Fremont Brewing Company

Fremont Brewing CompanyFremont Brewing Company
Fremont Brewing CompanyFremont Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(206) 420-2407 | map
fremontbrewing.com

Notes: Fremont Brewing was born of our love for our home and history as well as the desire to prove that beer made with the finest local ingredients – organic when possible – is not the wave of the future but the doorway to beer's history. Starting a brewery in the midst of the Great Recession is clearly an act of passion. We invite you to come along with us and enjoy that passion … Because Beer Matters.

We are a family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew small-batch artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find ... Because Beer Matters!

Urban Beer Garden™
1050 N 34th St, Seattle, EARTH
11am – 9pm Every Day
BEER STATS
Average:
4.25
Beers:
178
Reviews:
2,188
Ratings:
10,822
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.26
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
202
pDev:
9.15%
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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A great brewery and taproom in the heart of Seattle's Ballard/Fremont neighborhood, fairly basic beerhall type interior. Large interior seating area, nice exterior porch seating during the summer. Not much in the way of entertainment except discussing the beers. Kid and pet friendly.

A larger assortment (15 or so taps) of A-/A caliber brews covering a wide variety of styles. Regular offerings, seasonals and taproom only offerings, cans, bottles, crowlers, growler fills and kegs to go are available. Prices on cans/bottles, growlers and kegs are reasonable, service is very friendly and knowledgeable on their offerings. Free light snacks, rotating food trucks and menus from local eateries for you to order from.

One of the best breweries and taproom stops in Seattle, definitely worth stopping by, trying some fresh samples of some of Seattle's finest and picking up some beer to go. The one negative is parking in the area is hard to come by, so you might have to walk a ways.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Friendly service, but no table service this day and a long lineup mid-afternoon. Mixed on the brews available and my buddy less so. Nice place in front of the marina but bugs. Noisy place for young company teams to shout.

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Photo of Quackershnoc
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A neat spot that had tons of people. No food, but you can bring in food with you (I recommend going to Pie, about a 6 min. walk from the brewery!). Not very big, but lots of seating outdoors.

Nitro Dark Star was amazing! I also enjoyed Sky Kraken and Head Full of Dynamite. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

One of my favorite places for beer period. Like the folks here and love the beer. They serve donuts and coffee for those inline on release days, my biggest wish is that their location had some good food. But I come back again and again for the brews!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

how good is this place!? wowza. i have been a long time fan of their beers, so it was awesome to make it in to the motherland while in seattle. right in a cool marina looking area in north seattle (by my sometimes wonky internal compass), and mellow as can be inside. its sort of a weird/neat setup, with a mirrored layout, two matching bars on either side of a funny set of wooden bleachers that almost look like the fold out ones from the gym where i went to middle school that we took class photos on in grade school. lots of blue paint, really cozy seating arrangement, and a lot of space out front where most of the patrons were taking in the nice fall weather when we were in. i have to confess, i was a little disappointed with the selection. obviously i was hoping for some of the big heavy barrel aged rarities, but there was nothing of the sort available, and i was already familiar with almost everything on the tap list at both bars. they had the amarillo field to ferment wet hop which was awesome, but even better than that was the session pale on cask with simcoe hops! we were super hungover, so a few beers was a great way to reboot, and the dudes in here were super cool. they gave us a ton of good information and even hooked us up with some heady local chocolate they had (maybe working on a beer with it?!). both beers were superb, and we just mellowed out awhile in here, a great place to pass an afternoon with a few ales, and i ended up not missing the more sought after fremont beers much. a cozy and relaxed space, welcoming (they even keep a bowl of help yourself apples by the entrance). loved it here and will return for sure, a seattle staple and must visit if you are there! they sure know their way around a hop too!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Wow, was this place a lot more happening than I realized it was going to be! There is a super bustling and huge beer garden in front of a large, fully open interior with two sides split by a wooden bleacher section for casual seating. Both sides feature a walk-up bar with a fairly large taplist, and plenty of to-go options here or in the merch store next door.

The selection is great, especially during fresh hop season. The variety of fresh hop taps was surprising, considering they still had room for some sours and other styles. It doesn't hurt that we had the blind luck of arriving on the same day as the BA Dark Star release, during which it was on draft to try, and still available to-go at night with a 4pp limit, and minus the FOMO lines.

I didn't really see the food options, aside from a grab your own pretzels and water station, which is next to the bus your own dishes station, so service here is basically non-existent aside from the friendly and quick tap slingers.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Stopped by for a few beers on a Saturday afternoon. Great outdoor biergarten space. Communal picnic tables, some with shade. Inside they have two bars to keep the line moving. Good lineup of beers, diverse styles. Had an coffee porter and a cask IPA that were both pretty good. Didn't have any food except for the complementary pretzels.

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Photo of eppie82
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Place is in a very hipster neighborhood. Bicycles parking is plentiful, and car parking is not. The place is relatively large indoors with two separate bar areas and two seating areas, as well as some kind of mini stadium seating section between the two. Outdoor seating is also plentiful and is covered. But, even with the large amount of seating options, the place is still relatively full due to it's quality beers. There is a large mix of people from older people that were sitting next to us talking about beer, to a few people sitting by themselves reading books, to a woman behind us who was breastfeeding. So yeah, it was kind of all over the place.

Quality of the establishment is, again, hipster. Very colorful interesting wall art. The tables were sturdy benches for community style seating in the middle of the indoor area, whereas the edges had smaller booths. Outdoors there was a good bit of foliage around surrounding the beer garden. I wouldn't say the place looked brand new but it was neat, tidy and layed out well.

Service was top notch at the bar. There are no bartenders so if you want a drink, you'll have to go up to the bar and grab it yourself. However, there was never any wait (even on what looked like a busy evening) and the bartenders were very nice and friendly.

Selection of draft beer was solid. It was primarily IPAs and saisons, but there were porters and stouts available as well. Couple of interesting things to note is that the two separate bar areas where you can order drinks actually have slightly different options. I'm guessing this is primarily due to how many tap lines are available. The one small negative I have is regarding the selection of to-go beers. There were only 4-5 can/bottle options from what I recall and none of them were the offerings that I was interested in. Growler and howler fills were available (and for a favorable price) but for someone that's very far from out of town and who wanted to take something back, there wasn't much of a selection.

Food wise, I wasn't sure there was a menu (I didn't look for one), but there were some complimentary pretzels and apples you could grab to snack on

Overall, I really enjoyed this place. In Seattle it was one of my top two breweries that I enjoyed (along with Cloudburst) and I would recommend this place to anyone (beer enthusiast or just a casual drinker).

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Photo of BeerMe8
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Indoor/outdoor beer garden. Limited seating inside but a great vibe all around. Has two bars with a good selection. They have both water and pretzels in help yourself areas. Dog friendly.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
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 +17.4%
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 -0.2%
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 -6.1%
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 +2.8%
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 +8%
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 -9.6%
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 +1.6%
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 +7%
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 -24.9%
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 0%
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 -1.4%

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 -17.8%

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 +5.6%

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 -0.2%

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 +5.6%

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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Fremont Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
Brewery rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 10822 ratings