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Fremont Brewing Company has all the markings of a big-time brewing operation, but with smaller accents that make the place seem approachable. Just a little bit rustic, with big, wooden communal trestle tables and comfortable chairs in the adjoining taproom, Fremont also holds lots of industrial stainless steel vats and barrels inside their outsized concrete blue building. Seasonal brews on tap help to quaff the thirst of local craft beer fans, and a suppertime urban beer garden routinely fills up on sunny days. Pints are available to enjoy while on the premises, and growlers to go keep the regulars coming back. Each of the brewery’s small-batch artisan beers are made with local ingredients, and range from a handsome India Pale Ale to stouts, porters and assorted ales. The fact that the place is both kid- and dog-friendly also tells you a lot about the business.

3409 Woodland Park Ave N

In Focus: Two Beers Brewing Co.

  • Specialty: craft beer made with local ingredients
  • Number of beers on draft: 13
  • Number of tasting-room taps: 18 (shared with Seattle Cider Company)
  • Number of growler-filling stations: 6
  • Spiciest beer: the jalapeño-infused Evo
  • Best day to go: Stop by on Thursday, when bartenders tap a new cask, or Friday during the summer, when local food trucks congregate outside.
  • Food: Pretzels and pizzas are available, but guests are also encouraged to bring in their own.
  • Seating options: indoors near the HDTVs or outside on the sunny patio
  • Brewery motto: “Life is just a little more honest after two beers.”

4700 Ohio Ave S

Pyramid Alehouse pours a flavorful cascade of handcrafted draft beers, passing straight to the mug from the on-site brewery. Whether guests prefer a malty amber ale or a hoppy, Thunderhead IPA, Pyramid Alehouse’s vast menu of succulent cuisine and beer-infused bites are specially designed to complement every frothy glass. Pair down the sweetness of fruity apricot ale with a spicy platter of wheat-battered chicken wings served with extra spicy hot sauce and blue cheese ($11). Or, absorb a double dose of unfiltered Bavarian ale by pairing the Haywire Hefeweizen with a hearty helping of alehouse fish and chips, featuring Alaskan cod marinated in Haywire ($12). Though football and cheese-rolling season have finished, Pyramid Alehouse boasts a daily rotating lineup of food and drink specials to keep sports fans well fueled until the championship line-dancing semi-finals makes its triumphant return to prime time.

1201 1st Ave S

Six Arms: A User’s Guide

Northwest-Style Pub Food | Craft Beer Flights | Locally Sourced Ingredients | Dog-Friendly Patio

A Taste

  • Cajun-seasoned tater tots with peppercorn ranch
  • Wild Wil’s Jumbo Deluxe burger with bacon, Tillamook cheddar, and a fried egg
  • Alehouse Fish and Chips with wild Alaskan cod and buttermilk coleslaw

What to Drink

  • McMenamins High Gravity ales
  • Brewery Taster with a Hammerhead, Ruby, Terminator, IPA, seasonal brew, and brewer’s choice
  • Whiskey flight with Hogshead, White Dog, and Monkey Puzzle

Where to Sit: Grab a table near the floor-to-ceiling picture windows that recall the building’s early days as an automotive showroom.

When to Go: during one of two happy hours, which take place every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close

While You’re Waiting

  • Check out the pipe sculptures and taxidermied crows beneath McMenamins’ largest collection of chandeliers.
  • Learn where the pub got its name by studying the six-armed Hindu-idol statue situated on the back wall.

Inside Tips

  • They allow leashed pets on the patio. This policy is perfect for dog owners—not so much for giraffe wranglers.
  • Gluten-free buns are available upon request.
  • Grab some beer to go by ordering a mason jar or half-gallon growler.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: See art inspired by Star Wars, War of the Worlds, and other pop-culture staples at Ltd. Art Gallery (307 E Pike Street)

After: Catch an independant play such as Urinetown at Balagan Theatre (1524 Harvard Avenue)

300 E Pike St

Georgetown Brewing Company: A User’s Guide

Craft-Beer Brewery | Draft Beers Only | Growlers and Kegs | Rotating Brews | Saturday Tours

Sample Brews

  • The signature beer: Manny's Pale Ale—made with Northwest hops, premium barley, and the brewery’s own yeast
  • A darker choice: Georgetown Porter—medium-bodied with lots of chocolate flavor
  • Rotating brew: Lazy George—a scotch ale brewed with English Fawcett barley

The Beer: No bottles. No cans. Georgetown Brewing Company specializes in draft beer only. That means your options inside the brewery’s retail shop are limited to kegs or growlers. But if you’re lucky, you might get to sample the brewery’s latest beer before it’s released.

Kegs by the Numbers

  • 4 beers available in kegs
  • $0 to rent a keg (deposit required)
  • 15.5-gallon keg capacity

When to Go:On Saturdays, when the brewery hosts tours.

Inside Tip: Check this list of area festivals, concerts, and other events where Georgetown Brewing Company’s beers will be on tap.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Flip through comics at Fantagraphics Books (1201 S. Vale Street).
After: Order lunch at Lect’s Soup Stop (5327 Denver Avenue S.), a small takeout restaurant with an ever-changing selection of housemade soups.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: One of the many bars in the area that have Georgetown Brewery Company on draft; for example, 9 Pound Hammer (6009 Airport Way S) showcases the Georgetown Porter.

5200 Denver Ave S

The Three Faces of NW Peaks Brewery

The Brewing Mountaineer

Since graduating from the University of Washington with a doctorate in molecular biology, Kevin Klein’s applied his scientific prowess to one of his favorite pastimes: beer brewing. The dedicated homebrewer’s other favorite pursuit, mountaineering, inspired the brewery name, which pays homage to the peaks surrounding Seattle. Each beer, meanwhile, borrows its moniker from an actual peak climbed by Kevin. Brews even arrive with a description of Kevin’s climb and an explanation of how they compliment the peak.

Two Beers a Month

Due to the nanobrewery’s small setup, every batch yields less than one barrel. What NW Peaks lacks in quantity, however, it makes up for in quality. While Kevin occasionally repeats select pours, such as the fruity Challenger IPA, he mostly handcrafts two new beers every month. Often reflective of the season, these have run the gamut from summertime ales spiced with New Mexican hatch chilli peppers to wintry stouts spiked with espresso from Seattle Coffee Works.

Suds for Subscribers

Though available at select Seattle bars and in NW Peaks' own taproom, the brewery primarily distributes beers to its mountainBeers subscribers. Each month, those members pick up one or multiple two-liter growlers of the brewery's latest batches. mountainBeers participants receive those new pours before anybody else; afterward, Kevin happily fills kegs and barrels for customers who order well ahead of time.

4912 17th Ave NW