Cloudburst Brewing

Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

2116 Western Ave
Seattle, Washington, 98121-2110
United States

(206) 602-6061 | map

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3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75

Based on my first visit this place is overrated. Good beer but not good enough to wait in line for almost 30 min for my first beer.

Bright and clean

Visited around 6pm on a Wednesday. Very crowded.

V - Strong Seattle grunge vibe, allows dogs, very small, no place to sit when this crowded. 4.0

Sel - All about the hop at this place. A few non hoppy beers. 3.75

Quality - Good tasting and right from the source. 4.25

Ser - Incredibly slow service. Line was huge. Friendly folks but the line, even the veil’s service is not this slow. No ABVs on the butcher paper wall menu. 2.5

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Sludgeman from District of Columbia, Dec 22, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

it was awesome to finally make it in here and drink some beers. after a few trips to seattle and no time to make it happen, it was a long time coming! in fact, i knew a lot more about them through social media than from drinking their liquid, they have a reputation of course, but the place seemed unpretentious compared to what i know about them, and the beer more than lived up to the hype! the space is neat, just blocks from the pike market area, quite industrial in the back, with lower ceilings and lots of concrete, feels like a parking garage with tanks stuffed in tight, dudes making beer, but the front opens up to the street like a cafe, with seating at two different levels, one a few steps higher than the other, with the little bar in the back, a paper menu, and a couple of folks pouring beers that werent overly friendly, but werent jerks either. they had a killer selection of beers, lots of haze of course, but some others as well. i also had a ridiculous coffee porter, and a cocktail inspired beer called blanc and tonic was also impressive. they do hops as well as anyone these days though, and those were the beers that i wanted to love and did. the prices seemed fair, the vibe was mellow, and it was a cool place to pass the time and get the palate all excited. say what you want about the way they present themselves online, the way they write beer descriptions, but the beers warrant some amount of cockiness i guess, and everything was awesome. i cant imagine going to seattle again without popping in here for at least a couple of ales!

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3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

A hole in the wall, very very warm away from the entrance, fun to talk to people here. Eclectic busy place late afternoon when people off work. I was OK with their beers tried elsewhere, I am less so today.

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Sammy from Ontario (Canada), Aug 23, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Visited on a work trip. Happened to stop by on their 3rd anniversary party.

Space adjoining the street is small, with a little walk-around inside before opening up to a larger space. Larger space features brewery equipment on the one side roped off, with a small bar opposite it. Space is very industrial, featuring concrete floors and glossy repurposed wood. Bar is really short with a handful of staff members pouring from a couple dozen taps. Despite the place being absolutely packed, the bartenders handled themselves and orders well. A small pop up cash bar delivers beers to those waiting in the lengthy line. Selection focused heavily on hoppy work with a handful of big, heavy barrel aged stouts. They also had a smoked beer, which is quite a rarity it seems. Overall, worth a visit, especially if sticking to the Pike Place area or without wandering too far from the Bremerton ferry.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Jan 11, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Kind of a cool, hip location in downtown that has no frills about it and is sort of run down, which I like. Service was friendly enough and the place has a very local vibe to it, again, fine by me. Only marginal gripe is the lack of selection. Cloudburst is VERY IPA heavy. I knew that coming in. Maybe it was an off day but they had like 12 beers on the menu, 10 were IPAs.

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BeanBump from California, Nov 14, 2018
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3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Like walking into an over-crowded garage. Had to fight for service at the bar. Minimal seating. Like the beers, but do not feel compelled to visit the taproom again.

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rab53 from Washington, Nov 09, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

This is about as hipster of a brewery as I've been to. Great location in Seattle's busy area just north of Pike Place, but if you're looking for and can't find it, it's because it's basically a garage door of a building that looks like it should be condemned. Once you see that, you know you're there.

The place has a great vibe to it with many beer enthusiasts each of the 3 times I went. It is dog friendly as well. There is no food or snacks and there are no waiters/waitresses... Only 2-3 bartenders at a small bar towards the end of the space. The selection was about 10-15 beers (primarily IPAs and saisons) and the bartenders were able to roll through the lines quickly. All the vessels are tightly tucked into the brewery and it's kind of amazing they all fit.

This is a pretty cool place that I would definitely recommend to others. It's a really unique establishment with great character, in a nice area od Seattle and with the best beer!

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eppie82 from Illinois, May 21, 2017
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4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

V-Cloudburst is located within an easy walk of the Pike Street Market. The vibe inside is industrial chic with concrete floors, exposed steel, and bohemian decor. It is a strangely shaped space with a long front area holding a few tables, brewing equipment towards the back, and a very small serving area/bar with just a few seats. I popped in right after it opened on a cloudy Saturday and the place was quiet, but a few more groups had wandered in by the time I left. Visitors seemed to mostly be tourists.

Q-The two beers I tasted were pretty good. They were new-school hazy IPAs, which are ubiquitous these days, but they were well done.

Ser-The lone bartender was prompt to serve us. She knew her beers and was not afraid to make recommendations, which is good.

Sel-I like IPAs and pales as much as the next guy, but I have to deduct points for offering a menu that consists almost entirely of IPAs and pales, which is what Cloudburst had when I visited. I know there are different varieties of IPA, but when more than half of your 10-beer tap list is hoppy....

O-There is nothing unique about Cloudburst other than its tourist-friendly location and well-above-average hoppy beers. That being said, I would come back for more, which is a positive sign.

