Visiting Seattle (2019 Edition)

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  1. distantmantra

    distantmantra Pooh-Bah (2,942) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Many of us agree that this forum could use an easily searchable/bump-able "I'm visiting Seattle, where should I go?" thread. Here, I'll attempt to cull the consensus "must-hits," along with other highly recommended Seattle breweries, brewpubs, bottle shops & beer bars that appear in this type of BA thread. Locations that offer crowler fills are included. Recommendations & suggestions are encouraged.

    Note: Unlike some other states, Washington has incredibly lenient growler laws. There are some exceptions, but if it's a clean sealable container you can probably have it filled with beer.

    I made some changes from the Fall 2018 thread: removed Naked City, added Lucinda Grain Bar and Future Primitive Brewing. We're now stuck with one thread for the whole year so John will be assisting me with edits as needed.

    Highly Recommended "Must-Hit" Breweries (None have food but you can bring in food or purchase from food trucks outside)
    Fremont Brewing (kid friendly)
    Reuben's Brews (kid friendly)
    Holy Mountain Brewing (21+)
    Stoup Brewing (kid friendly)
    Cloudburst Brewing (21+)
    Seapine Brewing (kid friendly)
    Georgetown Brewing (kid friendly. Just tasters and growler fills.)
    Urban Family Brewing (kid friendly)

    Other Recommended Breweries & Brewpubs
    Machine House Brewing (kid friendly)
    Ravenna Brewing (kid friendly)
    Standard Brewing (21+)
    Rooftop Brewing (kid friendly)
    Lucky Envelope Brewing (kid friendly)
    Old Stove Brewing (kid friendly)
    Big Time Brewery (kid friendly)
    Ghostfish Brewing (all gluten-free) (kid friendly)

    New Seattle Breweries (rotating list of new breweries that might not have existed the last time you visited)
    Mirage Beer (No taproom. draft, cans and bottles available around town)
    Floodland Brewing (No taproom. Super limited draft around town. Bottles available to members and some limited public sales)
    Dirty Couch Brewing (Kid friendly. Bottles and draft available around town)
    Obec Brewing (21+)
    Burke Gilman Brewing (Kid friendly)
    Future Primitive (Kid friendly)

    Other, Non-Seattle, Washington Breweries To Look For

    Bale Breaker (package/draft)
    Black Raven (package/draft)
    Chuckanut (draft)
    Engine House No. 9 (package/draft)
    Matchless (package/draft)
    Propolis (package/draft)
    Skookum (draft)
    Structures (package/draft)
    Three Magnets (package/draft)
    Wander (package/draft)

    Highly Recommended Beer Bars
    Beveridge Place Pub (21+)
    Brave Horse Tavern (21+)
    Brouwer's Cafe (21+)
    Burgundian (21+)
    Collin's Pub (kid friendly)
    Cooper's Ale House (21+)
    The Dray (21+)
    Latona Pub (21+)
    The Noble Fir (21+)
    The Pine Box (21+)
    The Park Public House (kid friendly)
    Seattle Beer Company (21+)
    Slow Boat Tavern (21+)
    No Anchor (21+)
    The Stumbling Monk (21+)
    Teku Tavern (21+)
    Toronado Seattle (21+)
    Beer Star (kid friendly)
    Uber Tavern (21+)
    Ounces Taproom & Beer Garden (kid-friendly)

    Highly Recommended Bottle Shops
    The Beer Authority (21+)
    The Beer Junction (21+
    Bottleworks (21+)
    Chuck's Hop Shop Central District (kid friendly)
    Chuck's Hop Shop Greenwood (kid friendly)
    Growler Guys (kid friendly)
    The Last Drop Bottle Shop (21+)
    Super Deli Mart (kid friendly)
    Downtown Spirits
    Vine Street Market
    De Laurenti Speciality Food and Wine (kid friendly)

    (A Few) Beer-centric Restaurants
    Just about any decent restaurant in Seattle has an acceptable beer list. Many are more-than-acceptable.
    Bambino's Pizzeria (kid friendly)
    Bitterroot BBQ (kid friendly)
    Barbecue Smith (kid friendly)
    Blue Star Cafe & Pub (kid friendly)
    Bramling Cross (21+)
    Giddy Up Burgers (kid friendly)
    Mammoth (kid friendly)
    The Masonry Queen Anne (21+)
    The Masonry Fremont (kid friendly)
    Mollusk (kid friendly)
    Quinn's Pub (kid friendly)
    The Yard Cafe (kid friendly)
    The Shambles (21+)
    Salare (kid friendly)
    June Baby (kid friendly)
    Delancey (kid friendly)
    Lucinda Grain bar

    Curious what's on tap around the city? Not sure where you want to have a beer? Brew Notice is a, web-based, iOS and Android app that tells you when new beers are tapped at many Seattle area bars and breweries.

