Pyramid Breweries - Seattle Alehouse

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Pyramid Breweries - Seattle AlehousePyramid Breweries - Seattle Alehouse
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44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1201 1st Ave S
Seattle, Washington, 98134-1238
United States
phone: (206) 682-3377

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Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I dropped in at Pyramid Alehouse for the first time the other day and I was rather impressed. I'd been tempted to go here after ballgames before, since it's just across the street from Safeco Field, but it's always extremely packed. On this non-ballgame evening, however, it was only at about half capacity.

The décor has kind of an industrial feel and brewing equipment is visible, which I always like. I sat at the bar and service was excellent; the bartender was knowledgable, enthusiastic and fast -- what else could you want?

There were 15 or so beers on tap, including both Pyramid's mainstays as well as several seasonal and one-off beers that were interesting to see and sample. The beer is decent enough, but I liked the interesting variety of stuff they chose to have on. As for food, I had the reuben and was not disappointed.

I will try to return to Pyramid again in the coming months to see what other interesting short-term beers they make available.

Photo of Brandonparrent
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

i had terrible service when i was here.

Photo of spointon
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of beertravel
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of thethrone
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Ended up here while a Mariners game was underway. Needless to say the place was packed. Easy to find across from the stadium, it has a cool modern warehouse restaurant feel to it with loads of brick and a loud crowd filled the room. The bar area was nice and crowded, and there was a small open kitchen just off the side of the bar. There is a nice souvenir area and its clear they make plenty of money in there.

There were a bunch of beers on tap - Apricot Ale, Amber, Oregon Honey Beer, Cream Porter, Sling Shot EPA, Thunderhead IPA, Crystal Wheat, Curve Ball, Hefe, and McTarnahans Pale Ale. I settled in for a few pints and each was fresh.

The bad thing was all pints were plastic. Don't know if this is always the case, but it was a game day so it could be anticipated.

Being in Seattle for several days afforded me the time to hit this place. If you are short on time this place could be skipped for some better local beers, like Elysian Fields just up the street. Just beware on game days this place is packed.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Well..I used to tailgate across the way from this place. It is situated across the street from QWEST and SAFECO..with a KK Doughnuts 1 block South on 1st Ave. The Elysian Fields and Triangle Pub are 3 blocks North. GREAT LOCATON. Upon walking in there is a souveneir place to the right then a staircase leading upstairs(bathrooms to the right of it, down the hall) The bar area will be dead ahead and pretty large bar at that but not big enough to incorporate the baseball/football crowd on the weekends. large seating area up and downstairs. Staff is always busy but friendly. The typical Ales on tap. Thunderhead, Apricot, Nightwatch and so on. During the week it is still busy but not near as wild as it is during football season. IT GETS WILD!!!! During the early Fall, late SUmmer during the football season they usually have a beer garden out front. Excellent location. Parking is tricky. you have to pay to play my friends.

Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Well-positioned for Safeco. I went twice - once in the afternoon to enjoy a quiet drink on the patio, and the other for some food just before the game (needless to say it was busy). Extensive selection of house brews on tap, seemed to focus strongly on wheats and other lighter beers, but that's probably because of the time of the year.

Very decent and large platesof food. I must admit that when I come down to the States I often struggle to finish these portions. Service was fairly attentive, and efficient, but not too chatty due to the number of tables.

Photo of beals
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Alehouse screams "commercial" but in more of a polished way, rather than a "macro" way. From the second you see the building, you already have a good idea of the beers they brew, with large signs adorning the building and entry.

The atmosphere was a little quiet, but then again, we were there on a Saturday at noon, and the Mariners were out of town. The service was prompt -- we got our beers within minutes and our sandwiches game far faster than we expected. I had the fish sandwich and my buddy had a turkey BLT on wheat, both of which were tasty.

The beer selection was bigger than my prior exposure to Pyramid -- there were beers there that they don't often ship out. The food selection was so-so; pretty standard fare for a brewpub.

