Seattle has some of the best beer in the world but with over 170 breweries in the Seattle metro area, where to get that local pint can be a daunting decision. We make it easy for you with our top picks!
Our neighbors down the street, these guys opened in 2016 and have already made a huge impact on the local beer scene. There are some bold, West-Coast style IPAs for you but also a variety of more creative options as well. Take the Market Fresh Saison, brewed season-to-season with “whatever looks good” from Pike Place Market down the street. Fresh, local, delicious!
The Goods: Happy Little Clouds Pilsner, Market Fresh Saison
HOLY MOUNTAIN BREWING
The best beer in Seattle? Locals speak about Holy Mountain Brewing in almost reverent tones and for good reason – everything on their eclectic tap list is absolutely fantastic. They are known for their barrel-aged and mixed-fermentation ales in particular but don’t worry about all the craft beer mumbo-jumbo, throw a dart at their beer list and you’ll be happy with the result!
The Goods: The Goat Belgian Saison, Midnight Still Imperial Stout
FREMONT BREWING CO.
The Fremont neighborhood is the self-proclaimed Center of the Universe and this awesome beer-stop might just be the center of Fremont, especially on a nice summer day when its amazing outdoor beer garden is filled with folks enjoying delicious brews. Being located just off the Burke-Gilman trail, it also offers a well-earned respite to cyclists.
The Goods: Lush IPA, Dark Star Oatmeal Stout
If you’re looking for classic PNW-style beers then look no further than Reuben’s who have made it a habit of winning award after award with their incredible lineup of hoppy, bright IPAs. Add in a rotating lineup of food trucks and an awesome outdoor patio and you’re guaranteed to walk away smiling.
The Goods: PNW Crush Hazy IPA, Imperial Rye IPA
URBAN FAMILY BREWING CO.
If you detest the bitter, hoppy taste of IPAs don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Urban Family does some of the best fruited beers anywhere, and the tasting room’s cozy warehouse setting will make you feel like you’ve stumbled on to a real hidden gem. Tasting flights are the best way to go here since the tap list is always bursting with exciting, fruity combinations.
The Goods: Heart of Stone Sour, Briar Heart Sour
VINE STREET MARKET
We just had to include our Belltown neighbor and favorite bottle shop in the entire city, Vine Street Market. They always have an awesome supply of local beers and wines for you to take back to the hostel but also feature a carefully-selected collection from around the country and globe – some of the very best! Don’t forget to say hi to the shop mascot and everyone’s favorite little furball, Toshi!
The Goods: Whatever Brennen and Quynh recommend 😀