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Elliott Bay Brewing Co.

Elliott Bay Brewing Co.Elliott Bay Brewing Co.

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 120
Beer Avg: 3.6

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Eatery ]

4720 California Ave. SW
Seattle, Washington, 98116
United States
phone: (206) 932-8695

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beals

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped in here during a night in West Seattle after sushi and walking around Alki Beach. They have a huge sign out front, which makes the place seem large from the outside. However, the inside is a narrow bar in which the kitchen cuts into the seating space, so they've made a second level/loft in the back. Seating down the middle is at high tables, and seating along the right side consists of high-backed booths.

I expected more of the brewpub atmosphere, but they don't appear to brew on premises, so they aren't playing up that aspect. Instead, it felt just like a regular beer bar.

I had the red and my buddy had a porter; I was highly impressed with mine, but he wasn't as psyched about his. The selection of beer was good for a brewpub, and the food selection was better, though we really didn't have much. We just had the pretzels and mustard, which incidentally were exactly what said I was looking for -- I was just joking at first and then amazingly found some on the menu. A perfect complement to the beer.

The service was so-so... moody waitress stopped by from time to time and seemed heavily distracted.

09-03-2007 22:43:23 | More by beals
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wolffman17

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Besides having great beer, Elliott Bay in West Seattle was cozy, inviting, and family friendly. It's the perfect place to spend a lazy, rainy afternoon. The quality, freshness, and service was all commendable. I had a pint of the pale ale along with a pint of Hop von Boorian, a Belgian IPA (?!?), and I'd recommend both. My girlfriend ordered one of their several blends: No Doubt Stout with a splash of port. She absolutely adored it. We also ordered the Ahi tacos which were fantastic. Overall, Elliott Bay was an enjoyable experience.

03-14-2007 20:32:06 | More by wolffman17
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DogFood11

California

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

Part of my holiday tour of Seattle beer establishments. Long and slender space w/ no brewing on premises. The atmosphere was mixed in that families were present and there was also a small belly up section up front w/ sports on the flat screen tv's and lots of 20-30 somethings gobbling down some brews. Overall it was a laid back atmosphere and excellent service.

They host some brews that are not made by them but the list was small and uneventfull. The dry hopped IPA was decent, but for the beer "experts" I was with, the overall feeling was the beers were just decent, including my thoughts as well. Food was well prepared and enjoyed by all.

Notes: Of the four stops we made in Seattle I was really surprised this was rated as the best brewpub in town. I guess it could mean that brewpubs aren't that good overall in Seattle or I was the oddball that didn't enjoy it all that much. Either way its not a must stop in my opinion. In a nutshell, great service, pedestrian beers, good food.

12-30-2006 07:56:18 | More by DogFood11
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

This was the first stop on my brewpub tour while visiting family for Christmas 2006 in Seattle. The bar is a decent size, not large but cozy enough. The service was really good, both women behind the counter stuck up conversations with us. I had a beer sampler, which was four of their staple beers plus their holiday Noale beer for 5 samples total. All five beers were very good. I ordered a basket of fries, which was a generous portion. The guys next to me ordered burgers, which looked excellent. Overall, the whole experience was really good and I would definitely head back.

12-27-2006 19:21:36 | More by morebeergood
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atomicbwax

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Atmosphere - This place tends to be pretty lively. A good place for the locals as well as non-locals. The place is warm and inviting with high backed wood booths along the wall and tables. There is a small upsatirs area for larger groups.

Quality - The food and beer are all of high quality. They have their list of 6 or so beers that they have all the time but they also have a few selections that rotate in and out. All the beers I've had are of high qiuality.

Service - In all my experiences there the service has been friendly and top notch. The wait staff seems to be pretty knowledgeable about what they have and are willing to make suggestions if asked.

Selection - As stated above they have 6 or so beers that they seem to always have. They have other beers that they rotate in and out. Not the biggest selection in town but what they have is good.

