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Jan 28, 2009 09:17 AM

Favorite Seattle brewpubs?

I'm heading to Seattle tomorrow for a few days at the Crowne Plaza (I'm not quite sure where that is in the scheme of Seattle geography...I'm guessing that's called downtown?) Be that as it may, any great favorite brewpubs that aren't prohibitively difficult to get to from there?

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  1. You're equidistant (less than a mile) from two outposts of the Elysian brewing company, either of which (Elysian Fields, on 1st Ave down by Qwest Field; Elysian Brewing Company at 12th Ave & Pike) is worth a visit.

    The only other brewpub downtown is the Pike Brewing Company which makes a couple of decent beers but is sorely lacking in food and atmosphere.

    Unfortunately, the best brewpub in the city is well north of downtown in Ballard (the Jolly Roger Taproom) which will require a cab or bus ride.

    I also strongly recommend checking out the Stumbling Monk, not a brewpub but a pub specializing in Belgian and Belgian-style beers (many of the later from regional craft brewers.) It's worth the walk uphill.

    5 Replies
    1. re: terrier

      I have to disagree with your assessment of the atmosphere at Pike.

      1. It's in the market
      2. The museum room is a must see for beer geeks
      3. It's in the market.
      4. The main room has tons of beer memorabilia
      5. It's in the market

      I also don't get the thing with Jolly Roger. Good food, average or below beers. I'd drink a Pike IPA over Maritime IPA. XXX Stout is better than any offering by Maritime. Naughty Nellie over Old Seattle. But Elysian beer is usually better than both of them.

      Just my opinion.

      1. re: Kevin B

        I'm not an IPA drinker, so can't comment there. I quite like Pike's Naughty Nellie - but Jolly Roger (Maritime) wins for me with the Nightwatch, the porter, the pilsener, the ESB, plus the casks on Fridays. (Nevermind the food and atmosphere which aren't even close)

        Pike does have location going for it, but the lack of live (cask) ale on draught is disappointing for a brewpub and memorabilia or no, the atmosphere doesn't appeal to me. It's uncomfortably Applebees-esque.

        1. re: terrier

          Pike has had cask ale every time I've been there since the Finkel's got it back. I don't mean to be rude, but have you been there lately? If you're basing your opinion on the bad days of the Merchant Du Vin ownership, give them another try. Everything about Pike is way better now than it was a little over a year ago except maybe the service.

          Towards the end of MDV's ownership my friends and I who work nearby would do happy hour @ Rock Bottom because the beer was better. That was sad.

          1. re: Kevin B

            Hm, I was there in December with a couple of out-of-towners and got the same old laminated menus and such - nothing was mentioned about cask ale on the menus or by our server, but I didn't think to ask about it.

            I'll have to drop by again to investigate further.

        2. re: Kevin B

          A pendant says: it's not in the market. Close to it but not in it.