Seattle is a beer city. You will have no trouble finding bars that serve local brew on tap within a mile of the convention center, but my recommendation is to visit one of our famous breweries. You’ll be able to meet the brewmasters, taste experimental batches, or try one of your favorites at optimal freshness.
Note: Some taprooms might be open to all ages, but you must be 21 or older to consume alcoholic beverages!
1415 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Open 11am - midnight, all ages. “Hoppy hour” is 4-6 Monday - Friday
Consider having lunch and a pint at Pike Brewing, which is nestled next to Pike Place Market. This brewery was founded in 1989, making it one of the oldest local brews in Seattle. Both the beer and the food is made proudly with as many locally sourced ingredients, down to their hamburger buns! The brewery also houses a beer museum.
Elysian Brewing (Capitol Hill Public House)
1221 E. Pike Street. Seattle, WA 98122
Open until 2am. All ages welcome until 11pm. Happy hour is 3-6pm every day.
This is the original brewery and taproom for Elysian Brewing. Founded in 1996, they have brewed over 350 craft beers over the past 21 years. It was sold to Anheuser-Busch InBev in 2015, but the brew is still delicious. Take the 11 bus, or walk east on Pine street, to get to the tap room.
2116 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Hours vary. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. 21 or older only.
If you find yourself by Pike Place and are looking for a unique beer experience, try Cloudburst Brewing. It’s a bit hard to find -- I walked past it twice before I found it. The tap room is quite small, but do not let the looks of the taproom deter you from trying one of their beers. They specialize in small batch beers with experimental flavorings, some that sound weird but taste great paired together. For example, I had my doubts with the “Market Fresh Saison #9: Plum and Green Cardamom,” but I enjoyed it so much I had to have another.
The following are further away from the convention center, but are worth visiting:
Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery & Restaurant
1201 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134
Hours vary but open for dinner. Family friendly.
The beer garden is open when the Mariners play.
3901 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134
Open daily 11am-10pm. Happy Hour is 3-5pm and 8-10pm Monday through Friday. All ages welcome.
The restaurant serves great food. The bacon flavored popcorn is worth it!
Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Co. (The Woods)
4700 Ohio Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
Hours vary. 21+, dog-friendly.
You can find beer, cider, wood paneling, and shuffleboard at The Woods.
These are just a few of the wonderful breweries we have in the region. Whether you're a beer/cider expert, or if you just enjoy the occasional pint, I guarantee you will find at least one tasty brew here in Seattle.
Written by Kalyna Durbak, MLA '17 LAC Committee member
Image from Flickr