Beer in the Great Outdoors: Big Al Brewing

Here is another in our series of posts celebrating Seattle Beer Patios. Join us as we explore your outdoor beer drinking options in the greater Seattle area. Today we travel to White Center, WA to visit Big Al Brewing.

The parking lot in front of Big Al Brewing has been repurposed into a beer garden. It aint fancy, but it’s comfortable. Order your beer inside at the bar and then wander out to share a table with one of the regulars. I have always found the local crowd to be especially friendly at Big Al Brewing.

Don’t be afraid of White Center. Maybe you just think it’s funny to act worried about going to White Center. Uh, okay. It is ethnically diverse, a bit gritty, but it is not dangerous. At all. Get over it. White Center is a great neighborhood.

Food: NO. Bring it in from one of the local restaurants. There are a lot of great places to eat in White Center. A few of our favorites: El Paisano Rosticeria Y Cocina, Zippy’s Giant Burgers, and Proletariat Pizza.

Beer: It’s a brewery. They have beer.

Kids: Yes

The Patio: Large, lots of seating.

Tips: Usually on Wednesday, starting at about happy hour, the regulars fire up the grill. Weather permitting of course. You are welcome to bring some meat, a side dish, or any other edible treat and join the party. Like I said above, really nice folks hang out at Big Al Brewing. Also, they do a thing called “Soup Off” on Sundays. Each week there is a theme. People make soup and bring in crock pots. Try them all, vote for your favorite. Call and ask for details.¬†During the summer months, they often have live music. Typically on Saturday evenings. Follow Big Al Brewing on Facebook to get the scoop.

Big Al Brewing
9832 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 453-4487


Monday thru Thursday:  3:0o Р9:00
Friday: 3:00 – 10:00
Saturday 1:00 – 10:00
Sunday 2:00 – 7:00

See our other posts about Seattle Beer Patios.

Sticks and Stones

Many people like to refer to White Center as Rat City. People imagine all sorts of reasons why this part of Seattle has that nickname. Rodents have nothing to do with it. Here is what has to say on the subject.

“During WWII, White Center garnered the nickname: Rat City. The possible origins of this name are diverse. The local wartime military establishment was called the Reserve Army Training Center or the Recruitment and Training Center, depending on who tells the story. Often the military would designate an area out-of-bounds for servicemen, and these areas were designated Restricted Alcohol Territory. Some people recall that the youth at the Southgate Skate Center were known as rink rats. Whatever the source, the name Rat City was coined and has stuck throughout the years. Many in White Center hang on to the moniker with pride. Rodents had nothing to do with it.”

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  1. Thank you Rev. Kendall It was nice to see you both on Wednesday. Nice article and every word true, though I may blush at your description of the regulars. Wednesday is indeed a pot luck BBQ. Kissed by the sun gods on Wednesday last it was particularly fine; deep fried oysters, smoked pork ribs, carne asada, chicken tenders, beef and chorizo sliders, Live Butcher sausages, even corned beef and cabbage. Like beer? Got some BBQ game? Bring it!

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