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Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 673
Beer Avg: 3.72

Taps: 14 / Bottles: 6
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
86
very good

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 9.19%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

8032 Falls Avenue SE
Snoqualmie, Washington, 98065
United States
phone: (425) 831-2337

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dbalsock

Vermont

2.85/5  rDev -23%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

Small but well light room with a ramp surrounded by tables. A 4-5 seat bar sits in a corner. There's not a lot of seating or room, but it seemed enough for the study flow of customers in and out. The beer was pretty average as far as I was concerned, and the whole place was a nice quality, but not high quality. The service was very slow, and there weren't enough people to justify it. It seems like they may have been short staffed in the kitchen... but that doesn't explain everything. The beer selection consisted of their amber, hefeweizen (which wasn't quite a hefeweizen), summer beer, porter, ipa and pale ale. I liked the amber the best, but that's mostly because i love maltier ambers. The pizza was fantastic, almost as good as pizza-port pizza.

06-17-2008 15:19:44 | More by dbalsock
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John_M

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

This place is definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in the area, though I guess I had unreasonable expectations based on beers I've had from these guys in the past.

As you walk into the tap room, the place has a pretty noticeable industrial feel to it. There is a small bar area in the back to the right as you first come in, along with a few cafeteria style table and chairs. The taproom has a high ceiling, with very little in the way of decorations. There is definitely a stark, minimalist feel to this place.

Service the day I was here was fine, though certainly nothing to write home about. I was here on a Thursday afternoon, with no more then 5 or 6 other patrons. The waitress/bartender was pretty distracted, spending most of her time BS-ing with employees in the back. Nothing wrong with that, but she seemed kind of distracted and not very interested in the few patrons in the taproom.

As for the beers, I was a bit disappointed. There was nothing bad on tap, but there were very few beers that I thought really stood out. They were out of the Serendipity DIPA unfortunately, but the Wild Cat IPA was outstanding (as expected, having had it in bottle before). The brewer here definitely has a gift when it comes to making interesting IPA's. The stout on nitro was also pretty good, as was the "Summer Ale". Pretty much everything else was average at best; hardly anything to get excited about.

As for food, just got the cowboy cavier. It's a mix of various vegetable items that one uses as a dip to eat long with some tortilla chips. They were fine, but hardly anything to get excited about. Nothing else I saw there looked any better.

I don't know, maybe I just came on an off day, but I was not overly impressed by my visit to Snoqualmie. It was fine for what it was, and some of the IPA's are absolutely worth seeking out, but the taproom itself is pretty unimpressive. The beers here are good enough (at least the IPA's are), but the taproom is very unimpressive. Oh well...

06-06-2008 04:58:42 | More by John_M
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RJLarse

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

I stopped at the Snoqualmie Falls Taproom while traveling.

Atmosphere is warehouse like. A small storefront room off the brewery, with a concrete floor, concrete bar top etc. Seating for about 40.

Quality is outstanding. I like SF beers and I have stopped at the brewery on several occasions to buy bombers.

Service is questionable. It was fairly prompt, but not much beer knowledge on the part of the wait staff. They seem more like food service types. They did ask before adding lemon to the hefe, which was nice.

Selection is good, but predictably limited to Snoqualmie Falls Brews. There were 10 house brews on tap, 2 on nitro, 1 guest tap (Hennepin), and root beer. Bombers in the cooler for sale, and growlers to go. There was a pretty steady growler business when I was there.

Food is better than average bar food. They try to be trendy with the menu. Sandwiches, hot dog and chips in baskets. I did not have any.

Value is reasonable. Pints for $4 and bombers for $3.79. I left with four bombers in tow.

05-11-2008 05:17:31 | More by RJLarse
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

In 2006 Snoqualmie opened a taproom in the historic mountain community of Snoqualmie Falls, and about a year later I showed up to drink them dry. I knew I had stumbled upon a rare enclave of genius when I read on their beer menu, “We recognize that there are some beers we just can’t duplicate.” This is why they keep a tap at the bar devoted to a rotating selection of Belgian ales and don’t brew any of their own except for a seasonal Grand Cru. Most American brewers who attempt Belgian-style ales achieve no more than robotic duplication and fall far short of the artistic majesty of the Belgian tradition. Perhaps in another century or so this will change. Meanwhile, Snoqualmie at least has the sensibilities to recognize the difference, respect the originals, and bow out gracefully. Genius.

All of Snoqualmie’s regular offerings finish at 7.0% ABV or less. But their modest potency wisely translates into a high quaff quotient. Copperhead Pale Ale and Wildcat IPA are among the most inviting, easy drinking ales in the region. I’d even go so far as to say that Snoqualmie is one of the most overlooked and undervalued breweries in the state. They certainly deserve more recognition than they presently receive.

Sno’s taproom is a modest affair carved from a forward corner of their brewery. Though the place is relaxed and the service is friendly and assured, it kills me – just KILLS me – that the brewery sits on waterfront property adjacent to the Snoqualmie River and yet we in the beerish public are denied the deserved pleasure of a riverside beer garden. As the King said, “Don’t be cruel.” Give us the garden. GIVE US THE GARDEN! Please.

Meanwhile, you can get damn tasty sandwiches (hot or cold) at the Taproom or salads or pizza. Prices at first seem steep, but the sandwiches are stacked high, built on fresh bread, come with house-made slaw or baked beans (both uncommonly good) and mine came served in – I swear – no more than three minutes time. Worth the price in my view. When you’re done, Snoqualmie has bottles and growlers to go and they’ll even fill your corny keg. And they serve beers at the taproom that are unavailable elsewhere.

If you get to Snoqualmie and the place looks familiar, you might have seen parts of it on the Twin Peaks TV series or on episodes of Northern Exposure. Be sure to check out the 268-foot waterfalls about a mile down river from the brewery. Depending upon the mindset of your significant other, either the falls are a great reason to visit a town with a brewery, or the brewery is a great reason to visit the falls.

01-05-2008 01:54:21 | More by RedDiamond
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Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom in Snoqualmie, WA
86 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.