Beacon Hill's Own Brewery

Beacon Brewed Beer × Crafted with Love


Perihelion Brewery serves up exquisite beers and savory morsels at the top of Beacon Hill


Les McAuliffe has been brewing award-winning beer since 1998.  His passion for Belgian ales is at the center of his beer making.  We are serving up 12 beers, ales, ciders and mead on tap as well as mouthwatering savory servings perfectly paired with beer. Perihelion Brewery opened February 2016 at the crest of Beacon Hill, close to light rail. 


The "perihelion" is the closest point to sun of an object's orbit . Come be warmed by our beers and food, we guarantee you'll leave us with a glow.

Our hearty proprietors Les and Karin

Our hearty proprietors Les and Karin




2800 16th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98144

At the corner of 16th Avenue South and South McClellan Avenue


Closed Sept 3rd- 5th

T, W, Th  4p–10p

Fri         4p-11p
Sat       Noon–11p
Sun       Noon-9p.

. Music Tuesdays! 

7-9 pm All Ages! No Cover



What's On Tap

We're always brewing something new. Come have a taste or stay a while. We have 11 of our own brews and 1 cider.

We sell 64 oz and 32 oz Growlers to take away. 


deep impact - coming soon

A multi barrel aged Barley wine. This beer spent 1+ years in a red wine barrel and an additional nine months in small rye whiskey barrels. The result is a medium body, mildly alcoholic deep ruby red ale. You can taste the tannins from the wine barrel and vanilla from the rye barrels. A unique beverage in a very limited quantity. 8.8% ABV 30 IBU

Barrel Aged Quince Braggot - coming soon

Limited Quantity! A braggot is a cross between mead and an ale. Ours is brewed wtih quince necter and aged in Woodinville Rye Whiskey barrels. 8.7% ABV. 


For our second wet hop offering we took our flagship ale, Little Belgium Blonde, and dosed it with 60+ pounds of neighborhood grown Cascade, Tettnanger and Mt. Hood hops. The fruitiness of the Belgian yeast and wheat malt combine nicely with the grassy floral character of the hops 5.4% ABV IBU unknown


This big Dark Belgian Strong Ale is brewed with Sovereign hops. Apogee has flavor notes of anise, raisin and dates and is almost creamy in your mouth.  The big malt body balances nicely with the alcohol warmth. 9.2% ABV 23 IBU

dark crystal - belgian pale

A Belgian style Pale ale leaning towards the darker side. Brewed with some Dark Crystal Malt that imparts raisin, plum and stone fruit flavor notes. A higher ABV than our Little Belgian Blonde coming in at 6.9% ABV. 

barrel-aged dark matter

Our regular customers may remember the black saison we brewed last January. It was mildly soured and fermented with dark sweet cherry. Well we put 53 gallons of it in a Wild Turkey whiskey barrel for 9 months and now it’s time to let the Dark Matter flow. 7.8% ABV 5 IBU


A pleasant smooth saison lightly hopped with a mild fruity tartness from prickly pear addition. 5.6 ABV 33 IBU

Tart Blonde on Wood 

This is a light blonde ale mildly soured with the addition of acidulated malt in the kettle. It then spends four weeks fermenting on 20 red wine oak barrel staves. The result is a crisp tart ale with hunts of fruit and vanilla.  5.8% ABV 17 IBU

rossetta - Tart red on Wood

A variation on our Betelguese Red Ale. Still red, still brewed with beets, this version gets a mild kettle sour and fermented on oak red wine barrel staves. These little navigational tweaks put Betelguese in a different orbit. 5.8% ABV 19 IBU

cassini - Oktoberfest

A traditional German-style Oktoberfest ale. As a lager, it will take 2 months in the fermenter to reach perfection. The results will be a beautiful light amber, malty glass of beer that celebrates the arrival of fall. 5.2% ABV 21 IBU


A medium bodied oatmeal stout. This beer pours with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is a nice balance of hops and dark roasted grains. Chocolate comes forward on the palate. Hopped with Simcoe, Sterling, and Cluster hops.  5.9% ABV 59 IBU


.The Deadalus is the father of the Icarus. We use rye malt combined with Zeus hops to give this beer a sharp crisp peppery mouth-feel.  8.1% ABV 44 IBU

Galactic Drift

We took our late hop addition Milky Way IPA and pushed it even further out of orbit. We have added copious amounts of Mosaic hops in the secondary fermenter. This beer has an out of this world floral nose with grapefruit and pineapple on the pallet. 6.6% ABV 51 IBU

Triton hopper

Light bodied pale IPA that lets the 60lbs. of freshly picked Amarillo hops play center stage. Grassy, bitter and floral, this beer is easy drinking 5.1% ABV IBU unknown

Seattle cider

Rotating selection from our friends down the hill. . A good option for people who may be gluten intolerant.

