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Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

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Big Time Brewery & AlehouseBig Time Brewery & Alehouse

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 7.52%
Active Beers: 46
Beer Ratings: 421
Beer Avg: 3.9
Taps: 10
Bottles: 0
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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Reviews by RedDiamond:
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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

Ten taps and one cask serve four regular ales and a host of diverse rotationals. Big Time may feature any of four different pale ales or IPAs - often several concurrently - assuring multiple interpretations of even routine beer styles. Several varieties are available in bottles to go. And quality is worthy of sustained appreciation.

While beer quality is commendable, the food menu is rather plain, especially in comparison with dozens of competing restaurants in the immediate neighborhood. As a rule, I don't consider any food I could prepare myself worth dining out on, though if all you crave is a simple sandwich, a plate of nachos, or college town pizza, Big Time's grub will serve your purposes well enough. Table service is not provided so food must be ordered at the counter, beer at the bar.

The walls at Big Time are adorned high and low with an array of breweriana that looks so old as to have been collected before it was collectable. You know the stuff - posters, old advertisements, serving trays. It's all comfortable somehow and authentic in appearance, like it's gotten good mileage as barroom décor yet still tirelessly entertains. Big Time's two rooms project the air of a comfortably mature public house with their weathered wooden floors and sturdy furniture, brass coat hooks and good lighting. The long and skinny brew house can be seen behind glass along the south wall.

I don't usually notice the ceiling in a bar (not until after the eighth beer or so, when floors and ceilings gain greater prominence). But I spent some time examining Big Time's ceiling before concluding that its irregular yellowing is a clean depiction of an intended pattern and not necessarily the result of decades of cigarette smoke.

In sum, great place for a beer. Atmosphere varies between boisterous at peak flow to a collegiate study hall on quiet afternoons.

RedDiamond, Mar 29, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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.

snaotheus, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Mok, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

strongaf, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

SavageHopHead, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

KStark, May 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Kurmaraja, Apr 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

BillRoth, Oct 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

vermilcj, Oct 13, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

Hopprof, Jun 14, 2013
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Big Time Brewery & Alehouse in Seattle, WA
92 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.