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).
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
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
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
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
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.