With many years of expertise in brewing, Seattle beers are recognized as top-notch around Washington and internationally. It is also surrounded by mesmerizing waters, mountains, evergreen forests, and equally breathtaking city views, making it a terrific place to enjoy an ever-needed beer o’clock.
If you’re planning to visit here or maybe you’re a local finding something new to drop by, we’ve rounded up a long list but carefully chosen exceptional breweries operating in Seattle. Visit them and let us hear about your experience!
1. Fremont Brewing
Operating since 2009, Fremont is a family-owned brewery crafting small-batch artisan beers. You can chug its luscious pilsners, IPAs, and pale ales on draft, crowlers, and growlers to-go, and vertical flight of five. And for a perfect beer accompaniment, the brewery gives free pretzels.
Fremont is also famous for its urban beer garden. It makes a superb drinking spot with tons of sun, colorful plants, and a wonderful view of the water below. Moreover, its beer garden is dog-friendly, so you can enjoy it here with your furry friends while imbibing tasty beers.
- Crowd Favorite: Lush IPA. A smooth and tropical American-style beer with 7% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: Interurban IPA
- Hop-py Note: Kid-friendly. Sells merchandise and gift cards. Table games.
- Fun Fact: Fremont’s logo boasts the Great Blue Heron, the official bird of Seattle.
Hours: Open Daily 11am-9pm
Address: 1050 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Contact: (206)420-2407 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
2. Georgetown Brewing Company
Georgetown will be worth your visit if a breezy tasting room is your cup of tea. There are even flowers blooming around the industrial-themed space during summer, where you can sip award-winning pale ale and pilsners that the brewery tagged as “Darn Tasty Beer.”
Although Georgetown doesn’t have a set of foods for you to order, its neighborhood is rich with mouthwatering treats. You can pair these with any beer from its 12 taps and enjoy a pint or flight. Moreover, besides pints, 64 oz pre-fill growlers, and cans, Georgetown also sells kegs to-go. These are perfect if you have an event coming up; just make sure to order two days in advance to secure a one-of-a-kind drink.
- Crowd Favorite: Bodhizafa. A silky textured American-IPA with 6.9% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: Manny’s Pale Ale
- Hop-py Note: Live music. Kid and dog-friendly. Bingo and trivia night.
- Fun Fact: Georgetown’s Bodhizafa won a gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival.
Hours: Open Daily 10am-7pm
Address: 5200 Denver Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Contact: (206)766-8055 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
3. Stoup Brewing
Stoup is a married couple-owned brewery established in 2013. It believes in the community-building nature of beer, so it arranges a beer run every other Sunday, open for all ages and abilities. A wonderful pint of Stoup’s 16 award-winning beers on tap will surely help you recover after.
Stoup currently has two equally lovable locations around Seattle. You can choose between sitting in Ballard’s westward taproom with floor-to-ceiling windows and a deck over the beer garden or Kenmore’s large accommodating loft and outdoor seating. Kenmore has offered delicious pub fares on its restaurant, while Ballard invites rotating food trucks.
- Crowd Favorite: Citra IPA. Tropical fruit-scented American-style beer with 5.9% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: Mosaic Pale Ale
- Hop-py Note: Family and dog-friendly. Game, movie, and trivia nights.
- Fun Fact: Stoup means a drinking vessel of various sizes.
Hours: Open Daily 12pm-10pm
Address: 1108 NW 52nd St, Seattle, WA 98107
Contact: (206)457-5524 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
4. Ghostfish Brewing Company
If you’re looking for a place serving all gluten-free beers, you might want to check out Ghostfish. It does not permit gluten-containing ingredients in its production facility, and even its kitchen is 100% gluten-free. So rest assured that your pretzel bites, mac ‘n cheese, and pumpkin spice churros won’t harm your health.
Try Ghostfish’s flight of four for sampling and when you’re more decided about what to chug, have a pint of its deliciously innovative 7 flagship beers and 6 seasonal releases. Don’t miss out as well its newly introduced sparkling water free from alcohol, carbs, caffeine, and of course, gluten.
