Urban Family Brewing proves that you don't have to be related to be a family. A love of brewing can be just as binding. A group of friends who lived together on the East Coast called their group home the "Urban Family." A few of them moved to Seattle a few years ago, intent on becoming a part of the growing micro brewing renaissance, and called their fledgling brewery Urban Family and started making the beers they loved. A brewery set among the industrial businesses that service the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, moored at the nearby Fishermen's Terminal may seem out of place. In fact, when you enter the brewery you may be reminded of a small farmhouse or brewery in the countryside of France or Belgium and not a maritime warehouse. However incongruous this may seem, you will have found an amazing little brewery.
If one must try to categorize Urban Family Brewing they may start out saying that Urban Family brews Belgian Style ales. It is true that you will find sour ales, fruit flavored ales, saison ales and farmhouse ales, but for Urban Family this is just a starting place for them to experiment and explore. For example, their Delicious Ambiguity is a fruit beer flavored with raspberry and basil! The golden sour Ruby ale is brewed with pomegranates. They utilize local ingredients, fresh fruit, oak aging barrels and a unique perspective to brew beers that are uncommon and delicious. And they are not limited to Belgian Styles. The Guavasicle is a creamy and fruity IPA made with lactose, vanilla, pink guava and Citra hops. The Star Death triple IPA boasts 4lbs. per barrel of Mosaic, Citra and Moteuka hops and their Death to Cereal breakfast stout is made with Sumatran coffee from Lookout Coffee Roasters. These may sound like exotic beers for only the most daring zythophile (beer lover) but you will be amazed how drinkable, and good these beers are. You owe it to yourself to stop by this family friendly brewery and try something new.