Seattle has a wonderful beer culture with dozens of craft options produced by several local breweries in the city. This makes Seattle the perfect destination to visit for a lover of all things hops and barley. If you’re in town and thirsty or want to experience this unique slice of West Coast culture, check out these businesses and drinks during your trip.
Brewery Tour: The Pike Brewing Company
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Pike Place Market is an essential spot to visit for travelers who want to meet local vendors and try some food grown by Washington farmers or caught by Washington fishermen. You’ll also find drinks prepared with Seattle love and care at Pike Brewing Company.
The brewery prepares eight-year round beers in addition to several limited and seasonal options. Try a few of them with a Pike Brewing Company tour and tasting, which is only $5. For a more personal experience, book a $20 guided tour and tasting of seven Pike Brewing Company craft beers.
Taproom: Old Stove Brewing
Old Stove Brewing is another taproom and brewery in the Pike Place Market. The brewpub produces 16 craft beers, and all of them are available on tap. Come by to try some of the made-in-house beers, which includes several ales, a few IPAs, a Pilsner, a porter, and more.
Bar: Seattle Beer Co.
Seattle Beer Co. is the place to go if you want to learn about Seattle’s craft beer history while you drink. The two-story bar aims to carry every beer and cider made in the city, including a selection of over 12 beers on tap. If you find a favorite, you can fill up a growler as a souvenir. Visit the tasting room to sample a variety of Seattle’s best craft options.
Bar: Pine Bar
Drinking at Pine Bar is unlike any experience you’ve ever had or ever will again. This is thanks to the atmosphere: Pine Bar is housed in a former mortuary and has cathedral ceilings that will wow you. The bar features 33 rotating taps, including plenty of local craft beer options. A list of the offerings currently on tap is available online.
Drink: Dubbel Entendre
Dubbel Entendre is one of several drinks by Poulsbo company Sound Brewery Restaurant. It’s also considered one of the best local brews you can try in Seattle. This is a Belgian-style dubbel ale with notes of fruit and spice, and it’s 8 percent alcohol by volume. You can try it fresh at the brewery or stay in Seattle and hunt it down at a local restaurant or liquor store.
Drink: Bellevue ESB
Another top-rated local brew is Bellevue ESB. ESB stands for “extra special bitter,” so you can expect a uniquely bitter yet delicious flavor. It’s made by Bellevue Brewing Company, which is across Lake Washington from Seattle. Keep an eye out as you explore the city to find a taproom serving this tasty brew.
With over 300 craft breweries in the state and dozens of local options brewed right in the city, Seattle is for beer lovers. No matter what style you prefer, you’ll have a wonderful time drinking and exploring the history of this lovely drink in Seattle.