As long-time home to the Annual Washington Brewer’s Festival, the Eastside is no stranger to the popularity of the local craft beer scene. For a long while however, the number of brewers that called Seattle’s Eastside their permanent home were few and far between.
One of the notable improvements of the Eastside over the past decade, if we do say so ourselves, is the array of craft breweries setting up shop and taking the area by storm. The Eastside has truly become a haven for any beer connoisseur with over 20 brewery/tasting rooms currently in operation. As such – we are thrilled to put together this “virtual tour” of our Eastside breweries, that can be book marked and referenced for years to come.
As more brewers continue to find their way to the Eastside, it is our goal to keep this list updated as a master guide for Eastside residents and visitors looking to experience the region’s incredible beer scene. That being said, if you’re a new brewer to the area and don’t see yourself on the list, be sure to get in touch!
Eastside Brewery Guide Format
What this guide includes:
- A comprehensive list and description of breweries (or tasting rooms for specific local brewers) organized by location, and found in: Woodinville, Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Bellevue, Issaquah, and the Snoqualmie Valley
- A top recommended or featured brew from each spot
What this guide does not include:
- Geographic coverage does not go as far South as Renton, or as far North as Bothell (but these two cities definitely boast some awesome spots worth visiting that are just a hop skip away!)
- Tap houses or pubs (but stick around for a future article on our favorite tap houses found around the Eastside!)
To jump to a specific City’s offerings use the below table of contents, or keep on scrolling to browse them all!
Table of Contents:
- Breweries in Woodinville
- Breweries in Kirkland
- Breweries in Bellevue
- Breweries in Redmond/Sammamish
- Breweries in Issaquah
- Breweries in the Snoqualmie Valley
A final note before diving in – please be sure to check the Breweries’ websites for current operating hours and availability.
Breweries in Woodinville
Known for being a long time key player in the Pacific Northwest’s wine culture, Woodinville has evolved to now have a brag-worthy brewing scene as well. Located just under 13 miles from Seattle in the gorgeous Sammamish River Valley, Woodinville is our favorite spot for brewery hopping due to the proximity of many of the breweries to one another.
Open 365 days per year, this pet friendly establishment offers both indoor and open air patio seating, a rotating food truck schedule, and a variety of beers to suit any palate.
Featured Brew: Bloodgeon (4.7% ABV) This refreshing citrus flavored wheat ale incorporates the subtle raspberry-like citrus notes of the blood orange, and is perfect for a sunny summer day.
If your looking for hops, you’ve come to the right place. Sumerian’s specialty seems to be hop-forward flavors, which they do well – as is apparent by their multiple award winning brews. Their tasting room offers indoor and outdoor seating, and is dog friendly as well. Fun fact from their website: “Sumerians were the first brewers in history over 6,000 years ago.” Sumerian Brewing Co. chose their name in honor of the incredible history of one of mankind’s most beloved beverages.
Featured Brew: Hopruption Double IPA (8.0% ABV) Their hop loaded, super balanced, multi AWARD winning IPA is their brewer’s recommendation, and utilizes Cascade, Centennial, Mosaic, and Citra hops.
This Northwest-made, German-inspired 30bbl craft brewery/beer hall is open for tasting Thursday – Sunday, and offers weekly “Food Truck Saturdays.” If you’re looking for incredible German Style brews, Bosk is a sure bet!
Featured Brew: A Woman’s Place (Is in the Brewery) (4.9% ABV) This dry-hopped vienna lager uses Munich malt as a base. Melandinian and Caramel 40 Malt add a complex toasty-bready flavors to this Austrian style beer. Dry hopped with the 2020 Pink Boots hop blend which consists of Azacca, El Dorado, Idaho Green and Loral hops. This offers tropical fruit, citrus and pine aromas.
Métier means “one’s calling,” and at Métier Brewing Company their calling is “brewing damn good beer and building stronger community to inspire bigger dreams for all.” Talk about a brewery that gives back – we are as impressed by their commitments to creating a more inclusive craft beer community as we are by their well rounded offering of perfectly brewed beer.
Their family, pet, and bike friendly location in the heart of Woodinville has both indoor and outdoor seating, and a regular rotation of food trucks and live music, making this one of our favorite spots on the Eastside.
