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4.18/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The second stop on the 2010 Olympic Beer Tour was the Issaquah Brew House. We pulled off I-90 at noon and were ready for a break. Located near the intersection of Front St. and Sunset Way, the Brew House was pretty easy to find even for someone who had never been to Issaquah before.
Lisa's first impression was that the Brew House was "homey" my first impression was that it was owned by Rouge (followed immediately by the whole "homey" thing). It was the lunch hour and even though the tables were filling up, it still didn't feel crowded. Before I even had my coat off, Maryam at the bar was handing me a sampler of Chocolate Stout and asking me if I'd like something to eat (so much for homey, because that kind of stuff never happens at my house).
We ordered the Kobe Bleu Balls (a kobe beef and cheese appetizer) and a Manage a Frog (Issaquah's Triple). The beer arrived in about two minutes, the food arrived about two minutes after that.
If you like Rouge Beers (and with so many choices what's not to like) you'll like this place. They had a total of 19 different Rouge beers on tap, 4 of Issaquah's brews and 5 "guest taps" beers from other breweries. The service was fast and friendly, the atmosphere was classic industrial brew house, the food was good and the focus was on the beer.
I could have spent the whole afternoon here (did I mention my pint only cost $2?) but the Tour was headed for Bellevue so we picked up some bombers and headed north.
02-12-2010 17:30:25 | More by Schoenbrau
2.8/5 rDev -26.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$$
Owned and operated by Rogue Ales, this local brewery was independently owned and operated until Rogue purchased the establishment (the first one they ever expanded to.) Issaquah is a nice, moderately sized mountain town just outside of Seattle. The brewhouse reflects this.
Simply decorated with brown and dark green, clean lines and a friendly atmosphere. Right off the bat, I liked this place for its look and feel. I wish my neighborhood brewpub were as warm and cozy.
The menu is extremely upscale brewpub style. They feature kobe beef in many dishes and their own, house-made bleu cheese. Some interesting dishes on the menu include froglegs, bacon (both appetizers), meatballs made of kobe beef stuffed with bleu cheese, wild coho salmon sandwich and various styles of hot dogs.
I ordered a sandwich made of the kobe/bleu cheese meatballs and was not terribly impressed. Though the meatballs tasted good, they were tiny, and there were only five of them. The accompanying megamart chips were a disappointment as well, since they make their own potato chips, I had thought I would be receiving those.
My friend ordered a smoked salmon melt with a side of freshly made Idaho potato fries. The melt was good, but again small, and nothing that I couldn't put together at home in about five minutes. The fries were also fine, but not outstanding. Overall, I wasn't really impressed.
Issaquah's logo is a frog, so their beers feature a ton of hops. I mean a ton. So much that I really didn't care for any of the samples I got. The hops even overshadowed the pumpkin taste of their harvest ale. If you are a hop-head, you'd love this place. However, I am not, so I didn't.
But besides the Issaquah brews, they also feature a full line-up of Rogue beers, many of which are solid. So if you want a dark beer, you're covered, but it isn't made by Issaquah.
The service wasn't terrible, but it wasn't really good either. I had to ask multiple times for some water, and we weren't checked on very often.
01-27-2010 23:14:45 | More by bigkingken
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My girlfriend and I ended up here to meet a few friends on my birthday [beer] trip up to Washington. It definitely had a nice cozy feeling to it. Not too busy and the staff was very friendly. Unfortunately I never tried any of the Issaquah brews while there, I ended up getting stuck on the many Rogue brews they had on tap. My girl started off with a flight of 4 - Double Dead Guy, Chocolate Stout, Mocha Porter, and the Red. I ended up getting a couple pints - The Rogue Charlie 1981 and Old Crustacean ( one of my favorites from Rogue) Everything tasted fresh and delicious. Our food was amazing. I got their baked mac and cheese, one of my favorite brewpub foods. The service was great and the waitress later informed me that since it was my birthday, I could sign up for the "Rogue Nation" and receive a free t-shirt(my choice) and 2 free pints(also my choice) right then and there. That made my night! I left with a brand new Rogue T-shirt, and 2 of my pints were free! All in all a great place, I would definitely return in the future.
12-08-2009 21:18:03 | More by tang3nt
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
By my count, Rogue operates three breweries with two others possibly in the works. The Issaquah Brewhouse became their second brewpub and their only brewery in Washington when it was acquired in 2000. It's located at a prominent intersection in the heart of town and affects a very Main Street feel to it. The full restaurant actually occupies two adjoining buildings next to a fish hatchery and features three rooms, a glass-enclosed brew house, and the bar.
The Brewhouse gets boisterous daily from happy hour through dinner. Clearly, the locals appreciate the comfortable vibe, the three-dozen beer taps, and the low-key, satisfying food. The Brewhouse also hosts a full wet bar featuring Rogue distilled spirits. And there's perhaps 20 or more varieties of Rogue and Issaquah bottled beers to go. House décor is dominated by a frog theme. They've even got frog legs on the menu.
Thus far I've had seven Issaquah beers - four on tap, three from bottles sold at the brewery. Though the draught beers ranged from routine to artistic, the bottled beers were uniformly disappointing. Issaquah offers five or six of their beers on draught with as many as two-dozen Rogue ales and a handful of select draught guests. Service is accommodating and friendly.
