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Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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30 Beers
613 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 24
Visits: 37
Avg: 3.91
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1111 N.W. Ballard Way
Seattle, Washington, 98107
United States
phone: (206) 782-6181

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Reviews: 24 | Visits: 37
Reviews by BVukelich:
Photo of BVukelich
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went here a couple years ago and had some massive sandwich with beef patty, fried egg, bacon, etc....screamed heart attack. Delicious! Recently back in the area and that item was gone but my buddies and I all loved our burgers and sandwiches. Service and menu selection is good. We shared a pitcher of their seasonal dry hopped IPA, it rocked! Yes, many places to choose from in the constantly growing Ballard / Fremont area. Worth a stop for lunch and beer, at least once.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I visited Maritime Pacific (specifically, the Jolly Roger Taproom connected to the brewery) this last weekend for the first time. I rather like the place; it's clearly been around for a while and has a very lived-in feel. Lots of wood furnishings with a nautical theme definitely give this place more of a pub atmosphere than that of a brewery, but it's still a nice place to hang out.

They had about a dozen taps available, including a couple cask offerings, and while I only had a couple of beers while I was there they were quite decent. Service was totally reasonable and the food wasn't half-bad either.

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Photo of einman
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Hawkfish
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of bumchilly25
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of italianstallion
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Anaxagoris
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Nice place - nautical theme. Service was friendly and prompt. Good menu - really good food. Beer selection is just their own stuff - it's good, not great.

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Photo of Bnoise11
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BeerisUber
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DOCRW
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of grizzbar
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Was an early Friday afternoon so I got good service and the beers on the flight were good but not great. This should mean nothing to others, as I am not as well versed in West Coast styles as palettes there tend to be different than the Midwest. I did think the IPA was good and their Winter Warmer is a doozy. There is fierce competition in Seattle when it comes to beer... if it was anywhere else I would visit again but in this instance there are other places nearby I would rather visit.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I had never visited the old location and finally hit the new one last night. A reasonably attractive room with a nautical theme (I hate pirates tho), as is fitting for the Fremont/Ballard area of Seattle.

The quality of MP's brews is always top shelf and there was a decent selection of beers, many of which don't seem to make out in the wider distribution that their mainline beers do.

The service I had at the bar was decent, not great, not terrible. I did have to expend some effort in getting the bartenders attention when I had a couple simple questions/request however.

Considering it's location in Seattle, the prices were very fair. I had 2 items off the appetizer menu, Double sliders (which were very good, tasty and filling) and beer-battered, deep fried bacon (which was a bit too bready, I thought. And I only had room for 1 of the 4 strips. I took the rest to go and gave them to friends), 1 pint, 1 small glass and a taster and my total was under $20.

Overall, a worthy visit when your in or near Seattle.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here to finally check out the new and more expanisve Jolly Roger taproom. Parking is easier now. The place is larger, more regualr seating but no old heaters/stoves. Quality is still good. Service was good. I never waited on anything. Selection was good. Any given day you with find the Pale, IIPA which I never found to be imperial, pils, lager, amber but nothing exotic. Food has taken a turn for the worse. The old fried pickles were great, on this day, years later they were cold, barely cooked and with a new breading. But I can not speak for the rest of the food. Still a good place to stop.

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Photo of loren01
3.83/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Went here a while back for lunch and a few beers. Atmosphere is so so, didn't impress me all that much really, small place with a bar up front and a few tables behind it. The place was packed when I got there so I grabbed a spot at the bar. The beers that I tried were outstanding, I think I had an IPA and a red. The best part about this place was the food however. I had the sliders which were amazing! I didn't remember the menu being very extensive but what I had was great. Service was real good when I was there even though there was only 2 people working. The one downside I can think of was parking, had to park a ways away...didn't see any designated parking lot...but whats new in Seattle parking is always an issue here. Overall a great place, would recommend checking it out for the beer and the excellent food.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.48/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The taproom is a small, homey place with 10 to 15 tables, a decently sized bar and a single television. This last fact made it difficult to watch March Madness, but it was better than nothing. The pirate theme is not over-done, which is nice, and the floor is a giant treasure map. I wonder if there's a big X on the floor in the brewing room?

Jolly Rogers features a decently sized and very inventive menu. As the name suggests, go for the seafood. Two small sandwiches of either fried Mahi or grilled Ahi tuna are your best bets, or the larger version of either. All of these were greatly enjoyed by my company.

I, on the other hand, felt adventurous and went with the Asian Po'Boy featuring barbecue pork and Portuguese sausage topped with pickled Asian veggies and ginger mustard. It was spicy and tasty, but I would have preferred the fish. I was expecting something like pulled barbecue pork and was disappointed when the meat looked like lunch meat (though I'm sure it wasn't.)

