You may or may not know that last week was Seattle Beer Week, a celebration of all the delicious pales, ales and lagers this wonderful region has to offer. Washington produces a whopping 77% of the hops used in all beer in the U.S., as well as around the world. That’s amazing, right!?! We’re like the Napa Valley of the beer world. No wonder people in this city love their beer! Now, I know, I know, I’m a week late for Beer Week, but hey, we’ve got the good stuff year ’round. Maybe they should rename it ‘Beer Year’. Can’t you argue that every week is Beer Week? I’m glad you asked. The answer is yes. To honor Beer Week in our own humble way, my friend Shane and I decided to take on 3 breweries in our city and do our own rating system and tasting for each place, based on some very official criteria. We are pros after all. And when I say pros, I really mean we enjoy a cold one after a long day’s work, and rate their taste by saying, ‘Mmmm, this is delicious.’ See? Very official.

The 3 breweries that we decided to try out are all of my favorite breweries in Seattle, so even though some had higher scores in certain areas than the others, they are all amazing tap rooms that I highly recommend to any beer lover out there. We visited Fremont Brewery in the Fremont neighborhood, Reuben’s brewery, and Stoup brewery, which are both in Ballard. This is how our rating sheet looked:

IMG_1998The multi-colored highlighters really give it a nice touch, don’t they? It just screams: We mean business. So, as you can see, our rating system is pretty straight forward. It’s on a 1-10 scale, with a 60 being the highest score possible. The ambiance means…..ambiance of the place. I think you guessed that. The crowd refers to who is there; dogs? kids? hipsters? You get the gist. Fave beer refers to how our favorite style beer that we ordered compares to how we like our favorite style beer to taste. Overall beers just means that we tasted each other’s beers, since we {luckily} prefer different styles, and whether or not we could say we preferred their beer styles. Again, VERY official. Beer temp is self explanatory, yet extremely important- no one wants a luke warm beer. No one. Comfort refers to how comfortable you feel in the space. Seating, warmth, having space, you know, things that make ya feel comfy! Alright, now that you’re on board with our official beer business, let’s get tasting. First stop….



Fremont Brewery is definitely one of the more popular breweries in the city. They make some solid no b.s. beer, which you can find at many of the bars around Seattle. Their enormous patio is definitely the place to be on a hot summer day. Here’s Shane gettin’ right down to business. Start scoring!



Our friend Kat joined us for a little while on our beer journey. So, we were able to try a few different beers at this place. I had the Endurance Imperial IPA, Shane had the Cask IPA and Kat had the Universale Pale. We all agreed that the Pale was the best. Overall rating?

Lael: 35

Shane: 34

Onward we go! Next up…


IMG_2002Reuben’s brewery has been in Ballard since 2012 and this city LOVES their beer. It is super tasty and you can really tell that each batch of their brews get a lot of love. We decided to go to their NEW tasting room, which is only a stone’s throw away from their original spot. It is beautiful! So much space, a great patio, lots of wood, they did a great job. I love that there were dogs everywhere. Fur babies are such a joy to have around on a beer outing. This is Poppy. Kat and I could not leave her alone. Just the cutest.




IMG_2020A few beers in, and I don’t quite recall what beers we were drinking. However, I do know that Kat and I had a mini photo shoot and Shane made his first business deal, so I’d say it was a good time at Reuben’s. Ready for scores?

Lael: 49

Shane: 41.5

Last stop…Stoup!


IMG_2022Stoup is probably my favorite beer in Seattle. They just do it right. Their IPAs are on point and their tap room is a place that I love to visit. We got here a little late, but had just enough time to get in a pint and finish up our score cards!


It was at this point into the eve that the over-achieving Shane decided to take notes on each place that we could add to our overall scores. I’ll letcha have a look:

IMG_2029Pretty good, huh? I think I would have been able to make a leeeeeeettle more sense out of what it said had the beer not been so strong. Although I can see that he liked the architecture at Reuben’s. Ratings at Stoup?

Lael: 51

Shane: 44

Final thoughts? We loved all the breweries! Each place has it’s own charm and story, and GREAT beer. Whichever spot you pick, there is surely a good time to be had. Here’s to Seattle’s awesome beer scene, and another week year of beer! Cheers!


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