This bottle shop on Wallingford's main drag has long been a destination for beer geeks in the city, bringing in 950 bottles from around the world. The long, slim hallway of a store doesn't seem set up to squeeze tables in between the fridges, but by installing taps at the far end, Bottleworks has done it.
The dog-friendly (but over-21 only) shop carries ten taps at a time, with a wide variety to please the grand spectrum of beer geeks who come by. A dry cider from Snowdrift (just across the mountains in Wenatchee) sits tap-by-tap with the Belgian Tilquin Oude Gueze 2011 and a classic Northwest IPA from Fremont Brewing (about a mile away).
Two Beers Brewery
Hidden in an office park just off Highway 99, Two Beers opens their brewery doors to the public five days a week. Their twelve tap handles are not all always in use, but those that are serve up Two Beers' own goods, like the exceedingly smooth Immersion Amber or the beautifully floral, hop-forward Evolutionary IPA, along with their seasonal brews, and brewery exclusives like the brilliant grapefruit-infused version of their IPA which picks up on the beer's natural citrus notes.
Kids and dogs are welcome, and on nice days drinkers can pull up a seat on 'the dock.' There's no deck here, just a repurposed loading dock. The view from the cement platform might not be the best, but when you're drinking some of the city's best beers on a rare sunny spring day, who cares?
Chuck's 85th St. Market (AKA Chuck's Hop Shop)
In the last two years since Chuck bought his mini-mart, it's gone from a convenience store with a few taps to a beer-lover's destination, with chips and sodas confined to a small corner. Over 30 taps (mostly catering to the IPA lover) are now available, all the better to sip on while browsing the extensive selection of bottled and canned beers.
Chuck upgraded the seating, too, getting rid of the original—and slightly quirky—indoor picnic tables in favor of real chairs and tables. They are almost always full of adults sipping beer while children and dogs scamper around the store. The congestion in the small space has led Chuck to open a second store, coming soon to the Central District.
Super Deli Mart
Unlike Chuck's, Super Deli Mart hasn't done much 'converting' since putting in six taps behind the convenience store counter near the hoagie fixings (the store and its owner are descendants of the sandwich royalty of the original local "Hoagies Corner" stores).
But those taps serve up rare beers (including Utopias, "the world's most expensive beer") and interesting finds (such as Scarlett Red Rye Ale from Speakeasy). A few long tables are shoved between the chip aisles, and a tall table takes up a corner by the cigars, which seems as good a place as any to sit when you're drinking serious beer in a convenience store.
In a remodeled warehouse on the industrial side of Ballard, Hilliard's churns out four different iconic tall cans of beer. But here at the brewery, it's the kegs that really show the impressive work of the brewmaster. Try flavorful, uniquely balanced options like the Chrome Satan (a smooth amber) and the Murdered Out Stout (which is light but complex).
Folding chairs hold the crowds at the front on the four days a week the taproom is open, but the tall tables in the back are made from old giant industrial wooden spools, adding some character to the otherwise cavernous building. The brewery is set off to the back, but there's a stage in front of it for occasional live music performances.