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.
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.
Today’s Groupon gets you $30 worth of beer tasting, a pint of your favorite house beer, and a nifty T-shirt at Two Beers Brewing Co. for $15. Beer tasting will incorporate your hands, torso, and palate for a full-sensory tastezone.China, 5,000 BC: Alcohol was used in China to celebrate a variety of important events like births, conference championships, and the invention of gunpowder.
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.
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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.
When Mike Hale founded Hale’s Ales some 25 years ago, his focus was clear: brew only top-quality, handcrafted ales in the old English style. And though his production capabilities have increasingly expanded over the years—from 6,000 barrels a year to 20,000—he still sticks to that initial vision, following brewing methods that have been perfected over centuries. Along with standards such as IPAs, porters, and a cream ale, Hale’s also brews seasonal ales, such as the Wee Heavy Winter Ale, available from November 'till January, and a Harvest Ale, available from September to November or until the last bottle has been plucked from the vine. Hale designed his brew pub based on the real English pubs he first fell in love with more than 30 years ago, complete with a classic mahogany bar, booths, and leather couches, plus a deck and family dining areas. And of course, there's plenty of pub grub to pair with Hale’s full-flavored ales. The diverse menu includes hearty plates such as fish and chips, garlic mac and cheese, and meatloaf, along with pizzas, burgers, and small tapas for sharing.
The enthusiastic tour guides at Road Dogs Tours love Journey, standup comedy, and snowboarding—but on their three tours, their love of Seattle and its signature beverages is what really shines. With a focus on creating a lasting, unique memory, the staff crafts fun and engaging tours based on tips and information gathered from locals, research, and their own personal experiences. On the company’s namesake brewery tour, a guide whisks tourists to three breweries in three hours, where they sample craft beer, learn about the brewing process, and brush up on Seattle’s brewing history since the first beer tree was tapped in 1892. Distillery tours offer a similar selection of behind-the-scenes tidbits and local history, and feature samples of vodka, gin and whiskey. Morning coffee tours, meanwhile, stop at bean roasters, cafés, and bakeries, celebrating the city’s caffeine addiction.