Emerald City Beer Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

3100 Airport Way S #8100
Seattle, Washington, 98134
United States

(206) 351-8250

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Tasting Room Hours:
Thu-Fri 4 pm - 8 pm
Sat 12 pm - 4 pm

Added by Todd on 08-26-2010

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3.64/5  rDev +23.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited on a recent trip to Seattle. The atmosphere is kind of industrial-ish, basically an open room bordering on a loading dock. As it was a nice day the big doors were open. The room was clean and bright. A pleasant and cute female bartender was very attentive and quick on her feet, despite being in a walking cast due to recent bone spur surgery.

There 6 brews listed, but they were out of the Whiskey Lager (BTW, a must try if you ever see it) so I had a couple of others. The owner(s?) was there playing video football on a large screen. I suspect this would be a pretty decent place to watch a Husky game, if you didn't wan to go to a busy sports bar. They don't serve food, but I imagine you could bring in what you wanted.

Overall, a nice stop if you're doing a Seattle brewery tour. Very good beer and nice folks .

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Photo of Sky2625
3.06/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Emerald City occupies two of the loading docks and one of the cold storage rooms of the old Rainier brewery, so it's got quite a bit of character and history to its space.

Emerald is of course still a start-up, and their mission is to become the premiere lager brewery in Seattle. It's a work in progress, literally. On my first visit, they were serving Dottie and a Dry Fly Maple Brown out of a two-tap jockey box on a folding table. There was no seating, and a ton of kegs waiting to ship out. The space is industrial and brightly lit, definitely not a smooth and polished tasting room.

Now there's a few more customers and a few more comforts of a regular tasting room. The kegs are tucked away in the back, and a partially completed but functional bar top with 8 or 9 stools, and a table with six chairs. For a laugh, check out the urinal in the restroom.

The service is friendly, but with only one server and 10-12 people at the time we were there, we had to go up to the bar to receive service.

There were only two taps of Dottie this time, so the selection isn't fantastic, but they're working towards more, with a tap of Honey Pilsener "coming soon."

I'm not aware of any food besides snacky store-bought items.

The value is reasonable, with pints competitively priced.

Emerald is definitely a work in progress. It's fun to see the space change and grow, but until there's more production and a changing beer list, I will only visit occassionally to check on their progress.

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2.2/5  rDev -25.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1

A: I had been wanting to visit this place since its opening. I had my first Dottle late in 2010 at the Porterhouse West Seattle. Walked in on a Saturday, up the stairs to an open loading dock, (at first it reminded me a bit of the Schooner E setup minus the tables outside at Schooner and the increased space, visible barrels, ok just the loading dock portion then.. of Schooner E) and there was one person there at the time greeted by one guy and then we sat at the bar where we were greeted by a young college student who maybe just turned 21. Further convo revealed he was literally still in college and he was learning the ropes of the beer world at Emerald City. The vibe was alright. Not overly warming but not overly exciting either.

Q: Well considering they only had one beer, the same beer I can get anywhere in Seattle(Dottie) was average to good. My second time consuming this beer.

S: The server was less than stellar. Nice guy but no concept of service whatsoever. I finished my beer, sat there with an empty glass for 15 minutes, while he looked at me numerous times and never offered me another beer. Instead, he talked and poured himself 2 beers during the time. I tried to close my tab and never even got his nod. So not knowing how much my beer was because he would not pay attention or failed to ask I just put $6 on the bar and walked out. Not even then did he acknolwedge. Terrible service. 3 people at the bar.

S: Umm. Your flagship beer is the only beer you have at your own tasting room? Work in progress or not. If there is any place you should have beers beyond your standard flagship it is your tasting room. Otherwise what am I Coming to the tasting room to taste? I can grab this beer anywhere. Yup, have 2 other beers at least have something else. Poor selection

As far as the vaule I have no clue because the server never even bothered to tell me or acknowledge me after he poured the beer.

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Emerald City Beer Company in Seattle, WA
Brewery rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 39 ratings