Visiting Seattle (Winter 2015 Update)

Discussion in 'US - West' started by BuckeyeOne, Jan 6, 2015.

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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 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

    Other Highly Recommended Breweries & Brewpubs
    Georgetown Brewing
    Stoup Brewing
    Elysian Brewing (multiple locations)
    Naked City Brewery and Taphouse
    Big Time Brewery and Alehouse
    Schooner Exact

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

    Highly Recommended Bottle Shops
    99 Bottles
    The Beer Authority
    The Beer Junction
    Bottleworks
    Chuck's Hop Shop Central District
    Chuck's Hop Shop Greenwood
    Full Throttle Bottle
    The Last Drop Bottle Shop
    Malt & Vine
    Vine Street Market
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    (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
    Chippy's Fish and Drink
    Eureka! Seattle
    Mammoth
    The Yard Cafe
    Twisted Pasty
     
  2. shnsajax

    shnsajax Jul 2, 2013 Idaho

    Heading to on Monday, greatly appreciate this. Also does Bambinos allow bottles to go?
     
  3. mjmcnns

    mjmcnns Jan 28, 2014 Canada (BC)

    Hi folks - I'm going to be in Seattle this weekend. Are there any particular seasons currently generally available (I'll likely be stopping at the northern Chucks on my way into town from Vancouver) that you'd recommend picking up? I'm pretty much exclusively looking for stouts, but would be happy with IPA recommendations as well. I know a lot of the big names in the style, but looking for a bit of guidance around what's likely to actually still be on shelves.
     
  4. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    You should still be able to snag some Coffee Cinnamon Bbomb.
     
  5. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I haven't been in lately, but it might be worth stopping at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham on your way down. You'll likely pay a premium, but sometimes beers hang around because ES tends to be on the high side for Bellingham.
     
  6. mjmcnns

    mjmcnns Jan 28, 2014 Canada (BC)

    Thanks. I should have added we'll be stopping in at ES on the way home.
     
  7. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Shoot me a message, we can meet for pint. You should really stop and check out Wander.
     
  8. ballardbeer

    ballardbeer Nov 10, 2013 Washington

    i'm not sure. last time i was there, it was a weird place. has anyone been lately?

    should have the masonry on the list, as well. it's a beer-centric pizza shop, and i believe they do bottles-to-go.
     
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  9. shnsajax

    shnsajax Jul 2, 2013 Idaho

    I'm doing the research. But off the top of anyones head, any of these bottle shops close to a transit stop from SeaTac? Figure I might just take that up a ways to a bottleshop, then get a taxi/uber to Bellevue. Looks like Full Throttle is fairly close to the Beacon Hill stop. Would that be the best bet?
     
  10. ballardbeer

    ballardbeer Nov 10, 2013 Washington

    that's not a walk i would do. pretty far.

    i would just get off at the last stop (westlake), and either go to whole foods-west lake or pear market.
     
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  11. crowellbw

    crowellbw Dec 1, 2010 Washington

    Full Throttle is a pretty long ways from the Beacon Hill stop. The most convenient would be Chucks CD, getting off at University street and then grabbing a cab up the hill (also the 2 bus goes right there). Or there is Pear Delicatessen in Pikes Place that has good selection.
     
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  12. shnsajax

    shnsajax Jul 2, 2013 Idaho

    I'm fine doing a cab/uber from the rail to a shop too. Having to go to Bellevue afterwards just thinking of a way to route this.
     
  13. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    If you're going to Bellevue, just hit up Malt and Vine on the Eastside.
     
  14. shnsajax

    shnsajax Jul 2, 2013 Idaho

    I think this is what I am going to do now, and might take a cab to Mammoth afterwards. Hotel shuttle might be able to take me Whole Foods in Bellevue too. .5 mile out of their 5 mile range.
     
  15. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    FYI - The cab ride from Malt & Vine in Redmond to Mammoth in Seattle is approx. 16 miles (including crossing a toll bridge). And if you plan on taking this cab ride during rush hour, this trip will likely take you 45 minutes to an hour. If you leave Seattle for the eastside (i.e., Bellevue, Redmond, etc.), you would be better served to not return to Seattle unless you have to. From your hotel in Bellevue, you can hit Whole Foods, Malt & Vine, and Black Raven Brewing. While Mammoth's sandwiches are top notch and the current taplist is excellent, it's not worth a trip back to Seattle IMO.
     
