By Megan Knight, Examiner.com
The Northwest is known for its seemingly endless supply of craft breweries, producing some of the country’s finest beers. To make sure these beers have a place to be tasted, Seattle has been springing up pubs all over the city featuring these selections and educating even the most causal beer drinker about what the small batch breweries have to offer. The following pubs not only offer customers a fantastic taste of beer, but may also spark an interest in one of the region’s fastest growing industries.
Chuck’s 85th St Market
656 NW 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98117
The market affectionately known as Chuck’s Hop Shop to the locals is a hidden gem in North Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. The front of the shop still offers typical convenience store items, but a walk to the back of the shop reveals almost 40 craft beer taps and stools to grab a seat. Chuck will gladly fill a growler to go as well as explain the various beers as long as you like. Should customers want to try something other than the rotating tap selections, the store features close to 1,000 bottle beers from all over the world. Most nights of the week various food trucks will pull up outside to offer a snack to go with the customer’s drink of choice.
The Noble Fir
5316 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Located in the heart of old Ballard is The Noble Fir, offering an impressive mix of craft beers on a daily rotation. At least 16 craft selections are on tap with dozens of others available by the bottle. Local beers are stressed for the drafts, focusing on the Pacific Northwest and a bit out of California. The bottle beer selection varies much more widely, even going to Europe for small batch favorites. The idea for the bar was born out of the owners’ desire to bring their loves of nature and beer together. This theme is brought to life with the obvious connection to hops, but also in the décor and food selections. To accompany the beer, Noble Fir offers small plates with primarily local ingredients.
1710 North 45th St. #3
Seattle, WA 98103
Bottleworks is a Seattle beer institution for its more than 950 available beers for purchase. But the Wallingford experts also offer nine rotating taps with knowledge as deep as any place in the city. Whether you pull up to the bar or decide to fill a growler, Bottleworks has the latest releases from breweries all across the region. It frequently hosts tasting events, often on short notice, so be sure to check the website for up to date information.
Naked City Brewing and Taphouse
8564 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
This gem in Greenwood offers more than just a pint of their own fantastic craft beers. Naked City Brewing features 24 rotating taps of the region’s craft beer superstars. The staff is known for being willing to educate customers as much as needed to find the perfect beer and encourage tasting along the way. Naked City’s own beers are always available, but as true fans of brewing, staff members here are just as likely to point customers toward another beer to suit the palate.
526 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Collins Pub sits at the bottom of historic Smith Tower, serving almost two dozen of the Northwest’s finest craft beers. This gastropub prides itself as much on the food as the fantastic beer selection. The bar is conveniently located by Seattle’s stadiums for a pint before a Sounders or Mariners game, but beware, as it can often be crowded on game day. The vibe at the Pub is decidedly more upscale than many beer bars in Seattle, but pulling a stool up to the bar helps loosen things up.