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Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Big Time Brewery & AlehouseBig Time Brewery & Alehouse
Based on:
40 Beers
424 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4133 University Way NE
Seattle, Washington, 98105
United States
phone: (206) 545-4509

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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 37
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Prices are OK. Food is fine (not great, not bad). Beer is good to quite good. Service...there isn't service. They have a counter you can walk to for food orders, and you can walk to the bar for drinks. Which is fine.

We tried every beer they had on tap; several solid IPAs and their nice wheatwine, as well as a couple pales and a porter. I don't make it here often just because it's off my beaten path.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Hopprof
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

The best feature of this place is that they specialize in IPA's. They currently have a whopping five of them online, including a cask version of the Scarlet Fire, which I am enjoying as I post this. Speaking of the Scarlet Fire, it purveys sharp floral bitterness, an excellent take on the West Coast IPA. I pick up grassy notes and somewhat of a lemony finish. I would highly recommend this place, but be sure to eat lunch or dinner before arriving. Its a quasi college bar (adjacent to the U of W campus), and their menu consists of....pizza, pizza, and oh, some pizza.

Photo of Smurf2055
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

For what it is, it’s great. Brewpub on a College Ave, usually has a decent selection, some really good special beers too, great food. I really enjoy it. My personal favorite bar on the Ave, I’m always convincing my friends to go here instead of Finn’s.

Photo of Hopmodium
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Pommes frites go great with most any beer. Couple that with great sauces and you cannot go wrong. My lady and I tried all 3 IPA's and the Rye beer on tap and were delighted considering how many smaller breweries skimp on hops and make a sub-par IPA. Staff was quite friendly and outgoing. Got the wrong sauce from what I ordered and still was satisfied. Grabbed a bottle to go for a reasonable price.

Photo of jpbebeau
4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I stopped in here for the first time the other day—dragged my wife and daughter along to try out Whiny the Complainer.

First, I was glad I could bring in the family during the day.

It's a large space with nice seating, people on computers, drinking beer, snacking on food.

Several of their own beers on tap, sadly only had time to try one.

Were there during happy hour where pints are $1 off and there's a small happy hour food menu. We had basic nachos and I ruined my palate. Pizza looked to be the main menu item.

Not a bad place to get a couple beers, study, surf the internet, read a book, eat a pizza...all at once. Also didn't feel too old, despite its location—might've been because we were there at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.84/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

So I went on the head brewers last day...apparently the head brewer from Pike was going to take his place (can't remember names).

I went for a midday pint during spring break last year (APhA conference) and had one hell of a time finding the place...I ended up taking a bus out to visit that bar exclusively (it's not within walking distance from dt by any means).

The place had a decent lunch crowd (mainly mexican stuff) and the bar certainly had available seating. The place was set up a little strange as I remember, but had decent decor and atmosphere. It's definitely not a dive bar.
Their beer selection was relatively quaint, sever or eight taps running with growler fills available.
I'm glad I tried the breakfast cereal killer stout (house brewed) and snagged one of their coasters for my collection. It's a great addition to the campus scene and I would love a place like it in Buffalo.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My orgiginal review was nearly four years old since I moved away to Korea and CA for several years. Not much has changed but I am re-reviewing from old to new now.

A: On a Saturday after lunch we walked in and there was perhaps 20 people here. I did notice the change to there minor policy. Old and new folk here.

Q: The establishment is quality as are most of the Big Time beers

S: Always nice and prompt

S: Very good. They always have a wide variety ranging from IPAs x 2, Stouts, Belgians and a nice spectrum of American styles and staples. Today I had the Jack Candi Grand Cru which was ehhh and I picked up an overpriced bomber of Old Wolly Barleywine

F: I have had the pizzas here which are usually pretty good

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

high quality brewpub in the university area - easily accessible to my ballard home via the 44/46 bus.

very warm and cozy interior - stuck in a 1966 time warp with TONS of old brewery swag, seemingly always fantastic music (outside of the time warp - recent indie) and just lots of interesting things to look at.

lots of taps - heavy focus on IPA's but i've had the wheatwine and barleywine as well, both of which were really nice. bottles/growlers available to go.

reliable twitter over-tweeters.

food available - but all i've had is frites, with plenty of dipping sauces to go around.

service has always been fine - a few tv's but a definite beer focus

Photo of BeerSinner
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

One of the many places my wife and I visited on our Northwest beer tour. I prefer low key, comfortable spots, so this bar's style fit me. It was early afternoon though, so we didn't have the college crowd to deal with. The beers were very good, but nothing that stood out over the high standards you find in the Seattle area. What made this spot stand out was the treatment from the staff. When the bartender found out we were on vacation and seeking out new beers, he went out of his way to make us feel welcome. We didn't find this at many other spots. He went back and got one of the brewers, and checked to see if he could tap a cask for us. Unfortunately, it wasn't ready. Just the fact that he tried earned big bonus points. The brewer still joined us for a beer, and talked shop for a while. Highly recommended.

Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

It's been many years since I've been here.