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  16. shnsajax

    shnsajax Jul 2, 2013 Idaho

    Awesome info, thank you.
     
  17. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Malt and Vine & Black Raven would be a good combo. As much as I hate the Eastide and love Seattle, trying to get back into Seattle when staying on the Eastside without your own car is not recommended.
     
  18. ballardbeer

    ballardbeer Nov 10, 2013 Washington

    there's a total wine near that whole foods as well.
     
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  19. shnsajax

    shnsajax Jul 2, 2013 Idaho

    Awesome to know. Thank you.
     
  20. Cynic-ale

    Cynic-ale Feb 21, 2013 Texas
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    Thanks for this thread! I'll be downtown on Monday, but only there for a day. Looking for Coffee Cinnamon BBomb. Any shops still have it?

    Cheers!
     
  21. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    No clue about downtown, but the Roosevelt WF in North Seattle still has it.
     
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  22. Cynic-ale

    Cynic-ale Feb 21, 2013 Texas
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  23. HectorB

    HectorB Sep 21, 2013 New York

    Has anyone been to Bambino's lately? I visited about a year ago and remember good pizza and a great tap list (Boneyard, Dark Star), but a Seattle friend said he heard it has gone to hell of late, new owners or something.
     
  24. jason_nwx

    jason_nwx Sep 12, 2012 Oregon
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    Question: Do Reuben's and Fremont sell their bottles from their taprooms as well? I looked and I couldn't find an answer. I know in Portland it can be hit and miss at the actual taproom (and sometimes even more expensive) when it comes to bottle selection versus what I can find at a bottle shop. I'm assuming the same is true in Seattle?
     
  25. dirtylou

    dirtylou May 12, 2005 Washington
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    In all likeliness Reuben's will be selling all available bottles - anything that was at a store but not the brewery is likely old, and not in a good way. Fremont will have plenty of its staples but none of the barrel aged stuff, which is still lingering in some stores
     
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  26. distantmantra

    distantmantra May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Fremont should also have Sour Weisse bombers, something I've never seen for sale anywhere else.
     
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  27. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I can only speak to Fremont. You can buy bombers and cans of their regular lineup at the taproom. And these will be cheaper than you can find at retailers.
     
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  28. jason_nwx

    jason_nwx Sep 12, 2012 Oregon
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    Awesome, thank you!
     
  29. shnsajax

    shnsajax Jul 2, 2013 Idaho

    Heading out to Malt and Vine shortly, thanks for all of the tips from everyone!!!
     
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  30. MWolverines66

    MWolverines66 Mar 13, 2013 New York
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    On the plane to Seattle at the moment. Is CC Bbomb and KDS still hanging around stores downtown or do I need to go outside the city to get these beers?

    Cheers,
    Jason
     
  31. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    CC B-bomb is still around but I'm afraid KDS is long gone.
     
  32. MWolverines66

    MWolverines66 Mar 13, 2013 New York
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    Thanks BuckeyeOne and congrats on the win Monday night. Even as a UM person, was pulling for the Big Ten.
     
  33. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Still reveling in the win, especially given the number of obnoxious and smug Ducks fans I have at my disposal.
     
  34. MWolverines66

    MWolverines66 Mar 13, 2013 New York
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    Haha yea you guys looked awesome. Will be interesting to see what happens with the QBs next season, but I suppose you could have worse problems...
     
  35. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Isn't that all of them? Except maybe the strippers, er I mean cheerleaders. I was a Michigan fan as a teenager, so I still don't really like OSU. But, I had to pull for them the other night, as I truly everything Nike, including their college.
     
  36. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    I'm having a hard time understanding why a UM fan wouldn't like the Beavers.
     
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  37. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I haven't really been a UM fan for a long time now, but I kinda like Harbaugh, so maybe I'll pick 'em back up.:wink: And yes, I like Beavers very much, thank you!:grimacing:
     
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  38. MWolverines66

    MWolverines66 Mar 13, 2013 New York
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    Found bbomb, kds, and spice wars around the pike market area.
     
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  39. kevinrivers

    kevinrivers Nov 16, 2014 Washington

    No love for Two Beers around here...
     
  40. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    Is this a question or an observation? Regardless, Two Beers gets no love around here because every beer I've had from them is meh at best and virtually no one on this forum ever mentions them and their BA reviews and ratings are middle of the road. When you look above of the list of must-hits and highly recommended breweries, Two Beers doesn't even come close to making the list.
     
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