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Originally published January 7, 2011 at 2:53 PM | Page modified January 7, 2011 at 2:53 PM

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Seattle Beer News | Top 10 Beer Spots -- #5 Collins Pub

This is the Seattle Beer News list of the Top 10 Beer Spots in Seattle. Many great bars, pubs, and breweries won't make this list; that doesn't mean they aren't outstanding places.

As we get into the top 5 of the Seattle Beer News list of Top 10 Beer Spots, we are entering truly special territory. The five top places on the list are all outstanding, in my opinion, and any of the four places not getting my vote as the#1 spot aren’t that far from the top. Collins Pub is located just on the outskirts of Pioneer Square in an area that isn’t exactly glamorous and isn’t bustling withpotential customersevery night of the year. But, they give beer drinkers plenty of reasons to visit.

The Beer: They do about as good of a job of rotating craft beers and imports here as anywhere else in town. The bar probably has around 20 t0 25 taps, but just about all of them rotate through various styles from breweries all over the map. Owner Seth Howard loves his beers hoppy, sour, or big (high ABV), and that preference often comes through in the tap list. It’s not uncommon to sit down at the bar and find five or more outstanding IPAs that you’ll have to choose from, or you could just have one of each. Collins Pub receives most special release beers being distributed to the Seattle market, and they rarely wait for a special occasion to put those on; they’ll hit the taps pretty quickly.

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