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Seattle: 10 awesome news ways to eat, drink and play in 2020

Don’t like bitter IPAs? It’s ok, this is a safe space. Fair Isle Brewing, a new craft brewery in the Ballard brewery district, specializes in funky, farmhouse beers. In a city famous for its IPAs, Fair Isle crafts tart saisons and American wild ales created with ingredients farmed and foraged in the Pacific Northwest. They’re fermented with Fair Isle’s house culture made from wild yeasts and bacteria, including cultures gathered near the Ballard Locks.

The beers have throwback names just as unique as the brews themselves, like Petra, a saison with lemongrass notes, and Sadie, a pilsner-meets-winter-wheat with pineapple flavors. Enjoy them in the taproom, which is cabin-like and minimalistic, with concrete floors, wood-planked walls and gray and cognac leather chairs.

Another difference? Unlike the other breweries in the neighborhood — Stoup, Populuxe and Reuben’s Brews — Fair Isle doesn’t allow pets or kids.

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