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Fair Isle Brewing serves a selection of saisons and farmhouse ales in Ballard.
Noah Forbes

The Best Breweries in the Seattle Area

This region takes its saisons, sours, stouts, and IPAs seriously

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Fair Isle Brewing serves a selection of saisons and farmhouse ales in Ballard.
| Noah Forbes

Seattle has always been a great beer town, and that distinction hasn’t changed during the pandemic. Many breweries and taprooms have made some adjustments — a few old school spots are canning their offerings for the first time, and others are finding ways to meet beer fans where they are through delivery. But now that capacity restrictions are lifted and the weather is warm, plenty of local beer fans are enjoying hoppy IPAs, rich porters, farmhouse ales, and more outside on brewery patios or inside spacious taprooms. The following are listed from north to south.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Métier Brewing Company

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14125 NE 189th St suite b
Woodinville, WA 98072
(425) 415-8466
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Since opening in 2018, this Woodinville brewery has been a solid pitstop for Eastside bike riders. It also happens to 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. It’s also kid and dog friendly.

2. Stoup Brewing Kenmore

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6704 NE 181st St
Kenmore, WA 98028
(425) 408-1646
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The popular Ballard brewery is known for its award-winning robust porter, excellent year-round, and quite a few IPAs and lighter beers. But 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 lauded chef Jason Stoneburner to go along its 22 beers on tap.

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Ballard’s Stoup recently opened a large taproom in Kenmore, with pizza from Jason Stoneburner.
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3. Urban Family Brewing Co.

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1103 NW 52nd St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 946-8533
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Urban Family moved from Magnolia to Ballard, building a sizable following along the way for its wide array of creative sour beers, many of which feature strong fruit flavors. While there are still some takeout options for bottles, crowlers and kegs, as well as some limited next-day delivery, the covered is a great place to chill

4. Reuben's Brews

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5010 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-2859
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The 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. It’s open for cans, bottles, crowlers, and new growler fills, and it has three Ballard taprooms open for onsite imbibing, including its newest one, a cavernous space called the Canning Line.

5. Fair Isle Brewing

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936 NW 49th St
Seattle, WA 98107

One of the hottest newer Seattle breweries, Fair Isle opened in a challenging environment in 2020. But the Ballard spot made some adjustments, selling its popular saisons, farmhouse ales, and sours for takeout and delivery, before opening fully more recently. It also hosts some solid pop-ups, including Ekeko, Hi Helen, and Guerrilla Pizza Kitchen.

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.
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6. Rooftop Brewing Company

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1220 W Nickerson St
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 457-8598
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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 terrific views.

7. Fremont Brewing

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1050 N 34th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 420-2407
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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. It has an expansive beer garden in Fremont that features a reserve series (including a refreshing New Zealand pilsner) available at the location on draft or in cans.

8. Holy Mountain Brewing Company

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1421 Elliott Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

Interbay’s mainstay brewery has hard-to-find Old World-style beers, sours, and refreshing pale ales. It’s all available via cans, bottles, and crowlers for online ordering and drive-thru pickup daily, but 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.

9. Optimism Brewing Company

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1158 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 651-5429
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The Capitol Hill brewery’s spacious tasting room serves fantastic fruit-heavy beers, such as the Blackberry Solarpunk sour and the Partly Sunny, with hints of banana. It also hosts a rotation of local food trucks in its beer garden, ranging from gyros to tacos to empanadas, and there’s an outdoor patio that expanded onto a street plaza.

10. Cloudburst Brewing Company

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2116 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 602-6061
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The much-celebrated brewery in Belltown has canned many of its beers for the first time ever. But the onsite experience here and its newer second location in Ballard (complete with beer garden) is delightful for any fans of the brewery’s IPAs, pilsners, and stouts, with welcoming atmospheres and old school vibes.

11. Pike Brewing Company

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1415 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 622-6044
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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, even eyeing expansion, while its taproom with its famed hoppy IPAs remains — along with an adjacent seafood restaurant — remain a must-visit at the historic Market.

12. Standard Brewing

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2504 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 535-1584
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The Central District’s acclaimed brewery features some of the city’s best IPAs, pale ales, baltic porters, and oak-barreled beer .There’s also a fairly robust food menu, with seating both inside its rustic space and outside. Standard’s new sibling brewery, Sovereign Brewing, focuses on the wilder side of brewing, with a mix of older school methods and modern experimentation.

13. The Good Society Brewery & Public House

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2701 California Ave SW unit a
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 420-3528
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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. They also have a robust selection IPAs, farmhouse ales, stouts, kolsch, and kettle sours, as well as pizza and pretzels.

14. Perihelion Brewery

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2800 16th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 200-3935
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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 thoughtful food menu, from morel and wood sorel polenta to elote bowls and chili mango fried chicken sandwiches. Pups are allowed on the patio, and there are some fire pits out there for chilly nights.

15. Seapine Brewing Company

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2959 Utah Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 682-7985
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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, and the Sea Witch stout, peach gose, and farmhouse saison are top picks for a break from the hop-bombs. The lively taproom reopened, but there are also to-go growler fills and cans.

16. Two Beers Brewing Company

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4700 Ohio Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 762-0490
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The 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. Its Woods tasting room is now open for onsite drinking, bottles, and growler fills, with outdoor seating and the addition of some games, like skeeball.

17. Georgetown Brewing Company

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5200 Denver Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 766-8055
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There is a deep beer list at Georgetown, from big hop bombs to low alcohol lagers to harder-to-find specialty releases. It’s large, comfortable tasting room is open daily for drafts, as well as growler fills. Current offerings include the Summer Cabin IPA, with pineapple flavors, and the location is both kid and dog friendly.

18. Best of Hands

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7500 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 708-1166
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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 other spots, but it’s got a friendly neighborhood vibe.

