Though microbrewers celebrate limited flavor runs and regional ingredients, they still need much of the same equipment as the big brewers to concoct their craft beers. That's where The Cellar Homebrew comes in, outfitting winemakers, brewers, and cidersmiths with the equipment and ingredients needed to make their drinks. The store's owners––who boast more than 30 years of experience and a past line of fine wines––collect organic ingredients such as hops and yeast and sell them alongside fermentation equipment, keg systems, and cleaning supplies. They even offer one-hour on-location classes to instruct people in the basics of beer brewing. In addition to supplying items for alcoholic beverages, they also hawk basic supplies for cheese-, soda-, and vinegar-making, all of which go well over lettuce.
Even if you drank a beer every day, it would take more than a year to sample The Beer Authority's entire supply. The shop's fridges stock more than 400 craft beers from local and international breweries, while a rotating selection of new and seasonal brews fills its 13 taps. Those, in turn, fill to-go growlers and kegs, which can hold up to 120 pints, perfect for stocking end-of-the-world party bunkers. Taps also top off pints at The Beer Authority's bar, where they can be enjoyed on an outdoor patio, over games of foosball, or during sporting events shown on four flat-screen televisions. The bar also welcomes food from outside vendors, as well as any well-behaved dogs.
Richard Kinssies would be a jack-of-all-trades, if every trade were somehow related to wine. Kinssies has been directing the Seattle Wine School since he founded it in 1981, he has been a wine columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer since 1982, and he is the author of The Art of Wine Tasting. Kinssies’ latest project is Wine Outlet–– a shop stocked with a selection of bottles he culls from wineries and tornado shelters around the world. His handpicked vintages are available at the shop, in the soon-to-be-unveiled online store, or via the Seattle Wine Club, whose members receive a carefully curated case of wine either monthly or quarterly.
A place where great beer flows like Salmon La Sac Creek in springtime. That’s what two guys named Donald and Don were each envisioning as they created home brews in the search of the best combination of hops, malt, and barley. If it weren’t for Bryan, a mutual acquaintance, the two Dons might never have met and learned they shared the same dreams of a magical beer haven. Fortunately, they did, and Naked City Brewery & Taphouse was created. Today, using their shared brewing skills, Donald Averill and Don Webb create award-winning small-batch brews, available at Naked City as well as other local bars and restaurants. With Bryan's help, they expanded Naked City into a space with a full-size kitchen and a dining-room movie theater. They keep a constantly rotating selection of 24 beers on tap, including regional craft beers along with Naked City’s standard and seasonal brews. To pair with all that beer, the chefs layer hearty sandwiches and other comfort food with seasonal and local influences—including, whenever possible, beer.
At Pre-Dating's speed-dating events up to 24 mingle-ready singles and hopeless romantics converge for a gender-balanced evening of abbreviated rendezvous and private duologues. Focusing especially on the needs of busy professionals, Pre-Dating's events are always split evenly between men and women attendees, ensuring a balanced, one-to-one ratio for dates and spirited bouts of Red Rover. During the two-hour verbal waltz, daters chat with individual counterparts for six minutes at a time. Then, at the end of the event, guests complete and turn in a score sheet that divides potential suitors from the rest. After reviewing the score sheets, Pre-Dating will supply each attendee with the email addresses of matches who said "Yes," allowing pairs to fan the flames of love or a roaring dumpster fire during a follow-up date.
It may boast a changing selection of about 30 drafts, but that doesn't begin to tap the brew selection at Chuck's Hop Shop. Close to 1,000 bottled beers crowd themselves in among the convenience-store accouterments—ciders by the ChapStick, lagers by the licorice, malts by the magazines. Once upon a time, "it was a convenience store with a great beer selection," owner Chuck Shin told the Seattle Times. "Now we're a beer store with convenience built into it." Those conveniences aren't limited to the snack foods on the shelves, however. Beer lovers can augment their brews with fare from the food trucks the Hop Shop welcomes outside its doors. Of course, outside food is always welcome, so customers can also feel free to bring some from home, order take-out, or set wild game traps in the chips aisle.