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Seattle Beer Tour

May 28, 2009  Love beer tours
4.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

A tour of selected brewpubs and breweries in the Seattle area, with optional public transit instructions.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Seattle
  • Category: Perfect day
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Singles, Students, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. The Pike Pub and Brewery
    The Pike Pub and Brewery, Seattle, Washington

    Start your tour here at Seattle's famous Pike Place Market. Come early though, because the place is popular.
    Beer suggestions: try their IPA and whatever seasonals they may have at that time.
    Public Transit: The stop for the water taxi from Alki Beach is not far from here. Pike Place is just down the hill from 5th Avenue though, so there are plenty of buses.

  • 2. Elysian Brewing Co
    Elysian Brewing Co, Seattle, Washington

    Capitol Hill's own brewpub shows off what's left of the funky Seattle neighborhood that an influx of money has almost washed away. The staff is super nice though.
    Beer suggestions: They have very good dark beers (porter and stout), although not to belittle their other selections, which are also wonderful.
    Food: Eat lunch here. They have a fantastic black bean burger.
    Public Transit: Take the #10 or #11 from 4th/Pike, and get off at 12th/Pine. You'll have to walk south (to your right) for one block. Elysian is a brick building on the south side of Pike Street.

  • 3. Pyramid Brewery and Alehouse
    Pyramid Brewery and Alehouse, Seattle, Washington

    Pyramid is one of the Seattle areas two more well-known breweries, which is a bit unfortunate, because their beer is not necessarily representative of what Seattle has to offer. After what you've already tasted, this will make you appreciate the next few places all the more. Note that, if you go during baseball or football season, you need to check the game times and avoid this place if there's a game when you'd be here. It gets slammed.
    Beer Suggestions: It depends on what you like. Most of what's on tap here is what you find in bottles. I like the Snow Cap, personally, but a lot of people like the Apricot.
    Public Transit: To get here from Capitol Hill, you have to go back Downtown. That's just the way it is in Seattle. You can take almost any bus from 3rd/Pike or 1st/Pike, so you need to take the #10 or #11 back Downtown. You will either need to walk toward the water to get to First, or walk into the bus tunnel (if it's not a weekend) to catch one. Just ask the driver if the bus goes to "Safeco Field". You get off at 4th (or 1st) and Connecticut.

  • 4. Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub
    Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub, Seattle, Washington

    Elliott Bay sits in a nonchalant strip of neighborhood shops in the middle of West Seattle. On the outside, it looks like a regular, neighborhood bar, and that's really what it is. You may not realize that this one of the region's best breweries from the outside. On the inside, it still looks fairly normal. This place is busy, so you need to come at an off-hour if you want to do some sampling and/or talk shop with the bartender.
    Beer Suggestions: The IPA is great. They usually have a couple of them on tap, one of which is usually stronger and not available in bottles. Really wide selection here too, so take your time here.
    Public Transit: From 1st/Connecticut, take the #22. You'll go over the bridge (which gives a nice view of the harbor), and get off at Alaska/California (ask the driver). Elliott Bay is on the east side of California, just south of Alaska.

  • 5. Hale's Ales Brew and Pub Restaurant
    Hale's Ales Brew and Pub Restaurant, Seattle, Washington

    A little more on the upscale side, the place is actually kind of relaxing. It's in a quieter part of Seattle, and is generally not very busy.
    Beer Suggestions: Try the "HSB" and whatever seasonal they have on tap.
    Public Transit: From West Seattle, take the #54 back Downtown, and transfer (along 3rd Ave) to the #28. Get off on Leary Way at 42nd. Walk one block north (the direction the bus was going). Hale's Ale is on the left.

  • 6. Maritime Pacific Brewery
    Maritime Pacific Brewery, Seattle, Washington

    Also known as the Jolly Roger, this is Ballard's only brewpub. Ballard was once a neighborhood dominated by shipping and a strong Swedish heritage. It's been taken over, to an extent, by money and gentrification, but the area around Maritime Pacific is still dominated by shipping or, at least, the remnants of it, and the Jolly Roger Pub fits in well. Small and nautical themed, it functions as Maritime Pacific's brewpub. It's well known locally, so it fills up. The place is noisy and crowded and the bartenders are a bit surly, but it's definitely an experience.
    Beer Suggestions: They have a very wide selection with a lot of higher percentage brews. It really depends on your tastes, because it's all pretty good.
    Food Suggestions: They have some good seafood here. The french fries are also very good.
    Public Transit: Hale's is just down the street from here, but the buses aren't cooperative. It's really best to walk. There's a bike/ped train along on the old railroad track just outside of Hale's (away from Leary Way) that will take you near there. Once you hit the bridge, walk north a bit and the Jolly Roger is just to the west.