Above: Beer taps and fermentation tanks at Obec Brewing in Seattle

Many consider Portland to be America’s craft beer capital, but nowadaysSeattlehas its own collection of noteworthy breweries. One of the first in Washington,Pike Brewing Companyin Pike Place Market, still brews commendable beers, and enthusiasts can tour its Microbrewery Museum. We also tried some newer operations, including several clustered within walking distance of theHotel Ballard. I found no shortage of stylish, lively taprooms and thoroughly delicious, character-filled brews.

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