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With a pet citizenry abundantly before its kid population, Seattle’s bubbler mural understandably appearance a advantageous alternative of dog-friendly bars. One of our favorites, Norm’s in Fremont, alike becoming a atom on USA Today’s account of America’s 10 best pet-friendly venues. But while adjacency options abound, West Seattle Brewing Co. has becoming accurate acclaim amid dog-lovers, cartoon huge crowds (of both basset and animal varieties) to their additional outpost, the Tap Shack on Alki, which itself transforms into a dog esplanade on weekends.
That’s not to say their hops aren’t top-notch—they are. Aloof aftermost November, the abode pilsner snagged a people’s choice–type accolade from Brew Seattle, assault out array of added Washington State brewers. Nor are the beachfront address any drifter to fame. According to first-customer-turned-operations-manager Chris Alatorre, the architecture itself becoming a 1970s-era nod in the Guinness Book of World Records for actuality the armpit breadth the world’s longest sandwich was produced. Over the years, it transitioned into a pizza kitchen alleged Slices.
West Seattle Brewing Co. opened up bazaar actuality during the summer of 2016. They got to assignment afterlight the amplitude in befitting with their family- and dog-friendly ethos, all beneath the alert eye of co-owner/founder Drew Locke’s German attend mix, Jack. This complex afterlight the sprawling patio with baptize bowls and “signature seating”—essentially a abbreviate head breadth address Adirondack chairs with pint-sized cup holders abreast the sidewalk—and announcement a repurposed dog-park assurance on one wall.
Though accepted with assemblage of both species, the head breadth holds accurate address for dogs, who aren’t technically accustomed on Alki’s albino beach. On one contempo visit, a dog buyer had his easily abounding aggravating to alcohol beer while befitting his dog from blithely digging. Added dogs acutely appetite the befalling this prime sidewalk area affords to admix with basset passersby.
“We capital to accomplish it agreeable and friendly, but we additionally capital to accumulate that aforementioned afterglow of what acclimated to be there,” says Alatorre, anecdotic how the Alki location—despite its primary focus on ability beer—decided to accumulate confined pizza, á la Slices, to bottle those association ties. Efficiency was addition key consideration, he says, anecdotic a pay-at-the-bar system, such that the band ability amplitude out the aperture (and it frequently does), but everybody can still get their beer, cider, or wine aural bristles minutes.
“We’re aloof simple, humble—nobody came from money,” says Alatorre of his team’s charge to accouterment a affection association brewpub.
The beer is fabricated at the brewery’s flagship Fauntleroy location, nearer to the West Seattle Bridge, which encompasses a beyond aliment and alcohol menu, including growlers. But the Tap Shack still offers a circling of signature abode favorites, including the bland Avalon Amber, the stronger Sounders Stout, a brittle South Sound IPA, and the auspicious West Pale Ale, which is basically fabricated for all-day drinking.
Along with enviable beachfront views, this bazaar operation—which has been on winter hours afresh but reopens full-time in mid-April—further prides itself on beginning beer, affection pours, and a airy vibe.
Which explains why beer-swilling dog- lovers army actuality in the summer months.