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 27: The Brewery Bubble

When will the brewery bubble burst? We have the headbrewer from Airways brewery on to talk about the brewery bubble and if/when it will bust.



Podcast 26: Decibel Brewing

Fun night at Decibel. We had the owner and brewer Corey on to talk everything Decibel Brewing.

We forgot to mention on the podcast that Decibel is Kid friendly AND Dog Friendly, so check it out! A lot of fun.


Podcast 25: Wild Ride and Freshies

Is there anything better than Fresh Hops? Sam and I discuss.  Then we have Brian from Wild Ride brewing to talk everything Redmond, OR beer!



Entry 81: 20,000 Leagues under the Maelstorm

Brewery: Maelstorm Brewing

Location: Kirkland WA

Reason: New Day, New Brewery

There came a time recently where WABL journey needed to explore, to sail into the sunset and discover new breweries. So we set a course and headed north towards the great unknown, when we noticed something ominous on the horizon, a swirling vortex, and before we knew it, we found ourselves caught in the grips of the Maelstorm.

On July 13, 2017, Maelstorm Brewing finally opened their doors in Kirkland. A project that has been brewing since owner and head brewer, Scott developed a love of beer. The newest kid on the WABL block, has a welcoming tap room with roll up doors and an outdoor seating area for those sunny Kirkland afternoons. The central location in Kirkland is perfect for meeting up with our friends on the north end of the lake. I would recommend getting a sampler tray at least once, if for no other reason, to admire the custom sampler trays.

Finally, for the real reason that everyone is here, the contents of those sampler trays. Maelstorm specializes in traditional craft beers. Matt and I tried the Petra Kolsh, the Pale, and the Anodyne IPA. I really liked the IPA, a traditional west coast IPA. Matt was a big fan of the Kolsh, very light and refreshing on a summer day, or when you are in the mood for a lighter beer. The pale had a maltier body giving it a fuller mouth feel, one of our friends left the brewery raving about this one.