Icarus Saison - Not Currently on tap

A beautiful straw colored ale with a creamy tight bubbled white head. The ale has the classic Belgian Saison spiciness. Our Saison is medium bodied with a sharp dry mouth feel. This Saison has fruity hoppy finish.  7.2% ABV 44 IBU

Roasted pepper ipa - Not Currently on tap  

This beer is malty and bitter with flaked barley added to give it a moderate mouth feel. The leading character in the cast is the addition of fire-roasted Poblano peppers to the last 15 minutes of the boil. This is NOT a novelty hot pepper ale. This beer showcases the smell of rolling a pepper on an open flame. It reads nicely on the palate with just a delicate spicy tickle on the back of the throat. 6.7% ABV 81 IBU

JOHNNY "TACOMA" SCOTTISH ALE - Not Currently on tap

This version is big and malty with peat notes in every sip. The light caramelization  is evident in the brew along with the Zeus and Sterling hops.  6.4% ABV 22 IBU

LITTLE AMERICAN BLONDE - Not Currently on tap

This Blonde session ale has a very light body and a delicate hop balance. The Northwest wildflower honey added to the secondary fermentation gives a quiet floral finish.  We use a small addition of Sterling and Cascade hops.  4.9% ABV 16 IBU

Lil' BB-LITTLE BELGIAN BLONDE - Not Currently on tap

Light in color and easy to drink, Lil’ BB is brewed with Sterling hops, she has a white head of small bubbles and finishes crisp and dry on the palate. The Belgian yeast lends tropical fruit notes. 5.2 %ABV  21.4 IBU

SUMMER KOLSCH - Not Currently on tap

Summer is coming and so the Kolsch is back. This beer is clean, crisp and refreshing. It pours with a white, fine bubble head and produces hints of lemon in the nose. ABV 5.1%

MOlly's BAVARIAN HEffeweizen - Not Currently on tap

A classically Bavarian wheat beer (weissbier) made with a typical ratio of 50:50 wheat and a yeast that produces fruity esters of banana, cloves and pineapple. It finishes dry and tart  ABV 6.8%

Dark Matter - Cherry Black Saison- Not Currently on tap

Cherry Black Saison kettle soured with a lacobacillus and fermented with dark cherries. It's a dry lightly sour and fruity with a hint of dark roasted mail. 7.6% ABV

BETELGEUSE RED ALE - Not Currently on tap

This red ale has a strong malty body and 5.4% ABV, it is balanced well with abundent late addition hops. With the big spicy hop profile this ale finished dry. The addition of roasted beets gives this ale a red color and subtle earthiness.


This is a big beer. All the things you want in a stout; thick mouth feel, chocolate roasted malt notes, plus a little extra with the addition of honey and ginger. The very easy drinking quality of this beer belies the heavy hitting ABV of 10.1% 

quasar belgian triple - Not Currently on tap

This triple has an aroma full of malt, fruit, and honey notes followed bu a sweet complex flavor of malt, mild hops and an alcoholic warmth. 9.5% ABV.

POLARIS- BELGIAN GOLDEN - Not Currently on tap

This the Blonde, Bigger, Bolder and Maltier. 9% ABV


We're kitty-corner from the Beacon Hill light rail station and 36 busline. Parking is limited. Please respect the neighbors and do not park in the Red Apple parking lot. 

Who Can Come ?

Beer lovers and those with healthy appetite encouraged.

We are an all ages venue - children welcome!

Well behaved dogs and miniature pigs are allowed on the patio. 

Reservations ?

Sorry we don't take reservation since we are a small venue. We let customers seat themselves. Patio seating is communal. We can usually find a spot for you. 

How do I order ?

Our main point of sale is at the front by the taps. You can order there and start a tab. We are happy to add whatever else you want. We do roam with our mobile tablets so feel free to ask a server to bring you another beer or more food. 

what is house made?




We brew all our own beer right here in our 7 BBL brewery. 

We smoke all our meats and nuts in house. We love the taste that black cherry wood adds to our meats.  

Our chefs are always finding new things to pickle in house, they brine their own corned beef and make the sauerkraut to round out the Reuben. Oh and you are going to want to try the house made mustard with our pretzels.. 


Perihelion Press


Beer Advocate Class of 2016

We were honored to be part of the class of 2016 when a whopping 861 breweries joined the ranks of America’s booming beer industry,.

Beacon Hill Finally got a brewery to call its own in 2016 ...and the community immediately embraced the venue as their own. You’ll usually find 11 house-brewed beers on tap to accompany the food, which is every bit as impressive as Les McAuliffe’s beer.

 [Kendall Jones]


Seattle Times june 2016


Perihelion Brewery is the hot new pub on Beacon Hill. It opened in February at the elbow of South McClellan Street and Beacon Avenue South, a relief for co-owner and brewer Les McAuliffe, who recalled many sweaty nights during the build-out. No one else had a brewery on Beacon Hill. Maybe everyone knew something he didn’t, he thought. {Tan Vihn}



Seattle eater Great spots for outdoor eating and drinking

Beacon Hill's first brewery is pretty short on indoor space, but it does have a killer patio complete with a fire pit. ... Perihelion seems made for sun-worshiping; the name, after all, means " the closest point to sun of an object's orbit."


Sarah's  Beer Blog KZOK

We were especially excited to find out Perihelion has food. FOOD! And we gotta admit, we were ready to grub with a menu that included Caribbean sandwiches, stout adobo wings, fried brussels sprouts and a blue cheese-truffle burger (check out their website for more food options!)

WATCH Sarah get a tour of the place and try a few brews!