Gilgamesh Brewing

Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2065 Madrona Ave SE
Salem, Oregon, 97302
United States

(503) 779-9686 | map

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2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Must have been an off day. Stopped by to try it out, and got there at opening. We were promptly seated and told our server would be by, but took a while for them to get our order. Tried the fried garbanzo's that were good (interesting flavor, but good to snack). Our beers took a bit longer to get to us, pleased as we had tried them at other venues, however my glass had a "bug" pasted to the inside of the glass that wasn't seen until I had gotten the level down low enough. At least it had gone through the dishwasher, or so I told myself. May or may not go back.

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3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

While Gilgamesh is growing, food and beer continue to improve. They finally added marked parking spots, as well! Last night I had a delicious homemade spicy sausage in a rustic bun, which tasted pretty good, although the toppings were a bit dried out. That is due to the server and not the chef. Service was slow, which was not my favorite. Otherwise, the IPA was delightful.

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3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Had been meaning to stop by for some time, as I've long been a fan of Gilgamesh's sometimes quirky, but almost always very interesting, line-up of beers.

The brewpub is pretty easy to get to from I-5, taking no more than 5 or 10 minutes to cut over on Hiway 22/Mission St. The brewpub is fairly good size, and seemed to be shaped something like a hunting lodge inside (lots of stone and wood). As you walk inside, the dining area is good size, with a small bar area to the right, holding roughly 6 or 7 seats (and where I perched). There's also a pretty good size outside patio area in the back, and as the weather was pretty gorgeous, that's where most folks seemed to be sitting. Gilgamesh actually seemed to be doing a pretty good late lunch crowd (I got there a bit after 1:30 on a Sunday), and I was surprised my the number of folks who appeared to have stopped in for a bite.

As for the beer, on this day I think they had some 11 different beers on tap, which included 4 or 5 seasonals. Maybe because it was summer, most of the beers on offer were fairly low alcohol, including the jazzy hefe, the new currant wit and the sessionable Millenium Falconer IPA. I started with the M. Falconer IPA, which was quite tasty and enjoyable, and finished with a glass of the ridgeway IPA, which was less so. Prices were pretty reasonable I thought; 12 ounce glasses are $3 and pints are $4. I gather some things cost more, but there were no high alcohol or barrel aged options on tap today, so everything was priced the same on the day I stopped by.

As for food, I got the polish sausage with fries special. It was pretty good and nicely seasoned, and was decent size as well.

Then we come to the service. There was a good size crowd out on the patio, but the inside dining hall was no more than a third full, so I'm not entirely sure what the problem was. My server was this very nice young woman, who kept on making jokes about how overworked she was, how understaffed the place was, etc. I think I saw three or four servers while there, which I guess was a bit light for the size of the crowd. In any event, waits for a beer were definitely a bit protracted, though God knows I've seen far worse. Gilgamesh still has the feel of a fairly new place, and in fact I don't think the current Salem brewpub has been open more than a few months (less then a year, I'm almost cetain). So maybe that explains part of the problem; the staff didn't seem very seasoned, and occasionally there seemed to be some light bickering going on. No big deal, but it was something that was hard not to notice.

When I eventually got my bill, I just stared at it, trying to figure out what to make of it. I got two small beers and the sausage sandwich, which according to my limited math skills, should have resulted in a $15 tab (the sausage and fries were $9). Instead I was charged $11, which I knew couldn't be right (even if it was happy hour?). I was going to say something ($15 was plenty cheap enough for what I got), but the service was so slow, and it was so difficult getting someone's attention, I just included a $4 tip and took off.

An odd place for sure...

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Gilgamesh Brewing in Salem, OR
Brewery rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 374 ratings