Photo courtesy of Lucky Envelope Brewing
Seattle is a craft beer lover’s paradise. There are well over 150 breweries in the city, and Ballard is home to more than a handful of them. But there are a ton of other places to grab an excellent pint of beer that go beyond the old fishing neighborhood. Here’s a list of breweries to check out for every sort of occasion.
For the culturally-inspired...
Lucky Envelope Brewing | Ballard
Yes, it’s in Ballard, but if you haven’t been it’s worth checking out. Owners Barry Chan and Ray Kwan pay homage to their Chinese heritage with their business. Each year, they throw a Lunar New Year celebration and release special beers including tea-infused brews.
For the food trucks...
Ravenna Brewing Co. | Ravenna
A favorite of college students, Ravenna has made some serious upgrades the last couple of years. Their expanded space means more room for their ever-popular trivia nights and more space to put out some killer beers.
For impressing your visiting beer nerd...
Cloudburst Brewing | Downtown
This is a brewery where you can take your out-of-town beer snob friends and family. Its proximity to Pike Place means you can enjoy a day of shopping and eating, then settle in for a couple of pints at this award-winning brewery.
For the non-IPA lovers...
Holy Mountain Brewing | Interbay
If you could care less about IPAs, then you’ll appreciate what Holy Mountain is doing with their constantly changing lineup of beers. Although they do offer IPAs, where they shine is with their Belgian-style beers and barrel-aged brews.
For those looking for a cozy spot...
Outlander Brewing Co. | Fremont
Avoid the crowds at Fremont Brewing — you can buy their beer at most places in Seattle anyway — and take a 15-minute walk over to this small brewery. It’s located in what used to be a small house, making it extra cozy for suds with your buds.