Featured Brew: Coconut Porter (5.6% ABV) Infused with toasted coconut, their award winning Porter is silky smooth, rich and robust, with a touch of sweetness on the finish.
A nano-brewery, and one of the newest on the scene, Good Brewing Co. features premium ales and lagers, brewed and served in two locations in Woodinville. Their first taproom features 20 beers on tap, a full food menu, and is a family friendly establishment. Their newest taproom, opened in 2020 in the Hollywood district of Woodinville, is 21+ and offers their same great beer selection, but no food service.
Featured Brew: Gateway Pilsner (5.56% ABV) This clean and crisp Pilsner is well rounded with a hint of biscuit malt background.
Located near 405 and the Interurban Trail, Crucible Brewing makes a fantastic pit stop for cyclists and urban hikers alike. Open Thursday through Sunday, they are kid and pet friendly, and focus on high-quality small-batch beer.
Featured Brew: Pink Drink Sour (4.5% ABV) This raspberry sour is a light, tart, and refreshing kettle sour, brewed with raspberry puree.
20 Corners Brewing offers an impressive variety of craft beer brewed just a few feet away from their Woodinville taproom. Their taproom is a must-visit on the Eastside, and is open 7 days per week with full food service including brunch, flatbreads, sandwiches and more.
Not only do they brew great beer, but 20 Corners also takes an impressive stand on brewing responsibly and protecting the great outdoors, with a commitment to do their part “to help protect the world in which we love to play by imbibing responsibly, supporting environmental non-profits, recapturing water from the brewing process, sourcing renewable energy, re-purposing spent grain into animal feed, and building energy-efficient breweries.”
Featured Brew: New England Juicy Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) This 2018 Brewers Choice Awards Silver Medal winner is a gorgeous hazy gold in the glass, and stars Citra and Ella hops that deliver notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and green herbaceous aromatics. A subtle malt character brings this beer to balance, making it incredibly drinkable.
Breweries in Kirkland
Each of Kirkland’s breweries are conveniently located within easy access from I-405, and make for a fabulous trio of spots during a visit or stay in this scenic water front town.
In October 2020, Brewing Savage Co. became the newest brewery in Kirkland, taking over the tap house formally owned by Flycaster Brewing (who has since shut down). Owned by husband-wife team Will and Layken Savage, Brewing Savage offers an intimate taproom in Kirkland’s Totem Lake neighborhood with eight signature taps and two rotating small-batch seasonal taps.
Featured Brew: Coming Soon
With an impressive line-up of 18 rotating taps, there’s something for everyone at Maelstrom. Offerings include a variety of pilsner, golden, scotch, pale and other ales, and of course several IPA offerings.
Featured Brew: Été Saison (5.8% ABV) This belgian-style farmhouse ale is fermented very warm with a special yeast which creates its fruity and peppery profile. Slightly earthy finish.
Located along Kirkland’s Corridor Trail, Chainline is another pet and family friendly venue. As stated on their website, their “20 barrel Deutsche Beverage brewhouse inspired by our commitment to our Czech Style influences allows us to create unique recipes & utilize processes & equipment not often seen this side of the Atlantic.”At time of publishing they were in the process of opening a new taproom – stay tuned for updates on that!
Featured Brew: Cerne Czech Black Lager (5.4% ABV) A smooth-drinking, chocolaty and shockingly refreshing Czech black lager. This beer looks like a porter, but drinks like a dream, and was a 2018 World Beer Cup Bronze Medal winner.
Breweries in Bellevue
For having the largest population of any of our Eastside Cities, Bellevue’s beer scene is still catching up. They do have two fabulous breweries that currently call Bellevue home however, that are well worth the visit. As the second largest city-center in Washington State, we’re excited to see how the industry evolves here in coming years.
Bellevue’s first locally owned craft brewery, Bellevue Brewing Company was founded in 2012 and offers a huge indoor taproom, full food menu, and welcomes minors until 8PM. Their laid-back industrial vibe is a welcome feature to the Eastside as is their selection of aromatic beer styles “characterized by clean, nuanced flavors, and excellent balance.”
Featured Brew: Sudo Crazy Hazy IPA (6.2% ABV) An unapologetically aromatic, juicy IPA featuring notes of passion fruit, orange, guava, and a mosaic hop finish.
