Fremont Brewing Company

Fremont Brewing CompanyFremont Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3409 Woodland Park Avenue North
Seattle, Washington, 98103
United States

(206) 420-2407 | map

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Added by barleywinefiend on 07-30-2009

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Visited on a Wednesday after lunch. Slow.

Not overly impressed based on the great reviews I had read. The lack of food should be made clear when reading the web site. No Wi-Fi either.

V – What has become the typical open space with garage doors to the outside. Two bars on either side of a large space connected a nice outdoor area with cover from the sun if needed. Flowers, etc. Beards and tattoos (maybe that should be the name of my band?) 4

Sel – Really just about the hoppy beers during my visit. Not even a saison. No guess taps. 3.5

Ser – No table service. Generally friendly, but maybe the Northwest is different than the South and Mid-Atlantic where I spend most of my time. No public wi-fi (bummer!). How’s a man supposed to day-drink and work at the same time? 3.5

Q – Not a fan of the glasses that are shaped like a beer can, which seems to be the preferred contained unless the ABV on your choice of brew begins to rise. Clean and bright. 4

F – None – apples and pretzels for free.

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Photo of Stardusthotel83
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The outdoor beer garden is huge and always a good time in the summer, its right on the water too. It helps that this place makes the best beer Ive ever had, literally. The majority is going to be pale ales, but their normal oatmeal stout is great, and their barrel aged stuff is insanely delicious.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited on a Wednesday during the lunch hour. Parking was still insane. We parked in the growler pickup lane and asked nicely if we could stay and have a quick flight. They said yes.
I can't imagine how crazy this beer landmark is on weekends (and where people might actually park). But we hit it at a very low ebb and enjoyed a flight. Both servers were very nice and helpful with selections. The Dark Star Oatmeal Stout was a winner and we took 2 bombers with us (only $4.99 ea.).
Freemont Brewing is an oasis in a very busy, funky neighborhood. Plenty of places to sit, lots more outside. Lots of cold beer to purchase.
Don't forget to visit The Troll when you leave. It's a huge sculpture underneath the bridge just 4 blocks up the street.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I think I'd rather have visited this place in the winter. I enjoy Fremont's beers in general but nothing compares to their big imperial stouts and such.

When I went the taplist was hop-heavy and I find these beers good but not mind-boggling. I liked the benches in the taproom and and cold brew coffee available on tap and could see the patio being nice on sunny days.

I'd be here everyday that B-Bomb or a Dark Star variant was on though. Those are so damn good.

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Photo of flexabull
4.38/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

It's a good thing this place didn't exist when I lived a few blocks up the street from this location, because I would have spent a ton of time and $ here.

Very cool vibe, it was kind miserable outside, so we crammed in with everyone else. I could see this being an awesome place to have a beer outside on a summer day.

Quality is top notch. Based on what I've tasted, I think Fremont is putting out the best beer in Seattle. Selection was great too, they had over 12 beers with a nice variety of styles.

Service was fine, nothing memorable. But they were pleasant and pretty fast considering the crowd.

Overall, top notch. One of the best destinations in the whole city.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

if seattle is your destination this brewery is a "must" stop. fortunate enough to land a few limited bourbon barrel releases. crazy good tap section (fall season) with varrying styles. there's something for everyone. people and atmosphere are where it's at. leave mobile devices alone and start a conversation w/ anyone there. fun place and city to be in. cheers!

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Photo of guityler83
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Selection was average but it had some interesting taps in the mix also. 5 of the Fremont beers available, plus two beers being served through a Randall (an infuser) one with ginger, grapefruit and centennial hops the other with cucumber. There was also a guest tap with chuckanut pils available.

Service was quick and helpful in answering a few questions on the beers. With in influx in people after we got our first round we only had to wait a few minutes to get our second at the bar inside. Overall good service.

The vibe was laid back and would be a spot I would frequent if I was a resident of the neighborhood. Big picknick tables and a beer garden feel with lots of areas. Right across from a cool bike path that passes buy Google and a few other big tech companies.

The beers themselves were solid, nothing stellar or stand out for me but certainly no duds in the bunch. I tried the IPA through the randall and the girl had the pale ale through the cucumber. Also got the Chuckanut so I can't comment on the other beers.

Good spot overall and worth seeking out if you're in the Fremont area of Seattle

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Photo of Moose90
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Vibe — A nice and mellow weekday afternoon, could very much feel the brewery running at capacity, lots of folks milling around. A Nice space with a huge outdoor area, indoors there are nice tall ceilings and a large enough main bar. Beers available are listed in chalk above the taps.

Quality — Top notch, all areas were executed very well.

Service — Quick, attentive, knowledgeable, can't ask for much more than that, very well done.

Selection — A nice offering of all year round beers, a number of seasonals, and a nice selection of draft-only / brewery only releases, some stuff on randalls and some infused beers as well.

Food — There were pretzels, that was it.

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Photo of mabermud
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of dhable
3.2/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of Malefactor
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

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Photo of roan22
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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).

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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Photo of crowellbw
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Whiskers1980
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of draheim
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of jellikit
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of cherche
4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
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 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 :)

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Photo of Xena
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.23/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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