Food - The food here is good. A good selection of burgers and other sandwiches. The shroomer is great and the california burger is good too. Nothing over-the-top great but it's all pretty good.

11-14-2006 04:58:58 | More by atomicbwax
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bultrey

New York

4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

It's day 2 of my most recent beer vacatio... ummm, business trip to Seattle. And what I've discovered is that really, the bus system in Seattle couldn't be easier to use. So there is no excuse for me (or you) to not make it out to Elliott Bay. I jumped on a bus in downtown Seattle, and after a quick 10 minute ride, there I was in the middle of West Seattle at the corner of SW Alaska and California Aves.

Very happenin' atmosphere, you can tell lots of locals come here and are passionate about it. It seems very family friendly, too. Long bar on the left as soon as you walk in, maybe 15 seats or so, and lots of tables in the seating area to the right. I didn't go up there, but there is another room up some stairs in the back. It looked like it could accommodate about as many as the downstairs area. A coupls of TVs high above the bar for watching the game, and a big chalkboard with all the beer happenings right above the bar, spelled out plain and simple. They offer aboout 12 of their own brews, plus a couple of local guest brews, as seems to be the norm around these parts. Got the sampler tray, and had a hard time picking which beers I wanted to try. Hop is the king at Elliott Bay, as it is at most Pac NW beer locales. But here, it is all brewed in house and fresh as can be. I'm not going to talk about all the beers here, but suffice to say, they were some of the most drinkable and delicious beers I had in Seattle, and the hoppier styles (including the wet-hop harvest ale), ranged from excellent to mind-blowing. The service was spot on, very friendly, and very knowledgeable. The food seemed like your basic pub grub jazzed up a a bit, but all I can report on are the fish and chips (I always get the fish and chips), which were fantastic. Of note, the coleslaw on the side was excellent, and I am not a big coleslaw fan. Reason: cilantro. Why hadn't I thought of that before?

Another winner in the Seattle area.

11-13-2006 16:34:29 | More by bultrey
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

This was literally a quicky on the way to the airport to fly back to Minnesota. Very cool looking long skinny pub, bar and kitchen on one side and the booths on the other. Old brick building in a nice looking neighborhood though I don't know it's name. Looks like a nice trendy, artsy area. Very busy at lunch, so the locals are going there. Service was fast and attentive in spite of how busy it got, and the bartender even answered a few questions for the obvious note taking tourist. And, the sample are free, which hasn't happened in a while, especially when there's nine on tap. Bartender said there's a new location opening up in Highline which is near the airport, so we'll hit that one next time. Beer was good to very good all around, though not as good as I expected from samples at GABF last year. Worth the stop.

11-13-2006 01:27:58 | More by FightingEntropy
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TheBungyo

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $

The joint was rocking on the early Friday evening I was there. It took about 10 minutes to get a seat. While we waited we were promptly served at the seats right by the bar. The sampler is a great deal, 5 5OZ beers for only $6. The dry hopped IPA was delicious, as was the Pilot Light. The oatmeal stout was tasty as well, though a bit thin. I ordered the IPA Battered Fish and Chips and have to say it was marvelous! There were many other tasty items on the menu, making it very hard to choose. For the money, it was worth every cent. If this were closer to my neighborhood, I'd certainly go back!

02-28-2006 02:49:03 | More by TheBungyo
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warmstorage

California

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I'm actually inclined to say that this is my favorite brewpub in Seattle... even if it is in West Seattle.

The atmopshere is pretty standard pub/brewpub. It's narrow and deep, with a nice bar to the left, a longish common table with eight stools in the middle, wood booths all along the right, and tables in the middle of it all. Parking wasn't difficult at all on two recent visits: I parked two spots up once, and the second time, literally right in front.

