From Warehouses to Breweries: Exploring Seattle’s Industrial District

Seattleites love their craft beer. Last year, the Brewers Association listed Washington State as second in the nation for number of breweries. In Seattle, they’re scattered throughout the city, and a favorite location is the pocket of breweries in the Industrial District.

South of the city, the Industrial District is nestled between train tracks and warehouses. The Industrial District is neighbors with CenturyLink and Safeco, home to Starbucks Headquarters, and has a number of great restaurants, bars, and venues. But while the area has grown beyond just warehouses and industry, public transportation options to and from the Industrial District have yet to catch up. In some areas of South Seattle two infrequent bus routes are the only forms of public transit that service the area.

As more small businesses are built in the Industrial District, it’s important that more customers, not just residents, can experience all it has to offer. And in order for the local economy to continue flourishing, mobility to and from its small businesses is essential.


With Uber, getting to and from the Industrial District safely, reliably and affordably has never been easier!


In 2015 alone, riders have taken over 11,000 trips to the Industrial District from neighborhoods across Seattle.

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Uber is helping open up more parts of Seattle to more people, including hard-to-reach areas traditionally underserved by existing transportation options. And it’s not just the customers who benefit: small business owners can continue to expand their customer base when their venues are easily accessible. Of riders travelling to or from the Industrial District (or any other part of Seattle) 1 in 3 will be dropped off or picked up at a small business.

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As the Industrial District continues to move beyond industry, it’s no surprise that a number of these Uber trips begin and end in the pocket of breweries that call this neighborhood home.

And residents and visitors no longer have to worry how they will get safely to and from these nightlife venues. A recent study estimated Uber’s entry into Seattle caused the number of arrests for DUI to decrease by more than 10%. We’re excited to play a role in helping the Industrial District businesses grow while making our roads safer — for everyone.

Have yet to make your way down to the Industrial District? Here’s what’s waiting for you on the other side.

  • Two Beers Brewing Co.
    • This dog friendly establishment is a neighborhood favorite. Not only are they home to delicious local beer, they also started the Seattle Cider Co. when one of their founders discovered he was gluten intolerant. Add in their Food Truck Fridays, and you’ll be back again and again (and again.)
  • Schooner Exact Brewing Co.
    • This brewpub started out as a nano-brewery in West Seattle, and 8 years later has evolved into one of the best places for handcrafted beer and delicious local food. They’re all about the hometown pride, naming their brewery after the first non-indigenous settlers on Alki Point.
  • SeaPine Brewing Co.
    • Newer to the craft beer scene, SeaPine opened in 2012 and is dedicated to brewing classic styles. Their taproom is open Thursday – Saturday, and you’ll find their beer around town at favorite local restaurants and brewpubs.
  • Epic Ales
    • With the motto that “every possibility is conceivable”, the master brewer or Epic Ales wanted to provide the Seattle area with a slew of strange and wonderful brews. You can take a brewery tour on Saturday, or enjoy their beer paired with seasonal food at their Gastropod restaurant.
  • GhostFish
    • It wouldn’t be Seattle without offering up a gluten free option. GhostFish is on a mission to elevate gluten free beer to the forefront of craft brewing innovation. All three founders are gluten intolerant or have loved ones who are, so they saw a need and are filling it.
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