Pyramid Breweries - Seattle Alehouse

Pyramid Breweries - Seattle AlehousePyramid Breweries - Seattle Alehouse
Pyramid Breweries - Seattle AlehousePyramid Breweries - Seattle Alehouse
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1201 1st Ave S
Seattle, Washington, 98134-1238
United States

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Rated: 3.7 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Mar 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
Been through here many times over the years and finally decided to rate it.

Exterior is old reinforced masonry, much like most of the buildings in that area. Interior is a sort of retro meets modern atmosphere, mostly typical bench style seating. Prime location by the stadiums and the place gets really lively before a game.

Most of their standards are on tap, as well as seasonals and some nice taproom only offerings.

Nice staff that actually pays attention to customers, the food is good too. I'm personally in love with their nachos, calamari and burgers.

A great place to pre-game before a Seahawks, Sounders or Mariners game.
Jan 02, 2020
Rated: 4.43 by chrisjws from California

Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 3.91 by BlueSpader from Washington

Jul 09, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Feb 28, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by Docrock from Illinois

Jun 12, 2016
Rated: 3.44 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Apr 25, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by CoastieStone from California

Feb 09, 2016
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Rated by Chris1108 from New Jersey

4.64/5  rDev +25.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Super fresh Thunderhead IPA! Fast service, great bangers and mash and fun crowd. I'm coming back!
Feb 05, 2016
Rated: 4 by Croft from Washington

Nov 20, 2015
Rated: 4 by italianstallion from Wisconsin

Nov 12, 2015
Rated: 4.19 by gandres from Philippines

Oct 06, 2015
Rated: 4 by Zond from Idaho

Jul 26, 2015
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I dropped in at Pyramid Alehouse for the first time the other day and I was rather impressed. I'd been tempted to go here after ballgames before, since it's just across the street from Safeco Field, but it's always extremely packed. On this non-ballgame evening, however, it was only at about half capacity.

The décor has kind of an industrial feel and brewing equipment is visible, which I always like. I sat at the bar and service was excellent; the bartender was knowledgable, enthusiastic and fast -- what else could you want?

There were 15 or so beers on tap, including both Pyramid's mainstays as well as several seasonal and one-off beers that were interesting to see and sample. The beer is decent enough, but I liked the interesting variety of stuff they chose to have on. As for food, I had the reuben and was not disappointed.

I will try to return to Pyramid again in the coming months to see what other interesting short-term beers they make available.
Jun 18, 2015
Rated: 3.58 by Hawkfish from Washington

May 10, 2015
Rated: 3.39 by BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

Mar 05, 2015
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Rated by Brandonparrent from Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5
i had terrible service when i was here.
Jan 12, 2015
Rated: 3.61 by efsulliv

Nov 08, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by legalag11 from Texas

Nov 06, 2014
Rated: 3 by GJ40 from North Carolina

Oct 01, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by yemenmocha from Arizona

Sep 25, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by ColdOne from New York

Jul 31, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Keepnitrl from Washington

Jul 24, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Lorianneb from New Jersey

Jul 05, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by BeerisUber from Washington

Jul 03, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by timlyon from Arizona

Jun 18, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by HoppySeb from Washington

Jun 10, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by tjcamm from Oregon

Jun 02, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by portia99 from Massachusetts

Apr 30, 2014
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75
Located across the street from Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, and just a block south of CenturyLink Field,
this alehouse is the original location of the Pyramid Brewery. The quality of the beer is above average. The service was good. There is a nice selection of year-round beers, rotating seasonals, featured selections from our sister brewery the Portland Brewing Company, as well as a few unique Pyramid offerings you won’t find anywhere else. There is a full menu of classic brew house cuisine which is also pretty decent.
Apr 03, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by cherche from Washington

Mar 27, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by DerekCarruth from Georgia

Feb 28, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by rrock44 from Washington

Feb 26, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by CraigTravor from California

Jan 26, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by TimoP from Pennsylvania

Jan 10, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Sicem99 from North Carolina

Dec 28, 2013
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4
Right across the street from Safeco Field Qwest Fields. The whole neighborhood was dead but this was surprisingly lively even though there were no cars in the parking lot. Maybe it's right off a bus line, or something.

First off, *every* pint was 5.50, from their most basic staple of a beer (Apricot) to their rares and one-offs (they had 2-year-old Snow Cap). I thought this was cool. I've never realize it before, but I really don't like it when I go up to buy a round at a beer bar and have no idea what I'm paying.

