Holy Mountain Brewing Company

Holy Mountain Brewing CompanyHoly Mountain Brewing Company
Holy Mountain Brewing CompanyHoly Mountain Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar

1421 Elliott Ave W
Seattle, Washington, 98119-3104
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Notes: 21+, no children allowed except when buying beer to go.
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Tacoma_Dan from Washington

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I've been to Holy Mountain brewing numerous times. First visit was 03/06/2017, and have returned many other times, including plenty of their bottle releases, but reviewing for the first time. Recommend parking in the back alley, as it is easier to access the rear tap room entrance. Clean open taproom space, music is usually some sort of light metal or hard rock. Brewery and taproom staff always nice, and knowledgeable in regards to their beer and current styles. Cool selection of merchandise, and they usually always have a few bottle/can to go options or crowlers. Follow their Instagram for up to date info in regards to their limited releases and updates.

Jun 16, 2020
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Eccentric place, a bit hard to find at first because of confusing address system. Mostly women drinking beer and only women serving., which I found unique. Some perfect beers, no bad one. Reasonable prices for the quality. No table service but there was at the bar. Some fruit flies. Liked the trains passing by view, but that does not make a great vibe.

Aug 23, 2019
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asaxon08 from Washington

4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Upon arriving, the vibe and ambience was relaxed and open. One side was open to a railroad, the other to the street. With constant heavy metal music playing the first 1.5 hrs, it was almost mind-numbing. But once the music changed and the temperature dropped, it was perfect.

The beers were phenomenal. Every single one of them that I tried were outstanding. Once the temp went from hot to comfortable with a great breeze coming through, I didn’t want to leave. I could’ve stayed all evening, if allowed to. Amazing place. The only addition I would suggest is ceiling fans in the tap room to circulate air when it’s warm outside like today.

Jul 14, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is, dare I say Rad. I would have enjoyed a better opportunity to engage with the brewers, but I suppose I only cared because the beer was top notch. I liked the building and the brews on all sides of the spectrum. I will say that the beers did not growler well - loosing significantly in the next two days, but fresh on tap this is second to none in Seattle that I've tried. Get a Kiln & Cone or Kingshead!

Apr 26, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Very pleasant atmosphere with great service. Selection varies depending on what is the most recent release. The quality of the beer brewed is generally very good.

Nov 22, 2018
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jrnyc from New York

4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Loved this place. As others have said it has a minimalist feel to it. Fairly roomy with seats at bar and throughout the building. Loved the long walkway into the tap room. Service was great. Eclectic list of beers on tap and in bottles.

Feb 11, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Located in a unique spot that is much less bustling and a lot more mellow than downtown Seattle, the bar is moderately short, but the rest of the space is rather roomy, as it needs to be since it still gets quite busy despite its decentralized location. The bar top is a nice wooden bar, with a windowed view to some fermenters. The tap station is to the right, in front of the swag, and has a cute, understated appearance for such an up-and-coming brewer. A large garage door that opens in the back not only provides a view of trains as they go by, but is great for sunsets over Elliott Bay of the Puget Sound.

Service is mostly self unless you're at the bar, and the beers are more than worth it: very mature and complex saisons, super potent and dank IPAs, and strong, deep dark brews. Selection includes some local ciders and collaborations, but is limited to around 10 lines total, with some in-house bottles to consider. Two fresh hop ales were on when we visited, and they were our favorites of all the fresh hop brews we had over the course of a 1.5 week road trip through the entire Pacific Northwest.

Oct 11, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

it was awesome to make in to visit this brewery ever since i had my first beer from them. they are doing such a great job, it was a bit of a destination for us, totally worth it. the space is about as minimalist as i have ever visited, but its cool. a garage door in front opening to barrels and tanks, very blue collar, and a hallway through the adjacent door leads to a whitewashed taproom with nothing more than some booths and some tables, literally unadorned with any kind of decor. another garage door opens to busy train tracks behind, a long right angle bar runs the length of the place, and there is a view to the brew house behind it. they had a nice range of beers on, including a killer esb, some hoppy selections, and the saison types i had previously known them for. everything we had was awesome, but of all of them, a belgian single won the day for me. folks behind the bar warmed up to us pretty quickly, and we left as friends. prices were fair for the quality, and it was unpretentious really. i like the minimalist nature of the place. its not about a sporting match, a board game, or some lousy food cart, its all about the beer, and it shows in everything they are doing here. awesome brewery visit, ill be back when i make it back to seattle!

