Ice Harbor Brewing Company
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ccrida:
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
I was in town for work and hit both the brewery and the marina, quite different, both nice. I sat at the bar both times, the marina is more swanky, nice dark wood bar, same draft list as the brewery. I just tried the ahi tuna on recommendation, it was OK, but living in Portland I'm spoiled. Since I just had an appetizer at the bar, my scores don't reflect on the marina restaurant dinner menu, which I didn't really browse. Had a good sandwich at the brewery, which was on Monday, so I got really cheap brews, which was nice. The food highlight was their killer spicy mustard, I bought one to bring home with me, a bit like Chinese hot mustard. Very friendly locals, the brewery is cozy and old school, kinda of reminded me of a country restaurant type place, lots of families, nice little vibe. Beers were all pretty good if not mind blowing, I think the Harvest Pale Ale was my favorite, very hoppy, as was the IPA, both pretty solid, and local favorites.
07-17-2008 17:29:55 | More by ccrida
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3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
Visited on a roadtrip up through Montana (from hometown Bend, Or).
Located in a rather rusty industrial part of town with lots of fruit packers and warehouses. The pub is part of their brewery warehouse building itself, with a handful of outdoor tables and a nice locals-feeling pub inside.
Got a flight of their beers, and was pleasantly surprised. The one of theirs which I've had before was the tangerine brew, a rather tic-tac tasting elixir. Their taster offered all of their offerings, something that I think every brewery should do. I hate it when they give you like 5oz glasses of 4 beers of my choice. I want to try them all dammit! good call guys.
Got a soft pretzel to help absorb the brews, which was salty and served with their house mustard.
Service was not bad, considering I sat outside and the bartender gal was the one one serving that afternoon, also dealing with half a barfull of lushes.
Overall good value, good beer, interesting food menu, and good service. Check em out!
09-17-2010 01:50:22 | More by SurlyDuff
3.66/5 rDev -3.7%
Visited Benton Street location on 1.30.10.
After two hours of travel for a meeting the next day, I needed a beer. My first attempt to find this location ended in futility, this time I saw the sign after nearly passing the side street where it is located beside a furniture warehouse.
The tasting room consisted of a 10ish seat bar and tables for about 75 people. The clientele was pretty local oriented, sitting at the bar I was engulfed by the local regulars, employees on their day off, and a number of people having their pigs filled. They do a pretty significant beer to go business here, and after tasting a couple of beers I can see why. The atmosphere left a bit to be desired, this place could use a fresh coat of paint, and it was very loud. That being said, the worst part of the ambience was the dude who sat next to me who hadn't taken a bath in several days. That certainly made my olfactory experience less that pleasing.
While I didn't have the food, I did pay attention to what was coming out of the kitchen. In my mind the portions were pretty small. The onion rings were tiny, where did they get those midget onions? The one thing I did see that looked appealing was a chicken flatbread pizza on special for $8.
The beer selection was pretty good. All their regular beers were on tap, as were three seasonals, a Winter Warmer, a hefeweizen (not the tangerine one) and when I first arrived a Pilsener, which all the locals clamored about. Beers were reasonably priced at $4 a pint except for the IPA which was $4.25. They make their own root beer which certainly contributed to the family friendly atmosphere.
The service, while competent, left something to be desired. While I enjoyed the banter between the barkeeps and locals, the computer system took a nosedive right at shift change. More than once one of the locals had to grab the servers attention to get me another beer.
The highlight of the trip was a nice conversation with the brewmaster, who certainly knows his stuff. He gave me a short tour of his 10 barrel system, passed of a few samples of his special beers (Triple IPA and a bourbon barrel aged IPA), along with answering my numerous beer geek questions. Though constrained by his small system size he was brewing some really quality beers, with the occasional lager thrown in for good measure despite his limited capacity. I though the IWA was quite good, and the IPA, the signature beer accounting for approximately 30% of sales, outstanding.
If you are looking for some quality beer while in the Tri-Ciites, I highly recommend this place, despite the boisterous atmosphere. Beer is the key, and on that note this is one fine place. Check it out.
01-31-2010 16:23:27 | More by jdense
3.3/5 rDev -13.2%
Ice Harbor (the original location, not the harbor location) is definitely off of the beaten path and not recognizable as a brewpub just driving by, which I did before locating it. It seems the restaurant and small store sprung up adjacent to the brewery, as they tend to do. Inside has a very "Cheers" atmosphere with sparse tables heavily populated with regulars, even on a Sunday afternoon. There's nothing cheesy or fake about the place, just a solid, down-to-earth establishment.
There's nothing special about the pub grub served, which is what they specialize in. Onion rings were solid but nothing spectacular and the same could be said for the very simple, but tasty, French dip sandwich I ate. I recommend splitting some appetizers, since the pretzel, beer cheese, and beer mustard are all the best things on the menu. I tried the cheesecake as well, and it was dry and very disappointing.
The beer is by far the best in the tri-cities. It blows away the competition. Every beer is extremely tasty and well-done. They are well-hopped and attack your taste buds in a great way. The lighter beers were definitely better, since the darker varieties were scarce. The Runaway Red and Harvest Pale were my favorites. And of the seasonal, a summer ale spiced with orange and coriander took the prize. There are few breweries I've been to serving more consistent beer than Ice Harbor.
Unfortunately the place was packed and one server was hustling to attend the entire bar and restaurant. She did well, but come on, give her some help.