Everything else is sort of mixed. The beers range from okay to damn good but there's nothing spectacular. Pyramid's trying out some more adventurous one-off beers, to adjust to the changing tastes of your modern fancy beer drinkers (who display their supposed erudition by mindlessly demanding hop bombs). These were pretty well done, but their wheelhouse it still easy drinking sessions.

There's lots and lots of yuppies--so many it's shocking, even for someone who was prepared for a yuppie onslaught. George Will was eating at the table across from us. Seriously. And that's all you need to know about the vibe of this place.

But--thats unfair. Just because this place isn't my thing, culturally, doesn't mean it's poorly done. Because it's actually pretty well done. It's a new building that's made to look like an old, bricky warehouse, it's got the warmly ersatz lighting of an Ikea setpiece, and the music playing is the kind of stuff that absolutely will not offend anyone.

The bartender was prick but the crowd was okay. There were about a dozen beers on tap with a good selection of take homes.
Oct 09, 2010
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Reviewed by spointon from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
I visited Pyramid on 3/22/2010.

This place is located directly across the street from the hotel I was staying at (next to Safeco Field) while in Seattle, so I thought I'd check it out.

The atmosphere is old building made into trendy urban restaurant. Felt more like a chain restaurant than a brewpub. Pleasant enough but lacking in character IMO.

The place is huge, which I am sure comes in handy on baseball/football game days. I sat at the bar and the bartender was friendly and helpful in suggesting things to see in Seattle. He even introduced me to one of the Pyramid founders George Hancock, who happened to be in there that night.

The beers were a mixed bag. I tried the Belgian tripel on tap and it was quite good. Well attenuated, with just the right amount of fruitiness and sweetness. On the downside, the Apricot Ale was very cloyingly sweet. I have had that beer from the bottle many times back home (it was one of the first fruit beers I actually liked way back in the day) but this was very artificially sweet. Maybe they changed the recipe?

All in all, this was worth a visit, but I wouldn't go too far out of my way to hit this location. The highlight for me was meeting a craft brewing legend like George Hancock.
Mar 29, 2010
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Reviewed by RedDiamond from Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4
As it presently stands, most Pyramid beers are brewed in Portland at the former Portland Brewing Co. Though beers are no longer brewed locally, the Seattle Alehouse still showcases a 15-bbl brewery said to be poised for imminent revival, and serves well enough as Pyramid's most indigenous surviving outpost. It is immediately across from Safeco Field, (a.k.a. Boondoggle Stadium) home of the Seattle Mariners, where as you might imagine, the place bustles with customers on game days. The building is a century-old former paper mill built of red brick and enormous old-growth timbers on a busy stretch of downtown Seattle just south of Pioneer Square.

The alehouse offers an array of dining areas on two floors in multiple rooms. This includes an arching coppertop bar, a banquet room, an outdoors patio, and a full service swag gallery. The décor has an air of professional polish but is comfortable, well lit, and family friendly. An assortment of agreeable pub foods and pizza is prepared in the open kitchen to the side. Service is white collar uniform and very responsive though I've never been there during game days.

Pyramid offers their standard array of just a handful of unfiltered ales, plus one seasonal and a short selection of Portland/MacTarnahan's beers. Most are middle-of-the-road session beers of modest design. I have yet to see any experimental or one-off beers offered at their Seattle location, nor have I ever seen a stout, a barleywine, or anything imperial or Belgian-inspired. In this respect, selection is nearly identical to their Portland location.
Feb 17, 2009
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Reviewed by beertravel from New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
Having had many of the Pyramid beers at GABF, I didn't expect to be impressed by this place and I wasn't. It is a huge restaurant and was quite crowded early Saturday afternoon with no games at the stadiums across the street. We sat at the long bar and was quite comfortable in the chairs. The bartenders were attentive and willing to talk even when busy. We discussed the Magic Hat purchase of Pyramid and they really knew nothing about them. I explained a bit about the MH beers in relation to theirs. He seemed to think that MH beers would appear on tap soon, but wasn't sure. He said that their beer stock seemed to be depleting without replacement. Interesting!

We had just a bite to eat having just left Elysian Fields, but my Berry Cobbler was excellent as was my wife's Clam Chowder.

The beers were nothing special. Several of their famous fruit beers...Apricot, Oregon Honey... and IPA, DPA, EPA, Crystal Wheat, Amber, Cream Porter and their Snow Cap which is very good. I think that MH's beers will certainly perk this place up a lot!

Worth a visit though not if you have to go out of your way.
Oct 12, 2008