Epic Ales

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

3201 First Ave South, Suite 104
Seattle, Washington, 98134
United States

(206) 351-3637

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Added by Jason on 02-11-2010

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of MEvan1
4.74/5  rDev +59.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Was in Seattle for a business trip and came across this place. The beer was simply sublime. I spent much of the past few years seeking and sampling a wide range of aggressive high hop beers – Everything Cody brews is in another class. All his beers are single barrel – 55 gallons only. And this dude really understands the alchemy. Innovative and thoughtful combinations of grains, sugars, yeast -- pretty much a geek fest. Brews a lot of sour beers so you got to be into that thing. Everything is incredibly fresh – none of that old dusty "came from Belgium, been sitting in a bottle for who the hell knows long…" But the place is not arrogant. The guy who was helping, Evan, gave us many samples, wanted to talk about every beer as much as we wanted to, and recommended some outstanding bottle condition beers. The standout beer for me was their sour blueberry rye ale, cask conditioned in whiskey barrels from Westland distillery apparently up the street. At first I was expecting a super sweet Lambic fruit beer. Totally wrong – ultra dry and refined, could barely taste the blueberry. The other stand out was their Solar Trans-Amplifier. Prices? - After three hours of drinking & eating (connected/collaboration with a restaurant called Gastropod – freakishly insane awesome food, every bit handcrafted as the beer), the bill for two was $90 - in any other big city we would've paid easily 50% more. Located in the industrial area called SODO – south of downtown. If you're not afraid of sour beers and want an intelligent break from brutish craft beer, go.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +42.6%

Photo of jellikit
2.66/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 1.5

A: pretty basic although they were in the middle of a remodel.
Q: hmmm. Not sure. There is a bit of contamination in the system?
S: staff was friendly. Seemed knowledgable?
Sel: if I was on acid the selection would make me contemplate the meaning of beer. Weird additions to beer. Plus funky off flavors.

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Photo of topace
4.2/5  rDev +40.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

I emailed ahead and managed to get a quick tour of the brewing set up in the basement, wasn't a whole lot to write home about but it was great to chat with the head brewer/owner.

The food and beer both change fairly regularly to pair incredibly well. Everything is set in a fairly cozy kitchen bar area with a back room for more seating.

I absolutely loved the ambiance, the food and the concept behind the entire endeavor. The beer may not be the best ever made, but I really enjoyed the variety of beers they had on tap, and the effort they put into running with new and crazy ideas has to be applauded.

Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of derekbphotography
4.01/5  rDev +34.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Very unique beers that are worth a try. Couldn't eat the food because there were not vegan options but it all looked amazing and fresh. I will be bringing people here when I have visitors from out of town and will be sending Salty Ghosts down to Southern California.

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Photo of Scooch
4.25/5  rDev +42.6%

Photo of trytoketchup
4.75/5  rDev +59.4%

Epic Ales in Seattle, WA
Brewery rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 191 ratings