- Crowd Favorite: Grapefruit IPA. A gluten-free American-style beer with 5.5% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: Vanishing Point Pale Ale
- Hop-py Note: Curbside pickup. Sells merchandise and gift cards. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Hours: Open Sun 11am-8pm, Mon & Tue 2pm-9pm, Wed & Thur 12pm-9pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-10pm
Address: 2942 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
Contact: (206)397-3898 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
5. Holy Mountain Brewing Company
Visiting Holy Mountain is surely not for the faint-hearted because as soon as you cross its doors, a satanic-themed brewery will welcome you. Heavy metal music from Holy Mountain’s record collection is also echoing in the taproom, especially on Saturday nights.
Holy Mountain has 10 diverse beers on tap, ranging from Rauch-style Helles to barrel-blended saison. Their names are as interesting as the brewery’s theme, with some called Footsteps of the Dead, Second Death, and Deadfall. Furthermore, if you can’t make it to Seattle, you can still enjoy Holy Mountain’s beer as the brewery distributes and does shipping across Washington state.
- Crowd Favorite: The White Lodge. A light wheat beer with 4.8% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: Demonteller
- Hop-py Note: Sells merchandise. Pet-friendly. Private parking. Movie nights.
Hours: Open Sun 12pm-9pm, Mon-Thur 2pm-9pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-10pm
Address: 1421 Elliott Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119
Contact: (206)457-5279 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
6. Redhook Brewery
Redhook has been brewing fresh and innovative craft beers since 1981. It features 16 taps of rotating small-batch beers paired with rising star Chef Shota Nakajima’s Kobo Pizza, which patrons eagerly seek. If you’re not a fan of pizzas, neighboring food vendors are selling flavorful fried chicken and ice creams.
Upon setting foot on Redhook, you will be welcomed by an eclectic vibe, where Seattle’s art, science, brewing, food, and music mix. Redhook is quite spacious as well, having a seating capacity from 170 to 250, so you’ll surely land a spot either indoors or outdoors on the firepit-heated patio. To keep you entertained, there are 10 big-screen TVs around playing game day specials.
- Crowd Favorite: Long Hammer IPA. A piney-scented and citrus-flavored American-style beer with 6.2% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: ESB
- Hop-py Note: Dog and kid-friendly. Street parking. Sells merchandise.
Hours: Open Wed & Thur 5pm-10pm, Fri & Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 3pm-9pm, Mon & Tue Closed
Address: Pike Motorworks Building, 714 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Contact: (206)823-3026 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
7. Elysian Brewing
Elysian started brewing in 1996, and now it has three locations around Seattle. It focuses on brewing classic styles with unusual ingredients and creative experimentation. Some of its unique crafts are Salt & Seed, a beer brewed from watermelon, and Super Fuzz, with orange peel as its main ingredient.
If you’re looking for a restaurant featuring games, you should visit the brewery’s Elysian Fields on 1st Avenue South. If a wide and lively place is what you’re up to, stop by Capitol Hill at East Pike, boasting a 220-seat beer hall and a full-service bar. And if you want a simple and relaxing drinking time, Elysian Taproom in Airport Way South is the one for you.
- Crowd Favorite: Space Dust IPA. A citrus-forward and tropical fruit-flavored American-style beer with 8.2% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
- Hop-py Note: Sells merchandise. Monthly events. Dog-friendly.
Hours: Open Sun-Thur 12pm-9pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-11pm
Address: 1221 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Contact: (206)906-9148 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
8. Pike Brewing Company
Founded by Charles Finkell, Pike Brewing would be loved best by art enthusiasts. It has quite a view of picturesque arts from its beer museum and a scattered display of collectibles and memorabilia from wall to ceiling. These gave an overall historic atmosphere in the brewery that beer drinkers keep on commending.
Pike Brewing holds brewery tours, so make sure to catch its schedule on the website and have the chance to go around the welcoming taproom and world-class brewery. Order some Belgian tripel and grilled cheese after your tour to complete your Pike Brewing experience.
- Crowd Favorite: Kilt Lifter. A sweet and slightly piney scotch ale with 6.5% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: IPA
- Hop-py Note: Kid-friendly. Street parking. Live performances. Trivia nights.
- Fun Fact: Pike Brewing supports local nonprofit organizations, including Planned Parenthood and Pike Place Market Foundation.
