Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 108
Beer Avg: 3.45
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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I really enjoy this brewpub, and it is an unfortunate mixed bag of great beers, good foods, and often sub-optimal service. The bar is situated in downtown Issaquah, Washington and has a nice nearly-mountain town Pacific Northwest pub feel to it. You can tell its been around a while and the bar and booths are well worn. There is brewery décor everywhere as well as a tremendous assortment of bottled beer to take home as well as pub wear. The selection of beers here is very good with nearly 20 of their own beers on tap and a few select guests. They have a printed menu of beers, but its often very important to check at the bar which beers that have that are not printed on the menu. My first complaint about the waitstaff is that two times I have been there, they seemed unfamiliar with all but their standard always-on-tap brews. This is not helpful, especially when seated too far from the bar to see whats on tap. The food is fine, with a strong recommendation coming for the Kobe beef burger. The veggie burger is a standard frozen one; not very interesting. It was very busy on a Friday night and we were seated in a newer room with much less ambience, and our food took over an hour from the time we ordered it. And it was just burgers. We were also told at 35 minutes that our food would be right out. The beer and selection is so good, that I overlook the poor service and will continue to go back, but Im more hesitant to bring out of town guests, for example, as opposed to just hardcore beer lovers. If the service were turned around across the board, this would be a great brewpub, rather than just a very good one.
10-15-2006 05:06:20 | More by xoqx
3.4/5 rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere This place is now owned by Rogue, and it has the typical pubbish character just like the Rogue Alehouses in Portland. There is Rogue paraphernalia overkill in every corner of the building, and when you walk in on the right the glass room with the two beer vats lets you know that they mean brewing business.
Quality The furniture is all of high-quality and I especially liked the padding on the tables, but this is an older building and looks like it could use a makeover.
Service Ive thus far been in here twice, once when it was a madhouse and another time when it was slow. Both times the service was marginal. The staff seemed more interested in bullshitting with each other and the few patrons they knew well instead of doing their job. I didnt have a bad experience at all it was just so-so.
Selection For a pub that only sells its own beers this place has selection galore. They have over 30 different beers on tap ranging from hoppy to malty, from IPAs to Belgian sour ales, and everything in between.
Food Ive scarfed down truckloads of onion rings here along with a giant half-pound high-quality Kobe burger and fries, and the quality of the raw ingredients in the food is as good as it gets. I ordered the Kobe burger with homemade blue cheese on it, and that cheese was better than what you would find in a high end restaurant or grocery store. The chocolate cake had little chocolatey chips in it and was killer definitely save room if you can.
Price The food is a little pricey for a pub but well worth it. The problem with Rogue is that their select big beers like the barley wine and double IPA are through the roof.
05-19-2006 02:09:21 | More by RoyalT
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I really like, yet dislike this place. So I'll just work through them one by one.
Atmosphere: I like it, because it's a convenient place to stop for lunch when I'm on the way from Bremerton to North Bend to spend the weekend at my parents cabin. It also has a nice cozy feel inside (plenty of wood to warm the place up), and there's always room for me and my family.
I dislike it, becaue it's on Front Street in Issaquah, which can be a colossal pain in the ass to get to and get back from. Issaquah traffic is (possibly) the worst in the greater Seattle area.
Quality: I like it, because I've never had anything bad here either beer or food. It's always prepared correctly, and generally brought to the table quickly.
I dislike it simply because the menu is so boring it'd be hard to screw anything up. You'll never hear me say that about the beer, however.
****Edited on 08/22/05: I'm downgrading quality from 4.0 to 3.5, and again, this is a reflection of the food, not the beer. There are so many better places to eat in the Seattle area (hell, in the Issaquah area for that matter. Go to the XXX Drive In for a grease bomb, and then come over to the Brewhouse), that it simply isn't worth the cost and effort to eat here. Drink the beer, however. Arlen's stuff is damn fine.
Service: I like it because the waitstaff/bartenders are always quick with a hello, and instructions as to where to place my big fat ass (and my wife and sons much smaller asses).
I dislike it, simply because once you are finished with your meal, it takes FOREVER to get paid up and get out.
Selection: I like it, because they carry a very large selection of Rogue beers on tap, as well as the beers they brew locally (Bullfrog, Chamomellow and Wide Awake Drunk were the ones they had last I checked). I've never counted their taps, but I would have to guess that they have at least 20 going at any given time.
