Visiting Seattle (2021)

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  1. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    I apprecitae all the help, @drone @distantmantra @BuckeyeOne

    I guess I should've said - I'm staying by SeaTac since I'll be working in that area. I'll see what coffee shops are open on the 5th though to try and stock my room with good coffee before the work week starts.
     
  2. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Burien Press - Good coffee and beer (serious good tap and to-go selection) and close to the airport.
     
  3. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    My gosh. I could order a to-go mixed 6er and a coffee. Talk about a ticker's dream. I know where I'll be headed after landing.
     
  4. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    I need to do a deeper dive tonight when I have some free time, but any sleepers on Burien Press's list of available beers?

    Definitely going to pick up some Cloudburst (lagers especially), the Smoked Rye Lager, and eyeing that BA stout on tap.

    If it helps narrow it down at all, I tend to enjoy everything except sours (probably not a beer style I'll crack open after site work all day either.) Some of those saisons sound pretty good. I just need to read more, but if something stands out to you, I'd love to hear about it.

    EDIT: These will be hotel beers for me for the week, so probably best to avoid any 750s or too many high alcohol options. I'd still like to leave the hotel to explore :stuck_out_tongue:
     
  5. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Holy Mountain Seed of Eden
    Grab a can of 3-way
    Anything from from Fair Isle
     
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  6. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Bale Breaker Mount St. Humulus
    Heater Allen Sandy Paws 2020
    Structures BaR Weizenbock


    I didn't include any murkbombs, or beers I haven't had.
     
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  7. jason_nwx

    jason_nwx Sep 12, 2012 Oregon
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    Highly recommend the Upright saison..
     
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  8. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I'd suggest the Garden Path stuff, but sourness levels vary. They use the natural, wild Skagit yeast they've harvested and developed, and it has a funk, but can border on sour.
     
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  9. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    If I had trunk space in my bag for beer, I would probably bring some home. As it is, I'll be packing site work PPE, then items for disc golf, hiking, running, and casual wear (flying direct to Nashville for a guy's trip.) I'll be hurting for bag space.
     
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  10. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Well, I just spent a lot of money on beer. Thanks for the suggestions. Got a number of different styles. Looking forward to those WC IPAs, and nabbed a couple of Fair Isle's offerings, including a kvass.

    Now that I've got my hotel room stocked, I got to figure out where else I want to visit.

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm sure I'll be back with more questions.
     
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  11. tobelerone

    tobelerone Dec 1, 2010 New Jersey
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    Thanks to @Harrison8 for asking the questions and the group for all the intel. I’m coming a week from tomorrow for 9 days, albeit more on a family vacay trip, visiting relatives and so on. This is still super helpful (the entire thread). My brother’s girlfriend decided to stay in his big ass house in the burbs and give us her apartment in Fremont, which is amazing.

    Feel free to ignore this off topic query but I’m asking everyone - recommendations for an overnight excursion within 2-3 hours of seattle for some stunning PNW vistas, ocean views and so on? This is with a 3.5 year old so can’t get into any ambitious hikes, just short walks. Olympic peninsula? Been once before and camped by Mt. Rainier and also deception pass - pre child. Can leave early in the morning day one and return late day two. Can’t wait!
     
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  12. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Very appreciate of this group for answering all those questions.

    I'll chime in for a moment on the hikes and say my plan is to go to Rainier National Park and hike Paradise and maybe Spray if I'm feeling good. I'm open to other suggestions, but was looking to keep my day out of Seattle a little closer to my hotel. There has also been some talk of getting a team together to hike Rainier, and this would be a good chance to see the volcano up close. I'm open to other options though. I think I'll pack along one or two of my Cloudburst lagers for those hikes. That seems like the right option.
     
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  13. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    At the risk of sounding like a honkin' homer: Bellingham.

    Plenty of stuff for the youngin', lots of easy, family oriented walks in near/town (here's one folks with kids rave about: https://whatcomlandtrust.org/property/stimpson-nature-reserve/), there's a nice drive out mt. Baker Highway to Nooksack Falls and up to the ski area (it looks like Artists Point won't be opening this year, due to maintenance issues, but it's still wort the drive), and we've like 15 breweries now. if you want more details, shoot me a message.
     
  14. drone

    drone Jun 17, 2013 Oregon
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    I'd recommend heading over to Port Townsend. It's a super nice town on the water with plenty of stuff to do for the family. It's a short distance from some fun ocean spots as well as front range hikes in Olympic National Park.

    Propolis Brewing and Pourhouse are definitely recommended in PT. Finnriver Farm and Cidery is just 15 minutes south and a great spot for lunch; lots of good food, stuff for kids to do, and great cider.
     
