Brewer Josh Waldman Tells Us The Best Places To Drink Beer In Seattle


Welcome to Beer This City! If you dig Eat This City and Drink This City but have always wanted more beer-ness, then this column is for you. We’re talking to brewers all over the world to get an in-depth look at the best places to drink amazing beer, grab a nosh, and find something truly unique in different cities around the world.

Finding a great place to drink a beer in Seattle isn’t hard. The Emerald City has a long history with microbrewing that dates back well over 30 years. Craft beer is deep in its DNA.

The Seattle brewing scene is all about community with big-name brewers like Elysian Brewing Company leading the pack. But the industry isn’t completely cutthroat. In fact, it’s built on sharing. Ideas are shared between brewing friends. Equipment is shared between breweries. Beers are shared and analyzed in low-lit haunts around town. The throughline of everything is the amazing beer you get to drink.

For our dollar, you can’t go to Seattle and not hit one of Elysian’s four locations across the city. Our favorite is The Elysian Taproom in the historic Georgetown industrial district. It’s a rollicking good time where beer is made, drunk, and pondered. You might even run into Elysian’s head brewer Josh Waldman there, sipping on a pint of the good stuff after a shift brewing up some delicious suds.

That’s exactly what happened to us on a recent trip, and we came away from our convo with Waldman’s favorite beer haunts in Seattle etched into our notebooks. The beer-scene star gave us a full scoop on where to grab a frothy pint. It’s no wonder that the city is one of our top picks for a beer trip in 2019.