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vandan Oct 6, 2012 08:54 PM

Going to Seattle next week , and was hoping to get some good recs for local beers in particular i love really hoppy/citrusy IPA's also really like Belgian style wit(white) beers as well as good Hefs , and also recs of bottle shops with great prices and hopefully right downtown ,staying at The Warwick

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    BallardFoodie Oct 7, 2012 07:58 AM

    Look around for Black Raven, Fremont, and Boundary bay IPAs. They are probably the best local ones to fit your IPA needs. We get a lot of Oregon IPAs up here, so also look for Boneyard RPM (amazing), Hopworks, and any of the standard Cali beers (Russian River, Stone, Port, Green Flash). Collins Pub has a good selection of IPAs. The Taphouse grill has like a 100 beers and usually will have 10 or so IPAs. If you want to travel around Seattle a bit, the local beer blog just listed the top 10 destinations in Seattle. The Ballard neighborhood has a couple good ones (Noble Fir and the Dray).

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      reiney Oct 7, 2012 08:41 AM

      I'm a big IPA fan too, and new to the area - a bartender at Quinns (great spot on Capitol Hill, by the way) recommended Manny's Pale Ale and it really is delicious. Reminded me a bit of my standby BC beer Driftwood Fat Tug IPA.

      There are so many great beers in the PNW that it can be a bit overwhelming - so I'll be watching the responses to your question closely for more ideas!

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        vandan Oct 7, 2012 09:59 AM

        My faves here are The Fat Tug as well as Red Racers amazing ipa, and for pure value the Lighthouse Switchback ipa is untouchable

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        GreenYoshi Oct 8, 2012 09:50 AM

        Georgetown Brewing's Lucille is a great example of the kind of floral hoppy beer that you say you're interested in. It can be a little hard to find, but it's showing up at more and more places.

        Not Seattle-based by Deschutes's Chainbreaker is a great white if you see it. It's more often available in bottle than on tap.

        And it's a little blase around here at this point, but Pyramid's hefe was one of the early good American hefes around.

        Black Raven's probably the best thing going in the area right now. But American Brewing from Edmonds deserves a nod, especially for their Caboose Stout. One of the better dark beers I've had recently.

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          vandan Oct 8, 2012 10:33 AM

          Funny you mrntion Chainbreaked i wss in Oregon last month and didn't love the beers overall but surprisingly Chainbreaker and Shock Top were my faves for sure

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          DPStan Oct 8, 2012 12:56 PM

          Seattle has a very vibrant beer scene, new craft breweries opening all the time, you should head to Brouwers in Fremont for a great selection of Belgian beers as well as several IPA's and other local and west coast brews.
          For a very large selection try the Tap House on 6th ave. Downtown, 160 taps, something for everyone.
          Or go to Pikes Brewing in the market, one of the original craft beer breweries in the US.
          Seattle is known for hoppy beers, since over 75% of the hops grown in US are grown in Washington.

          1. frygirl Oct 8, 2012 05:32 PM

            Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle is hosting "Hoptoberfest" through Oct. 7. They'll have multiple local IPAs on tap. It's a great pub and worth the drive to West Seattle.


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              vandan Oct 8, 2012 05:38 PM

              Shame i arrive on the 14th

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                jlbwendt Oct 8, 2012 08:12 PM

                7th? Today is the 8th :)

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                antennastoheaven Oct 9, 2012 09:09 AM

                The Pine Box often has lots of great local beers in the styles you're talking about! I recommend checking them out. (Melrose & Pine on Capitol Hill) 30-ish taps, including a Randall tap but not much in the way of bottles. Knowledgable, friendly staff.

                For bottles: The Whole Foods down on Westlake and Denny, not far from your hotel, has a very nicely curated bottle selection. Also, I had family in town this weekend and we happened to stop into the Pear deli/store across the street from Pike Place Market. I was really surprised by the good selection they carried. Otherwise, you're looking at places that are awesome but not downtown, such as Uber (Aurora/Green Lake), Brouwers (Fremont), and Bottleworks (Wallingford).

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                  LemonyRoux Oct 9, 2012 12:17 PM

                  If you are able to make it up to Mukilteo (about 30 min. north of Seattle), Diamond Knot Brewery currently makes my favorite IPA. Per their website: "OUR FLAGSHIP BEER, the one for which we're known throughout the Puget Sound. Columbus hops impart intense bitterness with flavors of grapefruit and a hint of cedar. 6.2% ABV".

                  Worth a mention, at least.

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                    vandan Oct 9, 2012 01:22 PM

                    Maybe a longshot but what about the new DT Target store ?

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                      vandan Oct 9, 2012 07:16 PM

                      Or any good sized DT grocery store , other than Ralph's (which i already know about as i've been there before)

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