  15. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Make sure to watch An Officer and A Gentleman before heading over. It was filmed in and around PT. The kiddo would have a blast running around Fort Worden.
     
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  16. sharpski

    sharpski Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    It took me a second to decide whether this was a typo or clever subliminal messaging on a beer forum.
     
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  17. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Well, it started as a typo, then I noticed it, thought about it, and decided to leave it. So, a little of both.
     
  18. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Caskcades and Rainier Growlers in Puyallup have great selections on your way up to the mountain.
     
  19. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Sadly, they ran out of the Fair Isle beers I ordered. If anyone knows where I can get those, I'm all ears. Really looking forward to trying a different kvass.

    Otherwise, photos later today. Now it's time to get lunch and sit by the water.
     
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  20. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Do you have a car? Just drive up to Ballard and get them at Fair Isle.
     
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  21. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Unfortunately, Maud isn't available to-go right now. I will try to stop by whenever I'm up that way though.
     
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  22. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Beer Junction and Full Throttle are down your way, might be worth a shot.
     
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  23. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I went last night with my wife, it seemed pretty business as usual except for them creating space in between groups at the communal table near the bar. Granted it was Thursday, but we only had to wait a few minutes while they cleaned off a spot for us. The tri-tip sandwich and smash burger were pretty fantastic, the current kale salad was phenomenal and if you're looking for suggestions on what sides to get with your main, the smashed potatoes and shishito peppers are the way to go.
     
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  24. John_M

    John_M Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Thanks. Right now, our plan is stop by early next Saturday (the Saturday after tomorrow). Really looking forward to it.

    Thanks for the recommendations.
     
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  25. REVZEB

    REVZEB Mar 28, 2013 Illinois
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    Thank you everyone for this whole thread! Hope to be visiting Seattle at the end of summer and this will be very helpful!
     
  26. jonphisher

    jonphisher Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    We’re all booked flight and rental in Ballard September 15-19. I cannot wait to enjoy some fresh hop beers among many others and to take in a hike or two weather permitting.

    Thanks for making this thread and to any of you that answer our questions and give advice. I’ll probably be bugging you all for suggestions come end of summer.
     
  27. ChazMania

    ChazMania Jun 13, 2006 California

    We just got home from a week in Seattle, my first time ever. What a totally beautiful city!! 3 days at the waterfront near Pikes Market then 3 days at my friends place in Puyallup. I struck out a lot in my search for a good pint. Monday, 2 IPA's at Old Stove were average. My hotel bar (Marriot) had 0 draft, I had a bottle of Deschutes IPA that tasted 9 months old. Tuesday I was out after 6pm and all the local (walkable) spots were closed except Old Stove, but I didn't want to wait 45 minutes again. I walked the entire water front from my hotel down to the ferry, there was only 1 spot that had 1 tap, Elysian hazy IPA that was awful. Wednesday we took the ferry to Bainbridge, all wineries were closed except 1, it was decent (Falcon Bay?) and I got cans of Kolsch and IPA next door at Bainbridge Beer Co. They were average. Back to hotel at 3, went for a walk to Cloudburst, only cans to go, no draft, I didn't want to carry cans all the way back to hotel. I kept walking, I went to Seattle Beer Company and had a Counterbalance IPA = average; then a Boundary Bay IPA that was below average. That waterfront area is not a good area for beer.
    In Puyallup, I stocked up on cans. Rueben Brews Crikey (my dogs name) IPA was good. Silver City Tropic Chronic was excellent and the best beer of the trip. Aslan Batch 15 was ok. Fort George the Meadow Pilsner was good. Icicle Bootjack IPA was below average.
     
  28. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Cloudburst is right next to Pike (no "S") Place Market. Collins Pub is at the South end of Downtown. Next time buddy, next time we'll send ya to some spots.
     
  29. 66jzmstr

    66jzmstr Jul 17, 2005 Washington

    @ChazMania Yup - let us know here next time before you return, and we’ll steer you right.
     
  30. AlexM

    AlexM Jun 9, 2011 California
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    yes, but the VIEW!!! For the price / view quality ratio, this place is incredible ... sorta like Basllast Point in Long Beach - meh beer, but INCREDIBLE VIEW :slight_smile:
     
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  31. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I don't believe Seth has reopened Collins Pub yet...
     
  32. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Man, so sorry. Most of us coulda told ya our downtown is lousy for good beer options. Your experience is what I would have predicted had you let us know in advance what your lodging and travel options were. I work downtown and (pre-plague) spent a fair amount of time down there so know where the hidden-away beer options are. If you ever come back, give us a heads-up and we'll steer you right. Cheers.
     