Atmosphere is pretty cool, wide open, old and rugged looking, with a bunch of old beer nostalgia decorating the walls.

Quality was pretty good. I had a sampler of four beers, 2 IPAs, an Amber and a Tripel. The Tripel was quite good, the others were not bad, but I wanted the IPAs to a little hoppier. I did like how the beers were served cool and not too cold.

Service was good, a little odd how you have to order beer and food separately, but it made it nice when everything was already paid for, and you could just leave whenever you wanted.

Selection was about 9 beers, decent variety of styles. The cask wasn't on though, bummer...

We got a couple of appetizers, they were ok, but they were cheap, which is always good.

Prices were reasonable.

All in all, a pretty good place, but I remember better.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Atmosphere: Worn out wood and nostalgic. The place could use a renovation.

Quality: The beers are excellent and better than your average brew pub for sure.

Service: You have to serve yourself when it comes to both beverages and food which I found to be wanting considering the size of the place. If it didn't have a cafeteria type set up it would really add to the place.

Selection: I enjoyed the beer selection. Had about eight or so to choose from.

Food: Decent food, nothing special and definitely not gourmet. But this place isn't about the food, after all.

Value: Pints are more expensive than average for the Seattle area. But are worth it. Food is very inexpensive.

Overall: College student gathering place with a cafeteria type feel to it with the serve yourself atmosphere. It is worth checking this place out for the beers alone as it really has not much else to offer, other than cheap meals.

After being spoiled by the atmosphere, service, and food quality of the places in the Vancouver Canada area (The Alibi Room, Surrey Central Brewing Company, Uli's Restaurant, 6 Acres, St Augustine's) this place doesn't really compete. It seems to be just coasting by on its beer, which is very good by the way.

Photo of youradhere
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Come here semi often after grad seminars, the atmosphere is upscale dive, collegiate, and brewpub rolled into one. The decor reflects a nostalgic sensibility, empty beer bottles of varying quality (macro and micro) line the upper wall ledge- I think I even saw a New Glarus Belgian Red bottle. Service can be spotty, depending on the relative position within the academic quarter, day of visit (Wednesday vs Friday), and time of day. People who work here seem very friendly albeit busy, but that is t counted against them. Food is ordered at a separate window and is charged on a separate tab. Taps are varied, they reflect the style de jour. On tap the most recent visit- bond, pale, coal porter, saison, IPA, oatmeal stout, RIS, lager. 22oz bottles are also available for sale, and types are dependent on what has been bottled recently by the staff. Food is good, above average pub fare, but no fried food. I recommend the pulled pork sandwich or the cascade. Pizzas are good as well.

Great place to do lunch or early dinner; average tab for a meal and 4 drinks- $22.

Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is the first brewpub I remember entering. When I moved to Seattle, I frequently ate my lunch here (and got my fill of good craft) on those days when I wasn't working and didn't have a girlfriend (or wife, now).

The beer is very good and crafted with love and care. The brewmaster is often around and more than willing to strike up a conversation.

It's a college place, situated a block from the University of Washington campus. It's loud and crowded in the evenings but quiet and cozy during the afternoons.

They serve chili, sandwiches, and pizza. All good. Inexpensively priced for the quality of the food.

There are very few waitstaff and the bartenders (especially one in particular) can be stand-offish, but otherwise decent folks. Very knowledgeable about their beer and food.

Photo of chemicalcraig
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

It's pretty amazing to have such a great brewery close to campus. I can bring my work there at the end of the day and enjoy a few world class pints (Dr. not student). The clientele is surprisingly a bit more well-behaved and seasoned than you would imagine for a campus brewpub. I've met many young intelligent professionals sitting at the bar. I guess the frat guys go elsewhere. There are also some old salts.

The beer here is great. I've never had a disappointing pint. From ambers to belgian IPA's to oatmeal stouts they do it all and do it well. I love walking down the ave on brew day.
Can't recommend this place enough.

Photo of flagmantho
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I love me the Big Time. It was my go-to joint during college (the UW is only a block or so away), whether I was having a beer after class or just skipping class altogether. I have been there a few times since then, and I'm glad to see that little has changed.

The place is an honest-to-god brewpub, with a dozen or so beers on tap (one on cask) and windows so you can look in on the fermentation tanks. Hoary old wooden tables are scattered around the front and the back of the place and provide a convivial and collegiate atmosphere. The whole pub is decorated with old beer memorabilia (think ancient bottles and old ads for Ballantine and Schlitz).

Their beers are each quite delicious and they always have many styles available -- the aforementioned dozen taps. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about their product.

Food is good -- they serve pizza, nachos and sandwiches. My old standby is the Roxie (corned beef on rye with cole slaw) and, while it is simple fare, you can't really go wrong. There's no deep-fried stuff here (sandwiches come with tortilla chips), but it is good drinkin' food nonetheless.

Going back to the Big Time today makes me wonder why I ever stopped going there in the first place.

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Big Time Brewery & Alehouse in Seattle, WA
92 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.