    I have a Layover at SeaTac Airport. Where can I get a Beer?
    Unlike Portland, the beer options at SeaTac are slim. You should be able to find standard offerings from Bale Breaker, Black Raven, Airways and Fremont alongside Pyramid, Red Hook, Mac and Jacks and the regular airport fare like Sam Adams and Bud Light. There is nowhere that sells bottles or cans to go in the airport and no one offers growler fills. Seriously, PDX is way better when it comes to beer. These are your best options for a pint before your flight.

    Africa Lounge – Main Terminal (A gates)
    Sports Page Pub – Main Terminal (D gates)
    Anthony’s – Main Terminal
    Dungeness Bay Seafood House – South Satellite (S Gates)
    Bigfoot Food and Spirits – North Satellite (N Gates)
    Seattle Taproom – Main Terminal (A gates)
    Seattle Seahawks 12 Club – North Satellite (N Gates)
    Floret by Cafe Flora -- Main Terminal (A Gates)
    Tap & Pour -- A Gates and D Gates

    There really isn't much around the airport. These are your best bets if you want to get out.
    13 Coins - Across the street from the airport
    Sharps Roasthouse - Two blocks from the airport
    #1 distantmantra, Jan 1, 2019
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  2. blackcloud

    blackcloud Savant (1,075) Apr 28, 2012 Alaska

    why one thread for the whole year? that just seems dumb.
  3. 66jzmstr

    66jzmstr Pundit (824) Jul 17, 2005 Washington

    Didn’t the bros mention the possibility of seasonal and/or quarterly threads?
  4. ppilot

    ppilot Crusader (486) Jul 17, 2009 Oregon

    Granted it's fairly Niche, but Machine House really should be in the must hit category considering they are widely considered one of the best Cask Brewers in the country. Having high quality English Cask beer for the first time is a border line revelation.
  5. 66jzmstr

    66jzmstr Pundit (824) Jul 17, 2005 Washington

  6. blackcloud

    blackcloud Savant (1,075) Apr 28, 2012 Alaska

    yeah. so dumb. especially for some of the ridiculous ones in pacific (I visit LA a lot, so dig around in there from time to time.) the quarterly ones get like 20+ pages. now it's gonna be closer to 100 pages of digging through stuff if you're looking in the fall? I don't get it.
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  7. partypanda

    partypanda Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2018 California

    Thank you for this thread, which is exactly what I need. Anyone know if one of those bottle shops might still have a coconut b-bomb floating around? I missed that one here in SoCal.
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  8. vurt

    vurt Grand Pooh-Bah (3,201) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    I haven't seen any of the Coconut version since right before Christmas. But I saw Coffee Cinnamon a few days ago, if that helps.
  9. itracy63

    itracy63 Savant (1,163) Apr 20, 2013 Washington

    Pint Defiance in Tacoma had Coconut today, don’t know if it lasted the day though.
  10. partypanda

    partypanda Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2018 California

  11. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Who is going to remember to bump this thread on a regular basis? Otherwise, we’re going to be back to answering questions about what people should do when they’re visiting Seattle. Wasn’t this the reason we started this thread?
  12. Superheatnsubcool

    Superheatnsubcool Initiate (0) May 31, 2016 Washington

    Will it be possible to “sticky” it?
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  13. Superheatnsubcool

    Superheatnsubcool Initiate (0) May 31, 2016 Washington

    Super Deli Mart in West Seattle still has it as of this evening.
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  14. distantmantra

    distantmantra Pooh-Bah (2,942) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Green Lake Village PCC had at least 10 earlier tonight...
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  15. distantmantra

    distantmantra Pooh-Bah (2,942) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Coming soon to Fremont: Aslan Brewing.

