Beer, Wine & Spirits in Portage Bay

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In Focus: Big Time Brewery and Alehouse

  • Caters to: College students, or anyone else who loves cheap beer and pizza
  • Open since: 1988
  • Come here for: Fresh-brewed ales, porters, and cask-conditioned IPAs
  • Best time to come: Grumpy Hour, Saturday–Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Special events: Wednesday-night pub quiz

4133 University Way NE
Seattle,
WA
US

58 E Lynn St
Seattle,
WA
US

4209 University Way Northeast
Seattle,
WA
US

Precept Wine’s talented winemakers take advantage of the Northwest’s extensive sunlight, warm days, and cool nights to craft their many brands of unique vinos. Founded in 2003, the company oversees more than 3,790 acres of vineyards and several wineries, each equipped with facilities for harvesting and crushing, storage, bottling, and letting the wine vent its anger after being locked up for months. Later, they bottle their wines under more than 20 labels, many of which have been awarded up to 90 points by Wine Spectator.

1910 Fairview Avenue East
Seattle,
WA
US

At Precept Wine, one of the largest privately owned wine companies in the Northwest, they know how to pair decadent flavors. Winemaker Hal Landvoigt combined wine and chocolate in his lab, creating Chocolate Shop, a non-vintage wine. According to the website, it's still the best-selling chocolate red wine in the US.

Hal is just one of the company's 13 winemakers, who are stationed at wineries in Pacific Northwest areas from Washington State's Yakima Valley to Idaho's Snake River Valley. At their posts, they work primarily with grapes cultivated from local vineyards, although some batches are imported from around the world.

Regardless of their grapes' origins, though, their award-winning wines brim with touches informed by plenty of travel. Landvoigt, for one, has traveled through such famed wine regions as Burgundy in France, Salta in Argentina, and the wine waterfall in Dionysus's dreams. At Precept's eight tasting rooms, the knowledgeable staff can help patrons trace a glass of wine's international influences and local roots.

1910 Fairview Ave. E
Seattle,
WA
US

400 Northeast 45th Street
Seattle,
WA
US

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