Bellevue Brewing Company
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Reviews by barleywinefiend:
3.61/5 rDev +3.1%
A: My first stop on a long beer journey begun with Bellevue Brewing. Journey indeed because the GPS barely found it and lack signage on the road made it difficult I was there as the doors opened for this typical, overcast Winter Seattle day. Walked in and the place was pretty massive. Long bar, massive floor seating and dining area. It looks much bigger inside than the outside would lead one to believe. Some TVs playing, WiFi, not much decor, sordove stale. The brewery can be seen through glass to the far left wall next to the bar that wraps around the back wall.
Q: I only had the IPA and it was nice, drinkable. No issues with quality
S: The server was extremely talkative, generous and informative about his background and beer in general. They all know beer and apparently Cicerone certified.
S: Six to sevn beers if I recall, all pretty safe offerings
F: Did not try.
While it is the only "real" brewery in Bellevue behind Rock Bottom it is a good stop. However, I was pretty disappointed when the founder (whom I had been chatting with and arrangin a meet with the week prior) discussed meeting that morning to work out some possible ideas to hold future BA tasting events. He did not once come forward to meet with me, after I requested him, informed the server of our Saturday morning arrangement. The server confirmed he was there. I stayed for an hour, thirty minutes to long. No quuick second to say hi, sorry or whatever. I felt like I was stood up on a blind date. Rude. Have some courtesy for very interested, paying beer loving patrons. I guess Bellevue Brewing Co is doing so great they can afford to blow people off who wish to bring a new,true beer loving crowd to them. For this I can not and will not ever support this brewery and discourage BA's from visting. It's obvious how the founder feels about your love for craft beer and prospective customers.
02-05-2013 20:16:00 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.5/5 rDev +28.6%
Located in a strip of warehouse type business, first impressions are deceiving. Parking is tight during work week business hours. BBC is jam packed on game days, so if you're coming for the first time, try a slower week night.
Step inside to a lively, clean, well ventilated, large, light and bright dining/tasting experience. Expansive tasting bar and extra large seating area, more room for large groups. Big screen is an understatement. Multiple wall-sized screens for your viewing pleasure.
I have to start with the food because I'm always surprised how under marketed it is. As a restaurant alone, I would score BBC as 5 star in food quality.
Clearly orchestrated by a highly trained chef, not chi chi, just good, organic, filling, tasty delicious food-- the kind of food you want to eat and serve to your friends. Not at all the cliché, greasy, bar food offerings: Artisan sandwiches*, pizzas, appis, light meals and daily specials like ribs. Kids menu too. And do not by-pass the desserts! Unlike many places, desserts are not an afterthought here: made fresh, on site, delish!
*I hesitate to call them artisan, because that intones fussy. And I hesitate to call them sandwiches because that's just so mundane. Imagine the perfect breads and roles (fresh from local bakers) perfectly matched with fresh grilled meats, crisp fresh organic veggies, classically seasoned sauces... you get the picture.
The beer: BBC did their homework and took their time in research and hiring the best brew masters. Brewing happens onsite. Their recipes are varied, thoughtful and flavorful. My personal favorite is the Scotch Ale which is refreshing, flavorful, full bodied malty alternative to artisan brew market that is inundated with overly hoppy beers.
Sadly their service hasn't caught up with their product. Wait staff are friendly enough, but inefficient, untrained and slow as molasses. But, being a young company, I hold out hope that they will step up their game and establish a top notch wait staff training program to the same bar of excellence of every other aspect of their business.
07-16-2014 20:40:49 | More by KatP
3.52/5 rDev +0.6%
So there's a new Eastside brewery. Cool, the Eastside has long lagged behind in the craft beer uprising. They've been open a couple months but I haven't managed to get in until a couple times recently.
It's a big industrial space in that part of Bellevue that Seattlites don't think exists. It's not among the big waterfront homes or the cookie cutter developments or the high-end retail. It's in the industrial zone. And the atmosphere is pretty utilitarian. cement floors, cement walls, basic tables in a big space. They've got a projector beaming a huge image of ESPN on a bare white wall. Good use of what would be dead space in any other place. Probably 30 tables and 20 bar seats. There are a couple flat screens around the bar too. It makes me think I might want to watch a game here but not camp out for an all day session like the upcoming NCAA tournament.
I've sampled all the house beers and they are all pretty good. Their ESB is my favorite since it's an underappreciated style that not a lot of places bother with and even fewer make a good one. IPA and Pale are good too but I like versions from other local breweries better. And they have a few couple of guest taps.
Overall, the beers a solid but not outstanding. It's a good start so as they build a following and accounts we'll see if they branch out. If you see their ESB at a tap-house near you, get one. Stop by if you're in the area. Bring a growler.
03-20-2013 07:07:36 | More by czechsaaz
3.59/5 rDev +2.6%
have been here twice now and will go again, I highly recommend their choizo (OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT) pizza. good food for a new brewery. the atmospheric attitude is somewhat like a cozy Costco so i feel very comfortable there drinking their 12-25 oz craft beers( i always choose the 25 oz). The food good for a new brewery. My girlfriend gets a soup and sandwich, she has had the gobble gobble and chili and the B.L.A.S.T. bacon, lettuce, avocado, SALMON, and tomato, with the clam chow. Both were very good. I go for the pizza and the chorizo pizza is my favorite. Along with their citrus esk IPA I am a happy camper. I love this place!
02-21-2013 04:53:58 | More by DavidCurry
Bellevue Brewing Company in Bellevue, WA
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.