The Best Brewpub Dining in Seattle
Naked City Brewery and Taphouse
If you’re a fan of film noir, you’ve got something in common with head brewer Don Webb and you’ll appreciate the way he names his beers, lending each new creation a cinema-inspired name. A recent increase in brewing capacity means that Webb is now spreading his wings, creating new recipes and delving into new styles (look for some new Belgian-style beers soon), building on his reputation as one of Seattle’s top brewers. Expect to find burgers and sandwiches, but don’t miss the pickled hop shoots, which pair particularly well with a pint of Screening Room Red, whose namesake dining movie theater features heavy red velour curtains and a huge projection screen television. This one is rated G, so bring the kids along. Lunch Wed.–Sun, dinner daily. 8564 Greenwood Ave. N; 206.838.6299; nakedcitybrewing.com
Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse
You can always catch the next boat. That’s the theme at this brewpub on the Mukilteo waterfront, which is located, literally, right across the street from the ferry dock. A recent remodel increased the size of the dining room, which is now much larger and welcomes loads of natural light from west-facing windows overlooking the neighboring park. The kitchen and the menu have also been overhauled, though the 21-and-older pub side of the business remains largely unchanged. Along with the regular pub fare, the menu includes something rather uncommon: stone-grilled entrées. For this novel food service, a blistering hot cooking stone is delivered to the table with your raw food, such as the Hot Rock rib-eye, and you prepare it to your own liking. This brewery is widely known for its IPA, but consider ordering an ESB instead. Kids are welcome. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 621 Front St.; 425.355.4488; diamondknot.com
Fish Tale Brew Pub
Located in an industrial part of downtown Olympia, the pub serves up a diverse menu of consistently high-quality fare, with plenty of vegetarian and organic options to supplement the usual pub grub. The brightly painted exterior (a mural with colorful salmon) is countered by a warm and cozy interior, which features a U-shaped bar and walls displaying local artwork. While some might despair that children are not allowed, others revel in the adults-only atmosphere as they hoist pints of Fish Brewing Company’s Reel Ales, a limited-release series of beers that can always be found at this pub. Lunch and dinner daily. 515 Jefferson St. SE; 360.943.3650; fishtalebrewpub.com
PIKE PLACE MARKET
Pike Pub & Brewery
Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, proprietors of the Pike Pub and Brewery, welcome visitors from around the world and across town to their spacious brewpub near Pike Place Market. Perhaps the most impressive thing here is the historic memorabilia that adorns the walls, much of which predates Prohibition, but the beer is awfully good, too. A full range of entrées complement more typical pub fare, and you’ll notice a relentless dedication to serving local products. Try the Kilted mac ’n’ cheese, made with local artisan cheeses and Pike’s own Kilt Lifter ale, which is also the best beer to drink as an accompaniment. All ages are welcome. Lunch and dinner daily. 1415 First Ave.; 206.622.6044; pikebrewing.com
Keep an eye out for Allstadt, a new beer-focused spot coming to Pioneer Square from Brendan McGill, owner of Hitchcock. The old Larry's night club
will be transformed into something reminiscent an authentic German beer hall, where you can wash down top-shelf bratwursts with first-rate brewskis.
Schooner Exact Brewing
Matt and Heather McClung have put a lot of thought into every aspect of their brewery, and now show their kitchen the same kind of attention. When they decided to add food to the menu at their spare, all-ages tasting room in SoDo’s warehouse district, they secured the services of Warren Peterson, former corporate sous chef and “beer czar” for Tom Douglas Restaurants. At first glance, the menu may look a bit predictable, with sandwiches and salads, but upon closer inspection you’ll realize that this is elevated pub grub, featuring creative combinations, fresh ingredients and house-made everything (see: the steak melt sandwich with Peterson’s chimichurri sauce). The champagne-shallot vinaigrette, featured on the side salad, is sublime. Pair any of the meals with a West Point pale ale and you cannot go wrong. Lunch and dinner daily. 3901 First Ave. S; 206.432.9734; schoonerexact.com
Epic Ales’ Gastropod
Good things come in small packages. Though the old adage isn’t always true, you’ll find inspired food paired with uncommonly creative beers at this rustic, warm and pint-size brewery and eatery in SoDo. Brewmaster Cody Morris has carved out a niche for himself by using uncommon ingredients to create unexpected flavors (who else uses shiitake mushrooms in a beer?) and by always considering how each new brew will pair with food. Chef Travis Kukull, formerly of Tilikum Place Café, creates whimsical, adventurous dishes that seem out of place in a brewpub, such as the rabbit and smoked salmon crépinette, but delight even the most passionate foodie. Be sure to try the Bog ale, which is the closest thing Epic Ales has to a flagship beer, and pair it with some cold-smoked oysters when they’re in season. Dinner Tue.–Sat. 3201 First Ave. S, Suite 104; 206.403.1228; gastropodsodo.com. 21 and older only.