Trip Report: How Seattle Compares to NYC, Part 3

Catch up: Read Part 1 and Part 2 Friday is chock full of eating, and also of meeting: Anna Roth, whom I’ve had many friends in common with, who was a fellow Citysearcher back in the day, and who is the author of West Coast Road Eats. Yet it took until last week, in the Big Apple, for us…


Buzzworthy Microbreweries

Our favorite Puget Sound breweries specializing in 'small batches' and alternative brewing spaces.

By official definition, a microbrewery produces less than 465,000 gallons of beer per year. Around here, we simply think of a microbrewery as one of our local breweries producing delicious beers. Even the largest local microbreweries, such as Redhook in Woodinville, produce a minuscule amount of beer compared to the nationally recognized brands. The smallest…


Best Beers in Washington

Our favorite local ales, lagers and Belgians, plus helpful tips on distinguishing between the three.

Washington brewers produce a wide variety of delicious beers that span virtually all beer styles. Our favorite picks are from the styles that are most common around here and represent a range of beers—light, heavy, low alcohol, high alcohol, etc. For your drinking pleasure, we provide two or three suggested beers: one that is common,…


The Unusual Beer Guide

Walk on the wilder side with our picks for several distinctive, less-common styles to complete your

Barley WineNamed so because it has an alcohol content similar to wine (around 8–12 percent), barley wine falls into the beer category because it is made with barley, not grapes. Most barley wines feature strong fruit and alcohol notes with toffee flavors and hoppiness, although they differ greatly from the palette presented by an IPA….


How to Pair Beer and Cheese

Find tasty bliss using America's two basic food groups: beer and cheese.

Beer has found its place in the culinary world, with beer dinners, pairings and other events on restaurant schedules around town. You’ll even find beer in food. But beer and cheese? Absolutely, says Warren Peterson, chef and so-called “beer czar” of Tom Douglas’ new beer-centric Brave Horse Tavern in South Lake Union. “Beer is food…

Washington Craft Beer Directory

We asked our panel of beer experts to list their favorite local and regional breweries in the state

* = usually only available at brewery Baron Brewing/Tree Skulls Ales/Pillagers PubGreenwood, 8551 Greenwood Ave. N, No. 5pillagerspub.comBest brew: Three Skulls Blood Orange Wit Big Al BrewingWhite Center, 9832 14th Ave. SWbigalbrewing.comBest brew: Brougham Bitter Big Time Brewing & AlehouseU District, 4133 University Way NEbigtimebrewery.comBest brew: Coal Creek Porter Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub*West Seattle,…


Seattle’s Macro Microbreweries

Here's what's new at three of our area's most established craft breweries.

Georgetown BrewingA singular focus on tasty beer In 2002, Roger Bialous and Manny Chao opened a brewery in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Bialous came from a background in biology and health care administration, and Chao was a home brewer who also enjoyed success as a beer salesman for Mac & Jack’s Brewery. The two friends approached…


Beer in the Northwest

In the early 1980s, you could count the number of American microbreweries on two hands, and two of them were in Washington: Redhook Ale Brewery in Ballard (now in Woodinville) and Grant’s Brewery Pub in Yakima (now closed). Since that time, a craft beer revolution has swept across the nation; these days, you can find…


Food News: Cantinetta Owners to Open Eastside Specialty Market and Deli

Some good news for Eastsiders: The owners of Cantinetta announced this week plans to open Mercato Stellina (10000 Main Street, Downtown Bellevue), an Italian market and sandwich shop in downtown Bellevue. We’ve been told the new shop will feature a mix of Italian specialty goods, including cheese and wine, cured meats, fresh pasta made at…


Golden Beetle Could Be Better

Maria Hines' much-anticipated new Ballard restaurant fails to impress.

Maria Hines’ Northwest cuisine–focused Tilth was only the second Oregon Tilth–certified organic restaurant in the country when it opened in 2006.  Within a year, the New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni called it one of the 10 best new restaurants in the country, and Hines has since been named the James Beard Best Chef…


Urban Safari: Capitol Hill’s 14th Avenue

The quaint horseshoe created by 14th Avenue and short spurs of Pike and Pine streets, flush with a r

EAT + DRINKAt intimate Spinasse (1531 14th Ave.; 206.251.7673; spinasse.com), award-winning chef Jason Stratton makes authentic northern Italian pastas (and his specialty, rabbit meatballs) in an open kitchen. Next month, Spinasse will expand into the adjacent storefront (formerly Whimsy Home Décor), adding more room for dining, plus a bar, Artusi, where guests can enjoy a…

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