If you missed it, make sure to check out the first part of our Northeast Seattle Urban Hike. In the first part, we visited Hudson Public House, Cooper’s Alehouse, and The Reservoir. You can check out photos on Flickr.
Not too far up the street from The Reservoir is the Roosevelt Ale House, our next stop. They also have a nice patio out front, but this one was pretty packed and there were no tables for a group of our size. No matter, as we all grabbed some beers from the solid, but not spectacular, selection of taps and then headed to the pool table (where I proceeded to embarrass myself). The Roosevelt seems to follow the pattern of other alehouses in town, offering solid beer and food in a laid back, family-friendly environment. While not exactly a destination for those outside the neighborhood, it’s well worth a visit if you find yourself in the area.
Next, we embarked on a longer leg of our hike as we ventured up to Boud’s Pinehurst Pub. Once again, Boud’s doesn’t have much of a beer selection, but options were limited on our way to the next stops further up Lake City. Boud’s is a bit of a dive, but I recall a few decent beers on tap here as well. They have a sizable patio out front, as well as pool tables. The place seemed friendly, and I imagine I’d find myself on their patio occasionally if I lived in the neighborhood.
Next, we were off on the last stretch of our walking and on the way to Beer Authority. Part of Seattle’s new revolution of bottle shops with beers also on draft, Beer Authority has a great selection of bottles and several outstanding beers on tap for pints and growler fills. I enjoyed a pint (maybe two?) of the Boneyard RPM IPA, which I just can’t get enough of these days. They have a small bar with a TV where you can enjoy your pint and watch a game, as well as a couple tables inside and outside. There isn’t much in the way of atmosphere, but that wouldn’t stop me from frequenting the shop.
The last stop of the day was the new Elliott Bay Public House & Brewery on Lake City Way. The popular West Seattle based brewery opened up this location just a month or two ago, and business is booming. The restaurant is quite large, with room for the hordes of families that live in the area. The huge bar was packed with people waiting for tables, and we joined them with pints in hand. The pub has a nice feel to it. There are quite a few Elliott Bay beers on tap, including several that they make just for this location. I had a coffee stout on nitro that I really enjoyed, and the much-needed food we ordered was good as well. As this was the last stop of the hike, I’d love to make a return visit when things aren’t quite as “hazy” as they were after a day-long beer hike…
So, there you have it. This turned out to be a very successful beer hike to explore an area that tends to get overlooked when it comes to beer spots. I hope you get to check out some of these places for yourself if you haven’t, especially Hudson/Last Drop, Cooper’s, Beer Authority and Elliott Bay.