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Ballard’s Fair Isle Brewing specializes in saisons, farmhouse ales, and sours.
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19 Must-Try Breweries in Seattle

With balanced saisons, hoppy IPAs, dark stouts, and more

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Ballard’s Fair Isle Brewing specializes in saisons, farmhouse ales, and sours.
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Seattle has long been a great beer town, and that distinction hasn’t changed during the pandemic. It’s possible to find a solid brewery in just about every neighborhood and suburb, though there are a handful that stand out above the crowd. The following breweries have perfected a wide range of styles and flavors, with hoppy IPAs, rich porters, tangy saisons, and more. Beyond the beer, many of these spots are also food destinations that host some of the city’s best pop-ups and food carts.

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Stoup Brewing

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The popular brewery is known for its award-winning robust porter, excellent year-round, and quite a few IPAs and lighter beers. The Ballard brewery is always hopping, with its multiple gathering spaces, ample outdoor seating, and rotating food trucks. It also recently opened a new taproom in the former Seaplane Kitchen and Bar location featuring a menu of stone-hearth pizzas and stellar snacks from chef Jason Stoneburner to go along its 22 beers on tap.

Urban Family Brewing Co.

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Urban Family has built a sizable following for its wide array of creative sour beers, many of which feature strong fruit flavors. The covered front patio with string lights invites lingering. There are fire pits for cooler weather, and for hot days, the brewery offers a sour beer slushie for a tropical experience.

Reuben's Brews

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This Ballard company has steadily expanded since its founding a few years ago, offering a huge range of styles not commonly found at other breweries, such as cognac barrel-aged beers. The popular brewing has a whopping three taprooms open in Ballard, including its newest one, a cavernous space called the Canning Line.

Fair Isle Brewing

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One of the hottest newer Seattle breweries, Fair Isle opened in a challenging environment in 2020. The slick Ballard spot — with its dark wood and exposed rafters — feels almost like a high-end wine tasting room, save for the taps behind the bar. It’s known for its naturally fermented farmhouse ales and fruity, tangy saisons, among other beers. The brewery also hosts some of the city’s hottest pop-ups, including Hamdi, Marimakan, and Kottu.

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Fair Isle specializes in saisons, farmhouse ales, and sours.
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Rooftop Brewing Company

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Rooftop fans have followed this brewery from a nano-sized wonder stuffed inside a garage in an alley to the newer, bigger digs near the Queen Anne side of the Ballard bridge. It’s both dog and kid-friendly, offering intriguing selections on draft (including a creamsicle-flavored pale ale) with rotating onsite food trucks. There’s also plenty of outdoor seating, with a large, tented patio in front, and a smaller side space with Fishermen’s Terminal views.

Fremont Brewing

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This well-known local company has been around for over 10 years, selling its popular Summer Ale and Interurban IPA, while also offering the small batch-focused Black Heron Project, which experiments with local hops. Its expansive beer garden in Fremont — which seems to draw crowds even on foul weather days — features familiar options like the Interurban IPA as well as rarer selections from its reserve series.

Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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Interbay’s mainstay brewery has hard-to-find Old World-style beers, sours, and refreshing pale ales. The slick taproom and beer garden are also open (pets aren’t allowed); recent pop-ups have included Frank’s Smokehouse, Guerrilla Pizza Kitchen, and Rough Draft Burger Shop. Chances are, you’ll be so taken with the beer you won’t notice the trains rumbling right past the back door.

Cloudburst Brewing Company

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The much-celebrated brewery in Belltown recently canned many of its beers for the first time ever. But the onsite experiences here and at its newer second location in Ballard ( with beer garden and a food truck serving ma la dumplings and other snacks from Sichuan & Yunnan restaurant, Plenty of Clouds) are delightful for any fans of the brewery’s IPAs, pilsners, and stouts, with welcoming atmospheres and old school vibes.

