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The Pike Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1415 First Ave
Seattle, Washington, 98101
United States

(206) 622-6044 | map
pikebrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
40
Reviews:
1,694
Ratings:
3,657
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.88/5
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
191
pDev:
11.6%
 
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Photo of WoopWoop
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

We visited the Pike Pub and Brewery for a tour of their facilities. The tour guide we had was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and understood what we were interested it. The brewery was bigger than I had imagines, and looked very well established. And the few beers we tried tasted great. I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone. And try their Barley Wine, it's fantastic!

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

For all the times we've visited Seattle, I'd never visited Pike. Have always enjoyed their beers, have even walked around (and past) their Pike Place Market brewery spot, just never descended the stairs into this sublevel pub. Finally did so on Tuesday (11/13/2012)...

I'm a beer guy who likes his schwag, so the museum-quality signage and memora-beer-lia throughout the pub struck me right away... and is AWESOME. Seriously, you cannot escape it! It's a feast for the eyes that encompasses literally thousands of posters, placards and paraphernalia collected over the years - seemingly every square inch of every wall (from dining room to restrooms) is coated with beer stuff. My wife, sister-in-law and I stopped in around at around 1:00pm on a dreary day; atmosphere was a bit sleepy but still jovial enough with all the lighting and visual candy. Since it was SIL's birthday, we decided to grab a seat and have a pint.

We bee-lined it to the bar at far right, a cozy C-shape that was mostly full - no 3 seats together except for at the less appealing fringes. After some pondering, I opted for the XXX 'Extra' Stout (hadn't had it in years, but it's as good as I remembered). Most other 'standards' from Pike on tap (8-10 in all) and a couple 'guests'; a cider, too. In a nearby cooler were a number of imports (Belgians like Westmalle and Rochefort 6/8/10) and others like Hair of the Dog 'Adam'. After placing orders, we clutched our pints and went into the adjacent Brewery Museum room - very cool space, neon and even more historical beer stuff.

Pints were $5 (schooners $4), which I though was reasonable, but the cider pints the ladies ordered were $7 (kinda steep). Service was friendly (& patient) at the bar -- she gladly offered some oyster crackers when my SIL wasn't feeling well (no fault of Pike's - she'd been carsick most of the ride up from Portland and hadn't told us); otherwise, we were completely left alone.

We skipped food this visit, but will return on our next Seattle visit, I'm sure of it. Great look and feel to the place, lots of beer - a place worth visiting and hanging around for a while.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped by while visiting the market place.This place is huge, there is a resturant area and at least two different bar areas.

The resturant was full so we opted to sit in one of the bar areas and do our own ordering at the bar.

The beers on tap covered a good range of styles, there were a number of small batch brews as well as the regulars.The beers we had were quite good.

The sandwiches were very good and delivered to the table by a server.

All in all a pretty decent place, just a step above your typical chain type brewpub resturant.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited on 4/20/12 while on vacation

My wife and I stopped in for The Pike Sampler after walking around The Market on a beautiful day.

Six 4oz. beers (Naughty Nellie, Pike Pale Ale, Kilt Lifter, XXX, Monk's Uncle, and Pike IPA) with fitting descriptions served on wooden tray satisfied the palate and the soul. Although these brews are not necessarily my favorite style I did enjoy them and respected the order that they were suggested I drink them in. I was happily surprised by Kilt Lifter and yearned for more XXX, Naughty Nellie was better than most organic beers (which I usually do not care for except Deschutes Green Lakes Amber Ale), and the rest were just above standard. $8.95 to check off 5 beers (I had already tried Pike IPA) in such an environment was well worth it for me. My wife enjoyed the Monk's Uncle more than she thought she would but favored the XXX over all the others as well.

Cool items in gift shop as well.

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Photo of bbHOP
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I lived in Seattle for 5+ years, and this was one of my favorite spots near work (downtown, right next to Pike Place market).

It's an interesting place... in the bowels of an old building attached to the market place - cool interior with lots of great beer memorabilia and art.

Pretty enjoyable selection of house beers, in my book. Really like the Kilt Lifter and XXX Stout. Great place to come and grab a few pitchers with friends for a reasonable price.

Food is pretty standard pub fare - not a ton of selection, but it gets the job done. Don't come here for lunch - come here for beer, and perhaps get lunch as well.

