Pyramid Breweries - Seattle Alehouse
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by mynie:
3.16/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$$
Right across the street from Safeco Field Qwest Fields. The whole neighborhood was dead but this was surprisingly lively even though there were no cars in the parking lot. Maybe it's right off a bus line, or something.
First off, *every* pint was 5.50, from their most basic staple of a beer (Apricot) to their rares and one-offs (they had 2-year-old Snow Cap). I thought this was cool. I've never realize it before, but I really don't like it when I go up to buy a round at a beer bar and have no idea what I'm paying.
Everything else is sort of mixed. The beers range from okay to damn good but there's nothing spectacular. Pyramid's trying out some more adventurous one-off beers, to adjust to the changing tastes of your modern fancy beer drinkers (who display their supposed erudition by mindlessly demanding hop bombs). These were pretty well done, but their wheelhouse it still easy drinking sessions.
There's lots and lots of yuppies--so many it's shocking, even for someone who was prepared for a yuppie onslaught. George Will was eating at the table across from us. Seriously. And that's all you need to know about the vibe of this place.
But--thats unfair. Just because this place isn't my thing, culturally, doesn't mean it's poorly done. Because it's actually pretty well done. It's a new building that's made to look like an old, bricky warehouse, it's got the warmly ersatz lighting of an Ikea setpiece, and the music playing is the kind of stuff that absolutely will not offend anyone.
The bartender was prick but the crowd was okay. There were about a dozen beers on tap with a good selection of take homes.
10-09-2010 16:00:30 | More by mynie
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3.64/5 rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I visited Pyramid on 3/22/2010.
This place is located directly across the street from the hotel I was staying at (next to Safeco Field) while in Seattle, so I thought I'd check it out.
The atmosphere is old building made into trendy urban restaurant. Felt more like a chain restaurant than a brewpub. Pleasant enough but lacking in character IMO.
The place is huge, which I am sure comes in handy on baseball/football game days. I sat at the bar and the bartender was friendly and helpful in suggesting things to see in Seattle. He even introduced me to one of the Pyramid founders George Hancock, who happened to be in there that night.
The beers were a mixed bag. I tried the Belgian tripel on tap and it was quite good. Well attenuated, with just the right amount of fruitiness and sweetness. On the downside, the Apricot Ale was very cloyingly sweet. I have had that beer from the bottle many times back home (it was one of the first fruit beers I actually liked way back in the day) but this was very artificially sweet. Maybe they changed the recipe?
All in all, this was worth a visit, but I wouldn't go too far out of my way to hit this location. The highlight for me was meeting a craft brewing legend like George Hancock.
03-29-2010 06:57:41 | More by spointon
3.33/5 rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
As it presently stands, most Pyramid beers are brewed in Portland at the former Portland Brewing Co. Though beers are no longer brewed locally, the Seattle Alehouse still showcases a 15-bbl brewery said to be poised for imminent revival, and serves well enough as Pyramid's most indigenous surviving outpost. It is immediately across from Safeco Field, (a.k.a. Boondoggle Stadium) home of the Seattle Mariners, where as you might imagine, the place bustles with customers on game days. The building is a century-old former paper mill built of red brick and enormous old-growth timbers on a busy stretch of downtown Seattle just south of Pioneer Square.
The alehouse offers an array of dining areas on two floors in multiple rooms. This includes an arching coppertop bar, a banquet room, an outdoors patio, and a full service swag gallery. The décor has an air of professional polish but is comfortable, well lit, and family friendly. An assortment of agreeable pub foods and pizza is prepared in the open kitchen to the side. Service is white collar uniform and very responsive though I've never been there during game days.
Pyramid offers their standard array of just a handful of unfiltered ales, plus one seasonal and a short selection of Portland/MacTarnahan's beers. Most are middle-of-the-road session beers of modest design. I have yet to see any experimental or one-off beers offered at their Seattle location, nor have I ever seen a stout, a barleywine, or anything imperial or Belgian-inspired. In this respect, selection is nearly identical to their Portland location.
02-17-2009 03:40:45 | More by RedDiamond
3.18/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Having had many of the Pyramid beers at GABF, I didn't expect to be impressed by this place and I wasn't. It is a huge restaurant and was quite crowded early Saturday afternoon with no games at the stadiums across the street. We sat at the long bar and was quite comfortable in the chairs. The bartenders were attentive and willing to talk even when busy. We discussed the Magic Hat purchase of Pyramid and they really knew nothing about them. I explained a bit about the MH beers in relation to theirs. He seemed to think that MH beers would appear on tap soon, but wasn't sure. He said that their beer stock seemed to be depleting without replacement. Interesting!
We had just a bite to eat having just left Elysian Fields, but my Berry Cobbler was excellent as was my wife's Clam Chowder.
The beers were nothing special. Several of their famous fruit beers...Apricot, Oregon Honey... and IPA, DPA, EPA, Crystal Wheat, Amber, Cream Porter and their Snow Cap which is very good. I think that MH's beers will certainly perk this place up a lot!
Worth a visit though not if you have to go out of your way.
10-12-2008 22:14:30 | More by beertravel
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The Seattle Pyramid Alehouse sits in a prime location for sports events, right next to Qwest and Safeco Fields. The atmosphere is good, had an inviting warehouse feel to it. TVs are mounted around for the sports fans, though the place is typically packed, leaving insufficient seating. Nearly all of Pyramid's offerings were available, and they offer flights of samplers of your own choice. Service was a bit slow, but it's to be expected given the volume of people. The food consisted of typical bar fare, but was of good quality and value. The prices were fairly reasonable, especially given the location.
All in all, it's a pretty decent place to catch a beer or two on game day to avoid the price gouging in the stadium.
09-14-2008 06:03:10 | More by thethrone
Pyramid Breweries - Seattle Alehouse in Seattle, WA
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