Pike Brewing Company

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When Pike Brewing launched in 1989 (then called Pike Place Brewery) it was among one of only a handful of independent craft breweries in Seattle before the big beer boom. Now, the rest of the city has caught up, but the brewing company is still going strong, and its beer ephemera-packed taproom with its famed hoppy IPAs remains a must-visit spot at the market.

Metier Brewing Company Taproom

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This Black-owned brewery’s new Central District location is one of the hottest places to drink in Seattle right now. And since opening in 2018, Woodinville location has been a solid pitstop for Eastside bike riders. Both locations have a great selection of beers, including its award-winning coconut porter Black Stripe, a New Zealand IPA, a hazy orange pale ale called the Trail Blazer, and a newer strawberry gose. The space is kid and dog-friendly, and the presence of both makes it feel like a true community gathering place.

Standard Brewing

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This brewery in the Central District features some of the city’s best IPAs, pale ales, baltic porters, and oak-barreled beer. There’s also a full bar menu and original cocktails, a small food menu with excellent tacos, and seating both inside its rustic space and outside, including a heated and covered area. Standard’s new sibling brewery, Sovereign Brewing, focuses on the wilder side of brewing, with a mix of older school methods and modern experimentation. Both are worthwhile destinations.

The Good Society Brewery & Public House

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This West Seattle Brewery — which won a Small Brewpub of the Year Award in 2020 — has a mission to generate a positive impact on the community with each pour, funding local social and environmental causes. It also has a robust selection IPAs, farmhouse ales, stouts, kolsch, and kettle sours, as well as pizza and pretzels.

Perihelion Brewery

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Located not too far from the Beacon Hill Link light rail station, this brewery is a neighborhood gem, with 12 beers made on-site and a satisfying food menu with dishes like a smoked brisket and pork belly chili and a crispy pork belly banh mi. Pups are allowed on the patio, and there are some fire pits out for chilly nights.

Seapine Brewing Company

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This SoDo brewery makes some outstanding beers that represent some of the best local takes on Northwest-favorite IPAs and pale ales, though the Sea Witch stout, peach gose, and farmhouse saison are also excellent picks if you need a break from the hop-bombs. The lively taproom sits next to the brewing equipment, all set inside an old warehouse.

Two Beers Brewing Company

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This SoDo brewery’s impressive growth has allowed it to brew a diversity of exciting beers, from the Southern Resident Hazy IPA to the more crushable Pilchuck Pilsner. The Woods tasting room, which also pours from sibling company Seattle Cider Co., has plenty of seating in its warehouse space. When the weather is nice, the garage doors roll up, and there’s also lots of outdoor seating. Don’t miss the food here — it’s made by the fantastic Bread and Circuses, which specializes in indulgent takes on classic pub fare with dishes like gochujang wings.

Machine House Brewery

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British-style cask-conditioned beers get all the focus they deserve at Georgetown’s Machine House Brewery. Set inside a gorgeous brick building once home to Seattle Brewing and Malting, it’s a unique space for a unique style of beer that’s most likely unfamiliar to many Seattleites, minimally carbonated and served at a slightly warmer 50 to 55 degrees. The Dark Mild and Best Bitter are two fan favorites.

Lowercase Brewing

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Lowercase Brewing makes great beer in a range of styles, all without pretention. The taproom feels like your buddy’s converted garage, with reclaimed wood furniture and exposed ceiling joists. The Italian pilsner and Mexican lager are great picks for drinking on the patio in warmer weather. Keep an eye out for weekend pop-ups, like the Croissants and Cold Brew and Side Hustle doughnuts.

Best of Hands

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This West Seattle barrelhouse and brewery opened in early 2019, with a focus on sours and farmhouse ales that toy with some mixed fermentation and feature Washington ingredients. But it also features a variety of other offerings, including a coffee milk stout and a fresh hop IPA. The main tasting room isn’t as large as some other spots, but it’s got a friendly neighborhood vibe, thanks to rotating food trucks and trivia nights.