The service was outstanding: the bartender was friendly, fast, and seemed to acutally care how I was doing. I ordered the sampler (5 five ounce mini steins for $6) and he brought out a sixth (a seasonal Kolsch) without my asking, and later on, was happy to bring out another free sample (dry hopped IPA) when I asked. He heartily greeted everyone who walked in, and his friendliness became my best introduction to the neighborhood feeling of West Seattle (which I am starting to really love.) EBB's motto is legitimate: "West Seattle's Neighborhood Brewpub."

The selection was solid: eight house brews on, and another six or more guest taps, including Lindemans's Framboise on tap ($5 for 8 ounces, I think.) House taps are $3.75 for a pint, $3 at happy hour (3-6 PM, and 10p-close Monday-Saturday, and 9p-close Sunday.) In January, EBB started using only organic pale malt as the base malt for all house beers, though I only know this from their web page, oddly, it wasn't advertised in the pub. I wasn't quite able to figure out the "cask beer on nitro", and forgot to ask both visits. It looks like a standard nitro tap handle and spout, and is not a hand-pump. Apparently a hand pumped beer engine is elsewhere, and I just didn't see it. Their guest taps are explicitly Washington only, which is great.

The food was tasty, and average priced. The menu is a lot longer than I could really explore...

The beer was GREAT. A couple of things didn't shine (the IPA was grassy/earthy hoppy, but not a standard hop forward northwest IPA like I love, and not particularly remarkable.) The Luna Weizen has cute marketing, but is a mediocre interpretation of a German weizen. BUT: every other beer ranged from great to fantastic. The Klondike Gold Kolsch was among the best American interpretations of this style I've had: full bodied, slightly spicy, and very drinkable. The No Doubt Stout was a delicious, thick, sweet export style, which reminded me of the very strong, thick Guinness special export style I had in Belize: excellent.

Finally, the Hop Harvest, a seasonal, was AMAZING. Eleven pounds of Amarillo shine through, and the website indicates they were harvested near Yakima on a Friday, pelletized on a Saturday, shipped to EBB on Monday, and in the brew kettle on Tuesday. The results of this amazingly fresh brewing were apparent, in a huge, delicious hop front and back. YUM! It was so damn good that I got a growler ($13 total, $9 to refill) to fly home with, something I almost never do.

The quality of the beer, overall, blew me away. Taking out a couple of mediocre offerings (IPA and Weizen), the beers were as good as any I've had in Seattle, and compare favorably with the entire Pacific coast. I have to confess that this surprised me: I was expecting a smallish neighborhood brewpub, and certainly not expecting to be thinking, halfway through my beers, that I would be making this drive rather than going to Elysian or Big Time. I'll absolutely keep going back, even if it means a twenty minute drive from central Seattle.

11-01-2005 00:18:21 | More by warmstorage
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henrysunset

Washington

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a nice change of pace from the downtown seattle bar/brewpub scene. Elliott bay is a small brick-interiored place on a cute strip that I never knew existed in west seattle. It was packed when we visited on a random tuesday and the only seat we could get right away was at the bar. My buddy ordered a portabello mushroom burger which he assured me was good, and I can confirm that te fries were tasty, ya know a little crispy and plenty greasy.

As for the beers, they have ~8 of their own beers and ~8 guest beers. I enjoyed a sampling of 5 of them and tried the pale ale too. I was impressed by all of them, even the very strange chai noale, a twist to their regular seasonal where they add chai spices during fermentaiton. (The regular seasonal is very good i might add; a sort of fortified brown ale, dryer than most winter seasonals)

I also enjoyed their pilsener, which has been west-coast'ed with a little more hops than normal and their fresh hops dryhopped ipa, which smells very fresh and just liek a specific kind of hops which are escaping me.

In any event, great place, check it out, it's not really that far off the beaten path, either. Just keep your eyes peeled for parking :-)

12-22-2004 21:40:12 | More by henrysunset
Elliott Bay Brewing Co. in Seattle, WA
91 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.