Since I live in the South end, I’ve been a bit of an advocate for Seattle’s many South end breweries. Back in 2015 I even published an article encouraging craft beer lovers to check out all of the breweries in SoDo, Georgetown, South Park and Columbia City. As I pointed out in that article, the South end rivals Ballard for the sheer number of breweries you can visit, albeit spread out a bit more than the concentration in Ballard.
In order to continue encouraging craft beer fans to visit Seattle’s South end breweries, they have come together to form the South Seattle Brewery Coalition (SSBC), which encourages you to “be disloyal” and drink someone else’s beer. According to the SSBC: “We love challenging one another to make better beer, to provide more excellent service, and to better educate the wonderful people who have chosen to support our businesses.”
Here is the full press release from the South Seattle Brewery Coalition:
SEATTLE (February 21, 2017) – The newly formed South Seattle Brewery Coalition (SSBC) is encouraging visitors and locals alike to “be disloyal” with the help of a new map highlighting South Seattle’s vibrant craft beer scene. Featuring 14 distinctive breweries – offering the city’s most diverse range of beer from cask to gluten free and everything in between – the new map recommends three easy-to-navigate routes through the historic brewing district’s unique territory. Coinciding with Washington Beer Commission’s Brewery Open House, SSBC maps will be available for pickup at all participating breweries beginning Saturday, February 25.
Birthplace of Seattle Brewing & Malting Company and Rainier Beer, some of the city’s first breweries long called the area home, and today, the 14 breweries now residing in South Seattle are dedicated bringing the area back to its former brewing glory, together.
“One of the things that makes the Seattle beer community so incredible is a dedication to supporting one another,” said Dan Armerding, tasting room lead at Two Beers Brewing Co. “South Seattle offers something for everyone, and our goal is to spread the love and give you an excuse to drink someone else’s beer.”
Broken out into three suggested routes – making it easy for craft beer lovers to plan their own tour – breweries featured on the map include:
1st AVE ROUTE
Ghostfish Brewing Co.
Seapine Brewing Co.
Schooner Exact Brewing Co.
Two Beers Brewing Co.
Machine House Brewing
Jellyfish Brewing Co.
Counterbalance Brewing Co.
Tin Dog Brewing Co.
RAINIER AVE ROUTE
Flying Lion Brewing
NW Peaks Brewing
The map and accompanying poster also feature important information about each brewery, including their address, phone number, website and available amenities. Guests are encouraged to visit a brewery’s individual website, or call ahead for up-to-date taproom hours and additional information.
For more information and an online version of the map, visit www.southseattlebreweries.com.
ABOUT SOUTH SEATTLE BREWERY COALITION
South Seattle is known for its rich brewing history. The birthplace of Seattle Brewing & Malting Company and Rainier Beer, some of the city’s first breweries have long called the area home. Today, 14 breweries reside in South Seattle and are dedicated to seeing the industry grow. Combining forces to create the South Seattle Brewery Coalition, we love challenging one another to make better beer, to provide more excellent service, and to better educate the wonderful people who have chosen to support our businesses. Pick up a SSBC map at any one of the participating breweries and find out more at www.southseattlebreweries.com.
According to Caitlin Braam, President of Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and Seattle Cider Company: “Seattle’s original brewing district, birthplace of Seattle Brewing & Malting Company and Rainier Beer, South Seattle’s landscape is as diverse as the breweries that make it up and we’re determined to make it easy for everyone to explore all the amazing beer the area has to offer.”
Starting this Saturday, February 25th (the same day as Washington Beer Open House), you can visit any of Seattle’s South end breweries and pick up an SSBC map (as shown above), listing three different brewery crawls you can take down 1st Avenue, through Georgetown and through Rainier Avenue South. So come on down to the South end this Saturday, pick up a map, take a brewery crawl, and perhaps discover a hidden craft brewery gem you may have been overlooking.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.