Photo of morebeergood
3.64/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Spent a long weekend in Seattle (5/4 - 5/7) to visit family, so my wife and I headed into town one day to try a few new brewpubs. Our first stop was at the Pyramid Alehouse. It's located off to the side of Safeco Field. It was an off day for the Mariners, but there was a decent mid-day crowd. We got a seat outside on the patio, and I ordered a hefe and my wife tried the apricot hefe. Sixteen ounce drafts were $4.75 each. Both were decent but didn't blow me away. The service was good, as the waitress came outside a few times to check on us. The inside looked like a cool place to hang out. This place must be a madhouse on game day, so it was nice to be there on a slow day. Overall, it's not a bad choice to check out if you are down near the stadiums.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A Worthy Place for a Pitcher, whether a Starter or Closer

The Pyramid Alehouse, Seattle is a stylish downtown urban restaurant/brewpub built to handle a large crowd. I liked the decor, especially the copper topped bar and tabletops, which, combined with the wooden posts, beams and soft lighting, gave a certain warmth to this industrial sized place. I was there on a weekday evening in January and the place probably had over 3 dozen people in it, yet it appeared mostly empty.

The bar itself isn't very large, but the bar section takes up the better part of the downstairs area. The bar section has many long narrow tables with barstool seating. This area then has booths and dining tables around the perimeter of the bar section, with the kitchen and a gift shop off to one side. The second floor, visible from the bar below, extended the dining section with additional seating.

There was one large projection screen behind the bar and a few other TVs strewn about. There was a good contemporary music mix playing just loud enough, and the service at the bar was just what you would expect for a slow night in an decent urban restaurant (attentive & professional).

I didn't try the food, although I did look over the menu. Appetizers included wings, crab dip, calamari, soup, and chicken chili. Also on the menu were salads, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, tacos, chicken dishes, meatloaf, sausages, fish & chips, salmon and more.

I did order a sampler of beers which included 5 six ounce pours:
1. Amber Weizen - Unfiltered wheat with a creamy head, but I didn't care for it.
2. Appricot Weizen - strongly sweet apricot nose and a sweet apricot taste on the finish. Not too sweet though, and more drinkable than it sounds.
3. Hefeweizen - served w/ lemon wedge, bland (maybe I should have kept that lemon). Not offensive, but not all that good.
4. Snow Cap Winter - Strong sweet malt contained by hop bitterness, but finishes on a malty note.
5. IPA- This beer was head and shoulders above the rest. Brilliant clarity with some alcohol in the nose and taste, but overall a reasonably good, hoppy, bitter IPA.

The Pyramid Alehouse is, most probably, the place I would wind up in before and/or after a Mariners game. It is certainly worth a visit when in the area.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Felt like relaxing with a beer in hand, and happened across Pyramid's public house, so I figured I'd drop in and give the Northwest staple a try. I was hoping for a small table with a bit of sun, but the afternoon was waning, and no such table existed except one across the street from the stadium where a bit of light was reflected from the windows. A decent enough place to relax with a magazine, though I'd have liked a bit more comfortable chair. The place is roomy, woodsy, with a tall ceiling in the central area. I was surprised by how crowded it was on a Sunday - night and day difference between here and Pike's pub, which was deserted on a friday. Pyramid was pretty packed.

I relaxed as well as I could in my upright wooden chair and ordered a Mac's porter, followed by a Thunderhead IPA while reading my Top Gear magazine. Service was good, nothing to rave about, but better than Pike's for sure - the waiter was attentive even though I told him I was just having a couple of beers.

Food appeared to be standard pub fare; I can't comment as I didn't pay any attention to the menu, or order anything.

Photo of FirstMan
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

If you are headed to a Mariner's or Seahawks game and, like me, you can't walk three blocks without having to pee after drinking, then Pyramid has about the most perfect location of any place in Seattle. It's literally right across the street from the 3rd base entrance to Safeco and about a 2 block walk to Seahawk stadium (I can't remember right this second what company bought the naming rights there...). During baseball season they've got a "beer garden" (read: roped off parking lot) out front, too.

