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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 barleywinefiend
3.83/5  rDev 0%

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.

barleywinefiend, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of RedDiamond
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

RedDiamond, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of mynie
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%

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.

mynie, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

HoppySeb, Jun 10, 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 Hobbit
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Hobbit, Mar 14, 2014
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 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 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.