We all recall our early, youthful experiences experimenting with cannabis and beer – the quality of either was never as important as ease of access and affordability. As we grew older and more experienced, quality and flavor came into greater focus.
That fizzy lager which was cheaper than water (and tasted like it) has been eschewed for hop bombs on tap at the local brewpub, often brewed right in our own neighborhoods. That scruffy, shifty guy in your dorm with pre-weighed baggies in a shoebox has been replaced with honest-to-goodness stores where you can just walk in and buy cannabis as if it were something as innocuous as, well, beer.
While there are some grumblings that legal cannabis is cutting into beer sales, many of us know that these two plant-based industries can live (and thrive) side-by-side, and are often best enjoyed in tandem. Hops and cannabis are, after all, not-so-distant cousins.
So put away those car keys, pull out your walking shoes, and check out these five great spots in Seattle where you can pair great beer and great bud within just a short walk.
The Pike Brewing Company & Have A Heart Belltown
The perfect pairing for a pre-show buzz! Around the corner from Pike Place Market, in the heart of the theaters and shops of Downtown Seattle, Pike Brewing Company has been steadily brewing a wide variety of unique beers since the late ‘80s, from their Kilt Lifter Ruby Ale to the seasonal Octopus Ink Black IPA.
Only six blocks north, you’ll find Have A Heart, showcasing one of the most extensive menus in the city, covering everything from the classics (Blueberry, Afgoo, San Fernando Valley OG) to newer favorites (Gorilla Glue, Pineapple Express, Phantom Cookies). Murals and neon lights offer a colorful backdrop to this dispensary in the heart of downtown.
Standard Brewing & The Green Door
Green Door’s brand-new location in the shadow of I-90 offers locally-grown favorites varying from mellow, relaxing strains (Cheese, Hades Haze) to high-potency hybrids (Ewok, Durban Poison). Choose a variety from their dozens of pre-rolled joints before enjoying the sunshine on your mile-long sojourn over to Standard Brewing.
It's a bit of a walk, but you'll be rewarded with hoppy beers that will quench your thirst when you arrive. From single-hop showcases like their fruity Mosaic hoppy Pale Ale to the dank complexity of their Draxx Them Sklounst Triple IPA, these guys and gals know their hops. You can sample from 12 rotating beers in the down-home feel of their cozy taproom.
The Barking Dog Alehouse & Herbs House
Walking into Herbs House in Ballard feels like you’ve just walked into, well, Herb’s house. Relaxing and familiar, Herbs is the perfect place to choose from an extensive menu of potent edibles, including infused pomegranate juice, or potent locally-sourced concentrates running upwards of 92% THC.
After stocking up on appetite enhancers, head just two blocks North to the Barking Dog Alehouse. There you’ll find a family-friendly environment with pub standards (chicken tenders, nachos, burgers), house specialties (lamb sliders, duck cassoulet, grilled salmon), and a six-page beer menu featuring a wide-ranging variety of styles from Washington, Oregon, and beyond.
A Northward trek through Fremont will bring you to Pot Stop, the oldest cannabis dispensary in Seattle.”
Seapine Brewing Company & Seattle Cannabis Co.
If you’re looking for a pairing adventure before a Mariners game, there is no better place to start than SoDo’s Seapine Brewing Company. Quintessentially Northwest, from the reclaimed wood-paneled walls to the naked string lights, their large, open taproom offers plenty of space to cozy up with a friend. There, you can enjoy the Washington Beer Awards Gold Medal-winning Sea Witch Stout and Peach Gose among their many offerings, all of which are brewed in-house.
Just around the corner, Seattle Cannabis Company’s award-winning staff are ready to help you navigate their extensive menu of locally-grown buds, concentrates, and edibles to find exactly what’s right for you. Pick up some of their low-dose brownies, or go for a ride with their highly potent milk chocolate squares before walking up to the ballpark for some fun in the sun.
Fremont Brewing & Pot Stop
Befitting the neighborhood, the intimate yet industrial beer garden at Fremont Brewing is the perfect spot to experience their award-winning brews. At Rate Beer’s 2016 Top Brewery in Washington, you can find such eclectic styles as their Cinnamon Coffee B-Bomb and Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star, or more straightforward fare including the Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale and The Sister Imperial IPA.
A Northward trek through Fremont will bring you to Pot Stop Recreational Cannabis, the oldest cannabis dispensary in Seattle, and a one-stop shop with everything from pipes and rolling papers to high-quality, highly-sought after buds. Whether you grab some of their uplifting Sweet Island Skunk, or relax after smoking their sweet Cherry Pie, you’ll leave Pot Stop with a smile on your face.
Thanks to Remo Remoquillo for the header illustration.