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Métier Brewing, Seattle area’s only Black-owned brewery, is opening a new taproom soon in Seattle’s Central District.
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19 Must-Try Breweries in Seattle

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

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Métier Brewing, Seattle area’s only Black-owned brewery, is opening a new taproom soon in Seattle’s Central District.
| David Riddile/Eater Seattle

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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1. 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. It also has a robust selection IPAs, farmhouse ales, stouts, kolsch, and kettle sours, as well as pizza and pretzels.

2. 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 some other spots, but it’s got a friendly neighborhood vibe, thanks to rotating food trucks and trivia nights.

3. 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. 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.

4. Reuben's Brews

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5010 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-2859
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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.

5. 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 a large, tented patio in front, and a smaller side space with Fishermen’s Terminal views.

6. Stoup Brewing

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1108 NW 52nd St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 457-5524
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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.

7. Urban Family Brewing Co.

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1103 NW 52nd St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 946-8533
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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.

8. 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. 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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9. 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 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.

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 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.

11. 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. 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.

12. 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, and its beer ephemera-packed taproom with its famed hoppy IPAs remains a must-visit spot at the market.

13. Two Beers Brewing Company

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4700 Ohio Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 762-0490
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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.

14. 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, 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.

15. Machine House Brewery

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5840 Airport Way S #121
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 402-6025
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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.

16. Lowercase Brewing

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6235 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 258-4987
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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.

17. 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 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.

18. Standard Brewing

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2504 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 535-1584
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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, 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.

19. 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 has 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. Keep an eye out for the brewery’s new Central District location, set to open this spring.

1. 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. It also has 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

2. 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 some other spots, but it’s got a friendly neighborhood vibe, thanks to rotating food trucks and trivia nights.

7500 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

3. 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. 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.

1421 Elliott Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

4. Reuben's Brews

5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

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.

5010 14th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

5. 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 a large, tented patio in front, and a smaller side space with Fishermen’s Terminal views.

1220 W Nickerson St
Seattle, WA 98119

6. Stoup Brewing

1108 NW 52nd St, Seattle, WA 98107

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.

1108 NW 52nd St
Seattle, WA 98107

7. Urban Family Brewing Co.

1103 NW 52nd St, Seattle, WA 98107

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.

1103 NW 52nd St
Seattle, WA 98107

8. 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. 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.

936 NW 49th St
Seattle, WA 98107

9. 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 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.

9832 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

10. Cloudburst Brewing Company

2116 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

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.

2116 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

11. 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. 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.

1050 N 34th St
Seattle, WA 98103

12. 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, and its beer ephemera-packed taproom with its famed hoppy IPAs remains a must-visit spot at the market.

1415 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

13. Two Beers Brewing Company

4700 Ohio Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

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.

4700 Ohio Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

14. 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, 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.

2959 Utah Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

15. Machine House Brewery

5840 Airport Way S #121, Seattle, WA 98108

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.

5840 Airport Way S #121
Seattle, WA 98108

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16. Lowercase Brewing

6235 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

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.

6235 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

17. 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 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.

2800 16th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

18. Standard Brewing

2504 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144

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, 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.

2504 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

19. 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 has 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. Keep an eye out for the brewery’s new Central District location, set to open this spring.

14125 NE 189th St suite b
Woodinville, WA 98072

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