Because, whats not meant to be about the marriage between pizza and beer? Resonate boasts impressive qualifications backing their brews including over 50 awards, and an owner that is a certified Beer Judge. They offer a healthy supply of IPAs as well as a little something for everyone. Whats even better, Resonate takes their pizza as seriously as their beer. Their dough goes through a 72-hour fermentation cycle, producing an irresistible Alla-Romana style pie. If you have yet to stop by for a visit, we suggest you put Resonate at the top of your list.
Featured Brew: Gold Digger Kolsch (5.5% ABV)
Breweries in Redmond & Sammamish
Found on the Eastern perimeter of Lake Sammamish, Redmond and Sammamish have a small but mighty team of notable craft breweries that have made themselves at home in various business parks and shopping centers around the cities. Their incognito locations attract a laid-back crowd and culture that we have totally loved being a part of. Like Woodinville, several breweries are found clustered within close proximity, making a Redmond brew tour a perfect afternoon outing for any hop lover.
With two taproom locations – one in Redmond and the other the only brewery in Sammamish – Big Block is a much welcomed addition to our Eastside suburbs. We’ve watched them grow (and enjoyed their beers) since their humble origins of brewing out of their brewery/tap room in the garage of their Sammamish home. Their current Sammamish location, right off of Lake Sammamish, offers large indoor and outdoor seating areas, and a variety of jumbo outdoor games to keep you busy during your visit. Their Sammamish location is 21+, but their new Redmond location is an all ages venue.
Featured Brew: “The Boss” Honey Pale Ale (7% ABV) Big Block adds raspberry honey to this Pale Ale during the boil, during which a majority of the sugars are fermented out leaving behind a slight citrus and floral undertone. Northern Brewer and Cascade hops are then added to make a complex, smooth, and easy drinking beer.
One of the “pioneers” in the Eastside region, Mac & Jack’s has been brewing up fan favorites since 1993 out of their business park location right by the East entrance to Marymoor Park. Over 20 years later owners Mac, and Jack, are still brewing with an earned quality and consistency that has made them an industry leader.
Featured Brew: City Swim Lager (5% ABV) City Swim is a clean, crisp, light dry-hop lager with hints of melon and tropical fruits, built for those days you want to be enjoying the outdoors.
Just a couple doors down from Mac & Jack’s you’ll find Postdoc Brewing. From paint nights to beer and chocolate pairing events, an ongoing offering of food trucks and trivia nights, there’s always a reason to come to Postdoc. We love their location right outside Marymoor Park which makes them a perfect choice for post run or ride on the Sammamish River Trail. They’re also pet (and kid) friendly so head on over after a visit to the Dog Park or youth sports activity.
Featured Brew: Seamus O’Brien Irish Stout (4.4%ABV) This dry Irish stout is served on a nitro pour for a smooth body and mild roasted notes.
A long standing favorite of the Eastside community, Black Raven actually has two taprooms – their original Redmond location (which is 21+) and a second Woodinville location (Family friendly). They do beer, and they do it well. With a large variety of beers and many award winners among them, it’s hard to pick just one of our Black Raven favorites to feature. They offer unique flavor profiles without overdoing it, in household favorites such as their Kitty Kat Blues, a pale ale incorporating hints of dried blueberries, vanilla beans and hibiscus. To round out their offerings they bring in a variety of food trucks on a rotating schedule, making them an easy place to spend an afternoon.
Featured Brew: Festivus Holiday Ale (7.1% ABV) Black Raven’s Festivus ale is brewed in the holiday spirit with cranberries, various citrus peel fruit and a brewer’s secret blend of spices. Keep a look out for its release annually in the Fall.
Breweries in Issaquah
A City tucked in the valley between the scenic Issaquah Alps and the neighboring Sammamish Plateau, Issaquah makes an amazing base-camp for outdoor adventures and more. Their local breweries have been the site of many of our post-hike/swim/bike refreshments.
This Issaquah based microbrewery sells craft beers via pint sales, bottles and growler fills both out of their licensed garage brewery, and via their website. In other words, we want to be like them when we grow up! Their onsite tasting room is temporarily closed due to COVID, but be sure to check out their site for local brews to-go.
Featured Brew: Brewer’s Choice Their tap list is always changing so check out what small batch brews they have available by visiting their website.