Hours: Open Daily 11am-9pm
Address: 1415 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Contact: (206)622-6044 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
9. Two Beers Brewing Co.
Highly praised for its great collection of award-winning beers, Two Beers makes it a wonderful place for a relaxing drinking session. It boasts its tasting room called The Woods, both for being around tall trees and having a premium wood interior taproom.
Not just its toasty ales and crisp lagers make Two Beers stand out but also the brewery’s nature in giving. It has a weekly event called Giving Tuesday, wherein recently, it donated to a local non-profit called Food Line. Knowing that you indirectly help non-profit organizations, maybe you might want to take home some cans and growlers to go.
- Crowd Favorite: Evo IPA. A grapefruit and tangerine citrus-flavored beer with 6.2% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: Fresh Hop
- Hop-py Note: Sells merchandise. Dog-friendly. Pool table and shuffleboard.
- Fun Fact: Two Beers’ Pilsner won a double gold medal in 2019 Best of the North West, following a platinum medal the next year.
Hours: Open Sun 12pm-8pm, Mon-Thur 12pm-9pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-10pm
Address: 4700 Ohio Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
Contact: (206)762-0490 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
10. Old Stove Brewing
Whether a light lager or a dark stout, Old Stove is ready to entice you with its 18 beers on tap, different varieties of flights, ciders, seltzers, and wines, which are also available for a wider option. And anytime your tummy growls, traditional pub grubs and seasonal, artisanal food menu made from scratch are always up to fill your stomach.
Find a spot in Old Stove’s Marketfront featuring relaxing indoor and outdoor seating with a picturesque view of the waters and the city. Old Stove also opened its second location in Ship Canal where you can indulge in an industrial-themed taproom and outside seating with a luminous tent at night.
- Crowd Favorite: Two Pronged Crown. American-style IPA with notes of tangerine and pine with 6.6% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: Piston Hondo
- Hop-py Note: Dog and kid-friendly. Trivia nights. Live music.
- Fun Fact: Four of Old Stove’s beers won awards at the 2022 Washington Beer Awards.
Hours: Open Sat-Thur 11am-9pm, Fri 9am-9pm
Address: 1901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Contact: (206)602-6120 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
11. Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery
Flying Bike is a democratically-owned and 2285 member-owned brewery, welcoming its patrons with fun activities and great beers. From Flying Bike’s name, a deep passion for biking can already be traced, so stepping into the brewery’s cyclist-themed taproom is not something shocking. The brewhouse also has a patio and covered beer garden where you can see bikers enjoying their beers after a tiring ride.
Flying Bike is famous for the locals as well for hosting engaging and lively trivia nights every Monday. However, if you do not fancy trivia, it also has a run club every Wednesday for some sweat-inducing activity.
- Crowd Favorite: Zest-A-Peel. Grapefruit-flavored American IPA with 6.5% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: Storm Cycle CDA
- Hop-py Note: Kid and pet-friendly. Sells merchandise. Live music. Bike parking.
- Fun Fact: Flying Bike is the first cooperative-owned brewery in Washington.
Hours: Open Sun 1pm-9pm, Mon-Thur 2pm-10pm, Fri & Sat 1pm-11pm
Address: 8570 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Contact: (206)428-7709 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
12. Hellbent Brewing Company
Whether you’re craving a thirst-quenching award-winning beer, or cider and wine, Hellbent got you covered with its 20 taps. It also has an in-house kitchen, proud to serve an appetizing full seasonal menu made from the freshest local ingredients. Hellbent still invites the best in town, rotating food trucks, too, for wider pub grub options.
Spend time boozing in Hellbent’s cozy and home-vibe taproom with a full bar and lounges. Umbrella-shaded picnic tables and couches will also welcome you outdoors if you enjoy rays of sunshine with your beer. And if you’re planning to host an event, Hellbent is open for a full and partial buyout.
- Crowd Favorite: House IPA. An American-style beer with citrus, pungent pine, and tropical fruit aromas containing 6.8% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: DANG! CITRA IPA
- Hop-py Note: Dog-friendly. Sells merchandise. Pool table. Arcade games.
- Fun Fact: Hellbent’s Red Patina Amber Ale won a silver medal at the 2022 World Beer Cup.
