Der Blokken Brewery
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Active Beers: 7
Beer Ratings: 22
Beer Avg: 3.36
Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Justinnickelsen:
2.18/5 rDev -34.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1.5 | $$$
Visiting some friends in the Bremerton areas was the occasion for my visit to Der Blokken Brewery. A group of four of us wanted to head out for some beers and, being from Portland, OR, what better place to bring me, the out-of-towner, than a brewery. The prospect was welcomed: I have never been to a brewery that I didn't like!
But, they say that there is a first time for everything...
My visit to Blokken Brewery was certainly enjoyable, but it had nothing to due with the brewery itself--this dismal-if-not-comic experience in service ineptitude was saved only by excellent conversation among friends.
Advertising that they are open until 11pm on Saturday (certainly "early" in my books, being from Portland, OR) we arrived at 9pm sharp, giving us at least two solid hours for beers and discussion. When we arrived we met a sign saying "wait to be seated", despite the fact that there was only about 8-10 people in the entire restaurant and more tables were empty than being used. So we waited. While the server, Ryan, passed us by on more than one occasion it took him several minutes to acknowledge our presence and seat us.
After brushing this off as a certain anomaly we sat down at about 9:08pm and surveyed the menus, deciding on a few brews and some food rather quickly. While Ryan walked passed us several times attending to various needs of what was only a few people at this time (though, to be frank, most of his travels across the floors of the establishment had nothing to do with servicing the needs of the patrons) we waited until well after 9:20pm to order, after remarking on more than one occasion that this is, "taking quite a while, is it not?".
We ordered our food and brews. It didn't take long for the food to arrive, though I doubt this was due to the expediency of the cook: like I said, there were hardly any people there. We ordered the Mac N' Cheese (2), some fries (1) and an ice-cream dessert. I can't speak to the quality of the latter two, but the Mac N' Cheese was lukewarm at best. Even though we had been ignored upon arrival, and waited a while more to order anything (and even though my food was lukewarm) I was not in the mood for complaining: I was enjoying my conversation too much to be that agitated. Yet...
It wasn't too much longer before Ryan came back. To attend to our needs? To see if the food was everything we expected? To ask if we wanted another beer? None of the above. Rather, Ryan brought us our bills.
Remember, the brewery doesn't close until 11pm. It isn't even 10pm yet!
Well, we were hardly through. Despite paying these bills (bills that ended up being intermediate) we ordered more beers. The beers were brought to us... with new bills.
By this time the message was clear: Ryan didn't want to be there, and he didn't want us (or anyone, for that matter) to be there either.
At 10pm Ryan came again. To ask us how things were going? To see if we wanted another beer, etc? Hardly. You see by now that Ryan, and this Brewery (I would assume) wants to serve, but it isn't the public that they are interested in: it is *self*-service that they specialize in. He came to tell us that the kitchen was closing and that if we were going to order anything we needed to order it now. Really? The restaurant didn't close for an hour, and we were being told that if we wanted more fries at 10:10pm it would not be an option.
By this time we were a tad bit annoyed and we consented to ordering nothing more from the kitchen. We had enough to eat, and were content with the beer and conversation.
We ordered more beer. And again the beer was brought to us with a bill. Finally, at 10:38pm (exactly) I asked for another, and was told that it was not possible because the register was closed out.
That's right. The place doesn't close until "11pm", and yet the kitchen by this time was closed for 38 minutes, and with 22 minutes to spare we were denied the option of another beer. What's more, this wasn't because the beer was gone--certainly Ryan could have said, "Well, I did already close the till, but since we are still open I will give it to you on the house." But he didn't. He shrugged his shoulders and gave us anything by apologies. The impression he gave was more like a courteous "screw you", or as "courteous" as such an impression can be given.
10:40pm the "Open" light in the window goes out (of course, there is neither food or drink available anyway!). By 10:41pm every chair in the place was up all around us.
The message was clear: "Get out of here as quickly as possible; we are not interested in you, and we weren't interested in you from the moment you walked in the place. The only thing that we are interested in is getting out of here as quickly as possible after the clock strikes 11pm."
12-31-2012 05:45:07 | More by Justinnickelsen
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
Bit of a hybrid site combining the industrial park a lot of breweries are in with a restaurant. Server was pretty cool, likes to sit and talk a little when you order which was rather enjoyable. Food was awesome and big helpings, even the small orders. Had the chicken and fries with gravy small and that was good enough for a good lunch entree so you are warned. Never thought I would like fries and gravy but I can dig it now. Go have lunch or dinner to watch the sun set over the Bremerton bay area.
07-16-2014 22:36:47 | More by Sound_Explorer
3.98/5 rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A: Stopped in on a Friday afternoon after taking a lengthy detour due to a bridge closure. Very inviting place. Walking in you see seating to the right and the bar is against the left wall. I was the only one here for the majority of the time.
Q: The beers ranged from good to average but no quality issues whatsoever.
S: Outstanding. The server I had at the bar was extremely friendly, helpful and overall nice and it was not for service or tips but genuinely nice
S: 5 house beers and about 7 well chosen other beers ranging from Clutch to Old Raspy
F: Did not try
10-14-2011 22:40:52 | More by barleywinefiend
Der Blokken Brewery in Bremerton, WA
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