I’ll Drink to That! My Guide to Local Beer

Beer, wine, distilled spirits … oh my! I’m fortunate to live in an area where boozy delights (and comfy digs) seem to be around every corner. While I’m no connoisseur of the suds, I’ve outlined a few favorite brews – and brewhouses – in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest below. Have a favorite in your ‘hood? Scroll on down to the comments section and share yours!

Two Beers Brewing

Tucked away just a block from the diesel fumes and port-bound trucks off West Marginal Way, Two Beers still feels like a local joint.  Their dog-friendly digs bring me in, and their Trailhead ISA brings me back.

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Beer Junction

Amidst the West Seattle Junction’s fancy-schmanciness, Beer Junction‘s no-frills businesses is frequently standing room only. With more than 1,300 bottles, and dozens of brews with everchanging taps, there’s always something new to try. Afraid of neighborhood joints? Don’t be – the natives are friendly here!

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The Tin Room

Burien may be better known for Elliott Bay Brewing – and they’re definitely nothing to shake a stick at – but the ambiance of the Tin Room Bar is what draws me in again and again.  With a dozen or so taps, and the tastiest of foods, this place is so community-based I have expect to see everyone turn around and yell, “Norm!” from time to time. My favorite? Manny’s never disappoints as an accompaniment to the Tin Room Bar’s flank steak sandwich.

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Fort George Brewery

My first sip of Fort George‘s Vortex IPA was while at dinner at Long Beach Peninsula’s Nancy and Jimella’s restaurant. That sip left to a quick pilgrimage across the border to Astoria, Oregon, where we found the holy grain of Fort George options – along with a comfy bar and huge alehouse.

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Brave Horse Tavern

Imagine that Tom Douglas added on a few thousand square feet to his home and invited you over for a cold one. That’s what I imagine every time I walk through the doors of Brave Horse Tavern. With over a two dozen local PNW brews on their draft list, and $5.00 boilermakers on their happy hour, all you need is the time to sit and enjoy! Their patio’s perfect for sunny weather, and shuffleboard inside for the drizzliest of days, they’ve got every Seattle weather scenario covered!

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Seapine Brewing

Obscurely tucked between Rodda Paints and across from the hub of Seattle City Light – just on the cusp of Georgetown – lies sleepy Seapine Brewing Company.  This no-frills hole-in-the-wall pours from less than a dozen taps, but boasts an IPA that’s worth the drive.

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Big Al Brewing

Discovered while on a tasting tour with Road Dog Tours a few years back, Big Al Brewing‘s a bit of a sleeper that’s guaranteed to bring you back for a return trip (at least that’s what happened to me). With a tiny tasting room and nothing more than bowls of pretzels and peanuts for sustenance, they’re an easy stop for a quick growler fill or an afternoon of music and fun. With a steady stream of locals, their summer concerts are a perfect spot to bring-your-own-picnic and let them provide the beer. My favorite? Their smoky porter’s on the top of my list!

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Stoup Brewing

Although I wince at the sound of ‘Frelard’, that’s precisely where Stoup Brewing‘s made their nano-brewing home. Plenty of parking, and usually a food truck or two, make this a perfect respite after an afternoon at the beach or in the bustling ‘hoods of Fremont or Ballard. Around a dozen taps – many seasonal – are a well-rounded offering of hoppy goodness.

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Urban Family Brewing

A new find among the net barns and marine fixtures near Fisherman’s Terminal is Urban Family Brewing. Their huge tasting room is tucked away warehouse-style and offers loads of room for large groups. Their proximity to biking trails make it a perfect mid-ride stop on the Ship Canal Bike Trail, too. My fave? Their dry-hopped De la Brett is both sweet and sour.

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