Things I like: the Rogue flags and banners, the suspended Rogue surfboard, the live frogs in two aquariums, the local Seattle grunge music on the hi-fi, and the Rogue bottle display and peace-themed decorations in the side room where, if you're lucky, you can pick up WiFi from the library across the street. I also like the town of Issaquah. After a few pints, it's nice to walk about town and enjoy the scenery.
04-13-2009 02:58:43 | More by RedDiamond
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I like the place -- I've been there a few times. Their growlers are expensive, from what I remember, but the food is good at a decent price, and their beer is good at a decent price. I like the selection of Rogue beers enhanced by the Issaquah brews, and every once in a while a nice guest tap (last night, they had Russian River's Pliny the Elder and Hair of the Dog's Fred). They also have Bud and MGD on tap, but they print these in very small text, as if they're not very proud to have them available...
Service was friendly and attentive, and the servers seem knowledgeable about their beers and can make recommendations at several levels.
03-09-2009 04:52:32 | More by snaotheus
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I live about 15mins away from the Issaquah Brewhouse. It's right next door from the Salmon Hatchery and just across from the Issaquah Library right off Front St. Great location. I come here at least a few times a month.
A: This place has a nice cozy hometown feel. It's not too big and I usually recognize all the bartenders. They've got Rogue, Eugene City Brewery and other flags hanging from the street side wall with neon signs perched over the bar. It's well lit (could be a bit darker) and they play decent music. Additionally the brew tanks can be seen through the glass to the left of the bar and depending on the day you can see the brewmaster or assistants stiring the mash.
Q: The place is usually reasonably clean, but the bar foot rests are often broken which is kind of annoying. Served in pint glasses or goblets/chalices for Lambics.
S: Service is usually seat yourself. Staff is prompt and friendly. I usually sit at the bar and they are not pushy even if you're the only person there. They bartenders have a general knowledge of their beers but often are not completely aware of what's actually available and what they've run out of. (the Eugene City Brewery Honey Orange Wheat is often unavailable). Come on Tuesdays with a Hawaiian shirt and your first beer is FREE! Come on your Birthday and you get a yard of beer (your choice) for free including a free t-shirt or hat. Can't beat that! Extra points for this fact alone.
S: Average selection, many Rogue beers and some from Eugene City brewery, as well as Kell's. They even offer the Rogue distillery Spruce Gin. They used to have a "Beer Bible" binder that provided interesting facts and trivia about each beer including some quotes from authors/poets/politicians as well as the usual beer info but they've since taken that away :( Minus points for that.
F: Nice selection of food. The Kobe Beef burger is great with the wasabi mayo and fries! Nice array of appetizers and it seems like everytime I go back there's something new on the menu. The chili is realllly good.
All in all, good value, great local watering hole with great service and a good selection of local NW beers. Stop by if you're in the area!
06-04-2008 02:07:48 | More by julian
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went to this Brewhouse when I was out in Seattle visiting some friends.
When you walk in the door to your right is the brewhouse you can see all the brew tanks and kettles and what not... To the left is the restaurant and bar.
We were there on Thursday afternoon, so there wasn't much business going on. My buddy and I both got one of the samplers they offered of the Rogue beers that they brew there, decently priced. We also ate lunch and the food was good, nothing fancy. Service was excellent, as you would expect when there isn't much business going on. We told the waitress we were from NY and she goes away and came back with a goody bag for us, with some coasters one of the tasting glasses and some fake tatoos. All in all it was a great place to visit and would recommend it to anyone who might be in that area.
03-01-2008 23:30:48 | More by kevman527
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Excellent place to kick back, relax and drink some of the finest brew the PAC NW has to offer. Rogue is always Good. I drove from Tacoma to drink here numerous times. My wife loved the town and the location. I thought the food was good, it is a pub, lets keep that in mind. the staff has always been friendly to me. The servers are not really beer savy but the bartender always is and if not ask a local, you can always tell the regulars here. Every Rogue beer is good and parking is on the street. The place is failry easy to find, it is average size and you can tell it is built for local, not commercial. Plenty of good beer to take home via bombers or grlowlers. Service was always up and down and food always average.
11-24-2007 13:02:17 | More by barleywinefiend
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This was definitely a nice place to kick back, drink a couple beers and eat some good food. They had a great selection of Rogue beers (though sadly NONE of the XS brews) on tap along with a nice array of guest taps. Among the guest taps were Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Unibroue (not sure which one because the server never found out for me), North Coast Pranqster, and a couple others.
Yes the service could have been better. The guy who served us was strange in that he didn't seem to know very much about beer but pretended to not only know a lot but was arrogant about it. Plus after about half an hour of promptness on his part, he completely ignored us.
The food was tasty. We had two beers each (4) 2 entrees, an appetizer and the total was $60. A little steep IMO. I'd definitely go back, but I'd be prepared to shell out some dough in doing so.
06-28-2007 17:23:50 | More by TheBungyo
Issaquah Brewhouse in Issaquah, WA
87 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.