09-23-2008 23:02:32 | More by bigkingken
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
I have been here many times but had a chance to stop by after work and was able to soak in the atmosphere without to much distraction (aka excesive drinking). The atmosphere is very pleasant, laid back. There is usually a number of people in the joint but is never to many. The quality of beers is excellent as well as the service. The staff is knowledgeable about the product. There are a number of seasonal beers on tap that are always excellent. They cover a wide range of beers, and food is excellent. Cost is not high, but if you wait for a train to come by they spin the will for pricing, which is usually a bargain.
08-06-2008 00:19:47 | More by tbeck
3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
I was on a day trip in the area, and stopped at Ice Harbor brewing on the way home.
The pub is a large cement walled room in a warehouse. The theme of the pub and the brewing company is inspired by the river, railroad and agricultural history of the area. There is seating for about 100. There was a curious working class crowd in the bar when I was there, right around 5:00 PM. There is also a small shop on the premises, with beer paraphernalia, gifts and home brewing supplies.
Ice Harbor brews are very good quality.
The service was OK. A bit slow perhaps, but the wait staff were preoccupied with decorating for the holidays. A large wait staff was coming on at 5, so I assume they get a fair size crowd in the evening.
Selection is good. Nine taps and one cask selection plus root beer. The company appears to brew about a dozen beers all together, with varying availability. Availability is tracked on a large chalk board at one end of the bar. The brew is available in pigs, growlers and some selection can be had in six-packs.
I did not try the food, but the menu was fairly substantial, and appears to be appetizers, burgers, wraps and salads. Soft drinks are also available for the non-beer drinking patrons.
Ice Harbor is a good at 3.75 per pint, with some brews available in six packs at $7.99 each.
NOTES: There is a second Ice Harbor location in the marina, which is said to be more upscale than the warehouse location.
12-02-2007 17:42:13 | More by RJLarse
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
If I had to pick a favorite among the three tri-cities brewpubs, I'd make it Ice Harbor. The best of their beers are superb and though some others are more mundane, their selection is large enough to accommodate a variety of good choices. They produce a very drinkable kölsch, a big fruity red ale, and their IPA is a contender for the crown, especially in cask form.
The bar is an old furniture warehouse near the railroad tracks. Every time a train rolls by, the bartenders spin a wheel to determine the next beer special. If you're lucky, the spin will land on a low number and your next pint will be two bucks. Though the trains are infrequent, they run close enough to rattle the walls. Train and steamboat memorabilia also account for much of the ornamentation on the exposed red brick interior and provide inspiration to beer varieties such as Sternwheeler Stout.
The bar was custom made locally by a gent who sat down next to me and told me about it with some enthusiasm. He also worked on the bar at Ice Harbor's new non-brewing location down the street on Clover Island, which opened in October, 2007. An array of nine taps offers a diverse selection of house beers, several of which are likely to be seasonal rotations. Plus, they brew root beer. The vibe is of friendly locals. Children are abundant but if you want to lose them, you may step upstairs to the gaming area where a pool table and darts await you beneath a ballroom chandelier. Just be advised that you won't get table service upstairs. And those stairs are perilously steep.
You can't evade the music however, which I found blaring and intrusive. They play a commercial FM rock station at inescapable volumes. I like the music, but don't care to fight it for conversation and lucid thinking. They kindly responded to my request to take it down a notch when there were just two of us left at the bar, so score one for service. Score a minus one for service when my pint was refilled directly without a rinse. I don't mind a refill of the same beer in a glass without a rinse. But serving a lager in an unrinsed glass that just held a nut brown is a major league faux pas. I thought this might have been a simple oversight, but I actually got a third beer served in the same unrinsed glass! Clearly, this server needs to refine her technique and could stand a bit of managerial oversight.
Ice Harbor also operates a well-stocked home brewing supply store down the hall from the bar. From here you can purchase malts and carboys and wine making supplies of all sorts, plus they've got Ice Harbor beer in six-packs to go. Most of the menu is basket food. It's not awful, but I got a pizza that arrived before my silverware and was undercooked.
10-31-2007 02:29:32 | More by RedDiamond
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
The setting was a bit of a surprise given the limited parking, however, the warehouse venue was very enjoyable. There is seating on the front loading dock near the entrance but the true treat is the bar and brew shop. The establishment is family friendly but the dominant clientèle appeared to be 30s to 50s with a decent mix of males and females.
The bar has an excellent selection of Ice Harbor brews (we only sampled two but 8 were listed on the chalkboard at the rear of the bar). There is seating on the first and second floors at tables and a dozen or so bar seats.
We were there on a late-Friday afternoon and the place was filling up by the time we left in the early evening. Despite being busy the staff was attentive, friendly, and knowledgeable about the products.
We visited the brew shop and picked up a few "Barley Wine" Ales for later sampling, as well as a couple of home brew magazines. The shop carried Ice harbor beers and a healthy line of home brew supplies (e.g., yeast, malts, bottles....). The brew shop staff arraigned a visit with Russ the brew master. He shared a sample of their new brew "Hop Warrior" which promises to be a hop heads delight with enough malty balance to make it a crowd pleaser.
We limited our food intake to a sampling of the appetizers. Spiced and cheesy fries and deep fried potatoes were good but nothing to get real excited about. Its the beer and atmosphere that is the draw...and that's OK by me.
09-15-2007 16:49:47 | More by dnichols
Ice Harbor Brewing Company in Kennewick, WA
88 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.