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Acclaimed Portland Brewery Great Notion Lands in Georgetown

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And a second location in Ballard is planned for later this year

The outdoor patio at Great Notion, with tables, chairs, a green overhanging tent, and a painting of an old, bearded hippie in the background
Georgetown’s brewery scene continues to grow with the addition of Great Notion.
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One of the more popular breweries in Portland has set down roots in Seattle. A year after its expansion to the city was first announced, Great Notion officially opened its Georgetown location earlier this month. It has 20 beers on tap, while cans are available to preorder through an app. There’s also seating on an outdoor, tented patio and a painted railroad car parked outside for some neighborhood-specific flair.

Great Notion has built a strong following in Portland and scored several medals at the World Beer Cup, along with other accolades. According to Eater PDX, “a conversation about Portland beer that doesn’t include Great Notion Brewing is an unfinished conversation,” and many line up for weekly can launches of pastry stouts, fruited sours, and hazy IPAs. The brewery is most known for its culinary series of beers, such as Mochi (Japanese mochi ice cream flavors), Jammy Pants (berry jam), and Baklava (nuts and honey).

At the Georgetown spot, there will be a couple of Seattle-specific beers available, including a double IPA called The Sound (brewed with citral, amarilla, and vic secret hops) and a sour called Squatchbat Larry (made with mixed berries and vanilla). As for food, currently customers can bring food in from neighboring Georgetown businesses, such as Fonda La Catrina or Falafel Salam, to eat on the patio, but it’s still working on getting items served on-site. Co-founder Paul Reiter tells Eater Seattle he is hoping to soon bring shelf-stable Great Notion snacks from the Portland kitchens, as well as brainstorming about possibly turning a railroad car space into a food truck.

The location at at 6235 Airport Way S (not too far from Lowercase Brewing) was actually supposed to be the second outpost in the city for the brewery, but its original plans to set up shop in Ballard have been delayed. Reiter says the upcoming location at 5101 14th Avenue NW is still in the works and should open later this year.

Great Notion Georgetown

6235 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

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