Ultimate Drinkers Guide to Renton

Much could be said about Renton.  It’s not quite the eastside, it’s nothing like Seattle; and it doesn’t have much in common with Kent and further south.  It seems to be the forgotten city in the Seattle area.  But I am here to tell you that there is a wonderful beer drinking scene that is emerging in this underrated city and I am here to help you.

To make things easier, I’ve created 4 categories of drinking. We have Craft Beer, Dive Bars, Specialty Bars, and Date Night.  I do this cause everyone has a different idea how they want to drink, people who frequent dive bars and want a cheap Coors want nothing to do with a craft beer bar… and that’s just life.

First we start with.

Craft Beer Bars 

Brewmasters Taproom – The jewel of craft beer in Renton.  The beer drinking community is becoming quite smitten with this bar as it features 24 rotating taps, a wide variety of bottles and cans, and a fun atmosphere.  Owner Marley has built a family of friends among her regulars. Highly recommended if you are a craft beer lover.

Four Generals Brewing – The only brewery in Renton, and known to put out some outstanding lagers and lighter beers.  The Brewing Network recently did a piece on this brewery – as they continue to get more love in the brewery community. Located in the old city hall, ask nicely and you might be able to visit the old jail cell. A good stop.

Local 907 – Craft beer bar and restaurant, this establishment offers traditional bar food plus a good size craft beer list.  A good place to stop before a night of drinking to get a good burger and a few beers. They also have darts, pool and buck hunter for those who like to be entertained.

The Brick Pub and Grill – The unsung hero of the highlands, the Brick boasts a great menu with a solid selection of craft beer.  This is a great spot for those who are looking for something off the beaten path of downtown Renton.

Dog and Pony Alehouse – Famously known for being on Restaurant: Impossible, the DnP is a local hangout Boeing employees. Boasting a wide variety of local craft beers and a menu that features my favorite fish and chips in Renton, a good spot in the North Renton neighborhood.

Whistle Stop – Advertised as a “Your neighborhood family pub”, the Whistle Stop has a great food menu and a quality craft beer selection. They always have a cask beer on tap to keep things interesting. Whistle Stop often has brewers nights also for those looking to try to breweries from around the northwest.

Trenchers – Originally the site of World of Beer, Trenchers as undergone a lot of change in the past years.  While they have pulled back on the craft beer and have focused more on their food menu, you can still find quality beer and slightly higher than average prices.

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Podcast 21: Boots and Brews

We turn 21! Thanks to everyone who has listened!  As always you can download it on iTunes or just listen here.  We talk about a lot of breweries including Wet Coast, Dunagan, Odd Otter, Cole Street, At-Large, Three Magnets plus a bunch more. Sam is leading the show today so sit back and enjoy.

 

Entry 80: Wet Coast, Best Coast

Brewery: Wet Coast Brewing

Location: Gig Harbor, WA

Reason: Weekend in Bremerton, needed a beer on the way home.

 

After weeks apart, our brave WABL journeymen came together to brave a new terrain. Samwise and I loaded up the war wagon (Fiat) for a long mission (overnight). Upon our journey home, we had to stop for sustenance. We found ourselves peering over a vast ocean, an ocean of beer.

Wet Coast is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries in this great state of Washington.  It may not get the publicity of a Fremont or Cloudburst, but the beer is equal if not better.  In a strip mall off of highway 16, the brewery is has a classic feel that you come to expect.  Operating on a 3.5 barrel system, Wet Coast is able to keep 8 beers plus a cider on tap at all times.  When our journey took us near this brewery, I knew it was a must stop.

If you can get there now, I highly suggest their triple IPA.  When you think of IPAs, especially triples, you think hoppy and boozy.  But, this triple has a sweet finish that can be incredibly dangerous.  If you’re looking for that stronger IPA flavor, they have an imperial IPA for you.  If you are looking for something on the lighter side, the Pale, Cream, and IPA will all satisfy.

There are very few breweries I can recommend more that Wet Coast.  Child friendly, cool swag and a friendly vibe should be a reason alone, but the beer is easily one of the top 10 in Washington.

Entry 78: Nothing Standard Here

Brewery: Standard Brewing

Location: Seattle, WA

Reason: Do I really need reasons anymore?

There are times in life when you just want something basic. Something average.  Something standard.  But not on this journey, we demand the best and when it comes to Standard Brewing, only the name is standard.

Located on Jackson Ave in Seattle in a renovated house, Standard Brewery boosts a fantastic outside drinking area.  That is mostly due to the fact that the inside of the brewery is pretty small.  But the outside has several heaters, partially undercover and has a great craft brewery feel to it.

Standard has come a long way in the past few years.  When I first visited, they had a very small selection but in the last year, they have put a lot of time, effort and money to expanding their brewery and now they have 10 or so different types of beers on tap.

One of the first things I like to do when I visit breweries is taste their lighter beers and I do this for a reason.  Dark beers, while delicious, have such a rich and dominating body that it is difficult to taste any imperfections in the beer.  But when you taste their lighter beers, it is much more difficult to hid any problems.  You can taste the body, the hops, smell the aroma.  Get a really good feel for the talent of the brewery.  And when you go to Standard, you’ll notice that the brewery has tremendous talent.

I highly recommend the Mosaic Single Hop, the Jerry of the Day and if they still have it, their Wet Hopped Pale Ale.  All of them blend the hops and malt together perfectly to create a well balanced beer.  Especially the Jerry of the Day if you love those the tropical flavor of Azacca and Simcoe hops.

Standard also has a West Coast IPA (tropical and light), CDA (piney), and Rye IPA (dank and rye).  And these are the ones that I’ve had.  Standard has such a diverse selection there is a beer for anyone who wants to visit.

If you want something more than standard, visit Standard Brewery.  You wont be disappointed.  Just make sure to bring a jacket.

 

eNTRY 77: lOWERCASE bREWING

Brewery: Lowercase

Location: Seattle (Georgetown)

Reason: Grand re-opening of new location!

Welcome to Georgetown, Lowercase Brewing! After a few months of getting permits and fighting the bureaucracy that is Seattle it is wonderful to see your beautiful doors open once again.  No journey is ever complete without visiting the nice folks at Lowercase Brewing.

Starting off in South Park area of Seattle, Lowercase made the long and arduous trek all the way to Georgetown and moved into an old welding building.  And I know what you’re thinking, “Old welding building?!? Awesome!” and it is!  Roll up doors, large outdoor seating area with incandescent lights hanging and wood accents all throughout the brewery.

The beer itself is very traditional.  As in, when you order a beer from them, expect it to taste like you think that style should be.  Their ESB tastes like an ESB, their pale taste like a pale.  Which is wonderful because you know exactly what you’re going to get and if you enjoy a certain style, you’re going to love their beer.

Also, get the shandy.  It’s probably my favorite.  They carbonate their lemonade/limeade so when you combine it with either their pale or Mexican lager you’re going to get a refreshing low alcohol beer with POP!

Wonderful brewery, with wonderful beer.  Head to Georgetown and have a fun night.  The brewery is on airport way, just south of all the bars and restaurants in that area.img_20161111_194728