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Photo of sespourteille
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I visited this place when i was looking at colleges back in 2008 but it made quite the impression on me. The staff was extremely friendly and even though i was not of drinking age, they were more than happy to enlighten me to some of the finer aspects that go into making the beers they offer. The food was standard, with a decent selection, burgers sandwiches, fish, steaks etc. What i remember most was the selection of merchandise available, decor and location, that made the atmosphere one regrets leaving. All in all, this place made a large impression on me and i felt that they deserved to be recognized for this on the best beer reviewing site in the world.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Stopped in here for some food and a sampler with the
Girl. Prices seemed decent, they had an ok selection, I wish they had more seafood dishes though. The place is quite large with lots of cool old brewing stuff and old bottles and that kinda stuff - it's neat if not a little tacky, like a tgif or something.

Beer was ok, nothing amazing but a decent line up of standard brewpub beers. I thought the scotch ale was solid. The smoked salmon was quite tasty but it was one of only 3 fish dishes which is odd given that the fish market is about a block away...

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Photo of coldriver
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Located in the touristy Pike Place market, this is a great place to seperate yourself from the wife and kids and grab a beer while they wander through all the craft booths and marvel at the salmon tossing.
Place is big and takes a few minutes to get your bearings. Walls are covered with beer memorabilia, much of which pays homage to Seattle's beer past. Very festive fun atmosphere, the crowd was a mix of thirsty tourists and young local urbanites. Had a sampler flight and I found the offerings good but not great.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by the Pike the other night for the first time, and had a really great time.

The whole place is absolutely decked out in beer memorabilia; it reminded me of someone's granddad's basement man-cave. We were there on a Friday night, so the place was fairly busy and had a great, convivial atmosphere.

As always, the beer was great. In the bar there is no table service; you have to go up and order your food and drinks and then take them back to your table (though they will deliver the food once it is prepared). Food and beer prices are what I expect to pay in the middle of the city

I was impressed by their food and drinks menu: almost all the food, wine and booze are Pacific Northwest-produced, and they have several guest taps for beer. In addition to their taps, they have a decent selection of bottles from Germany and Belgium, including a very decent selection of Trappist beers.

Overall, I look forward to going back.

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Photo of reymic
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Located in the middle of the most touristy Seattle area, which can be a drawback for some. Couldn't get over the size of this place, it's huge. The beers were pretty good, nothing I had was outstanding. There is tons of beer-decorum upon the walls everywhere, and brewery equipment behind the bar's glass wall.

The beers were reasonably priced, but could not get over how much the merchandise was ($75+ for a sweatshirt and a t-shirt).

Was surprised to read that Pike is a steam brewery and also liked that it was a husband and wife owner.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Right in the middle of Pike Place market. So there will be tourist. But this place does not try and overprice for them. Beers are reasonable, with their own micros as well as guest brews as well. Their own micros are ok, I had three different ones and found them to be good but nothing great. The food was standard pub, burgers etc, some good local fish, better then average pub fare. Service was ok, not really friendly, but not rude either. Nice selection of bombers and sixpacks to go. As well as a nice glass selection to buy as well. Overall an average brewpub, a good choice in a touristy spot in Seattle.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A pretty decent place in downtown Seattle. Bright and cheery atmosphere, with tons of crazy crap on the walls, I guess to appeal to tourists. Seems to also cater to a college kid crowd, and can get pretty noisy at times. TVs for sports, tables for families, etc. A fairly decent selection of microbrews available on tap, with good variety. Food menu consisted mainly of comfort foods, but still tasty and decently priced. Our bartender was friendly, attentive, and outgoing. Definitely worth stopping in if you're in the area, but perhaps not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of mynie
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Pike is located in the bustling, very touristy area at the heart of Seattle's downtown, right next to the public market and just across the street from the art gallery. Normally that's a bad sign, right? When things get too touristy the prices get too high and the quality starts to wane--why bother to make a good product when the customers almost literally fall into your bar?

Well, Pike's not exactly world class, but they do a damn good job of not slacking off. The vibe is polished--as interesting as it can be without being potentially offensive or offputting. There's lot of shiny acrylic black, clean brown bricks, and dark neon reds. Also lots of nice brewania pieces (probably the biggest collection I've seen outside of Potosi).

The place is big and busy but there are three (!) separate bars, to accommodate even the largest crowd. About a dozen house taps and then a halfdozen guest taps. All the house beers were reasonably priced but the guest beers were a little expensive. They had a really great take-home selection with bombers as well as growlers and you could have them ship anything you didn't feel like flying home with.

The food was standard Northwest pub fare--lots of fried stuff, lots of fish, and you could also get pizza. I really don't remember too much about it so it must have been pretty medium.

