Front Street Ale House / San Juan Brewing

Front Street Ale House / San Juan BrewingFront Street Ale House / San Juan Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1 Front St
Friday Harbor, Washington, 98250
United States

(360) 378-2337

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Photo of MikeFromMarsPA
4.5/5  rDev +20%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have one and only one complaint about this incredible place, so I'll get that out of the way first: they aren't allowed to fill growlers, either theirs or anyone else's. That's a shame, because the beer is awesome.

Other reviewers have done a good job describing this place- a nice spot in a picturesque town, right by the ferry terminal to the mainland. You could do a lot worse than to take the ferry out, have dinner and a beer, and stay over for the night or even catch the last ferry back home.

The service on a Thursday evening was fast, friendly and attentive. As has come to be the case, we got to talking about the one month beer tour we're on, and the staff and other customers at the bar were quick to recommend and talk about their own beers, and also to recommend a number of other breweries in the area that we're told we HAVE to try. The high quality and sheer friendliness of brewpubs in the area is impressive, and this is one of the best.

My two favorite beers were the Raging Main Ale and the Erik the Red Ale, although I also got a kick out of the beer menu's write up of the Road Works Bitter Ale, which was pretty much a one-paragraph rant about local taxes and public works projects.

This place is tougher to get to than your average place, and that's fine. It's better than your average place and worth the effort.

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Photo of pdxdrescher
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We just returned from a week long trip to Orcas and San Juan Islands. If you like beer and are at Friday Harbor (San Juan Island), a stop at Front Street Ale House would be required. No question we would visit this place again.

The Summer Best Bitter ale was the only beer we had (liked it so much we didn't try any others, just kept ordering the Best Bitter). Clean, refreshing, nice malt taste and the right amount of hops. The food was good but the selection was not real deep; the Thai curry shrimp was yummy!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was on a tour of the Pacific NW and had a few days on San Juan Island. I was at this pub everyone of those days. There is tons to do on the island hiking, kayaking etc, and man the beers at this small place are top notch!
The place is a little small with a full bar area and a room for dining as well. The beer menu was great I remember the Wit being very crisp and refreshing with beautiful citrus notes and the barleywine was bold and malty. You can buy bombers of most of their brews with you and I did that. Also if you buy a brewery shirt and wear it to the pub you get $1 off all beers for the nite! Pretty sweet deal. Of course I did that as well.
The food is a range of pizza, burgers and some other pub fare and everything I tasted was yummy! Of course there was a solid mix of seafood available as well.
If you are in the Seattle area or further north find out about how to get to San Juan Island and spend the day there. Great people and some of the best brews I had on my trip, probably only second to Elysian.

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Photo of jreitman
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Front Street Ale House is located on the waterfront (front street) in downtown friday harbor on san juan island. The atmosphere is that of a local watering hole and is small but not crowded. The brews (of which there are quite a few) are quite good and really quenching especially after a day of kayaking, hiking or biking around the island. Food is selection is varied and the entrees we had were good. If you are on the island, you owe it to yourself to stop in for a pint.

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Front Street Ale House / San Juan Brewing in Friday Harbor, WA
3.3 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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