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  33. ChazMania

    ChazMania Jun 13, 2006 California

    Yes I walked over there but they only had cans to go, no draft, no on site drinking. It was 3:30pm and I didn't want to carry 4pks around all afternoon (they didn't have any bags for carrying).
     
  34. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Yeah, that's a thing up here. Pretty much everyone carries a totebag, backpack, messenger bag or something. We just always have them with us, so don't think about that.
     
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  35. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Downtown is definitely not the best, you've gotta wander into the neighborhoods where people live to get the good stuff. However, you got unlucky with Cloudburst but that's Covid reality still. Teku Tavern, Collins Pub and Flatstick Pub aren't far away with fantastic taplists, but I have no clue if they're open yet. Also, you passed right by DeLaurenti's in the Market which has an amazing selection of stuff to go.

    Next time, you hit Caskcades in downtown Puyallup for draft and to-go options and then Rainier Growlers for draft up on South Hill.
     
  36. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Case in point that I made above...who would have thought that a high-end Italian grocery store near a tourist destination (i.e., Pike Place Market) would have one of the best selections of sours, saisons, etc. in the city center?
     
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  37. jonphisher

    jonphisher Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    Time flies so I've been trying to nail down a few things for our trip mid September, figured it can't hurt to start early. We are staying in Ballard, no exact spot cause airbnb doesn't tell you till later, but the general area on airbnb map is by the ballard playground.

    I've been slowly making of list of possible spots to visit: fair isle looks like a really really cool spot, reubens brews, stoup, bale breaker and cloudburst. How did I do? I'm assuming most will probably all have a fresh hop or two while I'm there. I still can't believe I get to be in seattle for that time of year (we there Sept 16-19)

    I was hoping to get to a bottle shop or two as well and kind of looks like bottleworks may be the one stop shop. I'd really love to find some chuckanut bottles if they are around.

    Any other recommendations, coffee, food, beer, etc. is welcome. I'm just looking forward to the trip and I know time flies so figured I'd start early.

    The generosity in this thread is awesome, it has a different feel of almost "if you come here we want you to enjoy our city" it is really neat. Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
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  38. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    I'm no Seattle native, but did spend a lot of time in Ballard during my visit. I think you're spot on for recommendations. Reuben's and Stoup were my favorite, although the latter focused very heavy on IPAs. Reuben's is open the latest every night, so good chance to visit there as a nightcap. I didn't get to visit Bale Breaker or Cloudburst this go-round. Reuben's bottle room is pretty neat for a visit too, but be aware, they're just serving out of bottles and stock may be limited (we showed up too late for a BBIS or plain Three Ryes Men.)

    Fair Isle is a good spot too. I just popped in for some to-go bottles, but well worth a visit if you crave a saison.

    It's in Fremont, but Brouwer's Cafe is pretty neat too. Belgian-inspired restaurant with a hearty tap and bottle list. I love places I can order a meal and a good beer, since it's eligible for an expense report at that point :wink:

    Please share about your travels! I'm already missing it up there.
     
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  39. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Anybody heard a date for the Bale Breaker spot opening?

    You should have no trouble finding Cnut bottles, and they're now doing some cans as well.

    I'd make sure to get down to the Georgetown Brewery. Lots of brewery only taps and bottles.

    If you hit Bottleworks, Dicks Burgers has a location just down the street. You haven't been to Seattle unless you've put some Dicks in your mouth.

    The Chucks hop shop locations are worth hitting, especially if you've got the young'uns with you, cuz ice cream.

    I'm still a big fan of Big Time brewery in the U-district, as well as Seapine down past the stadiums.

    Finding good beer will not be an issue. Choosing which good beer may be.
     
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  40. jonphisher

    jonphisher Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    Thanks for the stoup intel, seems like almost all the ballard breweries are super close to one another. I'll check their taplist before I make the decision on them. I will be sure to post when I return and probably more befor then

    Thanks, thats good to know about Chuckanut, I thought they may be hard to find. Also I will definitely hit Dicks now!

    Bale Breaker sights said they hope to buy end of summer, fingers crossed that that is the case.

    Chucks Hop Shop will probably be my other stop, buying singles will be the way to go since I may try and send some beer home to myself, I can only drink so much in four days there. No kids with us on this trip, in fact its our first time away from them, gonna be strange but also I think very enjoyable to be "free" for a few days. I have the sweet tooth of a kid though so ice cream, I'm in!

    I'll keep the other places in mind as well, thanks. We may be confined to Ballard for the bulk of the time. My wife is in the wedding but then again, I guess I could hop in an uber to check out the other spots.
     
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