Gallery: Behind the Scenes at Pike Brewing Company, Seattle, WA

Family Owned
Family Owned
The brew kettle proudly states that Pike is a family owned business. Pike is the second oldest family owned brewery operating in Washington.
Above the pub
Above the pub
The red grist case and mash tun are first seen when entering the brewery and sit one floor above the pub and restaurant.
Brewing Kettle
Brewing Kettle
The top of the brewing kettle is on the main level with the restaurant and pub and extends through the floor to the production facility underneath. The spent grain bin sits below it.
Pilot Brewery
Pilot Brewery
Pike’s 20 gallon pilot brewery is used for small batch and experimental brews. A recent beer from the pilot included honey grown from bee hives on the roof of the nearby Fairmont Hotel.
Yeast Brink
Yeast Brink
Yeast from previous brews can be stored here until needed.
Conditioning Tank
Conditioning Tank
This particular conditioning tank is extra thick and used specifically for Pike' Old Bawdy Barley Wine which conditions longer than their other beers.
Barrel Aging
Barrel Aging
Pike barrel ages beers at the brewery and at their South Lake Union warehouse. They began using Brettanomyces in 2006 to make beers like the Tripel Kriek XXX Cherry Ale, which is made with 60 pounds of local organic cherries per cask and aged in wine barrels. Here we also see barrels of Pike’s Entire which is a wood aged stout using oak bourbon barrels.
Bottle Line
Bottle Line
Nearly 20% of Pike's production goes into bottles for distribution in the Pacific Northwest.
Bottle Labels
Bottle Labels
These labels will be applied to Pike's bottled beers.
Kegs of Pike beer
Kegs of Pike beer
Approximately 60% of Pike's production goes into kegs for delivery to bars and restaurants.
The Sampler
The Sampler
Sampler trays are always a great way to check out new brews. Here we find Pike's Naught Nellie Golden Organic Ale, Pale Ale, IPA, Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, XXXXX Extra Stout and Monk's Uncle Tripel Ale.
Hops and malt samples
Hops and malt samples
As you walk around the Pike Pub you can find samples, displays, and literature about what goes into beer and how it is brewed.
Pike Double IPA
Pike Double IPA
The double IPA was a fine way to end my visit to the Pike Brewery and the kind of beer that will surely bring me back.
Growlers for beer to go
Growlers for beer to go
Pike Brewing has a gift shop with items for the beer lover, including t-shirts, stickers, and these cool 2-liter growlers.