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I'll be in town next weekend meeting a pal who I haven't seen in many years. We both love good beer. What are the best places in town for local brews. My preferences are laid back, not sceney, sort of like dba in NYC on a lazy afternoon. Years ago I'd go to some places in Belltown but don't know if any are still around.

Many thanks.

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  1. My friends love the Elysian on capitol hill, but I never end up going there.

    1. I really like the McMenamins chain out of Portland:

      Dad Watson's in Fremont is my favorite, followed by Six Arms on Capital Hill and finally the Queen Anne location near Seattle Center.

      1. For Breweries, Elyssian on Capital hill or Big Time in the U.

        For multi-tap bars with a good selection of locals in no particular order:

        Colins Pub - Pioneer Square
        Hopvine - Capital Hill
        Duck Island - Aurora near Greenlake
        Brouwers - Freemont
        Barking Dog - Phinney/Ballard-ish

        A bit of a trek but totally worth it is Beverige Place Pub in West Seattle.

        Also check out the sugestions on:


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        1. re: Kevin B

          Total agreement on BPP in West Seattle.


          While there you might also try Circa Alehouse.


        2. I'd second the Beveridge Place Pub. They have a bunch of excellent local beers, plus an impressive selection of beers from all over the world.

          For my money, there's not a better pub in Seattle.

          1. If you're staying downtown, you might not want to make the trek, but I think that the Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle (Morgan Junction at California and Fauntleroy) is the best place in the city: lots of local brews as well as great imports (both draft and bottle); fantastic staff; excellent atmosphere (not a theme pub--it's the real thing).


            Happy drinking.

            1. I love most of the beer made by Elysian and Big Time. McMenamin's is good, but it seems like it used to be better. For me, all of these places have terrible food.

              1. I have always been a big fan of Maritime Pacific out in Ballard. You won't find any other breweries beers there but you will find about a dozen of their own great beers and their food is a definite step up from the other breweries mentioned in this thread.


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                1. re: creo420

                  Hales Ales is at the cusp of ballard and Fremont, on Leary Way. A good selection of good ales and a pleasant environment.

                2. I second the Maritime Pacific for good beer and grub! I also really like the Hopvine on Capitol hill. If you want a place with alot beer choices (something like 150 on tap) and a good selection of local beers, I would suggest Taphouse grill in Bellevue. Food's just ok though.

                  1. The best taps in Seattle, and the best pricing for the quality, are the Duck Island Tavern on 73rd and Aurora and Uber on 75th and Aurora. They offer the greatest beers in town and the staff is all-knowing. People are often frightened of the Duck because of ambience but they cannot fathom what they are missing out on. Uber offers the best Belgian beers available at far better prices than Brouwers.
                    Check them out and do a crawl.

                    1. I had the opportunity to try Duck Island, and Uber last weekend. While the beer selection is good, the food and ambience is quite limited. I spent 2 1/2 times what it would cost for an Imperial Stout 12 oz. bottle that I could pick up at Whole Foods, Central Market or any other decent beer store. Coupled with the food offerings, I felt it might be more enjoyable to have the beer at home with some microwave popcorn for half the price. Both these stores have the beer part down (not necessarily price-wise) but they need to do some serious work on the food part. I had a burger at Duck Island, and then realized that Beth's Cafe nest door is the restaurant for the bar. Ouch, Beth's is fine if you get a hankering for an omelette and potatoes to feed the left side of the Seahawks offensive line, but it isn't my first choice for tasty pub food. These places are good beer bars, but they need to grow and become well-rounded and improve the food and the general ambience.

                      1. The new Elysian brewpub ("Elysian Fields") in Sodo (1st ave S, south of King St, just past Slugger's) is my new favorite. Just don't go when there's an event at Qwest Field. Good selection of guest taps in addition to their own brews. Typicially one or two beers are available on cask, too (right now it's their IPA and ESB).

                        The steak sandwich (lunch only, unfortunately) is killer. Everything else I've had (salmon, flat-iron steak, arrabiatta pasta) has been well-executed. (This is Chowhound - I don't want to bring the wrath by talking only about beers.)