****Edited on 08/22/05: I've downgraded the selection from 4.0 to 3.5. While the beer selection is great, and the brewed in house selection is getting ever larger, the food choices really just blow. If they'd put some effort into developing an interesting menu, they'd have a helluva place here.
I dislike it because the menu is rather pedestrian, and their kids menu is a joke. (Three, count them, THREE options for kids. And come on, $5 for a freaking PB&J? Not that my kids would ever eat one, but that's just plain ridiculous. We end up splitting a fish & chips more often than not).
Food: I like it, because everything is well made, and I can generally find something I like (hell, they even have Kobe beef burgers).
I dislike it because it's overpriced. They are, on average, $2-$3 dollars more per entree than most other brewpubs in the greater Seattle area for comparable dishes.
I've been going to the Issaquah Brewhouse since long before it was bought out by Rogue. The beers that they brewed there were always decent (I was a particular fan of the Cougar Mountain Brown), and the food was good. The menu hasn't changed much since ownership changed hands, and I wish it would. If nothing else, go for the beer. Great stuff.
07-21-2005 20:02:00 | More by Knuckles
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Rogue bought this brewpub some five years ago. located in a weathered building in old Issaquah. Parking is tight around the pub. A nice " L " shaped bar with 12 or so stools. An open seating dining area is on the small side. This place is always packed at dinner time, less so at mid afternoon or late evening. The food is decent here, nothing outstanding, though a little pricey. The wait staff is friendly though not beer savvy. There are 15 or so taps here, mostly Rogue with a couple Issaquah brews. I've never seen any of Rogue's big beers on tap here a la I2pa, Imperial Stout, Old Crustaceon, etc, bottled versions only. Speaking of bottled beers, there's cases upon cases of Rogue brews for sale here. Over all this is a nice little neighborhood pub.
05-17-2005 19:11:40 | More by beerceller99
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Atmosphere is just like any other bar/restaurant/brewrey. If you sit at the bar you can see the fermentaion tanks. Piles of Rougue products everywhere.
Beers are Rouge ales and a few Issaquah Ales holdovers. All high quality brews.
Service was friendly but not too knowledgeable about the beers. They poured samples to help people find what they want.
Selection of beers ranges the spectrum of styles.
Food is typical pub grub with some seafood options done right. I've had the burger and it was average. The clams were great.
03-29-2005 02:14:07 | More by zacharius
3.8/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This is a Rogue establishment. It has brewed the Trolley Ale in honor of their heritage trolley.
I stopped here to have dinner with friends who work nearby. We go seated quickly in the front dining area and had brews quickly. It was good to the Rogue beers and also good to try the Bullfrog ale.
Typical of Rogue there were stacks and stacks of 22 oz cases. I guess this is the corporate decoration. We had a great dinner. My soup, salad, and fish special were well done. The beer was a good match for fish.
03-27-2005 21:35:46 | More by beercollector
3.25/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4
The Issaquah brewhouse is in a row of shops in "Historic Downtown Issaquah". As you walk in the door, stacks of Rogues products and the Issaquah brew room are all saluting you on the right. The atmoshphere is nice with a large bar area and around 12-15 tables of varoius sizes. There is a gift shop selling Rogue and Issaquah specific shirts.
The beer selection rotates regularly and included 12 taps of Rogue beers, 3 taps of Issaquah beers, and 2 guest taps. We had the McMonk's Dubbel (Issaquah), Bullfrog Ale (Issaquah), St Rogue Red (Rogue), Chocolate Stout (Rogue) and the Mocha Porter (Rogue). The food selection was standard pub far, but tasted a lot better than the food you will find at a TGI Friday's.
Service, on the other hand, was quite spotty. There were 2 waitstaff on hand and the waiter we had seemed to be the slowest. He forgot to bring water to the table and hardly checked on us all night. The waitress on the other hand seemed to be on the ball and taking good care of her tables. I will revisit the brewpub at some point and re-evaluate their service.
In the end, I would recommend checking it out if you are in the area if only for the beers.
07-15-2002 08:32:59 | More by jreitman
Issaquah Brewhouse in Issaquah, WA
87 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.