Like so many things in West Seattle, Best of Hands Brewery and Barrelhouse is kind of like a secret that only the locals know about. It’s the nature of West Seattle. Some people simply blame it on the bridge, but the way I see it, West Seattle is a cul-de-sac community that is not along the way to anywhere except Vashon Island. So yeah, I suppose it is understandable that a lot of beer lovers around Seattle have yet to visit the Best of Hands brewery and taproom, which opened last March. Put it on your shortlist because it is worth the trip.
As of today, you can try their beer without crossing the bridge. Today is the day that Best of Hands distributes its first canned product. Two of the brewery’s beers recently found their way into 16-ounce cans. Terrorhawk is a 5% ABV rich and hazy pale ale brewed with Eureka, Simcoe, and Cashmere hops, along with wheat, flaked oats, and honey malt. Abaculus is a 7% ABV NEIPA brewed with copious amounts of Mosaic hops, complemented by Citrus hops.
You can find them, starting today, at some of the better beer retailers around town, like Chuck’s Hop Shop (both locations), Full Throttle Bottles, Bottleworks, Teku Tavern, and The Beer Junction. In fact, tonight The Beer Junction is hosting a brewers night event with Best of Hands — the cans as well as five of their beers on tap. Keep an eye on their Facebook page and their Instagram feed for more info about where to get the beer.