Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 108
Beer Avg: 3.45
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by czechsaaz:
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
So I moved to Issaquah a while back. And let's face it, this is by far the best tap list closest to my house. The atmosphere is typically brewpub with lots of Rogue signage and memorabilia around the dining room and bar. There's another big room off the main that houses the to-go bottle 'fridges and a suffleboard game. Children are welcome (which is important to me these days.)
If you've been to any Rogue tap house then you pretty much know what to expect from the food menu. I have to agree that price/quality is a little off. My favorite menu item is the Mediterranean salad. It's really good, but it's an $11 salad. The Kobe Burgers rock, so does the chili and the Reuben. Good appetizers too. I'm not wild on their fish&chips but they're not bad. I'd say average meal with a pint will be around $14-15.
Beer selection is mostly Rogue but they are a brewery as well so there are house beers that are unique to this location. Occasionally these house beers are stellar (the Smoked Frog is one of my favorites, smoked impy porter, mmm.) There are also some local guest taps too.
Service is usually pretty good but on really busy nights it seems like they don't have enough people and things come down to a crawl.
Definitely the best beer spot in the vicinity. Worth a trip to the Eastside from Seattle, yes. Worth a special effort if you're an out-of-towner visiting, not really.
01-02-2008 17:54:27 | More by czechsaaz
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1.98/5 rDev -47.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.75 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.25 | $$$
I went here today to finally see what this place was about, and I MUST say I was extremely disappointed in everything about it. First let me say I think Rogue ales is hugely over rated and I believe most of their success can be attributed to some very good bottle design and perceived greatness due to their way over-priced offerings! The beer I had here was all in house and honestly was terrible and I sampled 5, just very very disappointing beer! Also the glasses all smelled like soap and tables were unclean (sticky) also a lot of boxes and junk lying around, very dirty windows and run down looking. As far as prices go it's way over priced! $20 for fish and soggy fries?!? My wifes salad was equally disappointing. I won't be coming back!
05-18-2014 03:32:44 | More by DOCRW
3.46/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Where do I start? I have a love/hate relationship with this place so I will keep it unique and unlike most other reviews, I assume, since do not read other reviews b/f posting. Have had great experiences here and some that have allowed me to leave with regret. Had some of the best beer (Alluvial) and some of the worst (many others), some quite good service and some so negligent that I felt like the staff was hinting that I should leave without paying my bill so I do not say anything to management. Weekends suck since they must push all the shitty food on snowboarders and others suspected of being snowboarders or generally malnourished, staff is only part-timers on weekends which leads to all sorts of troubles, as many of us know. Understaffed most of the time but the food always turns out great except for my last visit which may be my last visit. Consolation gifts were given but my memories will not be washed away, time may heal, so that is what I will hope for. $19+ growler fills are also insane, but I loved Alluvial, you waited for 15 minutes to get a menu one time, but Alluvial was so tasty and you had a great time...I could go on forever.
03-09-2013 07:45:52 | More by Hopmodium
4.63/5 rDev +21.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Issaquah Brewhouse is one of the meeting halls for Rogue, which means they offer many of Rogue's great selections. Issaquah has only a few in-house "frog" brews, but they're good selections.
It's a great location, too. It's in a nice, quaint part of town, right next to a fish hatchery.
The food is great. I had their calamari, as well as their hummus. Both were very good.
The atmosphere was extremely laid back. Like most brewhouses, a small brewery is visible from inside the restaurant.
The only thing that disappointed me was that our server did not seem overly knowledgeable about the selections they were offering. I asked some pretty basic questions about the beer menu, such as what style the different "frog" beers were, and she didn't know, so she handed me a book with all the specs for the Rogue brews in it, but no information on the "frog" brews. So, I ordered two of the three "frog" selections as a shot in the dark. Luckily, they were both good. I can only assume that not all of their servers lack knowledge about the brewhouse beer.
Overall, I really enjoyed my visit to the brewhouse and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
02-25-2012 21:57:22 | More by LaTrappeMonk
4.7/5 rDev +23.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Not being local made this place a lot better, I think. Having just spent the last two days in Seattle, jet-lagged and brow-beaten, dressed to the nines, we thought, but still nowhere close to the sea of yuppies all around us (compared to them we were *maybe* dressed to the fives), we got treated shittily where ever we went. The waiter at the seafood place stopped talking to me halfway through my order, so he could share a joke with the banker-looking guy at the table next to us. Later on, at Pyramid, the bartender was a total assbag, and when I walked away from the bar I heard him making a joke about my pants.
The best part about Seattle is that you only have to drive for about ten minutes before you are in its gorgeous, remote suburbs. From downtown Chicago you got to drive at least 1.5 hours until you get to somewhere pastoral, and about 3 hours if you want to go to one of them quaint little hillbilly towns where yuppies go weekending (Galeena).
So we escaped the city, and good god Issaquah was beautiful and friendly. And good god, was the Issaquah brewhouse the most wonderfully laid back and accepting bar I've ever been to.
We fit in immediately. Everyone was friendly. The bartenders were wonderful. After we had drank and been given our check, the bartender started to chat and my girlfriend mentioned that it was her birthday. Immediately, without questioning, she took off the two most expensive pints from our bill and told my girlfriend to go and pick out a free shirt.
The beer was Rogue, and so it was fabulous. The only downside is that there wasn't much rare beer, aside from the Issaquah stuff. But, hey, only a lunatic wines about having to choose between 20 Rouge taps. There were also a good number of guest taps and bottles, and firkins are tapped fairly often.
11-09-2010 04:19:41 | More by mynie
Issaquah Brewhouse in Issaquah, WA
87 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.