Hours: Open Sun 12pm-10pm, Mon-Thur 12pm-11pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-12am
Address: 13035 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125
Contact: (206)361-3707 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
13. Optimism Brewing Company
A family-owned brewery since 2013, Optimism serves first-rate beers for everyone. Along with 17 luscious beers on tap, there are options for gluten-free and vegan beers on Optimism’s beer menu. You can also bring non-alcoholic beverages for you to chug.
Optimism is committed only to crafting drinks; hence, it doesn’t serve its own set of pub grubs. However, Optimism invites family-owned food trucks in its serene beer garden, where you can relish a wide selection of foods from seafood, corny tacos, and traditional burgers and fries.
- Crowd Favorite: B.E. Juicy. A hazy New England IPA with 6.7% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: Moxee
- Hop-py Note: Curbside pickup. Kid and dog-friendly. Tip-free. Trivia nights.
- Fun Fact: The owners chose the name “Optimism” to personify their values and the culture they want to create.
Hours: Open Sun 12pm-9pm, Mon-Thur 12pm-11pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-12am
Address: 1158 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122
Contact: (206)651-5429 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
14. Elliott Bay Brewing Company
Elliott Bay’s beer has been recognized as top-notch numerous times, from bronze to gold medals. Its Organic Gateway Amber has the most accolades in the Washington Beer Awards and Big Pun Flanders Bruin and Curiosity. Elliott Bay is a people favorite for using all local and organic ingredients from hop farmers, local ranches, and small community vendors.
Visit Elliot Bay’s West Seattle location for an iconic semi-private taproom with year-round ice cream treats from a neighboring store, Stout Wort. Its Burien location, on the other hand, has a bizarre taproom boasting a magnificent view. Lastly, if you enjoy crowds and cinnamon rolls, you should visit its Lake City location.
- Crowd Favorite: Organic Demolition Ale. An award-winning Imperial IPA with 7.2% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: Organic No Doubt Stout
- Hop-py Note: Live music. Family and dog-friendly. Sells merchandise and gift cards.
- Fun Fact: Elliot Bay opened its doors in 1997.
Hours: Open Sun & Mon 11am-9pm, Tue-Sat 11am-10pm
Address: 12537 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125
Contact: (206)365-2337 | Instagram
15. Standard Brewing
If you’re in search of a large selection of brewing styles, Standard is willing to be your next craft beer exemplar. It has countless award-winning Belgian, English, German, and American-styled beers which you can gulp in on-site pints, tasters, and growlers to-go. Although it has a simple and limited pub fare, its quesadilla and pork tacos will surely still be remarkable.
Enjoy a lovely ambiance in the weather-proof outdoor patio or the stylish air-conditioned taproom. However, if you’re just in a quick drop-by, make sure to carry either crowlers and cans to-go or bottled wines and cocktails. To-go chips and salsa are also quickly made to accompany you home.
- Crowd Favorite: West Coast IPA. A refreshing American-style beer with 6.8% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: True Neutral
- Hop-py Note: Sells merchandise. Open for space reservation. Curbside pickup.
Hours: Open Daily 11am-12am
Address: 2504 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
Contact: (206)535-1584 | Facebook | Instagram | Website
16. Perihelion Brewery
Come have a drink at Perihelion and be fascinated by its astronomical-designed taproom. It even glows in golden lights at night that unquestionably mimic the evening stars. Patrons commend it as well for having firepit-heated outside seating and a beautifully decorated taproom with a very cozy ambiance.
Perihelion specializes in crafting not just superb brews but also European-style cuisine. Delight in heavenly-tasting pulled pork, brussel sprout, and truffle. Visit with your friends and family, and make sure to play Perihelion’s stack of board and card games.
- Crowd Favorite: Galactic Drift. A grapefruit and pineapple-flavored American IPA with 6.6% ABV.
- Highly Recommended: Singularity Stout
- Hop-py Note: Live music. Kid and dog-friendly. Bike parking.
- Fun Fact: Perihelion is the point wherein a natural celestial object’s orbit is the closest to the sun.
Hours: Open Tue-Thur 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sun 12pm-10pm, Mon Closed
Address: 2800 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
Contact: (206)200-3935 | Facebook | Instagram | Website