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Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Place Score: 88
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.87
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by bigkingken:
Photo of bigkingken
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of bumchilly25
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of italianstallion
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Anaxagoris
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Photo of Bnoise11
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BeerisUber
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DOCRW
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of grizzbar
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of BVukelich
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of loren01
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Trailmix242
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

stopped in at Maritime, after an afternoon of exploring the Fremont neighborhood (the lovely troll and lenin statue). The place was packed at 5pm on a Friday with local docksiders and others on hand for "firkin friday"

the Jolly Rodger bar was full of pirate memorabilia and an all wooden interior with an army of knowledgeable (male) servers, who were well versed in the nights selection which featured maybe 15 taps total, including 4 or 5 on cask!

There was a food menu but we didnt bother with it.

Taps were pretty cheap (maybe $4) and all seemed pretty quality. The flagship red on cask was pretty tasty and tasted intriguingly like a mouthful of tobacco. The imperial pale was pretty tasty too.

I'd definitely stop in here again.

Photo of benito
3.25/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

The Jolly Roger is the beer bar/tap room for the Maritime Pacific Brewing. In Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, the Jolly Roger is well themed for the dock-worker-meets-hipster part of town. Maybe someone will open a ninja-themed brewery across the street...

The JR is small; there are only a handful of tables, and on the Thursday night that my friends and I went we had to stand and wait before we could get one. As others have mentioned, only Maritime Pacific beers are on tap, and the brewery tends to focus on session beers. Even their Imperial IPA is just a regular IPA. We split pitchers of the Pale Ale (Dry Hopped and non- versions are both on tap), the IPA, and the Flagship Red (alt). We also had the sampler and found, unfortunately, that we enjoyed MP's darker beers (Navigator, Nightwatch, Porter) more than the ones we had ordered. Fortunately, the food was better than the beer: my friends had talked up the mahi mahi and oyster sliders, and they were some of the best bar food I've ever had. Go for the light meal, enjoy one drink, and then head to Brouwer's for better beer afterward...

Overall, Maritime Pacific makes passable, if uninteresting beers, and the food they serve in the tap room is surprisingly good. It's worth a look if you're in Seattle, but it's not in the elite of the Seattle beer scene in my opinion.

Photo of RedDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Perhaps my favorite brewpub in Seattle is Maritime Pacific's Jolly Roger Taproom in Ballard. Great beer, great food, friendly atmosphere. Couldn't ask for more.

Let's start with the beer. Maritime brews both ales and lagers in their microbrewery at the foot of the Ballard Bridge. Most are hearty, charismatic session beers near 5.0% to 5.5% alcohol. Some take innovative liberties with traditional styles though none are so flamboyant as to be mere novelties. During repeat visits I've acquainted myself with all nine of their regular offerings and two of their seasonals. And with the unfortunate exception of their imperial pale, I've known all their beers to enjoy bountiful flavor and inviting freshness.

The Taproom features 13 taps plus three beer engines, though several taps are duplicates of the same beer served different ways, such as dry-hopped or on nitro. No guest taps are offered. Wine is available, but no booze.

The food menu at the Jolly Roger mirrors the freshness and invention of the beers. Light fare takes the form of fried pickles or mini-burgers made of beef, mahi-mahi, or grilled breaded oysters. The monstrous smoked onion rings are legendary, and the short menu of dinner entrees are more appetizing than you'll ordinarily encounter at most brewpubs, making the JR something the Europeans might call a gastropub.

It's perhaps not surprising that the combination of great beer and food in a small space can lead at times to crowding. With only seven tables plus the bar, the place would be overcrowded with just three dozen people and it's not always possible to get a seat. My guess is that Maritime could easily accommodate a threefold increase in Taproom customers if they had the space. And while it's tempting to expand, I'd be pleased if Maritime stayed small. The place lends itself comfortably to a loyal cadre of regulars, many of whom arrive on bike, and I enjoy the vibe so thoroughly, I'd almost hate to see any changes made at all - even to accommodate growth.

Most Maritime beers are brewed with wheat for a distinct crispness and sustained head retention. Standouts include the highly quaffable Islander Pale Ale and the legendary Jolly Roger Christmas Ale. They are widely available in bottles but are distinctly better on draught at the Taproom.

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Maritime Pacific Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
88 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.