Front Street Ale House / San Juan Brewing

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Front Street Ale House / San Juan BrewingFront Street Ale House / San Juan Brewing
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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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4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

My favorite thing about this place is that they ALWAYS have some different styles on tap. While they do an above average job on the "usual suspects" it is the experiments that are most intriguing. They aren't all winners, but anything new is worth trying. Two tips, there is an upstairs bar with a nicer view and if you wear a SJBC t-shirt your beers are happy hour price. So if you're gonna buy a souvenir anyway buy it first and save a sheckel. The Washington State Ferries frown on drinking anything they don't sell, so bring or buy a covered coffee mug and buy a couple of SJBC 22s to covertly sip on the boat ride back to the mainland. Y'all didn't think that we all have coffee in those things did ya?

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4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Pleasantly surprised to find this little brewery after taking a ferry to Friday Harbor and waiting for a whale watching tour to start. Grabbed a pint of their IIPA, not bad, but not anything special. My ladyfriend's hefeweizen was excellent, though, as was SJBC's Bitter. Had some crazy offerings on tap, such as their "Bacon Beer" and "Ale Diablo Pepper Beer". Both were very creative brews. My only complaint is that most of their beers were low ABV (somewhere around 3.5-4%), and yet still around $5 a pint.

Decor on the inside was a typical pub atmosphere, with windows facing the street and harbor. Staff was very friendly, and I chatted with a server for quite a while about homebrewing and beer in general. All the while, he kept bringing me free samples of beer...who doesn't like that? Didn't try the food, but the menu prices looked a bit expensive. Walked away with 4 bombers--2 Pale ales and 2 porters. This place is a godsend for BA's stuck on a touristy island.

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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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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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Front Street Ale House / San Juan Brewing in Friday Harbor, WA
Brewery rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 13 ratings