In the innovative and creative spirit that Seattle is known for, the Emerald City has started seeing an increase in microbreweries that have no doubt left its mark on craft beer. Within the last couple of years, new breweries have started to pop up around the city, creating beer so tasty it will make a bearded lumberjack cry. Here are the top ten best micro breweries around Seattle that you will want to check out.
1. Fremont Brewing Company
Opening in 2009, the Fremont Brewing Company is in the center of the beer community. Although it can be crowded at times, it’s worth the trip to try some of the tried and true ales as well as their great seasonal selections. The Fremont Brewing Co. also continues to use organic (when possible) and local ingredients, which makes our PNW hearts happy.
2. Reuben’s Brews
Rueben’s Brew is a family owned company down in Ballard that is no stranger to producing some of the best brews around, and they have awards to show for it. Since they opened in 2012, this well known brewery has an impressive 24 brews on tap. No worries though, they have a great sampler for the indecisive.
3. Cloudburst Brewing
A small but happenin’ brewery with a bare to the bone atmosphere. Down in Belltown, this little operation has impressive results inspired by the seasons and produce form Pikes Place Market. And whoever is naming these brews has found their true calling in life. The Ghost of Great Owl (pumpkin ale), Wetter Off Dead (Wet Hop DIPA Collab w/ Varietal), Sweater Wetter (Wet Hop IPA w/ Cashmere from Cornerstone). Your puns are hoppin’.
4. The Pike Brewing Company
The Godfather of micro brewing, The Pike Brewing Company opened its doors in 1989. Paying tribute to classic English brews, Pikes Brewing also dabbles in creative new brews and has expanded to a restaurant, Tankard and Tun. Next time you are wandering through Pikes Place Market, make sure to drop in and grab a glass.
5. Standard Brewing
Standard Brewing is taking advantage of the local hops and have delivered some great brews. They have done some interesting things using barrels, fruit, and aging their creation (like wine?!) and the results willing have you returning for more! Give yourselves so credit, guys, your invitation is more than just standard!
6. Urban Family Brewing Company
If sours are your thing, head down to Magnolia to Urban Family. They are doing something wonderful with fruit, sours, and hops. Although focused more on european styled brews, this company is slowly starting become a local favorite. If the rain is starting to get to you, go and grab something that will make you dream of hammocks and beaches.
7. Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Paying tributes to the mountains since 2014, Holy Mountain Brewing has made an effort to use their oak barrels and aging to inspire their brews as well as different fermentation styles. Using the best hops from the Yakima valley, Holy Mountain constantly experiments with lagers and ales, since there is no year round beer on tap. Truly tapping into Seattle’s heartbeats, innovation is key.
8. Ghost Fish Brewing Company
Ghost fish is notorious for its use of millet, brown rice, and buckwheat; this makes their beer gluten free! Don’t worry though, unlike many other gluten free things, this beer is tasty. The company also vows to use Northwest grown hops and local ingredients.
9. Populuxe Brewing
Like the hanging out with the cool kid in the neighborhood, Populuxe Brewing is where you want to find yourself on a weekend night. With their long list of uniquely brewed beers on tap, their venue has all sorts of events that might not always be traditionally go hand in hand with beer drinking. Make sure to check them out next time you are looking for something new to do!
10. Rooftop Brewing Company
Starting in 2015 Rooftop Brewing has a large following of die hard fans that has followed them to a new location that has wonderful outdoor seating year round. This company has a range of clever beers on top, including a nitro coffee porter. Something wonderful happens when you mix beer with coffee.