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Favorite Brewery/Brewpub/Winery - Seattle Area

Hey NW 'hounds,

Mr. bakinggirl and I will be out your way the first week of July visiting relatives. We have been out there a couple of times and we've done the Pike Place thing and Chateau Ste. Michelle. This time we're looking for some great local beer, and smaller vineyards/wineries to visit. Or, if there are any great brewpubs or winebars, those are great too!

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  1. I would definitely make a pilgrimage to the Redhook brewery in Woodinville. Take the tour and the samples and stay for lunch or dinner. Live music on Sat. i think. Also other wineries in the area besides CSM. Don't drink wine so can't give you more specifics but a search will bring up many i believe.

    1. there are tons of breweries, brewpubs and wineries...so could you be a little more specific about what you're looking for?

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      1. re: akq

        Looking for good local stuff, maybe off the beaten path. I know about some of the larger operations, but I'd like to know if there are some smaller breweries and/or wineries that people are excited about. We're locavores, to use a label, so when we travel we like to check out stuff that we can't see, eat, drink anywhere else.

        1. re: bakinggirl

          For breweries close in to Seattle, I'd check out Big Time, Elysian, Lazy Boy, Elliot Bay, Two Beers Brewing, Laughing Buddha and Jolly Rodger. Farther afield, I'd check out Silver City (Silverdale/Bremerton), Hood Canal, Boundary Bay (Bellingham), and Birdsview (Concrete).

          For brewpubs, check out Collins Pub, Naked City, Pub at Piper's Creek and Beverage Place.

          For wineries, there are a ton of smaller tasting rooms in Woodinville, or if you're going to the penninsula, there are a bunch of fun little wineries out there.

      2. Jolly Roger is Maritime-Pacific's brewpub. Really good food and good beer. It is in Ballard, which has a couple wine bars, too. Can't tell you too much about them as it has been a while since I've been.

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        1. re: BallardFoodie

          1111 Ballard Way will be their new home, I see.

        2. My favorite brew pub pretty much anywhere is Brouwers Cafe in Fremont. They have the best selection of beers on tap in Seattle IMO. I would skip Red Hook, their beer is not good.

          1. I second Brouwers, but also recommend Naked City up in Greenwood. They have 20+ rotating taps of only microbreweries, and the guys there are nice to boot.

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            1. re: maybelle

              I like the Elysian Brewery and it's beers- there are three locations I think...
              +1 to the Jolly Roger