Are you thirsty and looking to experience some of the Northwest’s best breweries, distilleries, and wineries? On Seattle’s eastside, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Woodinville offer the complete experience for those looking to taste craft beverages, and unique offerings at a selection of breweries, lounges, and tasting rooms. Cheers!
Grab a Pint of Small-Batch Craft Beer
Bellevue Brewing Company | 1820 130th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA
With their privileged access to superior brewing ingredients and abundant natural resources, Bellevue Brewing Company’s beers are conceived and crafted with respect for the land and natural resources, and in harmony with the adventurous lifestyles enjoyed here in the Pacific Northwest. The small-batch beers use nothing but premium ingredients and a combination of traditional and innovative brewing techniques.
Hot tip! Enjoy the $7 stone-fired pizzas or $3 street tacos during happy hour – one of the best deals in town.
Shop Your Way Through Old Bellevue
Swiftwater Cellars | 10360 Main Street, Bellevue, WA
The concept of Swiftwater Cellars was born while Don and Lori Watts traveled through Italy and France. Their vision was to create the Northwest’s premier destination winery. Entrepreneur farmers, they founded the winery in 2007 on the very site of the historic Roslyn No. 9 coal mine, which operated from 1930 to 1963 and now lies in the heart of Central Washington’s Suncadia Resort. The wines found at the Old Bellevue tasting room and restaurant are sourced from vineyards throughout Washington State.
Hot tip! Check out the patio right on Main Street in Old Bellevue during the warm weather months; it’s a great place to enjoy a glass of Swiftwater Cellar’s Zephry Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, or its popular grilled cheese sandwich with apricot jam-YUM!
A Swanky Nightcap Featuring Local Spirits
Civility & Unrest | 10455 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA
The drinks at Civility & Unrest, located in the W Bellevue hotel, are created from a large selection of locally made spirits and curated to form interesting departures from the cocktail culture of days past. Drinks are paired with Northwest-inspired small plates at this swank lounge with a modern speakeasy ambiance.
Hot tip! Arrive right at 4pm for happy hour and to secure a coveted seat in this cozy bar.
Grab a Beer after Exploring the Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail
Chainline Brewery | 503 6th Street S., Kirkland, WA
Chainline Brewing Company was founded in 2014 with the singular goal of creating the highest-quality ales and lagers for the discerning craft beer drinker. Located in Kirkland, WA, it was the first brewery to open along the newly minted Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail. Brewing on an 11 Hectoliter copper brewhouse from the Czech Republic allows it to create unique recipes and utilize processes and equipment not often seen on this side of the Atlantic.
Hot tip! Taste the Locust Original Dry Cider made with local apples and featuring citrus and pineapple notes.
Sip Craft Cocktails Inspired by Hemingway
Bottle and Bull | 105 Lake Street S., Kirkland, WA
Experience the travels of Ernest Hemingway through your palette, eating and drinking your way through the cities that Hemingway loved to frequent-Havana, Paris, Florence
Hot tip! Come and enjoy Cascadia G&T made with gin, Alpine liqueur, and JG’s kina syrup and topped off with soda. The beautiful garnishes of seasonal flowers and citrus peels take it over the top!
Go Grand Cru with an Award-Winning Washington Syrah
Maison DeLille Wine Lounge | 15 Lake Street S., Kirkland, WA
DeLille Cellars interprets the classic French styles of Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley and Provence. The winery focuses on the Red Mountain AVA and grape sourcing from Washington’s leading Grand Cru vineyards including Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel, Upchurch, Red Willow, Sagemoor, Klipsun, Boushey and Harrison Hill. Sip some of the most celebrated Washington wines at Maison DeLille in the heart of Kirkland. The 95-point Syrah or the Roussane are must-tries, along with anything on the small bites menu. Any three pours are $20. Add $5 if you go for a grand cru selection.
Hot tip! Enjoy $4 off any glass of vintage wine at DeLille’s happy hour, Monday-Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and weekends from 12 to 6 p.m.
Bask in the Beauty of the Northwest on Bramble Bump
JM Cellars | 14404 137th Place NE, Woodinville, WA
Enjoy limited-release wines from this small, family-owned winery located on Woodinville’s beautiful seven-acre wooded hillside known as Bramble Bump. Using grapes sourced from the best vineyards in Washington, JM Cellars is known for its Bordeaux-style red blends.
Hot tip! Make some time to cozy up by the outdoor fire pit with a glass of wine, or test your skills on the bocce ball court. Plus JM Cellars is dog friendly!
Taste a True American-Made Original from Grain to Glass
J.P. Trodden Distillery | 18646 142nd Ave NE, Woodinville, WA
J.P. Trodden is a small, family-owned-and-operated distillery in the heart of Woodinville Wine Country. It creates small-batch bourbon whiskey using corn and winter wheat sourced form a family farm just a few hours away, in Quincy, WA. The result is a bold, rich taste with a long finish of caramel, oak, anise and stone fruit.
Hot tip! Call to schedule a private tasting (or drop-in on the weekends), and don’t leave before purchasing a bottle of the 100% pure Vermont maple syrup aged 60 days in used bourbon barrels.
Not Your Grandmother’s Cider
Locust Cider | 19151 144th Avenue NE, Unit B/C, Woodinville
Locust Cider puts an innovative spin on classic cider-making methods to bring out the best in Washington- and Oregon-grown apples. From classic dry cider to unique, limited-edition flavors like Thai ginger or chili pineapple, Locust is a great location for everyone, whether cider novice or aficionado. Stop by on a Sunday to pair your cider with offerings from a rotating lineup of food trucks.
Hot tip! With more than a dozen ciders on the menu, bring a friend so you can each order a flight and try almost every flavor!
Indulge in a Boozy Milkshake
The Hollywood Tavern | 14508 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE, Woodinville, WA
The Hollywood Tavern is a historic wine-country tavern and restaurant featuring inventive craft cocktails, expressive tavern fare and a fun, informal atmosphere. Relax around the fire pit, belly up to the bar or grab a table to enjoy a wide selection of seasonal cocktails, beer and wine. For a unique, sweet adult beverage, try the signature boozy milk shakes made with Woodinville Whiskey.
Hot tip! Order the Nutty Cow: a delicious blend of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, nutella and locally made whiskey from the next-door neighbor.
Images courtesy of Visit Bellevue Washington, Explore Kirkland and Woodinville Wine Country.