The Emerald City is home to about 50 beer breweries, but only a select few feature the best sour beer varieties in the region. Sour beer is technically tart and acidic, giving off a more sour taste. Some of the most common types of sour beer include red ales, Belgians, sour fruit ales and wheat beers. Be sure to stop in any of these Seattle-area breweries and pubs to try their latest and greatest sour beer creations.
Elysian Brewing Company
542 First Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 382-4498
www.elysianbrewing.com

Seattle’s own Elysian Brewing Company has been around since 1996. Elysian operates one brewery location in the Seattle area, as well as four bars/restaurants. One of its most popular locations is Elysian Fields, which is located near the Seahawks Centurylink Stadium and the Mariners Safeco Field. Elysian brews a number of unique craft beers and features a few delicious sour blends. Its Haleakala is a sour hibiscus ale made with tart tasting flowers and wild yeast while Krokus is a sour wheat ale that’s created with an American saffron and then fermented in a 4th generation sour tank. Other sour beers include the Mr. Yuck sour pumpkin ale and The Trip III, a dark sour blend featuring hints of sour peach and cherry flavors, along with Elysian’s dark lager and an aged sour ale provided by New Belgium.

Black Raven Brewing Company
14679 N.E. 95th St.
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 881-3020
www.blackravenbrewing.com

Black Raven Brewing Company of Redmond officially opened in 2009 and offers a couple of tasty sour beer options. The Corvus Kriekus Wild Sour Ale is considered to be the company’s first authentic soured fruit beer. It is made with two types of seasonal cherries, the Chelans and Titans, and then blended with aged scotch ale. The King Dandy Pit Fruit Sour is made with Flavor King and Dapple Dandy pluots, along with Black Republicans cherries. Each of these sour beers is created from four different kinds of malts, and neither will let you forget that you’re drinking a sour beer.

Outlander Brewery And Pub
225 N. 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 486-4088
www.outlanderbrewing.com

Located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Outlander Brewery and Pub is a smaller scale establishment that opened in 2012. It brews about a half-dozen sour beer varieties that are made with fruit, sour wheat and spices. Outlander Brewery’s more popular sours include the Oaked Cherry Belgian, the Ginger Wit Sour, the Red Sour, the Gratzer and Berliner Weisse, which are sour wheat beers. Outlander Brewery always features a rotating variety of craft and specialty beers, and much of its brewing success has been based on the willingness to experiment. Outlander Brewery doesn’t always brew the same beer twice, but is willing to do so if enough people request a particular craft beer.

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Mollusk Restaurant And Brewery
803 Dexter Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 403-1228
www.molluskseattle.com

Mollusk Restaurant and Brewery is the creation of the former brewer at Epic Ales, Cody Morris. According to Mollusk’s website, the brewery is creating “20th and 21st century beers” that will include the sour beer Pumpkin Pie Gose, which is a pumpkin ale that is described as salty and sour. Mollusk will also feature Partytime!!!, a sour blonde ale made with pilsner malt and the brewhouse’s micro-fauna. A variety of syrups can be added to Partytime!!!, or you can use it to make your own unique cocktails.

Fremont Brewing Company
3409 Woodland Park Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 420-2407
www.fremontbrewing.com

The Fremont Brewing Company, located near Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, features an artisan beer known as Sour Weisse. It is made with a traditional process of souring, allowing lactobacillus from barley to sit overnight and ferment with the brewery’s house yeast. Sour Weisse also features raw wheat, rolled oats and Golding hops, along with malts such as 2-Row Pale and Thomas Faucet Wheat to give the sour beer just the right amount of tartness.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.