The Beer Lover's Guide to Seattle
By Viator, June 2013
While we’ve told you about wine tasting near Seattle, it’s now time to talk about the city’s rich beer culture. The West Coast is known for its experimental brew scene, and Seattle is no exception. Stop into one of Seattle’s many breweries — some of which include the Black Raven Brewing Co., Big Time Brewery, and Alehouse, Fremont Brewing Company, Naked City Taphouse, and Pike Pub & Brewery — and see what unique beers they have on tap. Some recommendations include Naked City Brewing’s “Bison Basil Honey Ale,” Pike Brewing Company’s “Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine Style Ale,” and Epic Ales “Terra-saurus” with strong umami notes. Moreover, many breweries host cask nights where brewers feature cask conditioned ale — beer that has been moved to the keg without carbonating or filtering — that is served until the beer runs out.
Seattle is also home to some excellent bars and pubs, and sampling the local beers is one of the many worthwhile things to do in Seattle. One top choice is Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California Ave SW), with 36 draft handles and over 150 bottles of beer for guests to choose from. Additionally, the brewery hosts and takes part in beer-themed events on a regular basis. Another top pick for Seattle beer bars is Brouwer’s Cafe (400 N. 35th St.), which features 64 draft beers, over 300 bottled beers and regular discounts (20% off bottles on Mondays, anyone?).
The most convenient way to explore Seattle’s beer scene is through a tour. For example, a Seattle Half-Day Craft Brewery and Microbrewery Tour will take you to three to four breweries, with majority of beers made with local and organic ingredients (eco-conscious is a big part of Seattle’s culture). Bonus: You’ll get to see some of Seattle’s most iconic attractions like the Pike Place Market, Space Needle and Olympic Sculpture Park.
Contributed by Jessica Festa