Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
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 cant duplicate. This is why they keep a tap at the bar devoted to a rotating selection of Belgian ales and dont 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 Snoqualmies 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. Id 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.
Snos 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, Dont 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 youre done, Snoqualmie has bottles and growlers to go and theyll 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
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
Stopped by because I saw the sign off the highway, knew nothing about the place.
Small, warehouse feel. Simple, basic beer paraphernalia around (Chimay, Sleemans, etc...) Nothing too amazing. Says small town brewery who happens to have a tap room.
Had the IPA, super delicious! Ordered open-face BBQ pork with pineapple sandwich (special of the day). Was good (sweet with a hint of zip) but not amazing. Service was fine.
People coming in and buying bottles, filling growlers. Has wi-fi so people are around working, having a pint.
A plain place but that's ok. The beer is great, the food good - and that's what matters. They care about the beer and want a place for people to enjoy it. Small time operation, but worth stopping in.
06-05-2009 01:13:27 | More by ritzkiss
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
One street removed from the "main" street in the little town of Snoqualmie Falls sits a giant warehouse of a building. It's obviously where they do all of their brewing. I can't say for sure, but I would bet the taproom was added after they had some success, because it is obviously not meant to be a restaurant.
There are few tables, a tiny bar, and a row of stools near the door. That's about it. One television hangs over the bar, but few other decorations adorn the walls. Still, it has a nice, authentic feel to it. It is what it is.
The food choices are all simple and straight forward by necessity. I have no idea where they hide the kitchen, because between the office space and brewing equipment, there doesn't seem to be any room leftover.
Then again, all of the food could be made with a single toaster oven. They have baked sandwiches, toasted sandwiches, cold sandwiches, soup, salad, baked pizzas and an assortment of appetizers. So it was with much delight and surprise that I found I absolutely loved my sandwich.
A genius combination of smoked turkey, provolone, jalapeno, tomato, red onion and chipotle mayonnaise on Rosemary Diamante bread. They don't have much to work with, but inventive combinations and quality ingredients sure make up for it!
The taproom features their five standard beers: Wildcat IPA, Copperhead Pale, Steam Train Porter, PGA Amber and Haystack Hefeweizen. They also have two beers on nitro tap and a seasonal. Those were the pale, an oatmeal stout and an octoberfest, respectively.
Nothing really blew me away, but they were all very drinkable. Most were a little too conservative for my tastes, but would surely appeal to most everyone. That is to say, nothing is outstanding, but I'd have no trouble drinking a pint of any of it.
That being said, the porter and the stout were by far my favorites. Not everywhere has a good stout on nitro, though they all should!
01-27-2010 23:02:47 | More by bigkingken
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
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
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
Stopped for lunch on my way visit family further north.
After what seemed like a looong drive from the freeway, I entered "downtown" Snoqualmie, Washington. A bit of driving ensued before I found that the brewery was not on the main drag but a block away.
Industrial looking place, essentially a warehouse, with lots of concrete. The dining area is a couple of stories high, with the bar towards the back. The bar seemed a bit small for the room, with only room for about 6 people or so. I was a little suprised by how many beers they had on-tap, probably because of the tiny bar area.
It was a bit slow, with no one at the tables in the dining area, with locals and off-duty employees at the bar, bantering with the waitstaff. While the guy behind the bar spent much of his time chatting, no empty pint glasses were allowed to languish on the bar, and he even gave me a couple of unprompted samples in addition to the two pints I chose (Wildcat IPA and their harvest ale). I had no opportunity to be able to tell if the employees have any special beer knowledge or not, and I was really only there for refueling purposes before getting back on the road.
Food was unremarkable but competently made. I had half of a deli sandwich that did an unspectacular yet successful job of staving off hunger.
This is really nothing more than a brewery with a tasting room that happens to serve food. As such, the place gets the job done without too much fanfare. Anyone seeking more of a restaurant experience would probably be better off going elsewhere.
11-13-2011 22:47:34 | More by woemad
3.6/5 rDev -2.7%
stopped in at snoqualmie on a rainy october day after a morning of hiking around the snoqualmie falls area.
the brewery is located a block off the main drag and resembles a warehouse...the interior also has that warehouse feel with some cliche beer memorabilia on the walls.
The service was just fine but nothing extraordinary.
The tap selection featured a page of stand-by selections (pale, ipa, amber, porter, etc) with an octoberfest and lemongrass beer on the specialty rotation. I believe all the stand-by's were also available in 22oz bombers. The guest "belgian tap" was North Coast Brother Thelonious.
I had a half reuben with some nice spicy thai chips (in a bag) and the lady just had some spinach dip...nothing too special here, slightly above average pub fare.
worth a stop if hiking at the falls, but not worth a trip
10-07-2008 23:57:50 | More by dirtylou
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom in Snoqualmie, WA
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