Seattle, Washington is known by many as the “Coffee Capital of America” because of their large supply of coffee houses, as well as being the headquarters of world famous java brands including Starbucks and Seattle’s Best Coffee. While continuing to live up to their current coffee supplier nickname, Seattle has also been making waves in the beer industry as a mega hub for unique microbreweries in the Northwest. Microbreweries are becoming a popular after-work destination spot for young professionals to socialize with coworkers for happy hour, or a catch up spot with friends on the weekends. You will never have to travel far again for great tasting handcrafted beers as many breweries are located right in the same vicinity.
What exactly makes a microbrewery unique and different? By definition, according to Brewer’s Association, microbreweries produce less than 15,000 barrels of beer per year with 75% or more brews sold off site. Many microbreweries stand out in the market by producing ultra-special limited-time releases, and by exploring unconventional ingredients (like jalapenos) to create outstanding beers for their customers. If you consider yourself a beer connoisseur or just enjoy a beer among friends, then check out some of these Seattle microbreweries that have great tasting selections and fun laid-back atmospheres!
Two Beers Brewing – Seattle
Two Beers Brewing opened in 2007 when head brew-master Joel VandenBrink decided to turn his passion into a thriving business. Patrons can indulge in sampling 12 uniquely handcrafted beers on the taproom patio while watching the game on multiple HD televisions. A popular beer among regulars is the Evolutionary IPA, an India Pale Ale infused with citrus flavors and a floral aroma combined with a unique blend of hops. The deliciousness of Two Beers can continue at home with beer-to-go. Patrons can take home kegs and growlers in their favorite original, seasonal, or limited-release selections.
Black Raven Brewery – Redmond
The Black Raven Brewery has exploded into popularity since its doors opened in 2009. The Black Raven is known around the Northwest region for their outstanding beer selections and elegant ambiance, so it’s no surprise that they have maintained a pretty active fan base. The brewery’s taproom, The Raven’s Nest, is a hotspot among Seattle/Redmond beer connoisseurs thanks to their numerous award-winning beers on draft. Popular brews created and founded by Beaux Bowman include the Coco Jones Coconut Porter and the Trickster IPA. The Coco Jones porter is a limited-time release beer with a coffee and coconut flavoring, while the Trickster IPA is a light citrus beer with full hop flavor. Patrons of Black Raven can also enjoy the handcrafted brews by purchasing a keg or growler to-go, or sip a pint at local restaurants around Washington state.
Schooner EXACT Brewing Co. – Seattle (SoDo)
The Schooner EXACT Brewing Company began as a small nanobrewery and has since skyrocketed into success with beer sales in Washington, Oregon, and Tokyo, Japan. Schooner’s has added a brewpub since their first distributions in 2007, making the industrial district a trendy spot to grab dinner and drinks in Seattle. In their family-friendly dining room, patrons can enjoy exquisite cuisine by in-house chefs while sipping a pint of their popular Three Grid IPA or Profanity Hill Porter. The brewery offers patrons the option to take their beers home with the purchase of kegs and growlers.
Machine House – Seattle
You don’t need to fly across the pond to sample authentic English beer! The Machine House in historic Georgetown specializes in English cask ales. Their goal is to deliver authentic session brews that produce the fullest and richest of flavors with a moderate ABV. When you venture over to Machine House, make sure you try their seasonal selections along with their specialty year-round brews Best Bitter and Dark Mild. Best Bitter is a medium bodied beer with genuine English hops, while the Dark Mild is a light bodied beer that embraces mild hoppiness with an added delectable chocolate flavoring.
Mac & Jack’s Brewing Company – Redmond
Mac & Jack’s brewing company was founded in 1993 by Mac Rankin and Jack Schropp. The brewery has seen tremendous growth with their quality handcrafted ales since selling their first keg in 1994. Located in Redmond, Washington, Mac & Jack’s is a draft-only brewery company with popular tap selections with names inspired by the African savanna. Their flagship beer, the African Ale, got its start as a house beer at the Park Pub adjacent to Woodland Zoo. Its floral and hoppy taste has made it a popular amber ale choice among beer gurus in the Northwest. Patrons can enjoy a pint of other ales such as the Serengeti Wheat or the Blackcat Porter while touring their eco-friendly facilities. If you wish to enjoy these fine crafts at a later time, then you can also fill a growler or purchase a keg for get-togethers with friends and family.