Oct 09, 2017
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BeanBump from California

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The best brewery during my recent visit to Seattle. Saisons for days and a few sours and hoppy items mixed in. Love the industrial, almost cult-like vibe they have going on. Friendly service and appropriately priced, high quality beer. The tasting room is a little off the beaten path in an industrial area by the train tracks but its worth the journey. I came about 90 minutes before closing time but couldve easily spent another hour here.

When in Seattle, stop by.

Aug 24, 2017
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Mista_Carta from California

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Great warehouse space with high ceilings and sleek minimalist design. If you happen to get a sunny-Seattle-day afternoon sunlight pours in and bounces all over off the white walls. If weather is warm enough and the back roll up door is up you might also catch trains moving in the yard across the street as you drink. Several 3' wide by 12' high skinny windows behind the bar afford you views of the actual HM brewing area. Ultimately, I feel like the white walls and minimal design set a perfect stage for guests to experience HM beers and to appreciate their label & merch artwork.

Beer selection is definitely rooted in European tradition. When I visited there were four saisons, a Doppelsticke, a Czech-style Pils, a Belgian-style "White," an oak-fermented table beer, an oak-fermented hoppy Brett beer, a "Dark Mild" and a Pale Ale. There was also a "guest cider" on tap. Actually refreshing to not have hazy NE IPAs and/or huge BA stouts on the menu... Mine was a summer visit and all the beers seemed perfectly suited to the great warm weather. Would definitely be curious to see how (if) the menu changes seasonally. A couple of the saisons were excellent but the stand-outs were the Pils & the Doppelsticke. Holy Mountain is definitely one of those places where you should be adventurous and try some styles that you might not be familiar with. Small selection of HM bottles, some in-house only and some available to go. They also do fills of select taps.

Staff were attentive and helpful.

No food but I believe they're fine with you ordering in.

Great selection of merch sporting minimal, clean designs and Holy Mountain's signature woodland/forest occult themes.

HM should be on any beer tourist's "must see" list for Seattle.

Aug 01, 2017
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denver10 from New Mexico

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Loved this place. Open space with a modern, minimalist urban vibe. Bar seating to go with tables. Place was slick, effort was certainly placed in the aesthetic of this place. Everything I drank while here was nothing short of great. I loved the selection. Some might argue that the selection was limited (at least when I was there) and they only offered 2 styles, hoppy or farmhouse. I would argue that they offered a ton of fantastic variety within 2 styles. Fortunately for me I love the 2 styles offered. Honestly, I might argue their beer menu was personally developed just for my visit. Service was really good, it was nice to be served by someone who knew their product and was able to explain/compare the difference between their beers. Overall, great place. If I lived in Seattle it would be hard to get me to drink anything other than Holy Mountain beer.

Aug 24, 2016
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.76/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

The last brewery I visited on my beer day in Seattle.

V - Fix the late afternoon sun issue as it makes almost half of the tap room unusable. Otherwise the big garage tap room without windows looking onto the brewery. 3.75

Sel - Only Holy Mountain beers. Nothing dark or heavy. 3.5

Ser - Nice folks. I was not needy. 3.75

Q - Good glassware, clean, etc. 4

F - No food

Aug 22, 2016
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Kubishark from Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4

The atmosphere of this place is very simple, there isn't really any art or anything on the walls. It would be downright sterile looking if it weren't for the cool train yard just outside. Came with a friend who was very disappointed that this place doesn't offer flights. Didn't get the greatest service. I think the beers help to make up for some of these gripes, as they all seemed pretty unique and different than what generic brewpubs are doing elsewhere in Seattle or the country in general.

Jul 01, 2016
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Rockjocknroll from California

4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

If you like saisons and brett this is a nice place to grab a pour and a few bottles; pretty good to excellent sour beers, a very good lager and ok hops. Had to servers helping out; the girl was extremely pleasant and helpful, the guy a little meh. Good tunes playing, nice open space with plenty of light in a tucked-away building. Great stop.

Jun 21, 2016
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gandres from Philippines

3.41/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

Visited April 30, 2016
Release party for 3 beers
Long wait time at the counter
Good place, good parking for a Saturday and beer release
Quality: I got kiln and cone, very good beer, but i think its pricey for the quality
Service: Waited 15 minutes in line
Selection: good selection, but limited volume, shadowlifter was taken out of growler fills

May 01, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stand out from my visit to Seattle.

Love the airy, high ceiling space and the roominess of the place.

Beers were all on point and I liked that flights came in tulips as did pours.

I wasn't disappointed by a beer here and in fact had several that were astonishingly good.