Really I don't got too much to say other than this place is better than you'd expect. It ain't worth traveling for, but it's a hell of a lot of fun and if you're in downtown Seattle you should probably stop by.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visited Pikes while coming back from my honeymoon. Decent, clean atmosphere but with a bit of a tourist trap feel (t-shirt, buttons, and other crap for sale). The fully open brewery system was a nice touch.

I might have been there on an off day but the service wasn't good. Wouldn't be a big deal but we were 2 of about 12 people in the restaurant. Ever get that feeling that you walked into a place just after a shit-storm hit??? Yea, that was the vibe...

Beer selection and quality was really good. I had the sampler which that day included: Naughty Nellie's Ale, Pike's Golden Ale, Heirloom Amber Ale, Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, Pike Tandem, and the Street Stout. All were solid brews and was a nice way to be introduced to a brewing company. Capped off my time there with a Monk's Uncle Tripel which put me well on my way for the evening.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A nice brewpub for being in the middle of a very touristy part of Seattle. Standard beers had nothing wrong with them, just not th best I have ever had. I had a tripel, there were no off-flavors but it was obviously a mediocre brewpub offering. Food was good, reasonably priced for the area. The atmosphere felt a little to corporate and contrived to make it an ideal brewpub, it was in the basement of an office building and shopping complex. I would like to explore more in the area, I am sure there are better places in Seattle.

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Photo of Offa
4.23/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This is a great place.

The place itself is interesting and attractively designed, a bit different from the normal place, modernistic and pseudo-industrial in some ways, with old-fashioned/traditional elements in others and plenty of decor harkening back to Seattle's past. The layout is varied and interesting, comfortable even though often extremely busy.

Beer quality is on the whole excellent, especially with respect to reasonably sessionable beers of 4.5-6.5 %, with a good range of beers on tap although fewer than many other places.

Service is very good in our experience, friendly and efficient. It is even very good when the place is extremely busy, which seems to be often. In fact, it seems to be one of those places where the service is better the more busy it is.

Food is really good, with some variety. The best part of the food is the pairing of certain dishes with certain beers, especially those dishes made with the particular beers as they go really well together and very nicely complement unusually well. One example is the Kilt Lifter wee heavy, not that great with most foods, but pairing wonderfully with the macaroni & cheese that's made with it.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.15/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Really enjoyed my visit to The Pike.

Situated right inside Pike Place Market makes it a great location for a brewpub. The atmosphere when I went for lunch was laid back and much more quiet than the hassle at the Market.

The beer lineup was impressive. I appreciated the amount and wide range of beers on tap. I tried a taster tray and was impressed with quite a number of their beers. Drank their IPA which is listed in Protz's 300 Beers to Try Before You Die and loved it. Pike's IPA is a traditional American IPA so it's not as aggressive as the current connotations but was very tasty. I also had the Monk's Uncle and found it a very unique Tripel. It struck me as having a unique flavor profile to it.

The food was great. I especially enjoyed the beer float which my girlfriend and I shared. It had chocolate ice cream inside a stout. Very yummy!

The service was above average and the waiter was able to answer some questions about the beer. Their beer menu is laid out very well so it was easy to pick beers that you would enjoy drinking.

I'm good we stopped here after shopping at the various market areas. Definitely worth a visit if you are nearby.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really cool beer 'memorabilia' if you will. While the location may turn some off, because of its popularity or tourist aura, its nonethelesss pretty cool that a brewery of this caliber is in the Pike Market.

The service was outstanding and knowledgeable. Damn if that Old Bawdy ain't the greatest barleywine I've ever had. I mean, that v. Bigfoot on tap whooo. And drinking it at that beautiful back bar? I was close to giving a 5.0 on the atmosphere. Selection is good as well, couldn't get the DIPA, but the ipa, the stout, the barleywine, that is about just right for a visit. Wish the gift shop stuff was a little more reasonably priced, I mean, there is the advertising component of having peope wear your stuff you know. That is my only complaint. All around, very enjoyable, always check it out when I'm in Seattle, or WA in general.

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

I visited this place on 3/23/2010.

This brewpub is located in a retail building right next to Pike Place Market. It is creatively wedged into the building, with the brewhouse being totally open for viewing (the brewer has to run up and down a spiral staircase to reach the mash tun).

The beer selection was pretty large (12-15 Pike beers plus a couple guest taps), and all of the beers were well made. Only a couple really stood out though. The XXX Stout and the Belgian dubbel were very good. I was also really impressed that they had a "dry Belgian wit" on cask, that was very tasty.

The food was sort of expensive but it was also very good. We had a 10" pizza and some wings and they were great.

