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June 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM

5 best beers for a Northwest Fourth of July

This year, the Fourth of July brings with it the usual fireworks, barbecue and midsummer sun (we hope), but also another special something: a genuine three-day weekend. And for that, we’re cracking some Independence Day beers. Here are our five favorites (roughly in order of cachet).

1 Rainier

Zeek "Built" Warzecha is a devotee of the Vitamin R. Photo by Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times.

Zeek “Built” Warzecha is a devotee of the Vitamin R. Photo by Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times.

A tradition as old as eating outdoors with friends (not really, but close), this local lager is a never-fail Northwest gulper.

2 Hilliard’s Saison

Aluminum beer can isolated over white

Nothing says “beer” like a plaid, aluminum can.

This Ballard brewery only started in 2011, but it has fast become a local favorite. The Saison is a perfect plein-air pale ale.

3 Manny's Pale Ale

Manny's Pale Ale gets prime billing at the Growler Station at Bartell Drugs in South Lake Union. Photo by Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times.

Manny’s Pale Ale gets prime billing at the Growler Station at Bartell Drugs in South Lake Union. Photo by Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times.

Aptly described by makers Georgetown Brewing Company as “darn tasty beer,”   this medium bodied, semi-hoppy brew has become ubiquitous at the city’s hipper suds spots. If Seattle had a beer mascot right now, this would be it.

4 Reuben's Brews Roggenbier

Beer brothers (-in-law) Adam Robbings and Mike Pfeiffer. Photo by Ellen Banner/The Seattle Times.

Beer brothers (-in-law) Adam Robbings and Mike Pfeiffer. Photo by Ellen Banner/The Seattle Times.

Brewed by English expat Adam Robbings, this rye hefeweizen won a silver medal at the World Beer Championships in 2012 — a fact that will mean nothing to you as you guzzle it with your bratwurst

5 Black Raven Nothing But Flowers Session IPA

Black Ravens look extra-patriotic in a soldierly line. Photo by Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times.

Black Ravens look extra-patriotic in a soldierly line. Photo by Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times.

The closest thing this area has to a cult beer, this IPA has distinctive floral and citrus notes. To get your hands on some, you can head to the brewery in Redmond — or we recommend hitting Chuck’s Hop Shop in the Central District.

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