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I am in town for a few days on business next week. Any suggestions for places to visit in Seattle proper for local brews, especially IPAs?

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  1. Kind of depends upon where you are staying. If you are in the downtown area, the Collins Pub. I'd stay away from the taphouse grill (like 100 beers on tap) due to freshness issues. If you want to explore the neighborhoods of in Seattle, Ballard has a couple places, the Dray and the Noble Fir that usually have 2-4 high quality IPAs on tap. Fremont has Brouwers with a ton of good beer.

    Lots more places on this list:

    http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=...

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    1. re: BallardFoodie

      Really? I've never had a problem at Taphouse. Not my favorite place, but id this guy's downtown sans car, it's where I'd steer him. (Collins Pub is good too)

      Beyond downtown, my favorites are Naked City and Latona Pub.
      A fun little "beer tour" if you have the time/car would be to swing down to Sodo for Georgetown, Two Beers, Epic and Schooner. Oh and I hear Emerald City Brewery (Dottie's) at the Old Ranier brewery has a taproom now.

      1. re: BallardFoodie

        Collins Pub was a great suggestion! They had several IPAs: One by Green Torch and something else. But I ended up having two glasses of draft Firestone Double Jack Imperial IPA. It wasn't local, but it is my new favorite beer. Thanks!

        1. re: gregor31

          Thanks, Gregor. Now where can we Seattleites find good IPA's in your neck of the woods?

          1. re: firecracker

            The Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA (draft) is the best one I have had in Maryland. The brewery has a pub not too far from me in Gaithersburg MD and I think their main pub is in Ocean City.

            I tried the Ninkasi IPA on draft at Ivars and it was quite tasty.

            Thanks for all the suggestions!

            1. re: gregor31

              Their main pub is in Rehobeth Beach, DE, a couple of towns over from where their brewery is.

      2. Hilltop Aie House on Queen Anne has some really good local beers and it's a nice place to visit. They have 2 of my favorite local IPAs: Diamond Knot Cask, and Boundary Bay. They also have Fremont Interurban IPA and Ninkasi which are also good. They also happen to be right next door to Mezcaleria Oaxaca which is one the better places in Seattle to eat Mexican food. The tamales are excellent [banana leaf style rather than corn husk].

        Bambino's Pizza has good taps that tend to be less common beers than most other places [though not always as local they do focus on getting top notch stuff] and they usually have at least one IPA on tap. [they had Pliny the Younger but are not out of it]. They also have a huge bottled beer list with all available for take out.

        Not an obvious choice but Ivar's Acres of Clams has some good locals on tap. They have Hale's, Georgetown Brewing [I like Manny's Pale Ale, they also have Nine Pound Porter], Maritime Pacific, Elysian.. even though I usually get a Ninkasi IPA. The Penn Cove mussels in coconut curry are also one of the best happy dishes you can get. It's a right at the ferry dock so you can watch the boats and have a beer.

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        1. re: knowspicker

          My favorite local IPA is Schooner Exact 3-Grid. You can look at the Schooner Exact site to see which local bars have it. Or you can visit the SODO brewery location and try it (as GreenYoshi suggested). Sure, it's a light industry park, but insider there is a proper bar, and you can take a growler to go.

        2. Maritime Pacific Imperial IPA

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          1. re: mrnelso

            I had what i believe was a Interurban IPA from Fremomt brewery at the Ballroom pub in Fremont last week, quite hoppy and citrusy, the way i like it

            1. re: mrnelso

              I don't know... Maritime, to me, represents the excessively hopped beers that became the cliched calling card of NW beers earlier in the 2000s.

              I think the best stuff now has toned it down a good and is looking for more balance. I think Lucille from Georgetown is probably my fav right now. And of course, Black Raven's Trickster, if you can ever find it.

              1. re: GreenYoshi

                I don't know... Maritime, to me, represents the excessively hopped beers that became the cliched calling card of NW beers earlier in the 2000s.

                I disagree. Back in the 2000's there were few if any Double IPA's and now there are a ton along with Triple IPA's. I think Maritime's beers are quite well balanced and I applaud them for remaining true to their bewing style for over 20 years now.

                1. re: creo420

                  Creo, speaking of excessively hopped, Deschutes Hop Trip seasonal ale ends up surprisingly mellow and tasty, even with a lot of extra fresh hops. Nice.

                2. re: GreenYoshi

                  Lucille and Trickster are two of my local favorites. Boundary Bay is always a good choice, and is more widely distributed. I like the Interurban best straight from the brewery, although it is still good other places. New local darkhorse, at a place I haven't really liked in the past, is the Idiot Sauvin IPA from Elysian. Good stuff.

                  If you can find it, try Boneyard's (Bend) RPM IPA. My current favorite.

              2. You might also check out Big Time in the University District, and Pike Brewing by the market.

                1. In the north suburbs, Big E Ales has a couple of IPAs
                  http://bigeales.com/currently-on-tap/