Around the Pacific Northwest, there is a plethora of locally produced, outstanding beer. In the fall, the area’s seasonal beers shine. From pumpkin ales to wine-style ales, every pub in town is serving up local brews from some of the best breweries in town as well as some of the best in the country.
1415 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Pike Brewery lies in the middle of the tourist trap known as the Pike Place Market. Lucky for Seattle residents, Pike Place Market is actually a great place to shop for local crafts, groceries and eat some darn good food. Wash it all down with a pint from Pike Brewery. When the weather turns a bit chilly, the Auld Acquaintance with spicy aromatics warms the belly as does the spiced tea next door at Market Spice. Take a break from shopping and stop in for a pint of The Old Bawdy Wine-style Ale for a hearty treat.
9832 14th Ave. Southwest
Seattle, WA 98106
Big Al is a big brewery powerhouse in the Pacific Northwest. Its beers are found on tap all over town, and rightly so. Here, it has seasonal beers each season made by the brewmasters, but what makes Big Al so special is its Local Hero beers. These are a quarterly rotating brew based on a local home-brewers recipe, such as the recipe from a local firefighter who made beer from hops and chile peppers. It is a special treat unlike any other around. Take note, these beers run dry fast.
4301 Leary Way Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107
The neighborhoods Fremont and Ballard are unique to say the least. Hale’s Ales falls smack in the middle of the two, known as “Freelard” to the colorful locals. Though the location is a little left of center, Hale’s produces beers that are spot on in taste and flavor. With the oxymoronic Wee Heavy Winter Ale and O’Brien’s Harvest Ale available in the fall, the seasonal beers are sought out by locals and beer lovers alike.
1221 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Elysian Brewery offers up four seasonal beers throughout the year, but is the Night Owl Pumpkin Ale that gets the city of Seattle buzzing. It is so popular that it is now brewed in a Georgetown warehouse instead of the Capital Hill brewery where Elysian calls home. Brewed using 7.5 pounds of actual pumpkin in each barrel and then flavored with traditional pumpkin pie spices, this is one potent and potable beer. If pumpkin isn’t appealing, try one of the other seasonal brews including Bete Blanche in the spring, Loser the summer ale and Bifrost in the winter.
4700 Ohio Ave. South, Unit A
Seattle WA 98134
Two Beers Brewery treats the city of Seattle to amazing beers year round, and it still finds time to bring not only one seasonal beer per season but seven. Fall is the biggest event with three seasonal beers on tap, including a pumpkin spice ale, the Fresh Hop brew and the Heart of Darkness CDA. The Jive Espresso Stout featured in the winter will perk any gloomy local up with nice punch of caffeine and strong flavors.
206 Katy Penman Ave.
Bremerton, WA 98312
Just a short ferry ride across the sound from Seattle lays the city of Bremerton and the home of Silver City Brewery. Real, hard-core beer drinkers rave over the beers produced here. To coincide with the awesome regular line up, the seasonal beers are tremendous in their own right. The Ziggy Zoggy is an oddly named, unfiltered summer lager and the Oktoberfest is a Bavarian treat for the tongue in the fall. At Silver City, the brewers only brew beers they’d drink and everyone is glad they share.
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Denise LaCaille is a freelance writer living in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington and is passionate about the local food scene. Every weekend youll find her at farmers markets scouring for the freshest ingredients to create healthy dishes for her food blog she writes with her twin sister. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.