Service was friendly and the bartender seemed to know his stuff. All in all a nice place that's well worth visiting if you are in the area.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I used to go here every weekend but I didnt like it. Does that make sense? Its in a nice spot by the marketust to much for me to relax. I have never been impressed by the beer. XXX Stout and IPA are good but I never have been impressed with anything else. The food has always been decent and the service has never been good in my opinion. I thought it was pricey for what you got, I guess you can do that considering the location. It is an ok place.
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3/6/2010- Back after a lengthy break. 3 years and nothing has changed, other than having to get a code to get nto the bathroom now. I do understand with all of the traffic in and out. I have waited in line here and I am glad to see that change. Still super busy, beer has upped a bit in quality, I really liked the IIPA and left with a growler of Tandem. Selection is now better and more competetitive. Service is still the same, prices I believe edged up a tad but not to bad.

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Photo of johnyeast
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Really liked this place. It was crazy busy, but the wife and I were able to find a spot at the bar to try/ have a few beers and watch some of the winter olympics on the TV. Had the tandem ale, a wheat offering, and a cask ale. Server was knowlegable, but young and inattentive to her customers. I was amazed at all of the brewetania on the walls throughout the place. Quality was good. Great atmosphere. Good beer. so-so service. Very convieneant location downtown, close if not connected to Pike Street Market. Would like to go back to this place when it wasn't so busy.

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Photo of climax
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Pike Pub and Brewery is a big place in the heart of downtown Seattle. I went there with a couple buddies to drink some good beer and watch the game after a 3 day camping bender in the Idaho wilderness (with nothing but keystone and Ranier beer). So the fresh selection of micro-brew was refreshing.

It's a solid place to go watch the game and eat. The brewery itself isn't anything to rave about, but the selection is very good. Anything in Seattle is pricey, and this was no exception. I was lucky to know someone who worked there, so the prices I paid were discounted. It's typically quite busy, so get yourself a spot and cling to it. The food and beer menu is none too shabby.

The place offers a lot of merchandise to buy, including single beers and growlers of your favorite Pike beer. The beer itself isn't world class, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of TreeTopFlyer
4.5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I stopped into The Pike again today for lunch and a beer. Once again it did not disappoint. The bartender was prompt and immediately told me what was not on the menu. Today's treat was the XXXX Stout on cask dry-hopped with Saaz hops. It was excellent. The IPA was tasty but seemed to lack the big hop aroma I was hoping for. With no Double IPA available on draft, I finished up with the Tandem--very nice and drinkable Belgian-style dubbel. The ruben was delicious and the only disappointment was they had no Double IPA on draft and no tours today. If you are in Seattle near Pike Place market, make this a priority.

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Photo of SRossman
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Pike is one of the places that I really like to visit when I find myself downtown and looking for a place where I can get really good food and beer to go with it. They have a pretty solid line up (the XXX Stout is a personal favorite) and truly tasty food for reasonable prices. One thing in particular that I like is that they support so many local businesses when it comes to ingredients which means lots of fresh seafood. There's usually at least one seasonal offering that I'll be interested in trying but if not there's always their stout and IPA. The atmosphere is comfortable and has lots of cool vintage beer stuff all over. The service has always been at least decent but I've never really been wowed, which is fine, I'm there for beer and food. The Finkel's are a huge part of seattle's beer history too so it's nice to support them.

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Photo of tph767
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Visited Pike Pub and Brewery for lunch after a quick Beerfly search while in Seattle for a day. Pike Pub and Brewery is a wonderful place and I could have sat there all day! The decor seems to remind me of a Belgian Beer bar, complete with the old style serving trays from breweries around the world.
I visited on a Friday at about 11am and there was already a small line building up, however I just went directly to the bar. Scott the bartender was very friendly, helpful, and quick to answer any question I had. The beers I had (Tandem and Monk's Uncle) were very tasty and at $5.00 a pint, well worth every penny I spent!
I really hate to say anything negative about this place as it is one of my new favorite places to visit, and I will be back, however the food was not so good. I had the Halibut fish and chips. The fish was okay, however the chips tasted like they were severly freezer burnt.
Minus my small exposure to the food, this place will be a new favorite spot. If you are one of those people who hates the touristy places, you may be turned off at first. However, don't judge a book by it's cover! Very intimate service by the staff, you feel at home, and the atmosphere makes you feel at home!
Growlers are available for purchase, and I think the initial purchase is $12.00 and $11.00 for refills. They also have clothing, glassware, and other souvenirs.

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The Pike Brewing Company in Seattle, WA
Brewery rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 3,657 ratings
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