Beer, Wine & Spirits in Portage Bay


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  • Big Time Brewery and Alehouse
    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
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    4133 University Way NE
    Seattle, WA US
  • Precept Wine
    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.
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    1910 Fairview Ave. E
    Seattle, WA US
  • Apex at Alder Ridge
    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.
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    1910 Fairview Ave. E
    Seattle, WA US
  • Sun Liquor
    Sun Liquor Distillery: A User’s Guide House-Distilled Spirits | Craft Cocktails |Sandwiches | Weekend Brunch | Housemade Bitters The Food Salad: Northwest salad with mixed greens, apples, toasted almonds, and blue cheese Sandwich: grilled cheese made with Tillamook cheddar and vine-ripened tomatoes on thick sourdough Side: shoestring fries made from Washington potatoes The Booze: Sun Liquor has the unique distinction of being part bar, part restaurant, and part distillery. The latter is the domain of head distiller Erik Chapman, who worked with founder Michael Klebeck to come up with their own distilling processes for gin and vodka. In 2011, they debuted their signature creation, the Hedge Trimmer gin, which they make with nine fresh and dried botanicals. Other award-winning vodkas and gins followed soon after. The Pour: Bartenders take the distillery’s liquor and combine it with fresh-squeezed juices and housemade bitters. They focus mainly on signature cocktails, though they also pour a selection of craft beers, including Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout. When to Go: Stop by on the weekend, when the restaurant serves brunch items such as housemade country-style biscuits and gravy. Press Seattle Met said the Hedge Trimmer gins “had a nice floral nose and were round-bodied and easy-going on the palate.” The Seattle Times noted that “Given that the bar has control over the most important element in a cocktail — the base spirit — bar staff can make cocktails exactly to Sun Liquor's specifications.” Vocab Lesson Grenadine: a common bar syrup characterized by its deep red color and sweet and tart flavors. It’s traditionally made with pomegranate juice and sugar. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Peruse local artwork, or adorn your body with some at True Love Art Gallery (1525 Summit Avenue), which also houses cutting-edge tattoo artists. After: Buy a unique board game or card set at Gamma Ray Games (411 E. Pine Street), which is open late, for post-drink reverly at your apartment. If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Sun Liquor Lounge (607 Summit Avenue), which features the cocktails, but not the food.
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    607 Summit Ave E
    Seattle, WA US
  • Fremont Brewing Company
    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.
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    3409 Woodland Park Ave N
    Seattle, WA US
  • Elysian-Tangletown
    Find all of your favorite American classics at Elysian-Tangletown, a casual restaurant. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. The drink list at Elysian-Tangletown has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). Elysian-Tangletown is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight. If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Elysian-Tangletown. Prepare to face the crowds at Elysian-Tangletown during the week — weekends tend to be slower. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Elysian-Tangletown patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the N 55th St location. Keeping an eye on your budget? Elysian-Tangletown is a perfect choice, with most meals costing less than $15.
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    2106 N 55th St
    Seattle, WA US

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