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Have Seattle's Craft Brew Tasting Rooms Become Beer Raves?

kaleokahu | Apr 18, 201507:25 PM

I really love the plethora of local craft breweries that've built out tasting rooms.

No, that's not quite right. I love the IDEA of a tasting room location. And even the 5-oz "flight" options.

Here's my problem and disconnect: Why are most like an overgrown frat party or rave in a garage? Cramped, uncomfortable, loud, cold, extremely narrow demographic, ropelines, standing room only, 30+ automatons standing in a single line diddling their iPhones to buy beer?

In the past 2 weeks, I've been to 5 of these places (Fremont, Urban Family, Stoup, Reuben's, Holy Mountain), and Holy Mountain has seemed the *only* place someone could hope to sit--in their booth section, not perched at the nanotables--and actually enjoy a beer.

I don't need a sports screen, and I certainly am OK with no table service or food (although those would be nice), but Good God! Is it too much to ask to be able to get a second beer or growler without waiting in line for 10 minutes and giving up that beautiful plywood table and plastic chair?

Why do people subject themselves to this? College nostalgia?

Urban Family Brewing Co.,
Stoup Brewing,
Reuben's Brews,
Holy Mountain Brewing Company
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