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 June 10th for:

Kason & Charlene's wedding

Carl & Chioma's wedding

T, W, Th  4p–10p

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

. Music Tuesdays!

June 6 The UnMentionables

June 8 Shed Boys

June 13 Forest Beutel 

June 20 Gretchen Yanover

June 27 Mortgage Lifters

July 11 Tsunami Pinata

July 18 Shed Boys

July 25 Mortgage Lifters

August 15 Shed Boys

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. 



Light in color and easy to drink with a 5.2 %ABV   This ale has a white head of small bubbles and finishes crisp and dry on the palate.. The Belgian yeast lends a tropical fruit notes.


 This big Dark Belgian Strong Ale takes the place of Polaris Belgian Golden. 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. of 9.3% ABV


Standing on for the Singularity Stout is our dark offering. This beer is equally creamy and chocolaty with well defined coffee on the palate. This rich milk porter on Nitro is easy drinking at 6.8% ABV

Matrix – Maibock

The Matrix is a classic German lager style bock beer, conditioned for 3 months at 34 degrees. A Maibock is the lighter of the bock beers and slightly hoppier than the darker versions. Malty sweetness is evident from to start to finish. 5.5 % ABV.


This version is big and malty with peat notes in every sip. The hops addition and light caramelization  are evident in the character of the brew. 6.4% ABV

Icarus Saison

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 and finishes with a sharp dry mouth feel. .This saison has  fruity notes. and comes in at 7.6% 


The Deadalus is the father of the Icarus. We ramped up the rye and hops giving this beer a little more malt body and spicy mouth-feel. With a 7.6% ABV this ale is moving toward 'imperial; in strength. 

Aurora – Mango Kettle Sour

This is the Little American Blonde kettle soured with lactobacillus and fermented with mango.  It is a nice blend of sour and floral mango notes. A light easy drinking ale at 5.4% ABV


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%

half moon –BAVARIAN Hefeweizen

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%

THE ‘36’ IPa

Named after the 36 bus that runs in front of the brewery this IPA is a medium bodied golden amber brew with an ABV around 5.7%.   The maltiness of this ale balances the robust hoppy finish, and you could have another one every 10 minutes just like the '36' bus.

schilling cider

Rotating selection from our friends at Schilling. A good option for people who may be gluten intolerant.


Summer is gone but still  popular  so we decided to brew the Little American Blonde again  for winter with the addition on a little spice - orange zest and cardamom.. This Blonde has a very light body and is a session ale.  She is finished with a bit of added honey and hops late in the fermentation to give her delicate flower profile  4.3% ABV.

Dark Matter - Cherry Black Saison-Not Currently Available

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 

STELLAR DOUBLE IPA-Not Currently Available

This ale has all the citrus and pine aromatics that come with late addition of Citra and Chinook hops. The stronger malt backbone hints of apple and grape on the palatte offers a little higher ABV at 7.7%

BETELGEUSE RED ALE - Not Currently Available

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.

tHE MILKY-WAY IPa - Not Currently Available

This beer is what a lot of people call a West Coast IPA. Mostly late addition Citra and Simcoe hops. A little less bitter with much more floral qualities. 6.5% ABV

dark crystal - belgian pale- not currently available 

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. 

blackberry belgian blonde - not currently AVAILABLE

Although not really a sour, the addition of blackberry gives this beer a pleasant tartness and a beautiful berry color. It is easy drinking at 5.5% ABV

HONEY GINGER IMPERIAL STOUT- not currently available

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 Available

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.

SINGULARITY STOUT=Not currently Available

A medium bodied stout pours with a light brown head at 6.8% ABV. The aroma is full of hops and roasted grains. It finishes crisp, clean and dry. When served on a nitro tap there is an added wonderful creamy texture.

Perihelion-  BARRELled  Quince Braggot-Not currently Available

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

Roasted pepper ipa - not currently available

We flame roasted fresh poblano peppers and add them to the boil along with the hops. The toasted pepper aroma dominates the nose, but blend with hops and malt giving a unique and balance IPA that goes great with our burgers and BBQ. This is 6.5% ABV ale. 

THE '60' IPA - not currently available

The 60 is a gentler version of the 36, focusing more on the floral quality of late addition hops and less on bittering. At 5.7% ABV the '60' is an easy ride - no transfer needed

KEPLER -not currently available

Our Honey Blonde spiced up with nutmeg and cinnamon for the season. Since this Blonde is delicate to begin with we used a gentle hand with the spices to keep her orbit in balance.  4.3 %v ABV

COLD BREW COFFEE ALE - not currently available

Surprisingly light for a dark ale. It's like an iced coffee and ale in the same glass. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon. 5.6% ABV

MY CHARONA - WET HOP BLONDE - not currently available

 Neighborhood sourced fresh cascade hops. We choose our American Blonde for this brew to highlight the citrus and grassy notes of the wet hop. Thanks Charlotte & Fiona. 4.3% ABV.


The imperial Rye IPA has a copper yellow color with a white head of tight bubbles and a  7.9% ABV. The roasted grain flavors come through on this rich malty IPA. We have added generous amount of both early and late addition hops to give the full aroma and bitterness of an IPA. There is a subtle stone fruit finish on the tongue. 


100 IBU with both alpha bittering hops and late addition hops. Roasted beets added late in the fermentation tank add a red color and subtle earthiness.


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


Big malty pale with a clean finish. Well balanced with low alspha Golding hops. 6.7% ABV


A beautiful rose colored ale with a creamy tight bubbled off white head.  The fruity notes of a saison are accentuated by the addition of pomegranate and dark sweet cherries. Iris as does Icarus, is medium bodied and finishes dry but slightly more floral due to the fruit additions in the fermenter. ABV is 6.9%


Big malty This barley wine picks up the aroma and flavor notes of wine and then blends with the full malt, fruit and alcohol and finishes with a full hops flavor. 9.3% ABV


Black saison kettle soured with lactobacillus and fermented with dark tart cherries. It's dry sour, fruity with hints of dark roasted malts. At 5.4% ABV this ale is easy drinking.



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!