Rooftop Brewing Company: This tiny original location was closed almost a year before this much bigger, and rooftop patio-equipped space down the street was ready. The taproom has 10 taps pouring a rotating selection of at least 13 brews, including a pair of IPAs (Stargazer and Coffee), a couple of pales, and... youguessedit!... at least two porters, as well.
Sumerian Brewing Co.: Opened near Redhook, and employing a brewer who got his start at Redhook, Sumerian will still make you feel worlds away from Seattle’s biggest craft brewer, not only thanks to incredible beers (try the American-style Narcissism IPA), but also because the refined yet comfortably rustic taproom is the opposite of what you’d expect to find in an exurban office park.
Anderson School Brewery: The only brewery on this list that doesn’t have a taproom per se, but what it does have are the various restaurants/bars inside Bothell’s Anderson School, a stunningly ambitious renovation of an old, well, school by prolific PDX crew McMenamins. The School’s 10-barrel brewing system is located in part of the old wood shop, as is what’s probably the best place to drink said beer: the appropriately named Woodshop bar, where there is plenty of pub food, a huge spirits selection, a bunch of bar games, and of course a handful of house-made beers.
So next time you’re in Seattle, stop by these awesome breweries and try out their IPAs, and bring us one...if it isn’t trouble.