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Issaquah Brewhouse

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Issaquah BrewhouseIssaquah Brewhouse
BA SCORE
87
very good

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 109
Beer Avg: 3.45
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

35 Sunset Way
Issaquah, Washington, 98027
United States
phone: (425) 557-1911

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @frogales

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Photo of DOCRW
1.98/5  rDev -48.3%

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!

DOCRW, May 18, 2014
Photo of bigkingken
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%

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.

bigkingken, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of jreitman
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

jreitman, Jul 15, 2002
Photo of RoyalT
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

Atmosphere – This place is now owned by Rogue, and it has the typical “pubbish” character just like the Rogue Alehouse’s 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 let’s 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 – I’ve 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 didn’t 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 – I’ve 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.

RoyalT, May 19, 2006
Photo of Hopmodium
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

Hopmodium, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

HoppySeb, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Knuckles
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

Knuckles, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of czechsaaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

czechsaaz, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of DaveRinn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DaveRinn, May 31, 2014
Photo of johnhkelm
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

johnhkelm, Jan 06, 2014
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Issaquah Brewhouse in Issaquah, WA
87 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.