    They're going into the space that previously housed Revel/Quoin a block up from Brouwers. Sounds like an Aslan taproom sharing space with Revel and then evo (mountain gear) having their offices above.
  16. 66jzmstr

    66jzmstr Pundit (824) Jul 17, 2005 Washington

    I will be "visiting" Columbia City (or some location nearby) tonight for a couple pints to say goodbye to a friend, but I have no idea of places there or nearby. Of course, there is the eponymous Columbia City Ale House, but my friend, who's heading back home to Germany on Tuesday, doesn't dig hoppy beers. He likes lagers, and anything German is a plus. Food availability - in-house or nearby - is also a plus.

    A quick search just now also brought up Hill City Tap House, which apparently has Chuckanut Vienna Lager and lowercase's Italian Pilsner on tap, so I'm assuming we'll go there, but any recommendations for that area?
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  17. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Slow Boat Tavern is your spot for beer --- they don't take cash BTW. They also don't have a website, so you can't check out their taplist. Last time I was there, they had a couple of lagers, plus sours, saisons, etc.

    There are a number of good food spots within easy walking distance --- my favorites are Super Six, Island Soul, and La Medusa. In fact, the food at Columbia City Ale House is really good too.
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  18. 66jzmstr

    66jzmstr Pundit (824) Jul 17, 2005 Washington

    It looks like Slow Boat and Hill City are only four blocks apart, so we might pop our head in at Slow Boat, and then at some point head up to Hill City, perusing food joints along the way for take-out.

    Cheers, BuckeyeOne!
  19. distantmantra

    distantmantra Pooh-Bah (2,942) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Slowboat has a good Instagram presence with regular taplist postings.
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  20. 66jzmstr

    66jzmstr Pundit (824) Jul 17, 2005 Washington

    I might be Instagram illiterate, but when I visit it here, the most recent tap list posting I see is from over a month ago. If there is something more recent, am I missing how to filter for it? (I don't have an Instagram account, and I think I'm social media-maxed out between Facebook and Twitter, so I'm reluctant to sign up.)
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  21. distantmantra

    distantmantra Pooh-Bah (2,942) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Looks like they got lazy over the holidays. Looking at Untappd they’ve got E9, Cloudburst, Holy Mountain, Culimination, Garden Path, etc. on tap right now. And there’s always Rainier.
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  22. 66jzmstr

    66jzmstr Pundit (824) Jul 17, 2005 Washington

    I had a Schlenkerla Rauch Helles, then a Cloudburst When It's Time to Party IPA, and a Holy Mountain Crystal Ship saison. Grabbed some wings from around the corner, too.

    It was a good night! Cheers for the recommendation, BuckeyeOne!
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  23. distantmantra

    distantmantra Pooh-Bah (2,942) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Holy Mountain Anniversary Party January 25th and 26th (closed Sunday the 27th) noon to 10pm each day.
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  24. ChugChugPass

    ChugChugPass Initiate (0) Jun 16, 2017 Washington

    Happy about the date, literally busy every weekend until March except that one.
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  25. ewendel

    ewendel Crusader (440) Feb 12, 2008 Washington

    Lol, so someone says they can't find the de Garde or Block 15 thread (re: the upcoming collab), and what happened, Todd deleted the entire thread? Cool :sunglasses:

    Edit: Posting this here cuz I literally have no fuggin' clue where things are supposed to be posted anymore...
  26. weaverr

    weaverr Zealot (673) Jun 10, 2008 California

    Putting this in the Seattle thread was a pro troll move. :laughing::joy::rofl:
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  27. distantmantra

    distantmantra Pooh-Bah (2,942) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Everyone have fun at the HM Anniversary party this weekend, too many things have decided to occur tomorrow and Saturday, so I'll happily stop in on Monday and drink whatever is left over.

    Those crazy ass cost cutting measures. Can't have threads that aren't clearly labeled and about something specific.
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  28. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,253) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    I'm pretty sure the prior thread was closed due to complaints about moderation/moderators (this is prohibited under the BA Code of Conduct), not because of the topic.

    Just my two cents, but here it is anyway.

