Iron Goat Brewing Co.

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

1302 W 2nd Ave
Spokane, Washington, 99201-4616
United States

(509) 474-0722 | map

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Added by woemad on 06-27-2012

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by woemad:
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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

This is the first review since Iron Goat has moved to their current digs on 2nd Avenue downtown, which opened to the general public on April 9. They are no longer located in their original site on E. Mallon Ave. All previous place reviews are of the old place.

Iron Goat is located at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Adams Street, in a 100+ year old building that was most recently an auto engine shop. It is much larger than their old space and effectively doubles their capacity, both in terms of bodies fitting into the place and brewing space. There's a large, three-sided bar seating area. Long wooden tables with benches dominate the floor, with booths on one side. Large windows face the two streets the brewery is at the intersection of, and there are large garage doors on both sides that allow an open-air drinking experience when weather allows. Parking consists of on-street meters. There is at least one pay lot nearby as well. Yes, you now have to pay for parking, but on the plus side, the roads in much better shape than at the old place, without the enormous pot holes that threatened to swallow cars whole on rainy or snowy days.

There are 26 taps, about nine of which were actually in use the two times I've been here since they opened to the general public. Thus far, I've seen no guest taps. I believe they have plans to install a cask engine. Food will be available once the kitchen is completed. There will be a pick-up window at the kitchen, and I believe customers will be carrying their food to tables themselves, though I could be wrong. Service is friendly, with bartenders being fairly savvy about the beers. Beers must be ordered at the bar, there appears to be no table service.

The quality of the beer is unchanged. I still think they are the best beers brewed in Spokane, by people who, while unabashed hop heads, seem able to nail just about any style they choose to. They've got a lot more space to play with now, and I'm hoping it means they can brew more of their beers that are not part of their regular core lineup (I'd particularly love to be able to take home growlers of their RIS). Oh, and they're in easy walking distance of several other breweries/tap rooms, in what is becoming the Spokane brewery district.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gdobber
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of rarigney
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Radcpa
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This establishment Brew its own beer and the beers that had were very good. However they were out of stouts and porters. Too bad. The pizza was very good. The service was excellent

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Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jheimbigner
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

really, truthfully, I have no problems with a smaller beer menu as long as the beers on that menu are quality, and, this place fits that model perfectly. Awesome day here in Spokane so the overhead doors are open with a nice airflow and pretty darn good beer. I'll take this day, any day of the year.

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Photo of drned
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of RJLarse
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I stop at Iron Goat fairly frequently for pints and growler fills. It is near my office.

They usually have 8 to 10 of their beers on tap. The Goatmeal stout is particularly good. The IPAs are good, I especially like the Lawnmower session ale in the summer.

It's a small place out on east Mallon, in a somewhat run down neighborhood. Seating for about 35, with an outdoor patio in season.

Prices are reasonable, $4.50 a pint, $7.50 for the tasters and $12 to fill a growler.

No food but there is occasionally a food truck outside.

A good place for a pint and a growler fill.

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Photo of BierMeJohn
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

I got a flight for an decent price, despite the RIS not being true to style, they were decent beers. Live music earned some extra vibe points.
However, upon ordering the sampler, the lady picked it up and followed/waited for me to pick a seat, as if I can't be trusted to carry their taster rack...(i saw her do this with other customers too). Then as soon as I had taken a sip of my last sample, she swooped over and took the rack with the empty glasses. They weren't overly friendly when I ordered either and definitely have a stick up their butt about their taster rack!! In a sketchy neighborhood too.... don't recommend.

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Photo of bdchristiansen
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Photo of LouZ
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Did a flight and found beers to be OK, but venue was nice with live band and the place was new. Nice neighborhood brewery but I don't think this place moves the needle for the advanced beer geek... perhaps it will in time. That is all relative to my palette of course.

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Photo of Keepnitrl
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped in at Iron Goat a little while ago with some buddies. We each got a taster flight -- 32 glasses on the table -- which raised eyebrows but was a good introduction to the brewery. There was live music and a guy out front with a smoker on a trailer selling BBQ; you can't ask a lot more of a place.

We sat outside on a beautiful summer night; the outdoor environment here can't be beat. Though it's in a bit of a run-down area, the vibe of the place is anything but. Folks are friendly and the atmosphere was jovial all around.

The beers were good; I particularly enjoyed the saison, the Lawnmower ISA and, of course, the Goatmeal. The staff did a good job explaining the brews and were kind enough to deal with our table -- we probably used every tasting glass in Spokane.

I will definitely be returning to the Iron Goat to have another go at some of their beers. Really an enjoyable place to visit.

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Photo of leedorham
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The brewery tap room is newly expanded but still cozy. No food, and it's kind of hard to find in a shady industrial area. However, do not let that stop you from visiting.

This is a favorite spot of mine. It's owner-operated and the owners are awesome people that make you feel very welcome in their place. The beer keeps getting better. They are clearly committed to quality and creativity.

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Iron Goat Brewing Co. in Spokane, WA
Brewery rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 166 ratings
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