Future Primitive Brewing

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Residing in the former Big Al Brewing space in White Center, this brewery produces excellent beers across a range of styles. Fans can find a solid lineup of IPAs, stouts, Belgian blondes, and lagers, plus a few experimental creations. It serves a few light snacks onsite, but customers can also bring food over to the large patio, which includes overhead misters on the hottest days.

Stoup Brewing

The popular brewery is known for its award-winning robust porter, excellent year-round, and quite a few IPAs and lighter beers. The Ballard brewery is always hopping, with its multiple gathering spaces, ample outdoor seating, and rotating food trucks. It also recently opened a new taproom in the former Seaplane Kitchen and Bar location featuring a menu of stone-hearth pizzas and stellar snacks from chef Jason Stoneburner to go along its 22 beers on tap.

Urban Family Brewing Co.

Urban Family has built a sizable following for its wide array of creative sour beers, many of which feature strong fruit flavors. The covered front patio with string lights invites lingering. There are fire pits for cooler weather, and for hot days, the brewery offers a sour beer slushie for a tropical experience.

Reuben's Brews

This Ballard company has steadily expanded since its founding a few years ago, offering a huge range of styles not commonly found at other breweries, such as cognac barrel-aged beers. The popular brewing has a whopping three taprooms open in Ballard, including its newest one, a cavernous space called the Canning Line.

Fair Isle Brewing

One of the hottest newer Seattle breweries, Fair Isle opened in a challenging environment in 2020. The slick Ballard spot — with its dark wood and exposed rafters — feels almost like a high-end wine tasting room, save for the taps behind the bar. It’s known for its naturally fermented farmhouse ales and fruity, tangy saisons, among other beers. The brewery also hosts some of the city’s hottest pop-ups, including Hamdi, Marimakan, and Kottu.

Two bottles of Fair Isle beer in green bottles on a wooden counter next to a glass of beer
Fair Isle specializes in saisons, farmhouse ales, and sours.
Fair Isle Brewing

Rooftop Brewing Company

Rooftop fans have followed this brewery from a nano-sized wonder stuffed inside a garage in an alley to the newer, bigger digs near the Queen Anne side of the Ballard bridge. It’s both dog and kid-friendly, offering intriguing selections on draft (including a creamsicle-flavored pale ale) with rotating onsite food trucks. There’s also plenty of outdoor seating, with a large, tented patio in front, and a smaller side space with Fishermen’s Terminal views.

Fremont Brewing

This well-known local company has been around for over 10 years, selling its popular Summer Ale and Interurban IPA, while also offering the small batch-focused Black Heron Project, which experiments with local hops. Its expansive beer garden in Fremont — which seems to draw crowds even on foul weather days — features familiar options like the Interurban IPA as well as rarer selections from its reserve series.

Holy Mountain Brewing Company

Interbay’s mainstay brewery has hard-to-find Old World-style beers, sours, and refreshing pale ales. The slick taproom and beer garden are also open (pets aren’t allowed); recent pop-ups have included Frank’s Smokehouse, Guerrilla Pizza Kitchen, and Rough Draft Burger Shop. Chances are, you’ll be so taken with the beer you won’t notice the trains rumbling right past the back door.

Cloudburst Brewing Company

The much-celebrated brewery in Belltown recently canned many of its beers for the first time ever. But the onsite experiences here and at its newer second location in Ballard ( with beer garden and a food truck serving ma la dumplings and other snacks from Sichuan & Yunnan restaurant, Plenty of Clouds) are delightful for any fans of the brewery’s IPAs, pilsners, and stouts, with welcoming atmospheres and old school vibes.

Pike Brewing Company

When Pike Brewing launched in 1989 (then called Pike Place Brewery) it was among one of only a handful of independent craft breweries in Seattle before the big beer boom. Now, the rest of the city has caught up, but the brewing company is still going strong, and its beer ephemera-packed taproom with its famed hoppy IPAs remains a must-visit spot at the market.

