The ten local brews in Seattle should choose now!
There are countless craft brews that exist in the world, and tragically… not enough time to taste them all. But fear not! We’ve compiled a list of the best beers in Seattle so you don’t have to waste your time searching for them! This list includes a wide variety to appease all palates, from new creative concoctions, to locally acclaimed brews, and some old faves.
You can find these beers in the tasting room(s) of their breweries’, at bars pouring some of the best suds, and some can even be found in 22oz bottles at your better grocery stores and bottle shops around Puget Sound.
Brewed in Poulsbo, a traditional Belgian-style dubbel ale. Feel a tickle in your nose as hints of fruits, berries, and spice dance on your tongue. Notes of bread with a faint spiciness mask this brews high alcohol content.
Not for the faint of heart. This Ballard-brewed beer hits hard when it comes to alcohol content, all the while staying dry and refreshing. It’s hoppiness is perfectly masked by the subtleties of it’s rye flavor, which also proves successful in helping dry off the palate for a well-balanced finish.
Bremerton-Brewed, this balanced and noteworthy IPA leaves you with impressions of pine and floral on the nose, and invigorating citrus on the palate. Brewed with Cascade and Columbus hops for a bold and beautiful IPA flavour. If that’s not enough to entice you, a percentage of proceeds from this beer – which is named after the patron saint of firefighters – will be donated to both the Washington State Council, and the Kitsap County Council of Firefighters Benevolent Fund.
Brewed on the far east side of Fremont, the dark side is persistently hard to resist with this smooth and silky but skillfully dark stout. Brewed with chocolate malts and balanced with notes of coffee, figs, caramel and a hint of citrus. Caution: this immense flavour hides it’s ABV content a little too well…
Bellevue Brewery shines with it’s take on this forgotten “extra special bitter” style brew. It starts you off with a biscuit flavour that slowly turns into a gentle bitterness idling in the mouth. Well balanced with hints of hazelnut, and the sweetness of caramel hops. Available on tap, at better beer bars, or at the Bellevue brewpub.
An old and faithful Pike Place Market classic. This stout stands out in the crowd with its complexity of flavours such as dark coffee, deep cocoa, liquorice and hints of spice. It comes complete with a velvety malt that makes it perfect to drink on cold, rainy nights – or substitute it for dessert on any night. You can find it at the Pike Pub in the market or in bottles at better grocery stores and bottle shops.
This Edmonds-brewed beer boasts light malts, with a dry finish and honey sweetness. It’s floral notes, balanced spice and high carbonation make way for the delicate hop flavour, minus the bitterness – appealing to craft brew connoisseurs and fanatics alike. A perfectly refreshing patio beer for hot summer days, and sticky summer nights.
Brewed in Kent, this immensely popular double IPA is Airways bestseller. Not at all shy in the bitterness department, coming in at a whopping 99+ on the IBU (international bitter units) scale. However hoppy it may be, it remains well balanced with sweet malts and hints of citrus, grass and pine.
Brewed in Seattle’s Georgetown hood, this abnormally hoppy northwestern style red ale is impressively balanced. With hints of resin, florals, pine and spice to compliment its subtle malty sweetness – without the bitter bite. It is available on tap at better beer bars, or you could always pick up a growler at the brewery.
Of all the Washington-brewed IPA’s that exist, this one (which is named after the family-owned and operated brewery in Winthrop) was awarded the gold medal in 2013 at the Washington Beer awards. No doubt due to its wonderfully balanced malt sweetness, bitter fruitiness and bold citrus finish that juxtaposes the ruthlessly enjoyable beginning.
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