Front Street Ale House / San Juan Brewing

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3.3/5
Front Street Ale House / San Juan BrewingFront Street Ale House / San Juan Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1 Front St
Friday Harbor, Washington, 98250
United States

(360) 378-2337

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BEER STATS
Beers:
12
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
13
PLACE STATS
Score:
87
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
14
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
14.67%
 
 
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0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 14
Photo of TheName
3.75/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

As has been said, great spot just off the ferry dock. Atmosphere takes a hit mainly because most people hanging out at a bar right in Friday Harbor have just walked up from their recently docked boats and do a lot of "hmeh"ing in your general direction. Also sad they don't fill growlers as most of those beers would be great on one of the beaches around the island (oh well, there's a great option in Anacortes).

I appreciate that the beers are fairly low on the ABV range (median = 5.1% for the 10 on tap when we were there; note menu lists ABW) which enabled us to enjoy a few, wait out the ferry traffic, and still be alright to drive. All but one (their Friday had a bit of cardboardiness to it) were very tasty and fresh (menu even lists the brewdates).

Best spot for beers on the island.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Atmosphere (location) and good beer makes this place worth the trip. Nestled on the bay in Friday Harbor, this place boasts spectacular views from it's front door and all the way there. The San Juan Islands are one of Washington state's jewels. They alone are worth the trip, but this brewpub makes beer lovers appreciate (i.e. tolerate) all the window shopping you'll have to endure while in this really "cute" town. Beer is abundant, several styles on tap. Several to take home in large 650 ml bottles (reasonably priced at just under $4). Pubware and wear available for purchase. Can't comment on the food that I didn't eat except to say that I only bought beer because the line for a table was out the door and into the street (must be good).

Great location
Good Beer
Beautiful vistas
And Guys will earn huge brownie points for planning a trip to Friday Harbor.

Worth the Trip!

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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 chiefojibwa
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

not really impressed with this place or the beer. staff was a bit rude...i understand that they may get annoyed with all the tourists but, hey, we're driving your economy. maybe you could be a bit nicer? my wife and i tried the royal marine ipa, bacon beer, and pepper beer. all three were a bit flat. not much of a head on any of the beers. the ipa was pretty weak and not very hoppy. the bacon beer was ok but it was hard to taste the bacon. what i did notice was a greasy film on my tongue...that must have been from the bacon. the pepper beer was a JOKE. it literally tasted like someone had ground BLACK PEPPER into the beer! for my final pint i had one of their guest beers, a stone ruination, and the overwhelming hoppiness of that beer really let me know how crappy the brewery's beer actually was.

very unimpressed with this place. for my money you'd be better off going next door to outriggers where you can sit outside and enjoy a fish tale ipa.

oh, we also ordered food. my wife got beer battered oysters. the oysters were good but the batter was not done. i had the seafood sampler platter and it was pretty good.

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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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