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McMenamins – Queen Anne

After a long day of museums, space needles and glass art it is nice to hit a happy hour. Yes, North Carolina – we went to a happy hour and nothing bad happened. Just a short walk from the Seattle Center we found a local chain – McMenamins.

McMenamins is a chain of 65 brewpubs, breweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs. The chain is located mostly in the Portland metropolitan area but has many other locations in Oregon and Washington. According to the Brewers Association, McMenamins is one of the top 50 largest craft breweries in the United States.

McMenamins was founded by brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin, who grew up in northeast Portland, Oregon; they trace the beginning of McMenamins to the 1974 opening of Produce Row Café. They created the first post-Prohibition brewpub in Oregon — the Hillsdale Brewery & Public House in southwest Portland — in 1985. That same year McMenamins became the first brewery in the USA to legally use fruit in the brewing of ales (raspberries, for Ruby Ale, one of their standard ales). [SOURCE]

Very cool and very unique place with excellent beer. I would highly suggest this particular location of the chain and definitely checking out their painted beer tanks. They were like nothing I had ever seen.

Their mustard is no joke. You have to try it.