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spoony from Colorado, May 03, 2017
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4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I want to rate his place a 5, just because it should be rated higher than it is! I have visited many breweries across the Nation and cloudburst in brewing beers with the best of them. Especially in the IPA world. Their beers are original and progressing the industry. If you are in Seattle, you have to go here!!

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Brianp621 from Washington, Mar 24, 2017
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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

After stopping into Cloudburst on my recent Seattle trip it's my new favorite brewery in WA. Small but with a great tap selection (and a few guest taps) Cloudburst is a very chill and approachable spot with really nice employees.
Their hops were downright delicious (especially if you like the new wave of unfiltered juicy IPAs so popular right now) and their saisons were stellar. Normally folks have a hard time pulling off dry hopped saisons very well and the one they had on tap was just about perfect.
The darker offerings weren't as amazing but still very solid.
One of the brewers came over to chat about their process and beers whilst cleaning and was super nice and informative. Overall a great experience and a must-stop for your next Seattle trip.

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Rockjocknroll from California, Jun 21, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Despite its unamusing storefront and location, Cloudburst is a brewery that every beer lover e in Seattle should visit. The small entrance leads to a decent sized bar and brewhouse, and surprisingly lots of wiggle room and ample seating and tables around the floor. It kind of looks like you're drinking in somebody's garage, but more polished. Complimentary water is available, and the bar is easy to access. At noon, the taproom had several patrons, but with time it got busier.

11 different house beers were pouring, and they can be bought by the pint, 10 ounce, or taste. Several IPA's pouring, a pecan coffee brown ale, saison, and others pouring. I decided to date three of the offerings (peach saison, IPA, pecan coffee brown) in 10 ounce service, and Cloudburst hit screaming line drives with each offering. There's nothing really special about the design of the glassware used, but with beer this good, that little detail I can ignore in this case.

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DoubleJ from Wisconsin, Jun 21, 2016
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3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

So, finally had my chance to visit this "new to me brewery." Based on the IPA's I tried the other day, there's little doubt these guys know how to make good ones (and no one is going to mistake their IPA's for a NE style IPA. There is PLENTY of bitterness in these beers.). That being said...

The taproom at Cloudburst, such as it is, is a complete dump. It has the look of an old, dilapidated warehouse or barn, with peeling paint, exposed wires, etc. Furniture consists of rickety chairs and tables (uncomfortable chairs for sure), strewn about the smallish interior of the taproom. There are also a couple of flat screen TV's inside to watch various sports events, while you drink your beer. I guess the tap room is fine for what it is, but obviously, no one goes here for the "vibe" or "ambiance."

In terms of service, there is no table service, and so service consists of going to the back bar area, standing in line and placing your drink order. The bartender pours you your beer, you give her your money, and you take your beer back to wherever you're sitting or standing to enjoy said beer. The young women pouring the beer seemed pleasant enough I thought.

In terms of the beer itself, on this day I think they had around 10 core beers, as well as several guests beers (the RIS from Bale Breaker for example). Based on the three IPA's I tried, it's pretty clear the brewer knows what he's doing. The three were fairly similar I thought, but all were outstanding; think huge tropical fruit on a dry frame, with considerable hoppy bitterness in the finish. These are serious, big boy IPA's.

Based on what I tried, it seems like Cloudburst is making some very good beer. The less then stellar surroundings not withstanding, it was obvious that the beer here is more than enough of a draw, as the taproom was pretty much full on a late Saturday afternoon (roughly 3:00). Prices seemed to be OK, considering that this is essentially downtown Seattle (where everything tends to be fairly expensive). Pints were $6 a pop, including tax, while 10 ounce "schooners" were $5. I think they were also doing growler fills for $22 (if memory serves).

The beer is good, so I would come here for that, despite the surroundings. However, I can see where the dump-like surroundings might be off putting for some (don't bring your parents or a first date here, unless he/she has a great sense of humor). Something to keep in mind, even though the beer here is very good.

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John_M from Oregon, Jun 20, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

In a cool spot of the Bell Town neighborhood in Seattle. Kind of pops up in a downtown setting. The taproom is a long loading bay with ramp along a long seating area with a bar as well in the back that spills into the actual brewery. Gets busy so go early. Only one spot to order from so beer line can get a little long but doesn't deter. Engaging atmosphere and good location with quality selections of their own beers and a couple other guest taps.

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Sound_Explorer from Washington, Apr 03, 2016
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4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I visited Cloudburst brewing recently, after they had only been open a couple of weeks. I tried all 3 of the IPAs they had available, and enjoyed them all. I was also impressed by the number of beers they had available on tap -- nearly a dozen, quite good for a brand new brewery.

I was there on a raucous Friday night but despite the crowd and lines, the staff did a good job of keeping people served. The space is rather spartan and industrial with a rather run-down look; all function and no form -- though that's not a terrible thing for a small brewery. I look forward to returning on a quieter day.

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flagmantho from Washington, Feb 05, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I stopped in at the new Cloudburst taproom on a quiet Friday afternoon, just before the crowds began to gather. The vibe is industrial. Decor is not a priority here; it's all about the beer.

There are 10 taps of Cloudburst beers, in a nice range: 3 IPAs, 2 stouts, a porter, a pale, a strong Blonde, a pilsner, and a saison. There's one guest tap (Holy Mountain), and one cider tap. Beers are offered in pints and 10 ounce schooners. No tasting flights. Very reasonable prices. It's dog friendly, but I'm not sure about kids.

Given all the buzz about Cloudburst, I expect you know that the beer is excellent. I'm coming back, soon and often!

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VashonGuy from Washington, Jan 22, 2016
Cloudburst Brewing in Seattle, WA
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