This is the 2012 Seattle Beer News list of the Top 10 Beer Spots in Seattle. Many great bars, pubs, and breweries won’t make this list; that doesn’t mean they aren’t outstanding places. Check out the previous post for #8.
#7 Beer Spot in Seattle: The Noble Fir
When owners Rick Weersing and Ellen Kelly decided to combine their love of the great outdoors and good craft beer, The Noble Fir was born. Located in the heart of Ballard, this popular bar has become a staple for many locals. It’s a perfect place to just grab an after work beer, but they also put on some great special events, like their recent IPA Challenge and last year’s Fresh Hop Throwdown (coming again this year).
The Beer: The focus is on NW craft beer, with many offerings from both WA and OR. They seem to get more than their share of beer from two of my favorite Oregon breweries, Double Mountain and Boneyard, including some special releases I haven’t seen anywhere else. The prices can seem a bit on the expensive side, but sessionable beers are served in imperial pints, and the selection and quality is worth the price. They also have a bottle list with some gems to choose from, as well as a nice selection of cider and wine.
The Food: The food menu is limited but offers a well-chosen selection of meat, cheeses, and vegetables. You can choose from 3, 5 or 7 items, and your selections come with baguette from Macrina and garnishes. It’s nice to have a good quality snack to go along with your beers.
The Atmosphere: It’s just a great place to hang out. A large front window lets the sun shine in, while big booths at the back wall allow for groups to congregate. I typically belly up to the bar, but I also love their back nook that includes a treasure trove of outdoor resources, including travel guides, hiking books, and maps. My wife and I have planned a couple hikes in there over beers.
Overall: The Noble Fir makes me wish I live in Ballard. The friendly atmosphere combined with the great beer is really a winning combination. Rick and Ellen are two of the nicest people in the industry, and it’s always a pleasure to visit.
The Noble Fir
5316 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107