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Naked City Brewery and Alehouse – Seattle, WA

January 29, 2010

Lush C and I ventured out last night to the Naked City Brewery and Taphouse. We met up with Dave from Urban Beer Hikes, his girlfriend Mandy, and his UBH buddy Tom.  The purpose of the meeting,  other than to drink some good beer and eat some good food, was to discuss plans for an event during the upcoming Seattle Beer Week (May 13th – 23rd).  Nothing has been finalized, but I will let y’all know when they are.

Naked City is one of Seattle’s newest breweries. Opening as a Taproom in late 2008,  in the re-vitalizing Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle.  from the start they had plans to include a brewery. In September 2009 they finally brewed their first batch of beer on premise, and in December 2009 unveiled their creations.

They’ve done a nice job with the interior of the old building that they reside in.  Giving it and up-scale urban vibe with tall dark ceilings, a big wood bar, and rows of tables.  It is very cool and comfortable, a great place to enjoy a meal with great beer and friends.

Naked City serves up delicious food using local and organic ingredients wherever possible.   The menu is full of enticing sandwiches, salads, soups, small plates and desserts.   There are plenty of options for vegetarians, and a few options for the kids.  On this visit I had the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, which was awesome.  Lush C opted for the House Salad and cup of their Veggie  Chili, which she enjoyed.

Beer at Naked City is the definite star of the show.  They boast a very impressive 24 handle tap selection, featuring four of their own beers along with great guest beers from around the region, state, country and world.  If you don’t find what you are looking for on tap, there is a good chance you will find it on their extensive bottle list.

Decisions, decisions, what to drink?  Lush C started of with the Naked City Brother Orchid, an Abbey Style Brown Ale.  She followed that up with a 7 Seas Brewing Ballz Deep Imperial IPA.  (she just can’t resist saying the name)  I had a sip of the Brother Orchid which was a nice dark brown, served in a schooner only. It had tastes if dark fruit and cherry and was a little sour.  Not bad.   For my first course, I had a Naked City Hoptrocity Rye IPA.  It poured a nice amber color with a clean white head.  It had a nice smooth malt taste followed by a pleasant floral hop finish.  It was nicely balanced and very enjoyable.  When it came time to order my second beer, I opted to try Odin’s Gift Ruby Ale from Seattle’s newest brewery, Odin.  I really enjoyed this beer.  It had a nice smooth malt, grain, nut flavor with a subtle hop finish.  At 5.5% ABV it is slightly high to be called a session beer, but it is close enough for me.  It was very quaffable.  So much so I ordered a second.

This was not our first visit to Naked City nor will it be our last.  It is a very welcomed addition to  the list of great brewpubs that we enjoy in Seattle, and the Northwest in general.  If you have not visited them yet, do so, you will not be disappointed.

Cheers!

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FTC Information:  GoodBeerTrips is not affiliated with Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 7 Seas Brewing, or Odin Brewing Co.  Everything on this visit was purchased by GoodBeerTrips.

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