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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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WaBeerBlog

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $

As West Seattle homeowners, Elliott Bay Brewery is our local establishment and we go there at least every week or two. The food is served in generous, affordable, tasty portions (try the Ahi Tacos or something from their fresh sheet).

They usually have 10+ of their own fresh beers on tap (try the dry-hop IPA or Hop von Boorian), plus a couple guest taps from local breweries.

The service is exceptional, especially noticable when they are busy which is most of the time. Servers come around when you need them, food and drinks hit the table quickly, but you never feel rushed to turn the table over. Even if they are busy it's ok to linger over another pint and watch the game.

The only down marks I would give them are for noise, it can get quite loud when it's busy, and for too many kids at the dinner hour. I'm not a kid hater, but it's nice to go out for a quiet dinner sometimes and you aren't going to find it here. If you want quiet, try it at 3 p.m. or after 8 p.m. Any time of day, you will get a good glimpse of who lives in West Seattle, because they all come here. You should too.

(Responding to one of the other reviews, they DO brew onsite at this location, you just can't see it because it's in the basement. This was their only brewhouse until they opened Elliott Bay Burien, which has a larger capacity, but they still brew at both locations.)

10-11-2010 18:08:04 | More by WaBeerBlog
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beertaster13

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

If ever up in West Seattlle this is the place to go. Elliot Bay is generally pretty small, a brick firehouse type building on a bustling West Seattle street. Always popping during lunch and on the weekends it is hard to find a seat. It is cozy however the small bar leaves much to be desired, there is and up stairs bar but it is never open weekdays during lunch hour. The quality here is great, the wood for the seats is nice and the quality of service, food and beer is excellent. The service is quick especially if you sit at the bar, during luch there are always 5 waitresses that get things done well. The selection of beers is great, they have guest beers, there own beers and cask and nitro as well. The cask was Dick's Pale this time, there beers range from stouts, to pales, IPA's, hefs etc. Also had a nice Alpine lager there as well. Offer bud and bud light for some god for saking reason. The food has a great selection from pastas, to salads, to sandwiches to burgers and other great entrees. The fish and chips in IPA is excellent, the burger with stout BBQ sauce was nice as well. For lunch I usually get the smoked turkey and bacon sandwich and a salad wich is phenomenal. Happy hour has 3.00 pints, growler fills are 9 bucks for house brews 10 for outside brews. 6 bucks for a 5 beer sampler. A great place if a beer lover.

09-15-2004 01:54:31 | More by beertaster13
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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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AdemT

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Consistently fantastic beer, no matter the style. I've been going here for more than a decade and I never cease to be impressed by the beer. The food is above-average pub fare, but the value here is the incredible beer. Service is generally really good, too. They do well-hopped beers as well as any brewery or brewpub in NW. My favorites are Demolition and their dry-hopped IPA, but I've recently become a fan of their hoppy Belgian-style trippel, Hop Von Boorian. Not sure why I never tried it before. Speaking of trying things, if you're curious about *any* beer on the menu, just ask for a sample and they will kindly oblige.

03-15-2012 02:03:09 | More by AdemT
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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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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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Hopmodium

Washington

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$

Great grub, no doubt. Healthy options available as well. Service is great as well. The only complaint I have ever had here has been the terrible country music that played all morning on the first day of this year, 2013. Really, that is the worst thing I have encountered here, even the customers seem happier than most. Ate here as a tourist, a prospective resident, and as a WS resident...love it and cannot see that changing. Great beer selection that does not rotate all to much despite seasonal favorites but that matters little when the beer is this good. Great prices as well, growlers filled properly and affordably so, bring your family here. Try the Demolition Ale on Beer Engine if that is still available, great way to try a beer if you are a true fan of suds. Last time I was there, Red van Boorian was on cask and it was friggin' great.

01-29-2013 05:23:44 | More by Hopmodium
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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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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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RedDiamond

Oregon

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

The floorplan at Elliott Bay's original West Seattle location puts a premium on street exposure at the expense of elbow room, creating a long, skinny layout that can feel confining and crowded during peak hours. People typically gather near the front door, at the head of the bar, or outside on the sidewalk in wait for a table. And even as your hostess seats you, it feels like you're cramping other diners as you squeeze past them.

Of course, crowds are an indication of a worthy restaurant so it's not surprising to learn that Elliott Bay offers tasty, reasonably priced eats with their dozen or more house beers. They typically serve multiple IPAs including a dry hopped version, and Thursday (not Weds. as their website says) is cask night where one beer is poured from a firkin. House beers cover the standards, but also include Belgian-American hybrids and ales brewed with fruits or chocolate. The small brew house is isolated in a room only visible as you leave the building from the rear exit.

Much of Elliott Bay's agenda is similar at both locations. This includes their identical menu and environmentally sustainable practices. But each brewpub offers beers not served at the other and my explorations yielded greater beercraft at their West Seattle pub. The pub features exposed red brick, oil candles, and stylishly mismatched lighting fixtures including two brass chandeliers. There's also an upstairs loft for overflow seating.

Elliott Bay's location can be easily accessed from the West Seattle Freeway so it's not challenging to find. But to avoid crowds and waiting, consider a visit after the dinner rush. They offer a nice selection of desserts and a number of good ales to pair with them.

02-04-2009 07:02:12 | More by RedDiamond
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Elliott Bay Brewing Co. in Seattle, WA
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