Visiting Seattle (Spring 2016 Update)

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  1. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Surely 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 metropolitan-area Seattle breweries, brewpubs, bottle shops & beer bars that appear in this type of BA thread. Recommendations & suggestions are encouraged.

    (Almost) Universally Recommended "Must-Hit" Breweries (None have food but you can bring in food or purchase from food trucks outside)
    Fremont Brewing
    Reuben's Brews
    Black Raven Brewing
    Holy Mountain Brewing
    Stoup Brewing
    Cloudburst Brewing

    Other Highly Recommended Breweries & Brewpubs
    Georgetown Brewing
    Big Time Brewery and Alehouse
    Machine House Brewing
    Schooner Exact Brewing
    Naked City Brewery and Taphouse

    Highly Recommended Beer Bars
    Beveridge Place Pub
    Brave Horse Tavern
    Brouwer's Cafe
    Collin's Pub
    Cooper's Ale House
    The Dray
    Hudson Public House
    Latona Pub
    The Noble Fir
    The Pine Box
    The Park Public House
    The Sixgill
    The Stumbling Monk
    Toronado Seattle
    Uber Tavern
    The Wurst Place

    Highly Recommended Bottle Shops
    99 Bottles
    The Beer Authority
    The Beer Junction
    Chuck's Hop Shop Central District
    Chuck's Hop Shop Greenwood
    Full Throttle Bottle
    The Last Drop Bottle Shop
    Malt & Vine
    Pear Delicatessen
    Super Deli Mart
    Vine Street Market
    (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
    Bitterroot BBQ
    Blue Star Cafe & Pub
    Bramling Cross
    Chippy's Fish and Drink
    Giddy Up Burgers
    The Masonry
    Quinn's Pub
    The Yard Cafe
  2. dayglo

    dayglo Jan 15, 2009 Washington

    FYI: Chippy's closed down in February. It was replaced by Marine Hardware
  3. bwelch21

    bwelch21 Nov 5, 2014 Wisconsin

    Any recommendations on the best place to fill a growler in Seattle, specifically for places that will let you bring your own growler? I noticed that Fremont allows you to bring in outside growlers. What about other breweries, bars, etc.?
  4. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington

    Almost everywhere in the state of WA that fills growlers lets you bring your own. Cloudburst only does pre-filled growlers at the moment, so you'd have to buy one of theirs, but that's the only exception.
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  5. bwelch21

    bwelch21 Nov 5, 2014 Wisconsin

    Good to hear - thanks. We're not so fortunate here in WI.
  6. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington

    Bars are random about doing fills. Some do, some don't. Breweries and bottle shops like Chucks, Beer Junction, etc. are your best bet.
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  7. Cam9191

    Cam9191 Nov 12, 2012 Colorado

    I visited Seattle last week. My favorite stop was The Beer Junction and I crapped my pants when I saw they were selling De Garde bottles. I had to grab one so I'm curious, what's De Garde's distribution as right now? I thought people had to buy bottles from their brewery in Oregon.
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  8. guajolote

    guajolote Sep 12, 2008 Oregon

    There's limited distro of certain beers. Grand Blanc and Grand Rouge are the most recent bottles that have seen distro. But yes, most of their beers are only sold at the brewery.
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  9. JouerAvecLeFeu

    JouerAvecLeFeu Apr 17, 2015 Washington

    I think they're distributed by leprechauns or gnomes or something... Their bottles magically appear and then quickly disappear.
  10. Cam9191

    Cam9191 Nov 12, 2012 Colorado

    Yes! I grabbed a Grand Rogue bottle. Is it recommended to drink it fresh or...?
  11. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    As a note; WA law allows any "sealable" container to be filled as a growler, but the original label has to be removed. In other words, you get milk jugs, pop bottles, nalgene waterbottles, pretty much any damn thing filled. The Nalgene option is popular around my area, for taking to the park, or on dog walks. Gotta stay hydrated.:wink:
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  12. bwelch21

    bwelch21 Nov 5, 2014 Wisconsin

    This is good to know. Was going to bring a growler with another brewery's logo but now will see if I have blank ones...
  13. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    That don't matter. It's just that you can't put beer in something labeled, say, Coke. It might confuse the children. Logo'd growlers are fine, just take the label off if it originally held something other than beer.
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  14. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington

    Logo growler is absolutely fine. No one cares. We're not California.
  15. MorningDew72

    MorningDew72 Aug 15, 2014 North Carolina

    I've been living in Seattle since August but have yet to find a bar with a foosball table! Please help, I'm going crazy!!! Haha, I think I might have heard Two Beers might have one?
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  16. jtirpak22

    jtirpak22 Aug 27, 2015 Washington

    Generally speaking the brewery is the only place to get the VAST majority of their offerings. In the past year and a half we've seen: Grand Rouge, Grand Blanc, Petit Desay, Saison Premiere, and Bu Weisse (*if I've forgotten any maybe someone can add to the list.) Each time, they've come and gone quite quickly. I don't believe that we've ever seen anything fruited up here (*again, someone correct me if I'm wrong).