That said, after one time trying it during a game, I guarantee I will never do that again.

So... my review is going to be based on the couple times I've been there in the off season - when things aren't crazy-packed with all sorts of idiots.

Atmosphere: I think Pyramid has a lot going for it in terms of atmosphere. The architecture is fairly modern, but with enough exposed wood and steel beams that you get the feeling you are in a renovated warehouse (which, as it turns out, you are). The bar area is surrounded by booths and the ceiling goes up about 3 stories. Around the back end of the space, above the actual bar, is a balcony with additional seating.

Quality: I never quite know what is meant by the "quality" section of these reviews, but I assume it's a good place to talk about the beer. Pyramid's brew is a yawner by Seattle standards. That's my opinion, of course, but probably the number 1 reason I haven't spent a lot of time at the Pyramid Alehouse is because I'm bored with their beer. But hey - you can try it all for yourself right here. I seem to remember their pints being kind of spendy, though.

Service: I have consistently had poor service at Pyramid. More than once I've waited around forever for my food. Even on days when I'm one of the only people in there. It's a pretty big place, so I would expect them to be ready to turn my order around. Also the wait staff on more than one occasion has been less than prompt. My goddam water glass better remain filled, you know what I'm sayin?

Selection: Food is pretty good actually. Standard pub fare, but with a few 'zing' items on the menu with Asian, tex-mex, etc influences. Also a few seafood items that are pretty good. I've had their pizza and sandwiches mostly. The food is an area where I've never been displeased.

If you are in Seattle for while and you are trying to sample the local brew/brewpubs, I wouldn't recommend missing this. It's worth a stop. That said, there are a lot of better brewers in the region, so maybe give this a shot for lunch and go somewhere else (Pike, Maritime) for the rest of the day.

Photo of Redrover
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I was in town for work and decided to catch a Mariner’s game. As others have mentioned, this place gets very hectic on game days. We got there at 5:00 and were lucky to get a table.

The place is nice sized with a couple of upstairs rooms, a large bar area, a private party room, and a deck. On game days, they also use part of their parking lot as an overflow beer garden.

They had 8 beers on tap during my visit. The selection included one nitrogen offering (the DPA). The beers were fine, nothing outstanding, but nothing horrible either. Pretty middle of the road selections.

Our waiter was friendly and seemed to have decent beer knowledge. The hostess and front door staff had more than a bit of attitude. Perhaps that was due to the large crowds, but there is no real reason to be rude.

The food was standard pub grub. Nothing bad, but nothing that would that I would reorder.

In spite of the attitude and middle of the road beer and food, I still enjoyed my visit. The atmosphere seemed pumped-up because of the game and I think the Pyramid should catch the fun instead of seeming to fight it.

Photo of beerceller99
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Just across the street from Safeco field and the Seahawks football stadium, this brewpub is located in a renovated warehouse, it's huge. Big , half moon shaped bar with lots of tables downstairs and a loft with more seating. A gift shop packed with Pyramid clothing, glasses and various brewania. The food is decent here but a bit pricey. Big on tap selection of Pyramid products which always seem to taste better here than when bottled. I've never been here and seen the place empty. The wait staff is generally prompt and friendly but typically not beer savvy. Off street parking here is tight. Avoid this bar during Mariner or Seahawk home games- it's a zoo.

Photo of Clembo1957
4/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located very close to the baseball and football stadiums and a short walk or bus ride out of downtown Seattle, this bar is well worth checking out. Arriving at just after noon i expected the bar to be fairly quiet but it turned out to be packed, though the crowds died down when the workers starting drifting back to work after their lunches. A great atmosphere i thought, sitting at the bar the bar tenders were friendly and well informed. A great promotion on the Tuesday we were there, with every pint of Pyramid Snowcap you got a souvenir pint glass. the guy next to me was well lubricated and left with at least 5 glasses! Well recommended if in Seattle.

