Airways Brewing Company Beer & Bistro

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Type: Bar, Eatery

320 W Harrison St
Kent, Washington, 98032-4476
United States

(253) 236-8632 | map

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Added by RJLarse on 11-06-2011

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of BlueSpader
4/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of bumchilly25
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
3.92/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

I used my BA app to find this place. It was only a mile or two from my hotel. The shuttle driver had never heard of it or the short street that it was on. I had to use a maps app on my phone to describe where it was and he finally got my buddy and I there. It is a small place. I walked in to see an L-shaped bar that sat maybe 10 people. There were a few tables and an outdoor patio.

We bellied up to the bar. There was a chalkboard with about twelve offering on tap, half were Airways Brewing and half were guest taps. By the end of my visit I had tried three of their beers which were above average. I also had a couple guest libations. The Spiced Pumpkin Cider from Seattle Cider Company may be the best hard cider I have ever had.

The bartender and clientele were friendly. It seemed like a crowd of regulars. They seemed loyal to the beer offering plenty of recommendation once they found out we were tourists. It almost felt like a basement bar that we were welcomed into due to its coziness and friendliness of the patrons and host.

I do not recall them having any food ( I guess they have sandwiches). They may have had snacks. The bartender recommended a Mexican seafood place that is a hidden gem. The cab driver didn't even know where it was. That place was about as authentic as you can get including no English being spoken except buy our server.

I had a good time at this place and recommend it if you are in the area. It is close to a shopping center with eateries and a chain brewery, the Ram.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Located in a small mini complex near downtown Kent. A small room with an L-shaped bar around the taps and a half dozen tables near the windows. Tap list of about a dozen choices on a blackboard at one end of the room, bracketed by shelves with a few take home bottles and growlers. Friendly and fast service the times I've been there and had at least one long discussion with the cook about one of the available collaboration beers, which was interesting and educational. Tap list is split between Airways brews and some guest taps, with at least one Airways variant or collaboration ale each time I was there. I usually tried the unfamiliar choice and was very pleased each time. The first time I was there they had a rye ale they collaborated with Reuben's that was outstanding. Food is slightly upscale pub fare with burgers and grilled paninis. I've had the paninis each time as it's one of the few vegetarian options and they are quite tasty and filling. My buddy enjoyed his burger there too. I've always felt that Airways is underestimated in the area and everything I've had on tap here is in synch with their bottled beer, very nicely done. I don't get to Kent very often, but have stopped here each time. Not much to look at, but good and comfortable.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

There are two Airways in Kent, the brewery taproom and this "Beer & Bistro". With that name, I was expecting some fancy restaurant and was surprised to find a little taproom with a bar and a couple of tables. Small and pared-down, very basic.

Nice bartender and lots of regulars. You can tell this is a place frequented by those who know. No tourists here (except for us!). Bartender was very nice and the flatbread pizzas they cook up in the small kitchen are damn delicious.

As for beer, there are 12 taps, including a cider and two handles from Banbridge Brewing. House ales include Loud Lady DIPA, Falconer's Flight IPA, ESB, Chocolate Stout, Winter Ale, Red Ale... a bit of everything, and they are pretty good brews. They also sell packs and bombers to go.

Very much a worthy stop if you want a nice, locally-made beer near SeaTac before or after a flight.

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Photo of Hopmodium
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Nice little place in Kent that serves some Airways beers on tap as well as a few guest brews. Friendly staff and kind patrons, great conversations all around. Many laughs with little usage of mobile phones. I do not see bothering going anywhere else when I am in this part of western Washington.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We were traveling from the south of Washington to SeaTac and needed a refreshment stop along the way. Kent was on our way and boy did we luck out.

As soon as we entered the door the staff was welcoming and helpful. We learned the history of hops that used to be grown in Kent and the surrounding areas.

The houses beers were very good and the area guest beers were also good, nice variety of styles.

The flatbread we got was tasty.

Nice conversation with local patrons.

It's not well marked, but spend the time time to find it, it's a really nice place worth visiting.

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Photo of jkdrummer
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A: Kinda hidden, stark and bare inside beige walls -- how about some posters of the ol' Kent hops harvest? Quiet, no TVs some soft music.

Q: All local ales, tried their Airways ESB - nice British taste but kinda flat. Next tried Big Al's Winter Warmer, nice smoky porter but again lacked body and head. Seems to be a trend with these smaller breweries - hit and miss for quality.

S: Good, no complaints here.

S: Again, about 5 of Airways and the rest from local small breweries like Big Al's, Maritime, a couple from Poulsbo and they had a apricot cider on tap. They offer samples and also serve wine by the glass.

F: Didn't have any but they do serve panini sandwiches, warm pretzels, bread pizzas. No big kitchen.

V: Who can complain about a good beer selection in the good-beer-dead-zone. This is an oasis for those of us who don't care to drive to Seattle or Tacoma for a pint of good ale.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A: Beware. You may drive past here a few times due to lack of signage. Capable of seating 100 or so, with a blue L shaped bar. Some tables and such next to the windows. Good atmosphere.

Q: Airways beers are quality, they carry 6 house beers and 6 guest handles that range from good to suspect. I hope Airways pays much closer attention to the beers they put on draft because putting suspect beer at your location speaks volumes.

S: Service was nice and prompt. No complaints.

S: Good. 12 handles and a good mix of styles.

F: Good

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Airways Brewing Company Beer & Bistro in Kent, WA
Place rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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