Metier Brewing Company Taproom

This Black-owned brewery’s new Central District location is one of the hottest places to drink in Seattle right now. And since opening in 2018, Woodinville location has been a solid pitstop for Eastside bike riders. Both locations have a great selection of beers, including its award-winning coconut porter Black Stripe, a New Zealand IPA, a hazy orange pale ale called the Trail Blazer, and a newer strawberry gose. The space is kid and dog-friendly, and the presence of both makes it feel like a true community gathering place.

Standard Brewing

This brewery in the Central District features some of the city’s best IPAs, pale ales, baltic porters, and oak-barreled beer. There’s also a full bar menu and original cocktails, a small food menu with excellent tacos, and seating both inside its rustic space and outside, including a heated and covered area. Standard’s new sibling brewery, Sovereign Brewing, focuses on the wilder side of brewing, with a mix of older school methods and modern experimentation. Both are worthwhile destinations.

The Good Society Brewery & Public House

This West Seattle Brewery — which won a Small Brewpub of the Year Award in 2020 — has a mission to generate a positive impact on the community with each pour, funding local social and environmental causes. It also has a robust selection IPAs, farmhouse ales, stouts, kolsch, and kettle sours, as well as pizza and pretzels.

Perihelion Brewery

Located not too far from the Beacon Hill Link light rail station, this brewery is a neighborhood gem, with 12 beers made on-site and a satisfying food menu with dishes like a smoked brisket and pork belly chili and a crispy pork belly banh mi. Pups are allowed on the patio, and there are some fire pits out for chilly nights.

Seapine Brewing Company

This SoDo brewery makes some outstanding beers that represent some of the best local takes on Northwest-favorite IPAs and pale ales, though the Sea Witch stout, peach gose, and farmhouse saison are also excellent picks if you need a break from the hop-bombs. The lively taproom sits next to the brewing equipment, all set inside an old warehouse.

Two Beers Brewing Company

This SoDo brewery’s impressive growth has allowed it to brew a diversity of exciting beers, from the Southern Resident Hazy IPA to the more crushable Pilchuck Pilsner. The Woods tasting room, which also pours from sibling company Seattle Cider Co., has plenty of seating in its warehouse space. When the weather is nice, the garage doors roll up, and there’s also lots of outdoor seating. Don’t miss the food here — it’s made by the fantastic Bread and Circuses, which specializes in indulgent takes on classic pub fare with dishes like gochujang wings.

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Machine House Brewery

British-style cask-conditioned beers get all the focus they deserve at Georgetown’s Machine House Brewery. Set inside a gorgeous brick building once home to Seattle Brewing and Malting, it’s a unique space for a unique style of beer that’s most likely unfamiliar to many Seattleites, minimally carbonated and served at a slightly warmer 50 to 55 degrees. The Dark Mild and Best Bitter are two fan favorites.

Lowercase Brewing

Lowercase Brewing makes great beer in a range of styles, all without pretention. The taproom feels like your buddy’s converted garage, with reclaimed wood furniture and exposed ceiling joists. The Italian pilsner and Mexican lager are great picks for drinking on the patio in warmer weather. Keep an eye out for weekend pop-ups, like the Croissants and Cold Brew and Side Hustle doughnuts.

Best of Hands

This West Seattle barrelhouse and brewery opened in early 2019, with a focus on sours and farmhouse ales that toy with some mixed fermentation and feature Washington ingredients. But it also features a variety of other offerings, including a coffee milk stout and a fresh hop IPA. The main tasting room isn’t as large as some other spots, but it’s got a friendly neighborhood vibe, thanks to rotating food trucks and trivia nights.

Future Primitive Brewing

Residing in the former Big Al Brewing space in White Center, this brewery produces excellent beers across a range of styles. Fans can find a solid lineup of IPAs, stouts, Belgian blondes, and lagers, plus a few experimental creations. It serves a few light snacks onsite, but customers can also bring food over to the large patio, which includes overhead misters on the hottest days.

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