Photo of mschofield
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

A bit out of the way if you're a tourist in Seattle without a car, but I had just spent a week on a cruise ship, and my legs were dying to be stretched out.
Located right across the street from Safeco field, we popped in after a tour of the stadium, and this place would be perfect before or after a game... if the food and service was better (although I'm sure it still gets packed with the game crowds).
They have a few tables outside, but it was a little chilly so we stayed inside the fairly large building. There are a lot of tables inside - obviously they live for the capacity driven up by the games.
The IPA was ok, the Apricot Ale wasn't bad, the Curve Ball Kolsch was alright, the Underground Porter was the best they had on. Service was horrible, or at least the first guy was, a waitress took over our table because the person who was supposed to be handling it was useless. She gets a 5, that guy gets a 0.
The food was uninspiring - probably good compared to eating in a ballpark, although from the looks of the tour - Safeco has much better food than this place. I'd go back if I was in Seattle, but I'd sit at the bar and avoid the food.

Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere – I enjoy the atmosphere of this pub. First off, this is located in the heart of Seattle just a block or two south of the “official” downtown limits. The Mariners’ stadium is just across the street and the Seahawks play a block from there. The pub has great parking in an area that parking is very scarce and they just built a new off ramp half a block away.

Inside it is a renovated warehouse that is very functional. There are loads of tables, a nice bar, and then “bar stool” tables (which I love). There are more tables on a raised platform. Then, in the back but in plain view, are the gigantic beer vats in rooms with glass walls. Incredible.

Most of the folks are working stiffs and the crowd is always fun. Whether you’re watching one of the many TVs or just in for some good conversation (the acoustics are excellent) this is the place to be.

Quality – The quality is top notch as well. They have done a good job of keeping this older building current and up to date.

Service – As busy as this place gets, I have never received bad service. Even during the busiest of times, there always seems to be enough people working the tables. The staff is very professional and attentive.

Selection – Well, in my opinion, a brewpub should have all of its beers, some others, and then some special selections that only they have. I have never seen a “special” tap of Pyramid and there’s not much else, so all that leaves is standard Pyramid ales.

I’ve had over half-a-dozen of their beers, and they all basically suck. The Sno Cap isn’t bad, but for the most part they look great but taste like poop. What a shame, because this is a great place to have a great beer, they just don’t have any great beer.

Food – They have good food here, which is saying a lot for a brewpub. They have a great spicy Cajun chicken sandwich, good burgers, decent salads, and it's one of the only places that I order pizza (most of the time it’s homemade RoyalT pizza or nothing).

Comments – For five years I worked a mile from here, so I’ve had a lot of opportunity to get to know this place. My only ding on it is that the beer sucks, but most of the time I was going there for lunch so wasn’t drinking anyway.

Photo of beertaster13
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The Pyramid Alehouse is right across the street from the Seattle Mariners Safeco Field. I go to the games often so my buddies and I frequent this place often. While the prices are steep they are nothing compared to Safeco. The food is not that great for the price you will pay. 10 bucks for a sandwich that wasn't very breathtaking, the beer selection has all of the pyramid brews on tap. Since I like Pyramid Hef this is great for me. The atmoshpere is rocking during baseball season as Sports Radio KJR has there headquarters up stairs for the season. Always prizes and fun when the hosts are up there. If you live in the Greater Western Washington area and you haven't been here give it a try, if you don't I wouldn't mark this on your must see things when in Seattle!

Photo of sinistersteve
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I came here for lunch during the Wrestlemania event being held across the street at Safeco Field thinking I would save a few bucks on food. I was wrong. Seems as if the stadium prices apply to the Alehouse also. I had myself a grilled chicken sandwhich and an IPA. Chicken sandwhich was alright, nothing special about it; but the beer was good. Took forever for a waitress to wait on me once I took a seat, even though the place was fairly empty. Chances are I think I'll go to the hole-in-the-wall, seady looking bar 2 blocks away that is across the street from Seattle Stadium instead of returning to this place.

Mind you this is only the 1st ave. location and has nothing to do with other places....although I would imagine the quality of the food would be the same.

Pyramid Breweries - Seattle Alehouse in Seattle, WA
84 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.