19. Future Primitive Brewing

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9832 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

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 blonds, 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.

1. Métier Brewing Company

14125 NE 189th St suite b, Woodinville, WA 98072

Since opening in 2018, this Woodinville brewery has been a solid pitstop for Eastside bike riders. It also happens to 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. It’s also kid and dog friendly.

14125 NE 189th St suite b
Woodinville, WA 98072

2. Stoup Brewing Kenmore

6704 NE 181st St, Kenmore, WA 98028
A view of four pint glasses full of beer next to two plates with square slices of pepperoni pizza
Ballard’s Stoup recently opened a large taproom in Kenmore, with pizza from Jason Stoneburner.
Stoup Brewing [Official]

The popular Ballard brewery is known for its award-winning robust porter, excellent year-round, and quite a few IPAs and lighter beers. But 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 lauded chef Jason Stoneburner to go along its 22 beers on tap.

6704 NE 181st St
Kenmore, WA 98028

3. Urban Family Brewing Co.

1103 NW 52nd St, Seattle, WA 98107

Urban Family moved from Magnolia to Ballard, building a sizable following along the way for its wide array of creative sour beers, many of which feature strong fruit flavors. While there are still some takeout options for bottles, crowlers and kegs, as well as some limited next-day delivery, the covered is a great place to chill

1103 NW 52nd St
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Reuben's Brews

5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

The 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. It’s open for cans, bottles, crowlers, and new growler fills, and it has three Ballard taprooms open for onsite imbibing, including its newest one, a cavernous space called the Canning Line.

5010 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

5. Fair Isle Brewing

936 NW 49th St, Seattle, WA 98107
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 [Official Photo]

One of the hottest newer Seattle breweries, Fair Isle opened in a challenging environment in 2020. But the Ballard spot made some adjustments, selling its popular saisons, farmhouse ales, and sours for takeout and delivery, before opening fully more recently. It also hosts some solid pop-ups, including Ekeko, Hi Helen, and Guerrilla Pizza Kitchen.

936 NW 49th St
Seattle, WA 98107

6. Rooftop Brewing Company

1220 W Nickerson St, Seattle, WA 98119

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 terrific views.

1220 W Nickerson St
Seattle, WA 98119

7. Fremont Brewing

1050 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103

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. It has an expansive beer garden in Fremont that features a reserve series (including a refreshing New Zealand pilsner) available at the location on draft or in cans.

1050 N 34th St
Seattle, WA 98103

8. Holy Mountain Brewing Company

1421 Elliott Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119

Interbay’s mainstay brewery has hard-to-find Old World-style beers, sours, and refreshing pale ales. It’s all available via cans, bottles, and crowlers for online ordering and drive-thru pickup daily, but 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.

1421 Elliott Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

9. Optimism Brewing Company

1158 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

The Capitol Hill brewery’s spacious tasting room serves fantastic fruit-heavy beers, such as the Blackberry Solarpunk sour and the Partly Sunny, with hints of banana. It also hosts a rotation of local food trucks in its beer garden, ranging from gyros to tacos to empanadas, and there’s an outdoor patio that expanded onto a street plaza.

1158 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Cloudburst Brewing Company

2116 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

The much-celebrated brewery in Belltown has canned many of its beers for the first time ever. But the onsite experience here and its newer second location in Ballard (complete with beer garden) is delightful for any fans of the brewery’s IPAs, pilsners, and stouts, with welcoming atmospheres and old school vibes.

2116 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

11. Pike Brewing Company

1415 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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, even eyeing expansion, while its taproom with its famed hoppy IPAs remains — along with an adjacent seafood restaurant — remain a must-visit at the historic Market.

1415 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

12. Standard Brewing

2504 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144

The Central District’s acclaimed brewery features some of the city’s best IPAs, pale ales, baltic porters, and oak-barreled beer .There’s also a fairly robust food menu, with seating both inside its rustic space and outside. Standard’s new sibling brewery, Sovereign Brewing, focuses on the wilder side of brewing, with a mix of older school methods and modern experimentation.

2504 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

13. The Good Society Brewery & Public House

2701 California Ave SW unit a, Seattle, WA 98116

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. They also have a robust selection IPAs, farmhouse ales, stouts, kolsch, and kettle sours, as well as pizza and pretzels.

2701 California Ave SW unit a
Seattle, WA 98116

14. Perihelion Brewery

2800 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

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 thoughtful food menu, from morel and wood sorel polenta to elote bowls and chili mango fried chicken sandwiches. Pups are allowed on the patio, and there are some fire pits out there for chilly nights.

2800 16th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

15. Seapine Brewing Company

2959 Utah Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

This SoDo brewery makes some outstanding beers that represent some of the best local takes on Northwest-favorite IPAs and pale ales, and the Sea Witch stout, peach gose, and farmhouse saison are top picks for a break from the hop-bombs. The lively taproom reopened, but there are also to-go growler fills and cans.

2959 Utah Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

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16. Two Beers Brewing Company

4700 Ohio Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

The 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. Its Woods tasting room is now open for onsite drinking, bottles, and growler fills, with outdoor seating and the addition of some games, like skeeball.

4700 Ohio Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

17. Georgetown Brewing Company

5200 Denver Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

There is a deep beer list at Georgetown, from big hop bombs to low alcohol lagers to harder-to-find specialty releases. It’s large, comfortable tasting room is open daily for drafts, as well as growler fills. Current offerings include the Summer Cabin IPA, with pineapple flavors, and the location is both kid and dog friendly.

5200 Denver Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

18. Best of Hands

7500 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126

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 other spots, but it’s got a friendly neighborhood vibe.

7500 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

19. Future Primitive Brewing

9832 14th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

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 blonds, 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.

9832 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

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