But the star of the meal was the Smokers. These are giant slices of hand-cut, applewood smoked onions hand breaded and deep fried. These are the best onion rings I've ever had, and I love onion rings.

They've got quite a selection of beer here including two nitro taps and two cask-conditioned taps. The sampler comes with your choice of 5 samples of 5 ounces each. I didn't get to try everything, but what I did have ranged from good to great.

The two that stuck out in my mind were the Flagship Red Alt Ale and the Nightwatch Dark Amber Ale. The Flagship wasn't different from other great red's, but it was crisp, malty and hoppy all at the same time. The Nightwatch was very dark (I'm surprised they call it amber) and was velvety smooth with rich, complex flavors all the way through.

The whole restaurant is served by the two bartenders, which means service can be very dicey. If you manage to capture their attention they take care of you, but if you don't you can be forgotten. And careful when ordering a sampler. They really hate taking the time to fill 5 separate glasses. When we told the waitress we were going to hang out and drink after lunch, she said fine as long as you order, "real beers.

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Photo of Trailmix242
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

1st stop on my weekend beer tour of Seattle. The brewpub is kind of small and was packed at noon on a Saturday. The staff consists of two bartenders that have to wait tables as well as handle the customers at the bar and therefore are always running around but still were friendly and attentive. I had their Imperial IPA which was quite tasty and my buddy enjoyed a Jolly Roger which was great. The dry hopped pale ale on nitro was rather bland though so I would skip that next time. Food was satisfying but nothing stellar though I would say that their onion rings were better than most I have had with an interesting smokey flavor.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place would probably have to get my nod as the best brewery tap room/brewpub in Seattle.

For starters, I quite like the location of tap room, located as it is on the West end of NW Leary, almost directly under the Ballard Street Bridge. It's also just down the street from Hale's brewpub, and is not at all far from Brouwer's, Dad Watson and the Red Door. In other words, the location of Maritime is very conduscive to pub crawling in the area if you are of a mind.

The tap room itself is a smallish afair, with a small dining area and modest size bar area on the left upon entering the tap room. I've gone here a number of times on a number of occasions, and it just doesn't seem to matter. There is invariably a good size crowd in the place, no matter what time of the day you stop by.

Personally, I'm a big fan of Maritime beers, and so I think the quality here is always pretty good. I'm especially fond of the Imperial pale ale, but in the past also enjoyed the Island pale ale and ESB. The Jolly Roger X-mas beer is one of my favorite locally brewed beers in Seattle.

The times I've gone, they typically have around 10 or so beers on tap, of which usually 2 or 3 are on cask. What I mean by that is that often times the tap room will have both the cask version and tap version of a particular beer.

Service has usually been pretty good the times I've stopped by, though it can be a bit slow and distracted. I find that understandable, however, given that usually there is just one waitress, along with the bartender, to handle the thirsty throng at Maritime.

As for food, I've only ever gotten some of the appetizers there. They've been pretty good, and I'm a big fan of the onion rings here.

What can I say. I guess the ambience of the tap room is nothing special, though personally I like the laid back, friendly vibe of the place. However, it's the great beer that keeps on bringing me back time and time and again. I like this place.

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Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped into Maritime Pacific yesterday for lunch. I was the first customer of the day and the bartender was finishing up his lunch as I sat down. He asks me "Would you like a beer" which to me is better then "Can i get you something to drink" because I'm here for beer not iced tea. I order a Double IPA which was refreshing and enjoyable. Nothing mind blowing about the beer.

I took a look at the menu which has some interesting items on there and i decide on a steak sandwhich with some spicy cajun dressing. The meal came out fairly quick and was cooked perfectly and delicious. Portions are pretty decent in size for the $ you spend. The pirate theme of the place is pretty cool if you're into that. There's about 10 regular taps that have all of their beers and 3 taps for some on cask. The guy serving me was pretty nice when i asked if they had anything special or for a limited time he gave me a sample of their seasonal and also, he gave me a sample of the Double IPA on cask. Overall not a bad time and I probably would go back for lunch again. As a few people have mentioned, I could see this place getting pretty filled up on friday or saturday and there isn't a whole lot of seating.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Our third stop on our Saturday afternoon beer journey. After lunch at Brouwer's and a drink at Hale's, we made our last stop at the Jolly Roger Taproom. They really like the pirate theme here. Lots of skull and bones flags and pirate items hanging everywhere. We grabbed a small table near the door, but it was also near a small stove, which was nice and warm. The waitress never came over to take my order. Had to go to the bar, and still stood there for 3 minutes or so while the staff congregated at the opposite end of the bar. When I finally got a beer, I ordered the Dark Ale. Not too bad, didn't blow me away. Cheap though, it was like $3.75 for a pint. Drank that down quick as the snow was really starting to come down. Glad we stopped by here just to check it out, but not a place that I see myself wanting to make a return trip to.

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Maritime Pacific Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
89 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.