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Active Beers: 21
Beer Ratings: 581
Beer Avg: 3.6
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
3.54/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5 | $$
I like the atmosphere and layout here. Spacious, spread out, and the outside patio next to the water is nice. I just can't get into their beers. I've had an occasional bomber of theirs over many years and finally visited the place.
I had the sample selection of my choice of 6, including the Imperials. The beers are good but just seem designed to achieve an acceptable goal as opposed to pleasing the palate of a discriminate beer lover.
04-01-2014 06:17:18 | More by fuhkyou
3.86/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Love it here!! I come here at least once a week. It has a happy and upbeat atmosphere and a huge selection of taps. The beer is great and I love trying all the different types. A definite must see for beer lovers. The prices are also reasonable and the staff is great.
07-22-2013 02:43:50 | More by hopsoflove
3.45/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I have to start by saying that woemad is, for the most part, spot on in his review with but a few exceptions.
They have a very wide selection and should be able to please anyone. I can't say much for the IPA, as a hophead I found it to be average as well as most of their other regulars. What I did find is that their specialty and seasonals are the ones that appeared to stand out. They were serving their Amber aged in whiskey barrels from Dry Fly Distillery which was outstanding. I also found the Winter Ale and the Coffee Stout to be very tasty.
I did find the service slow but it was just about empty when we walked in and it was like the flood gates opened behing us. I don't think they were expecting the rush. The bartender/waitress was very apologetic and she honestly was there when we needed her, she just wasn't constantly asking how we were doing. She had a good understanding of the beers which, to me, is important.
As for the food, I had the Garlic burger. It was good but nothing special.
It's worth a visit if from out of town or to give a go at their limited editions.
12-27-2011 02:36:32 | More by ripcreek
3.98/5 rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We stopped in for lunch while travelling through on vacation. The brewpub is in a little shopping plaza along the river. It was a beautiful day so we sat along the river on their patio. The staff was super-friendly and accomodating. We felt very welcome there even with our children. The atmosphere was relaxed and welcoming. The service was superb. The beers were good, but there wasn't anything on the sampler that blew me away. To be fair we only had a sampler so my research wasn't super in depth. Decent selection however. The food was good. I would definitely recommend this place and give it the thumbs up for "family friendly."
09-05-2011 18:35:49 | More by Ragingbull
2.23/5 rDev -36.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$$
<My original review, done in 2004, bears no relation to my opinion of this place today, so I deleted it.>
This is Spokane's most established, non-corporate brewery, and, as such, probably rates a visit from anyone passing through the area. But be warned...
The beer is pretty average, with a couple of near-standouts. The IPA is good, but undistinguishable from many other PNW IPAs. The Crystal Bitter is a decent session beer. The only beer I find unambiguously outstanding is the Winter Ale, which, as you can probably guess, is strictly seasonably available. The stout and "dunkel (it's not remotely like a standard German dunkel)" are rather insipid, enjoyed by people who like massively-sweet beers. There's the same seasonals trotted out every year, and the closest they get to any one-offs is every year they do an anniversary beer that is always a booze-bomb IPA.
Service is pretty random, frequently bad. For every good visit with decent servce there's been a bad one with comically inept service. I've seen 100% of the dining room staff sit down at a booth and eat lunch and totally ignore the customers who might presumably want to spend their money in the establishment. Their growler fills are the most inept I've ever seen, with beer poured into a pitcher and then haltingly poured into your growler, getting the maximum exposure to oxygen possible and guaranteeing the rapid spoiling of you beer. While there have been some servers/bartenders that know their beer, others are shockingly clueless for an establishment marketing itself as a brewpub, some even describing their own IPA as "skunky", then going on to say that it's one of their more popular beers. The last straw for me was when my credit card was run twice, and the owner clearly didn't care when I dared to call up about it.
Food is available, but it's no better than anywhere else, and is a bit overpriced for what it is.
So yeah, I'm pretty hostile to this place, but when I talk about it to anyone else who drinks craft beer in this town, only the credit card incident elicits any real shock, and all the owner had to do was express any real remorse or maybe offer some way to make it right. I prefer to drink local, but besides the winter ale, I'm not really sacrificing anything by boycotting this place and their beers. There's a lot of good beer on-tap or in bottles around here, thank God.
09-03-2011 19:51:49 | More by woemad
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