Seattle has breweries the way Italian cities have piazzas. They are gathering spaces, community hubs, landmarks, markers of civic pride. In summer, Seattleites head to one of their city’s 150-plus breweries after a bike ride or a hike, sprawling in that precious Northwest sun. In the winter, we hunker down with hearty IPAs and stouts, seeking refuge from the rain amid the brewing equipment. A handful of the more established breweries are widely distributed in shops and grocery stores, but you can always get a wider variety of beers at the taproom. Not all breweries have in-house food, but they’re popular spots for pop-ups and food trucks. And in a city where most bars don’t allow children, breweries can be a refuge when you’d like a beverage but don’t have a babysitter.
As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically north to south. Know of a spot that should be on our radar? Send us a tip by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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