Central Ballard Brewery Tour in Seattle, WA

5010 14th Ave NWSeattle, WA 98107
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Unearth what to look for when you are tasting a beer when you visit Central Ballard Brewery. Sample 12 different beers from three breweries in a few hours and discover what makes each style unique. This is a perfect way to enjoy beers with your friends and family while getting to know more about Seattle's role in the craft brewing renaissance. Take home a souvenir, too!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Seattle Travel Experts
  • No transportation is included in this walking tour.
  • Tour duration: Approximately 3 hours.
  • Tour includes your choice of a souvenir glass or a souvenir bottle keychain opener.
  • The tour is 21 and up.
  • Discounted tickets are available for non-drinkers.


from Central Ballard Brewery Tour
In the center of the highest concentration of craft breweries in the world, three amazing breweries stand out. We will taste 12 beers that range from old world classics, such as Czech style Pilsners and old English Ales, to contemporary Northwest IPAs and experimental beers.

The exact line-up of beers changes for each tour because each season has its own unique styles. During the summer we may try a refreshing lager, a wheat beer or a sour ale flavored with local fruit. The fall brings Oktoberfest lagers, pumpkin spiced ales, and fresh hopped IPAs. During the winter we may find a Christmas-spiced Old English Ale or a Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout, while the spring favors strong Bocks or a refreshing Kölsh.

For each guided tasting we will learn about the different beer styles, what to look for when you are tasting beer, the history of beer, and the craft brewing renaissance in the Pacific Northwest. For example, we'll learn how an obscure export ale for British soldiers was reborn in the Pacific Northwest to become the most popular craft beer style in North America or how a small Czech town gave its name to one of the world's most popular beer styles.

Reuben's Brews
Our tour begins at Reuben's Brews, one of the neighborhood's most popular spots. This brewery is truly a family affair. In fact, young Reuben was only a month old when he inspired his dad to start brewing. Let's drop in and enjoy Reuben's father's handiwork.

Obec Brewing
Our next stop is Ballard's newest micro-brewery. Obec is a Czech word (pronounced "O-Betz") meaning "community" and their ideal is to build community around beer. You will feel right at home with their traditional styles and cozy taproom. It is all about building community around Obec, and making the world a better place through beer. We will also get a look at the brewing process.

Stoup Brewing
Stoup has that crazy, mixed-up Seattle, hipster, family vibe. The beer garden features a fire pit for those cool evenings and there is always something new and exciting on tap. Besides traditional styles and IPAs, you may find experimental beers and old world beers you typically find only in Europe.

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Providence, Rhode Island
"Awesome tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 09, 2019
I took a tour with Tim in late August and had a wonderful time. He was very knowledgeable and was enthusiastic about beer. I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning about the brewery scene in Seattle!
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Shawn B
Seattle, Washington
"Great Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2019
Our guide was so energetic and I learned a lot about Seattle that I didn't know even though I grew up here. Highly recommend.
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Margaret S
Chicago, Illinois
"A Beer Lovers Must"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 08, 2019
My husband and I went on this tour last week and it was fantastic. We visited 3 breweries- all in walking distance of each other. Tim was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable, fun and the beer samples were plentiful. A Seattle must for anyone that enjoys a good time while learning and having great samples of all locally brewed beers.
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Woodstock, Georgia
"Seattle Brewery Walking Tours with Tim"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019
We had a great time with Tim on the tour, he was knowledgeable and a pleasant company. We tasted several different types of beer and were educated on how to identify the different flavors.
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"Awesome time with Tim!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 05, 2019
My husband and I visited Seattle in September 2018 from Calgary, Canada and scheduled a tour with Tim for one of our evenings. We were extremely interested in one of the tours that wasn't offered on the day we were available and were over the moon when Tim accommodated us for that particular tour.It was a fantastic casual evening, with lots of visiting and as much knowledge on beer and the Seattle brew scene as a person could ask for. Tim knew the answer to every question we asked and so much more.The evening was more akin to spending quality time with a longtime friend who knows the best places to go, than an formal and stuffy tour.Fabulous experience. Definitely recommend and will look Tim up when we are back in beautiful Seattle.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Central Ballard Brewery Tour

What’s the Teetotaler option?
This option is for anyone who wants to attend the tour but doesn’t want to drink beer. It is a discounted price.

What if it rains?
The tour will operate. There will be no cancellations due to rain.

What should I wear?
Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes since there is some walking on the tour.

Where is it located?
The tour starts at Reuben’s Brews located at 5010 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107.

Is the tour/attraction/activity appropriate for children?
It’s recommended to be 21 and up for this tour.

Is transportation included?
No, this is a walking tour. If you need a ride home you’ll need to call a cab or use Uber or Lyft.

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 3 hours long.

What’s included in my ticket/experience?
You’ll get a chance to visit 3 different breweries: Reuben's, Obec and Stoup. There will be a total of 4 beer flights included overall, and you’ll receive a souvenir glass and a souvenir bottle keychain opener.

Can I bring my pet?
It’s not recommended to bring pets on this tour.

Is this tour for adults only?
This tour involves beer tasting, and in the state of Washington, you must be at least 21 to legally drink beer. Some of the breweries are family friendly and some aren’t, so it’s recommended to be 21 and up for the tour.