Formula Brewing is the newest on the scene. Their All-American 15 barrell brewing operation is tucked right in a small business park in Issaquah, with easy access from I-90 and just a jaunt down the road to the incredible Lake Sammamish State Park. Their indoor/outdoor tap room and biergarten are open daily, and their kitchen (serving up house made pizzas and salads!) is open Thursday-Sunday. They’ve got a healthy variety and ever growing tap list, with something to appeal to any variety of tastes.
Featured Brew: Cashmere IPA (6% ABV) From their single hop IPA series featuring Cashmere hops. Aroma attacks in this brew with tropical fruit (papaya), and candy, and finishes out with hints of watermelon and mint.
Breweries in the Snoqualmie Valley & Beyond
The Snoqualmie Valley is easily one of the most picturesque regions East of Seattle. With the vast and green farmlands of Duvall, Carnation, and Fall city, and the Main Street America appeal of the mountain towns of Snoqualmie and North Bend, making yourself at home in the Valley is hard not to do. If you find yourself heading to the “far East” side of the Eastside, be sure to make one of these breweries a final stop for your day.
Valley House Brewing Co. (Duvall)
Valley House Brewing Co. is a 21+ craft brewery, tap room, and restaurant situated right on the main drag (literally on Main Street) in the charming Duvall Downtown, that serves up a variety of fresh beer, cider, food, and local wines. Their food menu offerings have a down-to-earth farm-to-table vibe, and their small but mighty tap lineup has our mouth watering.
Featured Brew: Nitro Squirrel Nut Barrel Aged Dunkelweizen (6.9% ABV) Their dunkelweizen is aged in bourbon barrels, with dark rum soaked toasted coconut, then served on Nitrogen.
No Boat Brewing Company (Snoqualmie Ridge)
Located in a giant warehouse in the unsuspecting Snoqualmie Ridge suburbs, No Boat is a 21+ venue offering indoor and outdoor seating and a daily rotation of food trucks Tuesday through Sunday. Stop by post hike or visit to the stunning nearby Snoqualmie Falls, for a delicious brew and daily food truck offerings.
Featured Brew: Bia Hoi Vietnamese Lager (4.1%)
Snoqualmie Falls Brewery (Snoqualmie)
A longstanding staple of the Snoqualmie Valley, Snoqualmie Falls Brewery has stood the test of time. They’re owned by five friends, and as they’ve grown over the years, have remained independently owned, and recently re-branded and expanded to add an outdoor seating area. Their family friendly, full service restaurant and brewery is a must visit on any trek through the greater Snoqualmie Valley.
Featured Brew: Wildcat IPA (6.6% ABV) Wildcat IPA is a single hopped IPA with Columbus hops. A generous amount of Munich Malt gives it balance, body, and a great overall mouth-feel. Copper color, full body but light and well balanced. Big bitter hop profile is smoothed out by the rich malt flavors. Still has a nice hoppy finish.
Volition Brewing (North Bend)
Aiming to combine their love of experimentation with brewing up styles that appeal to a variety of tastes and patrons, Volition states “We view the creation of beer through overlapping genres, in which well-defined and not-so-well-defined styles exist.” Their philosophy is reflected on their tap list which includes lots of approachable beers, hop forward beers, and fruit and farmhouse specials. This newer North Bend brewery is open daily, kid and pet friendly, and offers an almost daily appearance of favorite local food trucks.
Featured Brew: Sungun Belgian Witbier (5.1% ABV) Orange, spice, and everything nice! Big bursts of Orange Bubble Yum, orange spicecake, ginger snap, and marmalade shine through in their sunny Belgian Witbier made with fresh navel orange zest.
Dru Bru (Snoqualmie Pass)
The last stop on our list, you’ll find Dru Bru down I-90 East, at the base of the Snoqualmie Pass Ski Resort area. Open year round, you can’t find a more gorgeous back drop for your beer drinking endeavors than here. Open to all ages, seven days per week, once you know they’re there it’s hard NOT to stop by during any trip over/up to the pass.
Featured Brew: Hoppy Collab Hazy IPA (6.5% ABV) A collaboration with Yakima Valley Hops and Haas Hops, which combines the new Bru-1 and other hops to create distinct aromas of pineapple and herbal undertones.