Price points were excellent too and I appreciated that they had small pours at reasonable prices.

If I lived in Seattle, this is the spot I'd find myself at most, I think.

Apr 18, 2016
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Sound_Explorer from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Easy to miss but easy to get to right off Elliot AVE. Parking round back that goes into a spacious room of booths, tables, bar, and standing tables. Simple motif throughout in white, wood, and metal. About 7-10 taps all told if memory serves (I didn't count) that offered a wide array of styles and/or versions (they do many farmhouse/saisons). Staff were nice and attentive. Not too loud given the concrete/industrial space which was nice. If you love saisons and trying things that are unique do go in and sample their offerings.

Apr 18, 2016
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Holy Mountain has quickly become one of my favorite beer destinations in Seattle. Outstanding beer, very friendly service, and a wide open, clean space with plenty of room make this a top notch place for a beer.

Mar 12, 2016
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EdwardAbbey from Washington

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A clean, minimalist, modern warehouse space. Not exactly cozy (and it can be loud when the metal is blaring and there's a crowd), but very attractive in its way. The main attraction here, in any event, is the beer. Which is uniformly excellent and sometimes transcendent. You might not personally care for every style of beer they brew here, but you will almost certainly leave the place with greater respect for them and their dedication to craft. A real gem.

Feb 08, 2016
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

There's nothing fancy about the Holy Mountain taproom -- except for the beer, and that is quite special. The taproom itself is industrial chic, or not-so-chic. There are no TVs, which meant the taproom was quiet on this Monday night, when sports fans were watching the college championship elsewhere.

The beer is the reason you go to Holy Mountain, and the beers are exceptional in quality, variety, and originality. There are just 9 taps, and a guest cider tap, but you won't lack for good choices. Prices are quite good; the $3.50 half pours allow you to taste a few without damage to your stability or your wallet.

The service is first rate, knowledgeable and friendly. [Amended on 2/26/2017: I just finished another visit, probably my 8th or 10th. The servers were once again knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Really exceptional. I bumped that rating up a notch.]

#1 on my list of Must Hit beer spots in Seattle!

Jan 12, 2016
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John_M from Oregon

3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

I always have a hard time reviewing places like this. I'm a big fan of HM beers, and I feel my quality score reflects that, but it's hard to get too excited about the tasting room.

The tasting room is located in what appears to be an old warehouse room. There are high ceilings and the walls are all painted white. The tables and chairs in the L shaped room look like something out of a catholic church (very pew like), and then there are some tables near the bar area as well that you can stand at (where we perched on the day we visited, as the tables were all full). The place is kind of stark looking I thought, but that hardly mattered, as I wasn't there to enjoy the ambiance.

In terms of selection, I think there was 9 or 10 beers on tap, and everything we tried was pretty excellent (the pils, the BA brown ale and the IPA). I think they also had a couple bottles of farmhouse ales for sale as well (for on premise consumption or off premise sales). The selection was decent, and the quality of everything was first rate. Service was decent, but a bit harried (the place was jumping). Everyone was certainly friendly and informative, and while there was table service, we found it easier to simply walk up to the bar/cash register and order there. I don't think they have any food here, other than some snacks (chips and the like).

Shrug. From the interstate, it was a bit of a pain in the ass to drive here, and I'm not sure the tasting room justifies the effort. I'd come here again if I happened to live here, or was in the area for some reason, but otherwise I'll likely simply have to rely on local pubs and beer bars for my HM fix, whenever I see their beers on tap (which unfortunately, isn't nearly as often as I would like).

Dec 14, 2015
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shaemmerle from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in during a brief first visit to Seattle. Was turned on to this place from a local whom had heard good things. Clean, simple, and inviting layout. Nice variety of beers that are well executed. This place seems to be headed in the right direction, and I was glad I was able to try some of their stuff and get some bottles to bring home with me. Will definitely be coming back on my next visit to Seattle!

Nov 11, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I visited Holy Mountain for the first time on Saturday, and I was thoroughly impressed. It's got kind of an easy-to-miss storefront, but inside it's big and spacious with bright white walls and minimalist furnishings.

The beer is outstanding. Just about everything on the list of about 10 taps was soured, barrel-aged, funky or all three. Their gose is one of the finest I've had, but their other beers are both interesting and enjoyable. A table-strength Brett beer -- what! The service was great and I'll absolutely be returning to Holy Mountain to continue to explore their strange and enticing menu of brews.

Oct 28, 2015
Holy Mountain Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
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