    The fruited stuff can potentially fade a bit but if it's not fruited I've noticed no reason that you have to drink fresh aside from enjoying it rather than having a display piece.
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  17. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington

    That's the full list, you've got it right. I've actually been impressed with the number of releases we've seen in WA recently. Second shipment of Petit Desay alongside Grand Rouge, too.
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  18. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    There's a soccer-oriented bar up on 34th(-35th-36th? that main drag from Fremont towards Ballard) that has one, IIRC.
  19. sharpski

    sharpski Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Did Dante's in the U-District reopen after that fire? They had multiple fooseball tables; banked corners too, none of this 3-man goalie shit.
  20. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington

    Not yet. I live really close to Dantes and run by it a lot. The sign says remodeling but I haven't heard anything in a long time.
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  21. jpbebeau

    jpbebeau Sep 11, 2011 Washington

    Someone told me just the other day that Lantern Brewing up in North Seattle has one. It's a place I've neglected for too long and will be visiting soon.
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  22. jtirpak22

    jtirpak22 Aug 27, 2015 Washington

    Easy to neglect given its location and that it doesn't open until 4 on Saturdays. I went over there after a stop at Naked City last summer around 230 in the afternoon. Having not check the hours I found they were closed. I suppose bad on me for not checking, but c'mon man, it's mid-afternoon on a weekend in the summer and you're not open?
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  23. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington

    Someone should tell that to Noble Fir.
  24. Burntfoot

    Burntfoot Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey

    heading out next week form NJ .. thank you for the spots to hit up
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  25. jtirpak22

    jtirpak22 Aug 27, 2015 Washington

    The late opening at Noble Fir (and The Sixgill) also baffles me a bit, especially being in Ballard (and Fremont). They could easily open earlier. At least it's not hard to occupy yourself in those areas if you aren't aware of their opening times. The same can't be said for Lantern.
  26. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    I don't know, Lantern is only ten blocks from Naked City/Flying Bike.
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  27. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey Jul 13, 2015 Washington

    @beertunes is right. Logos are fine, but a label indicating a different kind of content would not be. As for recommendations on a place to fill a growler in Seattle, I would second Chuck's (either location). Not only do they have a large number of taps, I've heard they will even fill something as lowly as a pickle jar (so long as the pickle label was removed). :wink:
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  28. Erik-P

    Erik-P Aug 19, 2013 Canada (BC)

    hmmm havent heard of this place! will have to check it out as im in the area often
  29. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington

    I bought some bottles from the Lantern guy at the Phinney farmers market a long time ago. Haven't had anything from them since.
  30. MorningDew72

    MorningDew72 Aug 15, 2014 North Carolina

    Thanks for the info on the foosball. I actually live in Greenwood and completely forgot about the table at Lantern. I remember it not being very nice, but better than nothing and walking distance!

    @jtirpak22 The Grand Blanc has riesling grapes. I love that one.
  31. jtirpak22

    jtirpak22 Aug 27, 2015 Washington

    You should try Tres Grand Blanc, the dry hopped version of Grand Blanc with Nelson and citra. Easily my favorite they had on tap last time I was down there.
  32. MorningDew72

    MorningDew72 Aug 15, 2014 North Carolina

    thats funny I brought back a couple of bottles of tres grand blanc from a recent visit. I enjoyed it but I don't think hopped "sours" are my preference (everybody has their own) a lot of the time. God I hate the term sour beer. Especially with many breweries these days calling sour ales that are relatively simple lacto quick turnaround beers with no complexity given by Brett/pedio/and in de Garde's case whatever the hell lands in the coolship. Off topic rant, Anyway, still a fn great beer!!!!

    I went to some random bar in Belltown for the first time and would say that is a good addition to the list, primarily because they feature a very solid draft list and it is only beers from the greater Seattle area. Food looked pretty good but we didnt get any. $4 pint happy hour in a pricey area wasn't too shabby. They also had both Cloudburst and Holy Mountain on tap, not many places have those accounts, plenty of good local well represented beers and close to a lot of the touristy things for any out of towners.
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  33. Dka67

    Dka67 Nov 27, 2014 California

    Drop some names brother. Where did u find the DeGarde. And the name of the bar?
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  34. balto22

    balto22 Feb 7, 2013 New York

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  35. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington

    de Garde can be found at PCC Natural Grocers, Central Market, Bottleworks, Beer Junction, Last Drop Bottle Shop, Chucks, etc. Tres Grand Blanc didn't see WA distribution, just Grand Blanc about a month ago. Grand Rouge showed up over the past week, saw it at my PCC last night for $14.

    The bar is called Some Random Bar.
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  36. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Oh, just looking at the front of their site set my bullshit detectors ringing. A: you name your place "Some Random Bar". B: yet you are local, fresh, seasonal, farm to table. There's nothing "random" about that. C: "perfectly poured pints", perhaps. D: "Unpretentious cocktails", so far everything about you is pretentious, why should your cocktails be different? E: "chef driven sustenance", stop it already.

    I hearby propose an addition to the Visiting Seattle thread, an "avoid" list. I have a nominee for the first entrant.
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  37. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I've been called a "crotchety, bitter asshole" on this very forum. Now you're suggesting the addition of an "avoid" list. What could go wrong? :grinning:
  38. John_M

    John_M Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Yeah, let's not go there. As soon as I saw the comment from you and Terry, a certain multi tap beer bar in PDX came to mind. Last thing we need is another "Why I hate the Apex" thread.
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  39. dirtylou

    dirtylou May 12, 2005 Washington
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    It's a pretty chill spot, but doesn't belong on the Visiting Seattle list. Great Belltown happy hour option, though
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  40. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington

    In other news, Bottleworks wins April Fools.
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