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Seattle is now home to over 60 breweries, more on the way

 

I just updated our map of Seattle breweries and noteworthy beer places. Having added two new breweries to the list, the city is now home to 61 breweries. This, of course, is by my own reckoning. I’d love to hear about it if someone has found a better source for this information. Accuracy is most important. The breweries on my list are licensed by the state and the feds, and they are actually making beer. Not all licensed breweries are actually making beer. This count does not include breweries’ satellite taprooms. Only the places where the beer is brewed.

On August 17th, Redhook will open their Capitol Hill brewpub and become the 62nd brewery in the city, assuming someone doesn’t beat them to the punch. I have my eye on a couple others.

Tapping in at number 60 and 61, two new breweries in Ballard, a neighborhood which seems to have a bottomless appetite for beer. Dirty Couch Brewing is now producing beer and, according to the company’s website, selling it to accounts like the Royal Drummer Cafe and Chuck’s Hop Shop. There is no tasting room at the brewery. Next door to Stoup Brewing, Obec Brewing is now producing beer. The other day I ran into Wayne Jehlik, the owner and brewer at Obec, and he told me that no beer had made it out of the brewery yet, but it will very soon. Obec Brewing’s taproom is still under construction. By the way, the word is pronounce Oh-Betz. It’s the Czech word for community. Someone who speaks the language can correct me if I’m wrong.

Speaking of Ballard, the greater Ballard area continues to amaze me. Below I show a map of breweries in, or very near, Ballard. This will surely spark debate, but Ballard is home to at least 9, and perhaps 11, breweries. It depends on where you draw the lines and whose definition of Ballard you accept as truth. If there is a neighborhood in America with a higher density of breweries, I’d love to hear about it. And I probably will.

The blue pins are breweries.

ballard-area-breweries-2017

Here’s the list of Seattle Breweries. Let me know if I’m missing something.

Bad Jimmy’s Brewing
Big Time Brewing
Bluebird Brewing
Burdick Brewing
Cloudburst Brewing
Counterbalance Brewing
Dirty Couch Brewing
Elliott Bay Brewery and Pub
Elliott Bay Public House & Brewery
Elysian Brewery & Public House
Elysian Brewing (production only)
Elysian Brewing TangleTown
Elysian Fields Brewery
Figurehead Brewing
Floating Bridge Brewing
Floodland Brewing
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery
Flying Lion Brewing
Fremont Brewing Company
Fremont Brewing Company
Georgetown Brewing
Ghostfish Brewing
Gordon Biersch Brewing
Hale’s Ales
Hellbent Brewing
Holy Mountain Brewing
Jellyfish Brewing
Lantern Brewing
Lowercase Brewing
Lucky Envelope Brewing
Machine House Brewing
Maritime Pacific Brewing
McMenamins Queen Anne Hill
McMenamins Six Arms
Mollusk (formerly Epic Ales)
Naked City Brewery and Taphouse
NW Peaks Brewery
Obec Brewing
Old Stove Brewing
Optimism Brewing
Outer Planet Brewing
Outlander Brewery & Pub
Peddler Brewing
Perihelion Brewing
Pike Pub and Brewery
Populuxe Brewing
Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery and Restaurant
Ram Restaturant and Brewery
Ram Restaurant & Brewery of Seattle (RAM International)
Ravenna Brewing
Reuben’s Brews
Rooftop Brewing
Schooner Exact Brewing
Seapine Brewing
Standard Brewing
Stoup Brewing
Tin Dog Brewing
Triple R Brewing
Two Beers Brewing Company
Urban Family Brewing
West Seattle Brewing

 


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28 comments

    1. Thanks. I will check and see if Belltown is actually brewing yet. I think not. To the best of my knowledge, they are still brewing their beer offsite, at another brewery. Adam Frantz, the brewer at Belltown, is brewing the beer but not on their own system yet.

        1. I will double check again. Yes, they are pouring Belltown Brewing beers, but as far as I know they are brewing offsite as I’ve explained. I will double recheck my sources again right now.

    1. Because Fremont has two breweries. One with a tasting room, the other a production only brewery.

      1. If you are going to list Fremont twice by that criteria you should list Reuban’s twice too since they never stopped brewing in their original location when they expanded.

  1. Kendall, have you tried Ounces on Delridge just off the West Seattle bridge? They have great local craft selections on draft.

    1. Yes I have. It would be exceedingly difficult for me to list every single good beer bar, so lines must be drawn. I should mention that the “good beer places” are just my opinion. And, like I said, there are a lot of them not on the list.

  2. You know, of course, that virtually everyone will pronounce “Obec” like “Obek” (rhymes with OPEC?). I can’t even get people to pronounce German, French, and Dutch words correctly. Czech? Shirley, you jest…

    1. Regarding the likelihood of mispronunciation. From an article on Eater:

      Wayne Jehlik, co-owner/head brewer/general manager of the latest brewery planning to enter Ballard, doesn’t mind, though; in fact, he sees it as a good branding opportunity. “We know we’ll have to correct everyone,” he told Eater, “but it gives us a chance to tell the story about what it means and where it comes from.”

  3. As I understand it, ORB is/was a contract brewer. Not licensed as their own brewery. When they brewed, I think, they did it at Naked City. Zeeks on Queen Anne is the only place I’ve ever seen a beer branded as ORB and that was a long time ago.

    1. West Seattle Brewing location on Alki is not a brewery. It is a satellite tasting room. It is shown on our map as such.

  4. Also, is Tim Dog still open? I visited there not too long ago, and it didn’t look promising. Now, it could have been they decided not to open that day, I just didn’t see any signs indicating that, nor anything on the website.

  5. Is there any source that lists all WA breweries who sell their beer in bottles and/or cans? Or the same type of list for OR breweries?

    1. Not that I know of. It would be very difficult to construct such a list. As I’m sure you’e aware, in WA only a surprisingly small percentage of breweries package their product in bottles and cans. Maybe 1/3?

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