Photo of apintofknowledge
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

To start, $5 for a flight of 5 really good beers, you just can't go wrong! Great tasting room with friendly servers, free pretzels, comfy booths around beer keg tables, and a sunny patio outside just makes the experience even better. The Abominable and The Brother were outstanding, bu everything was really good. If I lived closer, I'd be a regular!

Photo of Smurf2055
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Review for the old taproom.

Fremont brewery is awesome. Not intended for the masses, but they’ve got their taps open a few days a week. Oh yeah, it’s in the brewery. Like you can see the beer being brewed in giant vats. It’s obviously all Fremont stuff, but that’s not bad, and it’s the best prices you will see for them. It’s a pretty cool place.

Updated review for the new one.

Still love this brewery. The taproom is now attached to the brewery, not just in it. The selection is typical, a solid amount of taps showcasing their current beers. Usually have an interesting specialty keg, a Nitro, or a Firkin. No food unless you count pretzels. The room itself is very fancy looking, hardwood and barrels surround you. It's a great place to grab a brew.

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.23/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

A: open, airy, bright. No seats at the bar. One long wooden "picnic" table inside with smaller tables on the side and even steps to sit on. Outside are a variety of simple wooden tables. I liked it.
Q: I found it to be a little spotty. Out of a five beer sampler I thought two were very good and three were just fine.
S: Order at the counter only. Service is prompt, polite, knowledgeable but I wouldn't call it welcoming or friendly.
Selection: 10-12 available. Some very interesting styles like beer aged in Merlot barrels (two versions) and an ale with pineapple. A guy even told me about a basil infused beer.
F: didn't see any offered.
V: Nice place to visit but I wouldn't go out of my way to get here.

Photo of BeerisUber
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

This place rocks! New beer garden. Totally renovated. Lots of amazing brews on tap and all the free pretzels you can eat. Staff is really friendly and sure knows a lot about beer. If they have any of their fresh hop beer, try it. I wish I lived in Seattle so I could go here more often. I live in central California and the brewery's near home are absolutely no comparison in quality. If available... Try the bourbon barrel aged abominable, dark star imperial stout, or any if their fresh hop ales! Thor was great!

Photo of djbreezy
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Cool place overall. Good space that is relaxed. Pretty much a warehouse style tasting room. Rugged and plain. Not much to look at but clean.

Beer was great. Lots of growler, can and bottle options to go. Plenty of choice. I think there were 6 taps.

The people were a bit on the uppity side of things. Not ultra friendly but kinda stuck to themselves. Not my favorite vibe but I was there for the beer more importantly.

Glad I got to try the beer and bring home a 6 pack. Worthy beer and they have what looks like a really nice and efficient brewery.

Photo of Vanlingleipa
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Qualifier: I am rating on the industrial park warehouse scale, which of course does not rate a fancy restaurant with shiny copper vats the same way as a neighborhood brewery tasting room.

Fremont Brewing is the second example. This is a cool neighborhood hang where you can stop by while walking the dogs on a pleasant weekend afternoon.

As mentioned, this is a warehouse, albeit with a brightly painted exterior. Inside is plenty of bench seating (amazing how often the warehouse tasting rooms don't offer enough place to park your can), the requisite taps and a reach-in refrigerator for the bottles.

The simplicity is what works for these places. The benches and close seating encourages conversation and beer community. Of course, you also have to serve tasty beer.

And Fremont does have tasty offerings, from bottles of barrel aged brew to taps like their intensely citrus-hoppy Interurban IPA. Beer prices are reasonable, especially the sampler deal that allows you to procure six tasters for six bucks.

To sum, Fremont Brewing is a basic, clean, accessible brewery that offers tasty beers at decent prices. Your dogs, outside grubbage and kids are welcome. My kind of place.

Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Fremont is a sweet little neighborhood brewery that is kind enough to open their walls to the public on weekend nights.

The garden is cement - this is a production facility. There are are long communal tables supported by keg shells and some smaller tables as well.

Food is welcome, as our kids, dogs and just general fremont wackiness.

The tap selection is nice - all of the standards, the DIPA, imperial oatmeal stout, a rotating creative cask.

Growlers and bottles are available to-go as well, at very reasonable prices.

Probably not a place to make a Friday night out of but a cool quick stop for a pint or two and some provisions to take out into the world.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A: The place is wharehouse/garage style opens up to the street. A good amounf of seating around. Atmosphere is good. There were only a handfull of people there on a early Friday afternoon but I can see how this place would be a great neighborhood spot and a busy ine at that.

Q: I believe all of Fremont beers are good.

S: The service here is good. You never have to wait or track down a beer. Someone is always behind the register ready to pour.

S: I believe there were 6 Fremont beerss. If you are lucky Big Brother will be on. They also have a cask which is always interesting.

F: Pretzels.

V: I thought the $6 goblets of IIPA were a little hefty but not bad. However, the growlers are very reasonable. They have pre-filled growlers ready to go. They also have B-Bomb bottled and ready to go.

Photo of NWer
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

An unpretentious working brewery with beer garden area. Long European style tables and benches.
The beer garden appears to be an afterthought where you are intruding into their workspace - which adds to the charm. They freely offer (for free) samples of their beers. That's nice. You don't have to buy a flight in order to taste their beers. They have growlers to go - no bottles except for very rare special releases.
Friendly staff - brewers - love to mingle and talk beer.
A very nice place to bring your sandwich you bought someplace else, buy a pint, and enjoy.
This place should quickly become a local favorite.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

The tasting room is a section of the warehouse they brew in and all the brew equipment is clearly visible. They had six taps (one nitro) and one additional tap off to the side that wasn't in use while i was there. For early on a thursday there was a good crowd, but plenty of room. They have a series of small half circle padded seats as well as a long table with a bench made out of boards on keg shells.

The staff are very friendly. The beers were good and the selection was fair for the size of the brewery. Most of the beers were fairly high alcohol and dark. They have a series of coolers full of growlers and have a nice beer gun system for filling growlers. Overall they are a relatively low key brewery that is trying some interesting stuff and definitely worth a visit.

I suppose my only qualms are that they don't serve food (but are too small to make that practical for now) and the growlers are clear glass.

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Fremont Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
95 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.