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Urban Family Brewing Co.

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

4441 26th Ave W, Ste A
Seattle, Washington, 98199
United States

(206) 861-6769 | map

2014 update: No longer a brewpub, now a production brewery with a tasting room.


Added by dirtylou on 01-24-2012

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by barleywinefiend:
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A: Strolled in as the last stop of a BA journey. Urban Family, which is just across the street from Noble Fir, is a rather warm and inviting place. A front porch swing exncased inglass is at the doorway. Saturday evening at 6PMish and there were maybe eight people to be seen. Sordove laid back, nice and clean. Walking in, the bar is against the back and and extends along the right wall. Exposed bricks sports the numerous taphandlesThe beer menus are posted "Ours" and "Theirs". Further back you find the brewery. Nice looking place, clean and inviting.

Q: My Smoking Wood was drinking mighty fine. The house porter was safe but there were no quality issues here and no crap on tap.

S: Our server was nice, she was attentive. I am not exactly sure about her level of beer knowledge but she was savy enough to ask me if I had Smoking Wood before leading me to believe she had some knowledge as to what she was serving. The other staff at the bar was nice enough, No bad service but nothing above and beyond either.

S: Twenty + handles, all rather well chosen. Other than the Smoking Wood there was nothing that really jumped out at me and screamed "drink me now".

Not a bad spot to sit back, chat and drink. Considering the costs and somewhat mundayne selection I would be hesitant to say this a beer destination I would recommend our stray off the beaten path to get to. However, w/ Noble Fir next door it makes for a good one-two punch!

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

not sure you can go anywhere and find such an inspired, eclectic, and ambitious list of in house beers! this really was a cool experience. a bit off the map, hard to find, tucked back in an industrial looking area with little more than couple of barrels and a small painted logo on the front to mark their space. inside it appears sort of jibled together with a mix of high and low seating, a small standing room only sort of bar area, and an expansive operations area with lots of barrels and tanks around. kind of dimly lit and minimalist, but not particularly put together. a chalkboard menu shows some incredible stuff on offer, from fruited sours and wilds, beer in barrels, ipa types, and all sorts of esoteric ingredient and yeast combinations, super into it. i had not been overly impressed with their bottles stuff out in the world before visiting, but it seems like everything in the place is dialed in, so either they have gotten a lot better, or their stuff just isnt travelling well. i loved the blind tyger juniper saison, and the dark perennial sour with rhubarb and blackberry was also a hit for me, but all of the beer was interesting and really good. the dudes in here made the place though, they really were stoked to be sharing their beers with us, had a ton of good information, and gave us a lot of samples, as generous as anybody in any brewery i have ever visited or moreso, really rad treatment in here. they have bottles to go as well, and seem to show no signs of slowing down. stoked to have made it in, and will definitely be keeping an eye on these guys, big things are in store i have a feeling! do not miss this place if you are a beer person visiting seattle!

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Photo of tjcamm
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of morebeergood
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

This was the highlight of our brewery tour of Seattle. The space is nothing too great, but the beers were amazing. Huge variety and after trying a bunch, these brewers clearly know what they are doing. Great job guys. You won me over.

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Photo of Stardusthotel83
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in at Urban Family last night. I've had their beers before, but had never visited; it's an industrial space down by Fisherman's Terminal in the Magnolia area of Seattle. Its atmosphere definitely retains the industrial feel, as the taproom, brewery and barrel house are all in one big room. It's got plenty of space, and was pretty busy when I visited.

There were 10 taps available when I was there, and I think the main reason to visit is their list of saisons. They do a lot of interesting things with non-standard ingredients and lots of barrel aging. The plum porter was a bit of a miss for me, but the saisons are spot-on. If that's your style, it's definitely worth a visit here.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

DO NOT SLEEP on Urban. Visited on a Wednesday right at opening. Much better selection than the other local/walking distance breweries. If you are in this part of town start with Urban, even before Fremont.

V – A better vide than any other place I have been into around Seattle. Still a big space with a garage door(s) but, good music, friendly people, and you can see the brew tanks, etc. 4.25

Sel – Saisons. IPAs. Stouts. Very nice. 4.25

Ser – Friendly, helpful, they even cracked a bottle of their Signs of Erosion saison open for me (no commitment) so I could taste it. I guess they knew I would like it. Andy and Eric were great. 4.5

Q – Wonderful white wine glasses for their saisons. 4.25

F – no food but . . . a great hot dog food truck was there that day.

Do not sleep on these guys. Put them near the top of your list. A mistake if you do not visit while in Seattle.

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Photo of motherofgod
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
5/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of TheBungyo
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

The mood during my recent visits to Urban Family has been surprisingly subdued. Surprising, because the beer has been outstanding. You'd think that would be enough to draw more people! Both of my recent trips were on Saturday evening and it was more empty than I would expect of a place that makes stuff this good. Something that might improve the almost library atmosphere is maybe a bar with stools or something.

Still, I'll take somewhat subdued over annoyingly crowded any day, so in a way this is a plus to me.

In any case, as I mentioned, I love the beer here. Everything I've had has been expertly crafted and they offer some styles not a lot of other local breweries do such as sours and saisons. Prices are extremely reasonable. The only criticism I've had is that I've not seen any stouts or porter on tap during my visits.

This place is absolutely worth a visit. They're making wonderful stuff.

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Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Gobzilla
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Urban Family is a fun little place to stop at during a stroll up and down Ballard Avenue. Right across the street from Noble Fir, it makes it easier to crawl (literally) from bar to bar.

Five house taps and nine guest taps are offered. Among the guest: Green Flash, Ft George, Telegraph, Boneyard, Laughing Dog... house brews all use Belgian yeast and include a Farmouse Ale, a Dubbel, a Saison and an IPA. They aren't bad but unfortunately that yeast makes them all taste pretty similar.

It is a cozy place, smells like beer and there are kegs and tanks around. More brewery taproom than public house, for sure. A convivial atmosphere, the kind of place where you strike a conversation and make friends.

Prices ain't bad, and I love the different serving options: six, eight, ten, thirteen and sixteen ounces. Well played, Urban Family. Well played.

Not a destination or an outstanding place, but fun enough to stop by when in Ballard.

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Photo of Zach122
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A great new addition to the Ballard Ave strip - amongst all the fantastic restaurants, the beer-bar scene is now starting to shine a little brighter.

Dark room - large porch swing in the window - a few TV's often dedicated to the NBA and/or soccer - limited seating at the bar with a fair amount of table space in the moderately sized room - cool chalkboard tap list.

Great tap list - 25 taps with absolutely no filler - consistent offerings from Boneyard, Cascade, Dogfish Head, Lost Abbey, Victory, Stillwater share the board with an array of locals and belgians. From what i've seen from the taplist in the past few months, this could be the best list in the city on any given night and will consistently be in the top 5.

There is a small food menu, but clearly not a focus. There is a brewing arm of this venture which isnt up and running either. Overall, organization of the establishment seems a little strange but its a great list and the people are nice, so whatever.

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Urban Family Brewing Co. in Seattle, WA
Brewery rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 834 ratings
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