    The reasons for going to a yearly brewery/city visitation thread (as opposed to monthly/quarterly) are laid out here:

    Just to amplify/clarify a bit:

    As Todd mentioned, this was a topic that was discussed back in the Spring of 2017, to address what was becoming an increasing problem in some of the more active regions (which the NW definitely is not). In the NW, we have a couple of pretty active brewery threads (Holy Mountain and Fremont, and I guess to a lesser extent Great Notion), as well as a couple of active "visiting city X" threads. Compare that to the Pacific and or New England. Both regions have literally dozens of active brewery threads (along with various semi-permanent visiting "city/area X" threads) that were getting renewed every month or quarter. It had reached the point that if you checked the front page of the Pacific and NE forum page, you literally saw nothing other than monthly "brewery X" posts/threads. It was clearly stifling any other discussion or commentary in those regional forums. Most of those monthly posts were just a regurgitation of the previous month's post, with maybe an update about tasting room hours and expected new releases (the sort of thing that could easily be addressed in a separate post). To add to the problem (in my mind), is that we were starting to see "thread sheriff's." The members responsible for creating these threads started to feel a proprietary interest in their handy work, and it was starting to cause some animosity (hostility towards the "sheriff," and complaints/reports of trolling and infractions by the thread creator).

    To be honest, I really didn't think there would be much of a reaction from the NW members, as the "new model" is what we've had for some time now. We don't have any monthly or quarterly brewery threads, and I figured the caretakers of the Portland and Seattle threads would appreciate the fact that they only have to update the original post annually rather than quarterly. Additions or deletions to the best beer bars, restaurants, breweries, etc., can be handled by any BA moderator, but probably wouldn't be necessary more than a couple of times a year. So not a big deal.

    That's all. And yeah, I guess I will go ahead and close the old Fremont and Holy Mountain threads, as I should have done some time ago I suppose. Mea Culpa for not attending to this sooner. I'll go ahead and restart a new thread right away for both breweries, as clearly there continues to be (and likely always will be) considerable interest in both breweries.
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  29. ewendel

    ewendel Crusader (440) Feb 12, 2008 Washington

    Oddly enough, like OP, I couldn't find the de Garde or B15 threads. Still can't. And I can't find OP's thread either. Hell, now I can't even recall who OP was. And there's no Oregon thread. :laughing::joy::rofl:

    I guess if others don't find this a bit perplexing, I'll show myself out. Definitely not trolling.

    EDIT: Ok, I found the Block 15 thread, but, it's not locked. I feel like it should be locked asap, for cost savings. :rolling_eyes:
  30. ewendel

    ewendel Crusader (440) Feb 12, 2008 Washington

    Can't a mod just delete individual replies, rather than nuking the entire thread? Hopefully someone at least help OP find the proper place to share the info they wanted to share... :shruggie:
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  31. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,253) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Yep, he could have, but that's the only explanation I could come up with. Cheers!
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  32. honkduh

    honkduh Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2011 Oregon

    Would it be possible to just have a "NW News" thread? Not everything fits nicely into a brewery only or visiting certain city thread.
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  33. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,253) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Can't see why not. I think there are currently fairly comparable threads in other regions. Didn't Terry (@beertunes) start something similar a year or two back in fact?
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  34. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,210) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I don't specifically remember that, but, it does ring a bell. IIRC, it got shut down for not being "specific" enough. But, I could be confusing shit. My thought process isn't the best right now. Shrug.
  35. VashonGuy

    VashonGuy Pooh-Bah (1,930) Mar 7, 2013 Washington
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    John, thanks for the thoughtful explanation. We can still grumble if we want, but it helps to have things layed out clearly, as you have done.
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  36. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    This aggression will not stand, man.
  37. John_M

    John_M Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,253) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Thanks man. Really didn't want folks thinking this was just something the "staff" pulled out of the air one day.

    To be perfectly candid, if every region was like the NW, I'm pretty certain these changes never would have been implemented. There would have been no need. The problems/concerns I mentioned in my post... none of that really occurs here.
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  38. vurt

    vurt Grand Pooh-Bah (3,201) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    Careful, man, there's a beverage here...!
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  39. kemoarps

    kemoarps Pooh-Bah (2,848) Apr 30, 2008 Washington
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    "If men were angels, no [moderation] would be necessary"
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