Hilliard’s Beer – A New Classic Seattle Brewery


Last night we went on a date with destiny. Not to be dramatic, but Hilliard’s is destined to be our new favorite beer brewery in Seattle. Hilliard’s Beer is brewed in a tall, airy warehouse-with-flair in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. (We’ll explain the flair part in a minute.) But flair or no flair, the beer is the most important thing – and the beer is amazing.

A Distinctive Glass of Beer
A Distinctive Glass of Beer

No Questions Needed - It's in Black and White
No Questions Needed - It's in Black and White

You see what we mean about the flair. This isn’t your average mostly utilitarian beer brewery. They brew great beer, in an atmosphere that makes you want to hang out and stay and chat with the owners. One of the owners used to work at Design Within Reach, which, we suspect, is why the tasting area has a distinctly warehouse-modern, airy feel.

Hiliard's Saison Beer - Check Out the Cool Rounded Glass
Hiliard's Saison Beer - Check Out the Cool Rounded Glass
Lovely Features by the Bar
Lovely Features by the Bar

It IS in a warehouse, and a good portion of the front makes room for large parties to gather and enjoy the beer – some fresh from the taps, some fresh from the distinctive Hilliard’s cans. For a more intimate feel, there’s also a small bar area, which lends a cozy feel even such a large space.

Plenty of Space for Tastings
Plenty of Space for Tastings
Love it here
Love it here

Beer cans are stacked nearly to the rafters – something pleasing about that many beautiful cans all stacked together.

City Lights? No, Wall of Hilliard's Beer Cans
City Lights? No, Wall of Hilliard's Beer Cans
Love These Lights
Love These Lights
Beer Brewing
Beer Brewing

Hilliard’s Beer is found at Whole Foods and at their brew house in Ballard, which is open Thursday through Saturday. We anticipate them being found in many more retail locations, very soon. (This beer was as good as any the Foodshed had in its recent trip to Belgium.)

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